Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Apr 2012 20:36 UTC
Google I wasn't just wrong, I was being an idiot. "When Google was in the thick of Android's development in 2006 and 2007 - long before the platform ever reached retail - it was a very different product, almost unrecognizable compared to the products we used today. Documents dated May of 2007 and made public during the course of Oracle's lawsuit against Google over its use of Java in Android show off a number of those preliminary user interface elements, prominently marked 'subject to change', and you can see how this used to be a product focused on portrait QWERTY devices." I'm hoping I can dive into this a little deeper tomorrow; since it's the busiest period of the year for my little company right now, I don't have the time to do it today. Just to make sure nobody thinks I'm just going to ignore this, I figured it'd be a good idea to post a quickie today. I'll get back to this tomorrow, or Friday at the latest.
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RE: i don't understand
by vaette on Thu 26th Apr 2012 09:06 UTC in reply to "i don't understand"
vaette
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I think Thom is overplaying this issue a bit since he was rather adamant about Android 1.0 not being deeply inspired by the iPhone. For most of the world I don't think this is a very disturbing revelation.

Apple is not really completely wrong in their accusations about being ripped off either imho (the iPhone really was a great leap forward), but I see no reason why they should get legal protection. Free markets and all that.

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