Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 6th May 2012 10:10 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Google This is absolutely fascinating. Steven Troughton-Smith has gotten his hands on one of the two early Android prototypes - the Google 'Sooner'. The Sooner is the BlackBerry-esque Google phone, which was supposed to be released first, followed by the much more advanced Google Dream (yup, what would eventually become the G1). Lots of high-res screenhots to get a good look at early Android. Update: Fascinating comment.
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RE: A little misleading
by zima on Sun 6th May 2012 17:57 UTC in reply to "A little misleading"
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Dream was a completely new device with a lot of things that had never been shipped before, at least by HTC (new Qualcomm chipset, sensors, touch screen, the hinge design, etc)

Any reason in particular for not using then, as a base (at least for early development phones, not necessarily the launched one), the existing Windows Mobile HTC touch handsets?

I think I remember some of them even getting community created Android builds...

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RE[2]: A little misleading
by some1 on Sun 6th May 2012 18:16 in reply to "RE: A little misleading"
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Resistive touch screen, for example?

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RE[3]: A little misleading
by hackbod on Sun 6th May 2012 18:48 in reply to "RE[2]: A little misleading"
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Yeah Dream had a capacitive touch screen, unique keyboard mechanism, 3G data, compass, accelerometer, new chipset, etc. It was intended to be what its name says.

Maybe from earlier on it would have been a better plan to design a device based on a different existing device that was somewhere between Sooner and Dream, and not do Dream at all. Or maybe not -- ultimately as I said the software schedule was as much a factor as the hardware schedule, so pulling in the hardware schedule wouldn't have necessarily gotten a product out earlier.

As it is, I think it worked out well. We got the Dream hardware and Android platform software done around the same time, and Dream gave us something of an "everything and the kitchen sink" device to help guide the platform: supporting both landscape and portrait as primary orientations due to the keyboard, capacitive touch screen and DPAD focus navigation, compass, accelerometer, GPS, etc. Having a platform that worked from the start with that device has I think been really good for us.

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