If you stop to think about it, Android is everywhere : on your mobile, on your tablet, on your watch, on your smart speaker and, soon, on all the appliances in your home thanks to. Most connected devices around the world operate under the umbrella of operating system of Andy , our beloved ‘green doll’. If we tell you to paint the Android logo, possibly better or worse, you end up drawing that funny robot whose face you can see in our logo, but where does it come from? Where are you from? That is what you are going to discover.
In this article we will give a calm and pleasant walk through the history of the Android logo , one of the most recognizable icons of the technological world next to the apple of Apple or the smile of Amazon. Are you ready? Well, let’s go to the mess. Make popcorn and make yourself comfortable.
We are in 2003 . A small company called Android Inc. (where Andy Rubin worked, I’m sure you’ve heard his name sometime) was working on an interesting project:whose purpose was to be able to store them online just after taking them out. It was a wonderful idea, but the mobile photography industry was not at its best (mainly due to the boom of camera phones). So, the good Rubin decided to give a return to his project, converting it into open source mobile software.
The idea liked Google so much that, On July 11, 2005, they bought the company for 50 million dollars , a ridiculous figure for an operating system that, today, is used in 9 out of 10 devices around the world . Now it was necessary to give it shape to launch what is known as MVP (Minimum Viable Product), and to begin with it was necessary to create a corporate identity, starting with the logo .
The first mobile with Android was theand we would see it in 2008.
There is a good handful of theories about the origin of the Android logo. The best known (and totally false) is that it is a adaptation of R2D2 (the famous Star Wars astromech robot). Another theory states that it is based on the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Written by Philip K. Dick and taken to the big screen as “Blade Runner”. The name of Android and the name of the first Google phones (Nexus) do come from here, but the logo, as such, no.
This is the most plausible theory, for obvious reasons (minute 1:39 of. In Gauntlet: The Third Encounter , an arcade-style action game released for the Atari Lynx in 1990, we can choose a character called Android that, interestingly, It’s a lot like our beloved Andy : antennas, legs and arm, body shape … Anyone would say that the Android logo is a copy of this character in 8 bits, right? The reality is that we will never know.
At that time, the graphic designer of the Android project (and, therefore, the creator of the logo) was Irina Block , who made the following statements in an interview, and I quote:
“This logo was designed to be the international symbol of Android, and is open source, like the platform itself. There are no cultural references to other characters or cultural icons […]. The process was very simple. We spoke with the founder of Android, who did an investigation on the subject of androids and robots. It was clear that the logo should be related to the name of the operating system. So, the first step was to create a gigantic moodboard (wall of inspiration) with all kinds of androids and robots that were inspired by the OS. The next step was to explore a wide variety of visual languages and artistic directions (from pixel-based to realistic drawings or cartoons). We were two designers working on it but, in the end, my sketch was chosen … it’s ironic that the most basic symbol was the one selected. In fact, that was the first sketch, which I drew in five minutes, and then we spent weeks devising and drawing more. I think the simplicity of this brand makes a clear statement. ”
A curious fact is that the winning logo (you already know what it is) it was sent to Google engineers to make their own versions. The result could not be more disastrous :
As far as color is concerned, the hexadecimal code of your particular green is # A4C639 , a color that “Was selected because it recalls the color of nostalgia and stands out against a dark background” , to which I would like to add that there is nothing wrong with clear backgrounds, as the latest versions of Android have shown.
And this is the history of the Android logo! As you can see, we can not mark a start too precise. In fact, in the same time line of Android that Google has published on its website, the start of this operating system is in 2007 (launch of Android Donut). Even so, despite all the changes that Android has suffered throughout his career, our little Andy is still the same from the beginning. It’s funny how a sketch drawn in five minutes can become a global icon , true?