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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If the genius was anywhere, it was in the rapid adoption of the app community once jailbreakers had shown that you could compile MacOS objective-C into iPhone binaries.

If instead Apple had insisted on the web apps being their thing, and pulled a scorched earth litigation approach towards jailbreakers and such, they would have had a PR mess in no time flat.

In a sense Apple pulled what fashion did to Punk. They embraced and sanitized apps via the itunes app store.

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