Android Originally Envisioned as Platform for… Cameras?
Here at Pocketnow, we’ve been taking a stroll down memory lane lately, looking back on what stories were in the news five years ago. Apparently we’re not the only ones who have been reminiscing a bit about the past, and Google’s Andy Rubin, who we recently learned is stepping down from his Android leadership role, was recently sharing some stories about how Android got off the drawing board. In doing so, he painted the picture for a very different focus for Android then we ultimately got, talking about plans to craft Android as a platform for digital cameras.
Back in 2004, Rubin and his Android partners were looking at the digital camera market, and at Android being a tool for letting people share pictures and store them online. It didn’t take long for them to cool to the idea of developing something for cameras, with fears that the market was starting to slow down, and less than six months later, Android was refocused as smartphone software.
It’s funny now, with devices like the Galaxy Camera, how those original Android plans have come full circle back to their roots.