The Android Mascots That Could Have Been: “Danger, Dan Morrill!”
We’ve all come to love the adorable little green robot known as bugdroid, but did you know the first proposed mascot more resembled the love child of Rosie the Robot Maid and the Robot from Lost in space? That’s right! Long time Android engineer Dan Morrill was doing some, erm.. winter cleaning, and came across a few relics that could have changed the entire course of Android’s history.
Meet the Dandroids: the first proposed Android mascots created by Dan Morrill himself.
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.
They had a brief flurry of minor popularity amongst the team — enough to pick up the nickname “Dandroids”, anyway. But then +Irina Blok (as I recall) presented her work: the bugdroid we all know and love. Funny how the professional work is of vastly higher quality than the amateur, isn’t it? 😉 Even so, these guys have the distinction of being the first proposed mascots for Android (that I’m aware of, at least.)
What do you guys think? Are you glad Irina Blok stepped in to give us the mascot we have today, or are you wishing these funky tripbots adorned Android market material the world round?
“Rainbow robots… what does this mean?”
Source: +Dan Morrill