Looking Back, A Tour of Android 1.1

Android has gone through a lot of iterations to get us to the Ice Cream Sandwich smoothness that we have in today’s Android 4.0.4. Every once in a while it’s good to pause for a moment, smell the roses, and take a look at the path we’ve taken to get to where we are now. Today we’re looking back at our sojourn through the wilderness of the Android OS by loading up Android 1.1 in the trusty — albeit bug-filled — emulator.

We start out looking at the homescreens, which had a grand total of three panels in Android 1.1. We had widgets, just like we have today, but the manner for dropping them on the homescreen was a bit different. Then we move on to the dialer, which has gotten some polish, but up through Gingerbread and Honeycomb, it wasn’t much different from what we had in the earliest versions of OS. We end up looking at the the app drawer, but it too has gone through permutations on its path to where we are today, and finish up with the anemic music player.

Take a look at the video and let us know what your favorite (or least favorite) feature of “retro-Android” was.

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.