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: Finally!
by unclefester on Tue 15th Apr 2014 10:38 UTC in reply to "Finally! "
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For years everyone tried (Even on this site) to deny that Google and others copied Apple.

Everyone copies everyone else. The iPhone was a copy of the LG Chocolate.

And no I am not saying Apple "Invented" smart phones. No, they did what they always do and they took them main stream and made them easy.

No company is better at separating the gullible from their money.

But people keep over looking that Schmidt was on Apples board. He had an inside track on what Apple was doing.

Contrary to your assumption directors rarely have access to secret projects. It is extraordinarily unlikely that Schmidt had any meaningful knowledge of the iPhone before it was released.

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