Prototypes of the very first unreleased Android smartphone pop-up on eBay

On eBay trading platform, a prototype of the first Android smartphone appeared. The HTC device by the codename “Sooner” was spotted by Android Police.

The seller who revealed the design of the device and the device itself calls it the first gadget running Android, which was supposed to enter the market. The prototype was tested by HTC and Google engineers, but in the end, it did not appear on sale. The model has a display and a physical QWERTY-keyboard, a TI OMAP 850 chip and 64 megabytes of RAM.

The seller asked for the device 195 dollars. He noticed that the phone had been in the warehouse for about ten years, so it might not work correctly. The device is based on one of the earlier versions of Android, which was tested on concept devices.

HTC “Sooner” was eventually rejected by the manufacturer, and the HTC Dream smartphone entered the market instead. The device was introduced in 2008, its price in the US was 179 dollars. For half a year, about a million devices were sold in the US market.

The first version of the Android OS was released in 2008, Google developed the system after the purchase of Android Inc. in 2005. As of the beginning of 2020, the current version of the operating system is Android 10. The public release of Android 11, which will differ in 5G support, is expected in the third quarter of 2020.

Johnny Thompson

Johnny Thompson is a senior reporter for Generator Research in Los Angeles, reporting on technology, business, finances, and more. He previously worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and got his start at newspapers in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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