By now you’re probably familiar with Google’s friendly green Android robot, who pops up at Android events and in various press material (a giant version also sits in front of the Android building on Google’s campus). And, if you’re like me, you’ve always wished there was a way to remake this robot in your own image — I know I often find myself doodling glasses and messy dark hair on the robot whenever I see it. But now there’s a better way.
Today Google released a fun new app called Androidify. It’s not exactly useful, but it’s a fun diversion: fire it up and you can choose from a variety of body types, outfits, and accessories to make your own custom Android robot (if you’ve ever created a Mii on Nintendo’s Wii, this should be pretty familiar). Once you’re done you can send the avatar to various social networks, change it to your phone’s wallpaper, a buddy’s contact icon and so on.
The application was created by Google’s Creative Lab in tandem with Larva Labs. You can find the app right here on Android Market (remember, this is the new web version of the Market, so you can send the app directly to your phone).
For bonus points, make one of these for your Valentine and film their reaction.
In August 2005, Google acquired Android, a small startup company based in Palo Alto, CA. Android’s co-founders who went to work at Google included Andy Rubin (co-founder of Danger), Rich Miner (co-founder of Wildfire), Nick Sears (once VP at T-Mobile), and Chris White (one of the first engineers at WebTV). At the time, little was known about the functions of Android other than they made software for mobile phones. This began rumors that Google was planning to enter...