This is not photo.
Posted Oct 8, 2009 16:22 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: Sorry, but no.
Parent article: Toward a freer Android
I can't find any photos of it, which isn't too surprising since
Android was still in "stealth mode" at the time.
You can't find any photos if it because they don't exist. What I showed
above is not even photo - it's default skin from the very first public
release of Android SDK! Why it looks like that? Well - it's the render of
actual developer device. Hundred of these or so were produced at the end
2006 (not 2007, but 2006!), but even if HTC produced them (and they
even beed spotted in the wild eventually) HTC
hated them. And so HTC developed Dream (aka G1) - with Google's guys help,
of course, but it's not Google creation.
Later Android SDK stopped using this skin and switched to G1-like
skin. Why? Google finally got sizable number of new HTC-developed devices
and dropped support for it's own development platform and form-factor.
First prototypes were ready by the middle of 2007, but developers got
sizable number of them closer to the end of 2007. Public, of course, got
them in 2008. That's the story and please don't try to rewrite it. If you
are correct and initial creation was like Dream and later ones were like
aforementioned developer platform,then how come we never got anything like
the development platform? Why it was used by default in the very first
release of the SDK and not in the later ones? Why all photos of the "later
design" (by your interpretation) are shown with early versions of Android
(ribbon-like interface was in the first release of SDK and in the first
presentation video) and never with modern UI design? Facts just don't add
up to your crazy story, sorry.
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