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Android Has Come a Long Way Since 2007, a Young Sergey Brin Shows Us the New OS

A lot of Google’s secrets about Android have come to the light in their recent legal battle with Oracle over the use of Java patents. One of the more interesting nuggets that we have learned was the existence of the never released device called the Sooner. Officially it is the HTC EXCA 300, a Blackberry-esque device that was the precursor to the G1. Packing an OMAP 850 processor, QWERTY keyboard, 64MB of RAM and a “generous” 320 x 240 resolution (that didn’t support touch capabilities), this phone was what Android was built on, and boy what four years can do to an operating system.

Hardware aside though, the really interesting part of this is to see Android on-screen. The video changes to the touch-capable and now legendary T-Mobile G1 halfway through so we have something a bit more familiar to look at. Note the many references to the “fast 3G data network.” Here we are 4 years later and we feel like waiting for a webpage to load on anything other than LTE is a lifetime. Google Maps is shown off with its map tiles that we have seen gone for a while now.

So here we are, with arguably the largest overhaul of Android since its inception just dropped: Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s interesting to see the growth of Android from it’s roots to being the leading OS around the world. So much has changed in 4 years but a lot is the same, but that’s part of the draw to Android: it’s always innovating. Where do you think Android is headed next?

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Via: Android Authority

  • AlexKCMO

    I think Android will hopefully work to better battery life as an OS. While battery technology hasn’t progressed at all in a while, OS optimization has. My WP7 work phone (HTC Arrive) goes 3-5 days without a charge and minimal use. With the same usage on Android, I might get 2 days if I’m lucky (with LTE turned off). This goes for both Android phones I have (Droid X and Rezound; Rezound’s screen is a major battery drainer).

    I also see some things being even more streamlined, and Google maybe getting those marketing gurus they have to make some commercials for Android.

    Finally, I see some better app development picking up around next year, where Android is the first OS and iOS is second.

  • Jdub

    “Where do you think Android is headed next?”

    It depends upon where Apple is headed next :-)

  • RegKilla

    With 64MB of RAM you could play ShadowGun :D

  • http://twitter.com/Schnider89 Schnider

    Epic!

  • NotoriousNeo

    Glad I’m not that old to remember this. :P

  • jon

    I can see why Apple thinks Android is a stolen product /s

    • DRaY

      oh please dont start that again!!!

      • Kevin

        PROTIP: “/s” means sarcasm. Jeez.

  • Wayne Tarapilli

    I remember this video and wanting the G-1 but being a Verizon die hard I just couldn’t bring myself to go to T-mobile. Was it worth the wait for Verizon to adopt Andriod… Hell Yeah!

  • CampyGuy

    Mobile screens have come a long way too, Moraine Lake and (5 of) the Ten Sentinels have looked much better!

  • RoadsterHD1

    Not bad considering.

  • http://twitter.com/anjiecai anjiecai

    THIS is what i want for the next nexus :)

  • tanknspank

    Haha “Fast 3G”

    those days…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

    Stalking Erin: Circa 2007

    • azndan4

      Circa (from Latin, meaning “around”), usually abbreviated c. or ca. (also circ. or cca.), means “approximately” in the English language, usually referring to a date.[1] Circa is widely used ingenealogy and historical writing when the dates of events are not precisely known.

      You are not using it properly. We know the date this video came out. So please don’t use circa just to sound cool.

      • paulmike3

        azndan4 owned: Circa 2012

  • Sam

    Wow, I remember seeing this when it came out. Can’t believe it’s been 4+ years.

  • boardjnky4

    The fact that people have never seen that video before now just re-affirms that I am an old-school android fan…Some might even say, I am an android hipster.

  • sillyrabbittricks4kids

    I’m calling Erin

  • nightscout13

    This is good stuff……

  • Droidzilla

    I really think Project Glass is the future of mobile; at least, I hope it is (depends on how well it works).

    If it does work, it’s power level is over 9000!

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    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Williams/579249547 Jonathan Williams

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    • Nexjersey

      That is genius!