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Say Hello to the “Dandroids,” the Temporary Original Android Mascot

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Last night on Google+, Android engineer Dan Morrill shared the four colorful little robotic creatures that I have included in this post, along with their backstory. The short form of the story goes like this – these were the original, yet unofficial Android mascots which were at some point dubbed “Dandroids.” While their internal history leaves them some fame, their lives were brief.

Dan walked through the entire tale, talking about the days leading up to the public launch of Android, needing some sort of funny graphic to include with a presentation, and settling after a couple of hours of Inkscape work on these four characters.

As you all know now, Bugdroid is the official mascot, but there was a brief moment in the life of Android where Mr. Yellow Muscles and his three pals were on the short list.

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Via:  +Dan Morrill | Android Community

  • GreyHawk

    Although not similar, the “dandroids” reminded me of the science probes from a video I found a while back by someone named “billyblob” – http://billyblob.com/cartoons/ – specifically, his piece called “We Are Science Probes” (http://billyblob.com/cartoons/we-are-science-probes.html).

  • http://www.facebook.com/skeltergrave Christopher Garofalo

    they look pretty fruty :P

  • Simple1

    “Oh Jesus no!” I screamed, “Oh God yes” it chortled.

  • KRS_Won

    Jetson’s on crack. o_O

  • WOLFnexus

    not a good idea

  • http://slyck.com/ zbeast

    Wow, I’m glad they didn’t use these… there even more terrifying that the droid ad’s.

  • thefullritz

    Danger Will Rogers!! Danger!!

  • http://twitter.com/supr2nr Randy Mills

    I like the green. It looks like he’s scratching his ass.

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    Stoned robots don’t make me want to buy phones (but maybe a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos).

  • Itchy_Robot

    Looks like one of Rosies long lost relatives from The Jetsons … am I showing my age? =)

  • mgamerz

    Raped my eyes have been…

  • http://twitter.com/roastb33f Ross Mathis

    This just reminds me of how far Android has come since it was originally released. It makes me truly proud to be one of the founding members of Team Android.

  • VogVanVoo

    lol thats pretty funny dude.

    http://www.GotmyAnon.tk

  • -pete-

    Just me or did they just steal the dreamcast logo for the left eye?

    • steveliv

      swirls have been around long before dreamcast…

  • GreenMeansGo

    These four guys and Bugdroid can kiss my shiny metal ass.

  • Droidzilla

    Read the source; these were never even being considered. I hate to say it, but Droid Life’s gotten a bit sloppy lately with their reporting.

    • JoshGroff

      Probably took that from android community’s article.

      • Droidzilla

        That’s a gross misrepresentation of the facts and the post. Here’s the complete, relevant portion, for anyone truly interested but too lazy to click the link:
        “See, we were prepping for an internal developer launch (meaning, we were going to ask Googlers to start fooling with the APIs and give us early feedback), and I had no eye candy for the slides we were putting together. Hence these guys.
        They had a brief flurry of minor popularity amongst the team — enough to pick up the nickname “Dandroids”, anyway. But then +Irina Blok (as I recall) presented her work: the bugdroid we all know and love. Funny how the professional work is of vastly higher quality than the amateur, isn’t it? ;) Even so, these guys have the distinction of being the first proposed mascots for Android (that I’m aware of, at least.)”

        These were obviously made to simply fill space for a quick meeting and were never even close to in the running for anything official. Ever. The guy behind them even calls them amateur work and readily admits to their poor quality. This article makes it seem as though they were actual contenders for the Android mascot, or even were the Android mascot for a while instead of being what they are: amateur placeholders for an insider meeting.

  • S.Ober

    Meet George Jetson

  • NoBullet

    So did they take the design from Atari Lynx’s Gauntlet Android character? This cant be a coincidence.

  • wtsamatta

    Wow, epic fail

  • dylan84

    Oh god….cant’ believe they were going to use these! They’re terrible!

  • Buckoman

    Who looked at this and said, “This looks perfect.”?

  • feztheforeigner

    So glad we ended up with cute little Andy!

    • EvanTheGamer

      Good ole Andy is irreplaceable, and will go down in the history books as the greatest mobile OS mascot in the history of everything.

      All that blasted Apple has is a half-eaten apple. What kind of mascot is that? A half-eaten apple? Really?! That’s ALL they could come up with? Blah!

      • Thomas Mrak

        I miss the rainbow Apple.

        Sure, it screamed 70s, but it was and still unusual for a logo to be multiple colors.

  • http://twitter.com/SumanjiWorld Suman Gandham

    Ew. Just ew.

  • cruzfl0w

    They kind of look like happy dildos.

    • David W. Astor

      thats exactly why i thought too lol

      • Hunter

        You two should get together, you obviously have similar interests ;)

    • EvanTheGamer

      I didn’t picture that until you mentioned it. Thanks a lot perv.

      hahah

  • eh

    A dandy?

  • flosserelli

    Reminds me of the command module of the Apollo missions.

  • http://profiles.google.com/fgissubel Fred Gissubel

    those might be the worst robot drawings ever.

  • http://twitter.com/Vizualize a.d.AM

    OMG I want to punch Dandroid in the face SO BAD. Burn Dandroid! Burn!

  • DJyoSNOW

    ?fugly?

  • theextralongshoreman

    Nothing phallic about those. Nope, nothing.

  • Jroc869, Cool story bro

    Holy crap! Did they commision Joseph Barbera to draw these or what. These are fugly and makes me think of The Jetsons

  • spunker88

    Its uglier than the Cid that CM uses. So glad they got rid of him in the default CM10 boot logo.

  • Rodeojones000

    Wow. These are horrible.

    • hyperbolee

      These are so bad that i just blue myself

      • Rodeojones000

        I see what you did there. Well played.

  • EvanTheGamer

    I am so bloody glad these weird-looking Android bots were not chosen to be the official Android mascot. So bloody glad.

    Just weird, strange looking creatures of habitat.

  • Tony Byatt

    These things look like Andy after meth abuse…

  • tomn1ce

    They look some like the cleaning robot from the Jetson…..Thank God they didn’t choose one of these….yikes…

  • SD_Scott

    Business attire Bugdroid does not approve.

  • nightscout13

    I got trolled for saying this on Phandroid: The current bugdroid is ugly, and simple. These are ugly too, but in my opinion, Android should be represented by a strong mascot, such as a transformer.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      Wait, you want an overly complex image to be a brand symbol of Android? Simple logos work best, as they’re instantly recognizable. Take a look at some of the most successful brands in the world, their logos are very simple.

      • nightscout13

        You do have a good point there. I just wish they updated it a little. Gave it some dimension.

        • http://twitter.com/bboyairwreck Eric Chee

          haven’t u heard? Simplistic is in.

    • JoshGroff

      It sure as hell beats a lopsided oval. ;)

  • http://www.hypable.com/ Joshua Nealey

    As a designer, these took maybe 3 minutes to make.

  • TheVoiceOfReason

    Heh, dodged a bullet there, didn’t we?

    • WAldenIV

      I didn’t. That stupid yellow thing is now my snapshot of the D-L website in Chrome.

      MAKE IT GO AWAY!

  • ddevito

    I can haz phone OS

  • LegalAmerican

    They all look retarded. To say the least. I hope to never see them again.

  • vbrgreene

    Thought the Jetsons was over with a long time ago…

    • michael arazan

      Exactly what I thought when I first saw them, The Jetsons.

      These look like what Steve Jobs’ nightmares must of been like and why he wanted to crush Android so badly.

    • http://twitter.com/Margare22360559 Margaret Brown

      and settling after a couple of hours of Inkscape work on these four characters.http://www.MoneyHotspot2013one.qr.net/j4gy/ExclusivegiFDM=fwK7ggA3-bU

  • http://peoplewho.tumblr.com wireless G

    Yeah, they did the right thing going with Bugdroid.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    Someone was a little drunk…

  • Marcus Schoen

    Its not refined at all. It looks like a 5 year old drew these. Not the best when you are trying to make a respectable OS.

  • Tyler Casilio

    I disapprove of these. I’m sorry

    • EvanTheGamer

      Wholeheartedly agreed!

      • moelsen8

        Weird how you change your icon and i have no idea who you are anymore haha.

        • EvanTheGamer

          Hahaha. Right? I changed my twitter image awhile ago, and the image finally took effect on Disqus. Strange.

        • EvanTheGamer

          All better? lol

          • moelsen8

            hey, you’re back!

  • Jeff Tycz

    Apparently the design team was on vacation when they came up with this idea Yikes!!

    • Anonymous

      That’s what it says in the post.