Google’s 2006 prototype phone revealed, looks pretty rubbish

Google’s 2006 prototype phone revealed, looks pretty rubbish  Y’know, sometimes it’s the phones that don’t make it to market that make for the most interesting viewing, either because they dare to be different, or because they’re just a bit naff. Or both.

One such example is Google’s prototype phone from 2006, recently revealed in yet another courtroom drama (sigh). It looks… interesting.

The images cropped up in the case of Google vs. Oracle, concerning the use of Java software in Android. To be fair, it’s actually a fairly interesting case compared to some of the others we’ve scribbled about.

But more importantly, let’s focus on these images. The Google Phone prototype quite clearly boasts QWERTY action, something that - six years later - doesn’t feature heavily in the world of Android.

Oddly, the Google prototype on the left resembles the BlackBerry Bold Touch, but we can’t help but think that they look like something Fisher Price might’ve released as My First Phone.

Of course, Google ultimately abandoned the hardware game, instead teaming up with Samsung and HTC (and sort of Motorola) for the Nexus range. Oh, and the G1/HTC Dream.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 26, 2012 at 12:22

Interesting that all early Android prototypes were qwerty devices....
Yet, still not a good one around.

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 12:36

Is interesting indeed that they went qwerty, they weren't even all that popular at the time were they? Can't even work out what I had back then :(

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 26, 2012 at 12:58

Is interesting indeed that they went qwerty, they weren't even all that popular at the time were they? Can't even work out what I had back then :(
Weren't popular?! BlackBerry held the No.1 position in smartphone market share back in 2006, remember.

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 13:01

Nope.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 26, 2012 at 13:05

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 26, 2012 at 13:06

First link from Google, searching for: "BlackBerry Market Share 2006" ^^^

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 13:21

But that waffles on about pdas and says the sales figures are tiny compared to phones. oO

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 13:25

Try "smartphone sales 2006" nokia whipped rims **** (that reads really badly)

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 26, 2012 at 13:29

A lot of Nokia's sales come from feature phones in the developing world, though. I'm sure more Googling would make my point far better :p.

SpeedyG  Apr. 26, 2012 at 13:29

I wonder why 6 years ago it was thinking about qwertys then yet now it doesn't seem to be giving manufacturers the onus or encouragement to do that now?

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 13:39

A lot of Nokia's sales come from feature phones in the developing world, though. I'm sure more Googling would make my point far better :p.

Yep a lot of their sales were but link on that search showed smartphones sales and it had 42% of the market to rims 7%

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 26, 2012 at 13:41

Is interesting indeed that they went qwerty, they weren't even all that popular at the time were they? Can't even work out what I had back then :(
Weren't popular?! BlackBerry held the No.1 position in smartphone market share back in 2006, remember.

Yep, and Nokia E61 won loads and loads of industry awards

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 13:44

That neither rim nor nokia could sell fireworks on Nov 4th anymore shows how dramatically they've fallen though

eddyday  Apr. 26, 2012 at 20:34

Yes, that's right. Google's original plan was to rip off the Blackberry.

However, Eric Schmidt, the fat, loathsome toad, was sitting on Apple's board during the development of the iPhone. Knowing the iPhone was a game-changer in the making, the **** plodded back to Google, and ordered the redevelopment of Android based around a touchscreen. Thus, Android, the iPhone knockoff, was born.

Fandroids still refuse to admit this happened. Maybe seeing this prototype of the original Android, pre-iPhone, will finally make things clear for them.

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 20:49

That's so tragic

tomwatts  Apr. 26, 2012 at 23:47

Left hand side one reminds me of the HTC ChaCha. It's the only qwerty android phone that's actually any good - Good keyboard, good screen and decent all-round performer...

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 23:56

It made me think of Speak And Spell but can't explain why

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