For millions of followers of the Android universe, the HTC G1/Dream is considered the first phone to use the operating system, at least the first to launch in stores. Since there is a phone that Google developed internally when they were creating the operating system. A phone that we will reveal now.
This device, a prototype, with codename “Sooner”. It never reached the market, as it was HTC’s device in charge of being the first phone available for purchase that uses Android. This Google prototype is now for sale on eBay. There are several units of it available, priced at $200.
As you can imagine, the specifications of this first Android prototype are not particularly outstanding. The phone has a 2G connection, a 960mAh capacity battery, with 64 MB of RAM. In addition to having a 1.3 MP camera, Sooner does not have a touch screen but has a keyboard, similar to those that were in the Blackberry.
The prototype of the first Android goes on sale on eBay
Apparently these prototype units have been in storage for about 10 years, but they are now on sale on eBay. They probably do not work anymore, having spent so much time and because they are prototypes, they never reached the market. But for many it is perhaps an object of desire and they are interested in being able to buy it, it is a piece of the history of Android.
The package contains the phone itself, a battery, AC adapter, and an earpiece. Other documentation is missing, which is to normal— these are prototypes. For all we know, they may not even work anymore.
Before now we do not know about this Google prototype, but at least we can now see that the brand had plans to launch Android phones from the beginning. This model never saw the light of day, and there may be more devices that suffered a similar fate in the early days of the operating system.