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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RE: what about earlier touch
by hobgoblin on Tue 15th Apr 2014 09:09 UTC in reply to "what about earlier touch"
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Nokia's problem was classic innovators dilemma. They could see the Symbian writing on the door, but at the same time they could not fully commit to Maemo for fear of trashing their short term profits.

IMO, Apple gets a unfair degree of press, in particular outside of USA, thanks to mass media being a Apple shop for the most part.

Hell, while most of Norway runs on Windows the national public broadcaster (NRK) pretty much standardized their content production on Apple. And at the local high school i can tell who is taking media studies as they sport Macbooks while the rest of the place go with HP, Acer, Asus, Samsung, Dell, or any other PC brand.

The first time i learned about Apple was when checking out a musicians magazine a friends dad had laying around. This because of some synth software ad. And the first Mac i actually had eyes on was in the photo lab of the local newspaper.

Apple only really entered public consciousness (as best i can tell) when they launched the iPod with USB support, as all of a sudden it was all over the news.

Until then it had been a niche brand for media technicians and wannabes of such.

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