When you dig round in Android historical past, you are certain to uncover some spectacular treasures.
That’s what occurred to me whereas I used to be deep within the digital archives doing badysis for my latest story about Android variations. From the memory-jogging screenshots to the numerous forgotten milestones, I got here throughout extra buried gems than I might probably squeeze right into a single story. And you realize what? Some of the nuggets that did not find yourself becoming into the ultimate piece have been among the many most amusing discoveries of all.
So let’s set the scene for just a few standout examples: The yr was 2009. Cupcake was the Android launch o’ the second — the primary Android model to sport a tasty-sounding identify, to not point out an on-screen keyboard and then-revolutionary-seeming help for third-party widgets.
Android was however a tiny virtual-diaper-wearing babe on the time — barely a blip on the cell market radar. Only two Android telephones even existed within the early a part of that yr, in reality, and each of them have been made by HTC.
That’s when Samsung got here marching into the image. In April of 2009, the corporate introduced its first Android-based creation: the Samsung i7500, which might quickly be identified extra generally as — yup, you guessed it — the Samsung Galaxy.
The gadget featured a whopping three.2-in. AMOLED show, help for “blazing“-fast 7.2 Mbps knowledge speeds, and a “slim and compact design” with a mere 11.9mm-thick physique. (For comparability, the Galaxy S8 is 8mm thick.)
Hold the cellphone, although: It’s not the inevitably dated nature of the primary Galaxy’s specs which can be really tickling. That’s simply par for the course with any gadget from the traditional Stone Age of 2009. What’s particularly humorous about Samsung’s inaugural Android effort are the weather that really feel virtually satirically in step with what we now know as a few of the firm’s most irksome ongoing habits.
1. The Samsung Galaxy i7500 was dinged for lacking the mark on software program design
There wasn’t a heck of loads to be mentioned about Android UI design again in these days, however CNET nonetheless discovered a gripe with the best way Samsung custom-made the working system’s freshly made on-screen keyboard:
As typical, Samsung has caught in too many hardly ever used keys, like one for switching languages, and the keyboard covers a lot of the display.
Sound acquainted? Here comes the deliciously ironic twist: Samsung truly did not do a lot else to alter the inventory Android UI on the i7500. And, properly — paging CNET:
Based on the poor keyboard design … we’re in all probability lucky that Samsung has just about left Android alone.
Can’t you simply hear the dramatic “dun dun dun!” sound enjoying within the background? It’s virtually as if somebody went again in time and wrote a prequel particularly to arrange the arc that’d observe.
2. Samsung screwed round with the Android buttons even again then
We all learn about Samsung’s insistence on deviating from platform-wide requirements and doing its personal factor, significantly with regards to the position of the principle Android system keys (Back, Home, and Overview — or Overview, Home, and Back, relying in your perspective). And then there’s the entire hanging-onto-the-dated-permanent-Menu-button-for-means-too-long saga (keep in mind that complete mess?!).
Well, even again within the 2009 Cupcake period of Android, Samsung discovered a method to flout requirements and introduce arbitrary change for the sake of change.
On the corporate’s first-ever Galaxy, the then-standard bodily Android Search key was absent — and the then-standard text-labeled “Menu” button was labeled as an alternative with a random and reasonably cryptic icon that left quite a lot of reviewers confused.
This line, although, from TechRadar’s overview, actually made me giggle — as a result of it could possibly be utilized to virtually any Samsung Android cellphone overview from the i7500 to now:
The cellphone has a unique key structure to the opposite Android telephones we’re used to.
I suppose some debuts actually do set the stage for the longer term.
three. Owners of Samsung’s first Galaxy cellphone complained about — drumroll, please — disappointing help for software program updates
Fear not, my tech-history-loving pals, for we have saved the perfect treasure for final: In a now-wildly-amusing (and perhaps barely painful?) twist, house owners of the Galaxy i7500 would rapidly come to complain about Samsung’s subpar dedication to offering post-sales software program updates. And keep in mind: Back then, Android was evolving at a breakneck tempo, with main new variations popping out each few months.
But Samsung, being Samsung, determined to not replace its first Galaxy to the transformational Android 2.zero Eclair launch — even supposing Eclair got here out in the identical calendar yr, mere months after the cellphone’s debut.
“Samsung’s Galaxy [is] stuck in history,” wrote The Register in a scathing editorial. “The Galaxy was launched in September … but it seems that the handset won’t be getting an upgrade to Android version 2, despite the new OS coming less than two months later. This is a decision that some customers see as a betrayal of the Android promise.”
What extra can we are saying? Every from time to time, an outdated cliche proves to be comically correct: Some issues actually, really by no means change.