Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Jan 2014 20:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

I came across a website whose purpose was to provide a super detailed list of every handheld computing environment going back to the early 1970's. It did a great job except for one glaring omission: the first mobile platform that I helped develop. The company was called Danger, the platform was called hiptop, and what follows is an account of our early days, and a list of some of the "modern" technologies we shipped years before you could buy an iOS or Android device.

Written by one of Danger's first employees, Chris DeSalvo. Amazing detailed look at some of the revolutionary things Danger did - years before iOS and Android.

It should come as no surprise that I loved this article. I hate how everything is framed as "iOS/Android invented this" - while in fact, both of those platforms rely very, very, very heavily on those that came before, such as PalmOS and Danger.

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by looncraz on Sun 5th Jan 2014 21:05 UTC
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I vaguely remember something about these products - merging a Gameboy was pure brilliance...

Sad something like this could not have taken over and held the lead... just imagine if the Hiptop won out instead of the iPhone or BeOS instead of Next...

Thankfully we have an open platform dominating right now - I hope it stays that way (be it Android or another open platform).

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