The Android mascot that (thankfully) wasn’t

Daniel Bader

January 3, 2013 12:59pm


All the way back in 2007, when Android was barely a blip on the rumour mill, Dan Morrill, head of developer relations for the platform, had to present a slide to an internal team of Google engineers who were being asked to tinker with the various APIs and an early version of the SDK.

“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.”

He quickly fashioned a set of four Jetson-looking throwbacks to attach to the slides, and the figures quickly became known as “Dandroids.” It wasn’t until another Googler with a slightly better eye for design presented what is today known as “bugdroid,” the loveable green robot we associated with modern Android.

They may not have been pretty — much like Android’s early incarnations — but they represented a more innocent time, before the OS blew up and overtook Symbian, Windows Mobile and iOS in worldwide smartphone market share.

Here’s lookin’ at you, ‘droid.

Source: Google+

  • christian

    nice!

  • DrBadass

    Sexy beast!

  • Richard

    It will be stylish one day!

  • Raid

    All I see are Sega Dreamcast logos.

  • oldschool

    They look like they have birth defects

  • Haxor99

    Kind of makes the statement … only wachos would use android… glad they didn’t go with it.

    • some guy

      Wachos? Are those Wario Nachos?
      Bah dum dum cha! (>x_x)>

  • habskilla

    Remember, everything comes back in fashion…

  • LW81

    zombie droids.

  • Alex

    Looks as retarded as its users.

    • JUST SAYING

      better than your logo an apple and there is a bite in the *ss!!

  • Henaway

    Do they have these on a T-shirt yet?

  • 45

    Holy s**t! The muscles on the yellow one, HAHAHAHA

  • tk_3130

    We’re two wild and crazy guys!

  • GlassBackBadIdea

    I think since Android is a joke, they initially picked a suitable logo, a crazy joker droid

    • some guy

      Way to hide the butt-hurt.
      How about you go play with your OS and I’ll go play with mine and we can ignore each other? kkthxbai.

  • justlikethat

    and your head is the shape of an egg. What are you trying to say?