Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Oct 2011 23:17 UTC, submitted by jello
Apple So, how serious is the legal battle between Apple and the various Android phone makers, really? Surely, it's just logical business sense that's behind it, right? Calculated, well-planned precision strikes designed to hurt Android where simply making better, more innovative products isn't enough? Well, no, not really. We already knew Steve Jobs took this personal - now we know just how personal.
Thread beginning with comment 493636
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
What ideas did Google steal from Apple?
by Nycran on Sat 22nd Oct 2011 01:36 UTC
Nycran
Member since:
2006-02-06

Just out of curiosity, which ideas that were genuinely Apple's ideas did Google steal? I can think of two:

* Finger touch screen. Previous smartphones used a stylus.

* Fully integrated app and media store. Previous smartphones used 3rd party app stores like PalmGear.com and Handango.

Is there anything else?

Reply Score: 4

TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

I dont think its fair to say that anyone could steal multi touch from Apple. Apple made the first multi touch phone, but there were plenty of other multi touch devices out there.

Reply Parent Score: 3

viton Member since:
2005-08-09

Apple has bought a company that did multitouch things in 2000s. Touchscreen PCs and PDAs didn't used multi-touch before Apple and the "general public" was not aware of such tech.

Reply Parent Score: 2

JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

* Finger touch screen. Previous smartphones used a stylus.

I remember that iPod Touch(Sept 2007) had a cool all finger input. Nothing else really was noteable about it.

Reply Parent Score: 2

oskeladden Member since:
2009-08-05

Just on your first point: the idea of a stylus-free PDA phone experience had been in the works and actually implemented for a while before the iPhone. There were a bunch of finger-friendly skins developed for WinMo 5, and HTC had been working for their stylusless TouchFlo interface for a while before the iPhone was announced. Their first TouchFlo-based phone came out just around the time the iPhone was released, and very shortly after it was announced.

What was different about the iPhone was that the interface had been built from the ground up around a particular model of user interaction, rather than slapping a finger-friendly interface on an OS designed around rather different principles. This is something Apple has always been rather good at. But the idea of fingers rather than styli wasn't new - because of the obvious inconvenience of styli, it was something a range of people had been working on.

Reply Parent Score: 2

Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

steal

To steal something from John, John can not have it later. If he still has it, it was not a steal.

Finger touch screen. Previous smartphones used a stylus.

"Besides a mobile phone, the major applications were a calendar, address book, world clock, calculator, note pad, e-mail, and games. It had no physical buttons to dial with. Instead customers used a touchscreen to select phone numbers with a finger".

It was an invent from Apple? No.
http://www.retrocom.com/bellsouth_ibm_simon.htm
http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF8&pr...

Reply Parent Score: 3

andydread Member since:
2009-02-02

Just out of curiosity, which ideas that were genuinely Apple's ideas did Google steal? I can think of two:

* Finger touch screen. Previous smartphones used a stylus.

* Fully integrated app and media store. Previous smartphones used 3rd party app stores like PalmGear.com and Handango.

Is there anything else?


The problem is that those are not even Apple's ideas. Finger touch screen is a result in advancement in technology. Similar to move from CRT to LCD. It is LCD tech that matured and allowed everyone to create flat panel form factor. finger touch (capacitative display LCD)is just a natural progression.

Integrated application repositories have been around on other operating systems for decades. Debian packaging system and even Cydia came before the Apple App Store did. Putting a fancy face on the old packaging system and marketing it is all Apple did.

Reply Parent Score: 2

smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

Integrated application repositories have been around on other operating systems for decades


and even if you narrow it down to an repository specific to a closed device apple got beaten by microsofts xbla by 3 years

Reply Parent Score: 2