Tuesday , April 25 2017

Dan Morrill shows us the Android mascots that could have been

We all know and mostly love the Green Android ‘Bugdroid’ that is Google’s official mascot for their mobile OS but according to Dan Morrill who used to be the Developer Relations Manager for Android that wasn’t the first mascot for the OS.

Dan recently cleaned out a NAS and found some old images which he himself created using Inkscape as a response to a lack of eye candy on slides that were going to be used to present information on the Android APIs to Googlers back before Android was even announced.

The 4 droids which were done up in the red, green, blue and yellow associated with the Google logo were dubbed ‘Dandroids’ by the internal team and saw a brief flurry of popularity within the Android development team but were apparently forgotten once Irina Blok presented the now familiar ‘Bugdroid’ graphic.

I personally like the Dandroids, but I much prefer the Bugdroid that we know and love. What do you think? Do you think the Dandroids could have been a better option?

Source: Google+.

Daniel Tyson   Editor at large

Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress and IFA.

  • Jack

    Look like Teletubbies…

  • Sean Royce

    Thank god they never used these designs, they look childish, too childish.

  • I think they were just really clipart in early documents. Never intended to be serious marketing. The dizzy eyes are just wrong. You don’t want a drunk/insane/confused/homicidal phone.

  • Anthony

    I’ve never been a fan of the name android or the logo, but the current logo is much better than that crap. Holly hell they were bad.

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