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[2]: Why Steve hates android
by BallmerKnowsBest on Thu 26th Apr 2012 15:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Why Steve hates android"
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Don't be silly. iPhone came early, not even first, on the market which used the technology available at the time at it's full potentional. Even if the iPhone did not arrive on the market an other would have build it.

That's Apple's SOP: they look at the research other people are doing, and try to jump the queue. To Apple (and their fanboys), being "first" is the only thing that matters, and they're more than willing to cut corners & make huge compromises so they can put out the "new shiny thing".

Of course, Apple's problem is that that approach results in products that seem impressive/cutting edge only in the short-to-medium term (and only to clueless tech-tards). Longer-term, their products are inevitably hobbled by the shortcuts Apple took in order to be "first". This lets their competitors sit back, wait for the technology to mature, and then easily overtake Apple from a standing start.

Just look at the way that iOS has been frantically playing catch-up even to Android, despite Apple having almost a 2 year lead. And compared to truly-innovative mobile OSes like WP7 or PlaybookOS, iOS looks almost as crusty and outdated as "Classic" MacOS looked when compared to NT4.

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