By Patrick Shaw | 01-04-2013 | 12:00PM
Before Google’s iconic green robot ever made its first appearance, the company apparently had at least one other idea about what its official mascot for the Android platform might look like.
In a Google+ post on Wednesday, Android engineer Dan Morrill shared several pieces of concept artwork that reveal what very well could have been Google’s official Android robot. Instead of the squat, R2D2-esque robot we know today, Morrill proposed a figure back in 2007 with swirls for eyes, a more conical head and a creepy grin. If you're viewing this story within the free NVision app, be sure to check out our screen gallery of the red, yellow, blue and green versions of the rejected Android character.
“They had a brief flurry of minor popularity amongst the team,” Morrill wrote on Google+, “enough to pick up the nickname ‘Dandroids’, anyway.”
According to Morrill, whose role at Google was developer relations when he created his Dandroids, Google’s Irina Blok eventually submitted the design for the “bugdroid,” which became Android’s official ambassador still used today.
“Funny how the professional work is of vastly higher quality than the amateur, isn't it?,” he added. “Even so, these guys have the distinction of being the first proposed mascots for Android (that I'm aware of, at least.)”
Would Google’s Android platform have developed any differently over the years with this guy as the face of Android? We’ll probably never know. In any case, it’s always fun to see something from the past that shows us what could have been.