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Original Android Prototype Phone Modelled On A BlackBerry Mobile

The spat between Oracle and Google - the trial over Java and Android - will be on going over the next couple of months; this week's proceedings revealed some interesting information, outside of picking through Google's internal emails.

It seems that the original ‘Google Phone' floated by the company back in 2006 was built very much in the mould of a BlackBerry device, with a small (non-touch) screen atop a keyboard. This was before the birth of the iPhone, of course.

The blueprints for the handset emerged during the trial, when Oracle's attorneys used slides of the device to illustrate how often Java was mentioned.

One slide states: "Leverage Java for its existing base of developers. Build a useful app framework (not J2ME). Support J2ME apps in compatibility mode. Provide an opTMobileized JVM (Dalvik)."

While the exact technical specifications of the device weren't provided, Google's guidelines for an Android phone were made clear. These included a 200MHz processor, minimum, 64MB of RAM and ROM, a 2-megapixel camera and GSM (3G preferred). A QVGA display was required: all very nostalgic.

Although the RIM like phone is unlikely to cause a hearty, warm nostalgic feeling to come over Google's top brass at the trial. Maybe a slight reddening of the cheeks, though.

Source and Image Credit: The Verge (opens in new tab)

Darren Allan

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