Android’s official mascot, known as bugdroid, has been with us since 2007 – and like the rest of us, it’s gone through changes over the past 15 years. It is no longer a flat image, it is instead three-dimensional and its green hue has changed throughout its history.


Regardless of the changes observed, the bugdroid is still immediately recognizable to large swathes of the population. Android’s glowing green beacon appeared on pin pages and other merchandise, appeared in official videos, and performed as a variety of statues in the grounds of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Bugdroid was the brainchild of Silicon Valley-based designer Irina Blok, who explains on her website: “While working for Google, I created this little green guy as part of the launch campaign.”

It was not initially intended to be the international face of the operating system, as Blok notes: “Initially the logo was aimed at the developer (sic) community, but it quickly became aimed at consumers, millions of people creating their own versions of the logo. »


Pre-bugdroid

The four Dandroid illustrations in red, yellow, green and blue
“Dandroids” were an unofficial Android mascot before Bugdroid came along.

Source: Dan Morrill

Before Blok was commissioned by Google to create the bugdroid we all know and love, there were some unofficial droids roaming around internally at the search giant. Known as Dandroids in honor of their creator Dan Morrill – who was Google’s head of Android developer relations at the time – the quartet of quirky, colorful mascots were created in Inkscape in just a few hours.

Explaining in 2013 on his now-defunct Google+ page why Dandroids were created in the first place, Morrill wrote: “We were preparing for an internal developer launch and I didn’t have any eye candy for the slide that we were preparing. Hence, these guys.

While fun, they’re definitely not as cute and adorable as the bugdroid, and it’s probably for the best that Dandroids haven’t become the public face of Android.

2007

Original Android bugdroid mascot
The iconic bugdroid was introduced to the world in 2007

Source: Google/Irina Blok

Bugdroid is introduced to the world for the first time, a playful character with a green hue to complement the main Android logo.

Providing more information about the mascot, Blok writes: “Because the Android operating system was the first open system of its kind, the idea was to create the open source logo, which was released to the gaming community. developers without regular brand guidelines.

“Much like Linux Penguin, the logo helped establish the identity of the new product and generated enthusiasm among engineers.”

Since its creation, the bugdroid has been heavily customized by the community, appearing in a wide variety of colors and wearing thousands of different outfits.

2014

Android mascot Bugdroid 2014
Google gave Bugdroid a different shade of green in 2014

Source: Google / Irina Block

A minor update to bugdroid occurred in 2014 when Google changed the mascot’s green color alongside a new Android logo. The shape and style of the bugdroid remained the same.

2019

Bugdroid is getting a spicier green redesign to coincide with the launch of Android 10. The eyes have been lowered and the head more rounded as the mascot has been incorporated into the Android logo.

2023

Android's 2023 bugdroid

Source: Google

Four years passed before bugdroid got a facelift. Google said it brought in a lot more character, turning the bugdroid into a playful – albeit still mute – mascot as it moved into the realm of 3D. The mascot came to life with springy antennae, posable arms and legs, and the ability to morph as Google saw fit.

Bugdroid sculptures at Google headquarters

Although Google has only made minor changes to its official Android mascot over the years, it has also gotten creative from time to time. Android lawn statues are well-known attractions at Google headquarters. These are all Bugdroid variants that Mountain View is proud of.

The Android 14 bugdroid mascot statue

Source: Google

  1. Classic Green Bugdroid Android’s iconic mascot in his original green splendor.
  2. Ice cream sandwich Introduced to coincide with the launch of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
  3. Jelly Bean Bugdroid Introduced to coincide with the launch of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  4. KitKat Bugdroid Introduced to coincide with the launch of Android 4.4 KitKat
  5. Lollipop Bugdroid Introduced to coincide with the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop
  6. Marshmallow Bugdroid Introduced to coincide with the launch of Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  7. Bugdroid Nougat Introduced to coincide with the launch of Android 7.0 Nougat
  8. Oreo Bugdroid Introduced to coincide with the launch of Android 8.0 Oreo
  9. Cherry Pie Bugdroid Introduced to coincide with the launch of Android 9.0 Pie
  10. Upside Down Bugdroid Introduced to coincide with the launch of Android 14 Upside Down Cake

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