Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Oct 2011 22:24 UTC
Google "As an online discussion about iOS vs. Android grows longer, the probability of someone bringing up this link approaches 1." The argument goes that before the iPhone, Android looked like a BlackBerry clone, and after the iPhone, it suddenly turned into an iOS clone. While this argument, with its pictures, is snappy and easily digestible, it doesn't actually seem to be supported by the facts.
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RE[2]: Myths
by dragossh on Thu 27th Oct 2011 07:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Myths"
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Granted, it's a short demo of a prototype, so maybe I'm nitpicking, but overall it looks very half-baked as a touch-driven interface, which lends further credence to the idea that this functionality was added relatively recently. [Actually, a little research confirms Android OS didn't officially support multitouch until 2.0... I'd forgotten that.]

Well duh, it's a prototype ;) I am pretty sure iPhone's UI looked half baked at some point. Remember that it took Android aboout a year to reach a mature UI.

Regarding multitouch, it wasn't there because of Apple. Once the Google-Apple relationship started to get ugly, Google implemented it in Android.

However, IIRC, the iPhone launched with Google search, YouTube, and Google Maps. Maps in particular must have required cooperation with Google's engineers. I think the reason Jobs became so vindictive is that it felt like the Mac all over again--Microsoft got early access to develop apps ahead of launch.

Hey, we're integrating your stuff into OS X/new shiny app/whatever. And we're gonna fake user agent strings in case you want to look at the logs.


Google Engineers, here's what we're working on, sign this NDA and if you speak we'll sue the crap out of you.
^ Since this didn't happen I assume Apple built the apps by themselves with some form of help from Google, but without revealing the iPhone to them.

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RE[3]: Myths
by thavith_osn on Thu 27th Oct 2011 22:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Myths"
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I think you missed the point of the argument. Thom is trying to tell us that Android already had a touch phone in the works before the iPhone demo, however, he has sited no evidence for this. Android was started in 2003, but we don't know any more than that (well, unless I have missed something, in which case, please let me know (no sarcasm)).

The point is, the state of the "touch" version of Android looked half baked in the demo, like touch was a recent addition to it. There are some touch functions, but nothing like the integration that the iPhone had quite a few months earlier.

I understand (and remember) that Apple asked Google not to add multitouch and some other gestures to the OS, but the one shown in the demo was lacking swipes in obvious areas, such as switching between histories in the browser. If this had been in the works prior to Jan 2011 then I'd suggest Google are rather slow at coding, and we know this isn't the case.

To me (and many others here) it seems that (note the word "seems" as I have no evidence that the touch version wasn't started before the iPhone demo) that the touch version of Android was started after the iPhone demo. I'm pretty sure a lot of people messed their pants that day, including Google.

Please know, I love competition and I want Android to be around...

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