Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Apr 2014 16:40 UTC

From a 2006 (pre-iPhone) Android specification document:

Touchscreens will not be supported: the Product was designed with the presence of discrete physical buttons as an assumption.

However, there is nothing fundamental in the Product's architecture that prevents the support of touchscreens in the future.

The same document, but a few versions later, from 2007 (post-iPhone):

A touchscreen for finger-based navigation - including multi-touch capabilites - is required.

The impact of the iPhone on Android in two documents. Google knew the iPhone would change the market, while Microsoft, Nokia, and BlackBerry did not. That's why Android is now the most popular smartphone platform, while the mentioned three are essentially irrelevant.

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what about earlier touch
by TechGeek on Mon 14th Apr 2014 19:26 UTC
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I am also not sure I would say that it was the iPhone that changed things. Palm had touch on their devices for years. Evidence of their designs can still be seen, even in the Galaxy 5. Nokia also had touch screen internet devices out long before the iPhone. Maybe it was Apple branding, maybe just a convergence of a lot of separate things. I think most of Nokia's problem was Microsoft. And Microsoft is always late to the party.

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