On social network, Google+, Google developer Dan Morrill posted his designs for the original Android mascot, from the days when Android was as yet a concept, not a reality.
The team was preparing for an internal launch for developers to get a look at the API, and Morrill, then a developer relations guy, needed some visuals to populate his slides with. He created the above robot-men to illustrate Android.
They had a brief flurry of minor popularity amongst the team — enough to pick up the nickname “Dandroids”, anyway. But then +Irina Blok (as I recall) presented her work: the bugdroid we all know and love. Funny how the professional work is of vastly higher quality than the amateur, isn’t it? Even so, these guys have the distinction of being the first proposed mascots for Android (that I’m aware of, at least.)
Morrill was cleaning up a server that he uses at Google, and found these image files. He posted them to Google+ and there you have it. While we can’t say they aren’t cute, they certainly haver a bit of the creepy factor thrown in, especially with those whirly, spiral eyes. Yikes!