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.