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 JAlexoid on Thu 27th Oct 2011 12:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Myths"
JAlexoid
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Additionally, you need to keep in mind that Google execs knew about the iPhone well before it was publicly announced. There's no definitive proof (that I know of) that Google got privileged information from Schmidt's participation on the board--different boards exercise different levels of transparency and Apple is famously secretive.


A) Didn't your mind protest when you wrote those two statements together?

B) Search, YouTube and Maps have had public APIs for a long time. If needed, Apple could have developed Search, YouTube and Maps in secret. Or at least not say what device those would be used on. In short, it's not proof of anything.

C) It will still not convince all of the rabid WP7* and iOS fans, so I wouldn't even bother.

There is no smoking gun on either side. The facts are only these:
- iPhone demonstrated/popularised new interaction/input paradigm for smartphones.
- Android was known to exist since 2005
- Android's demo devices first appeared later than iPhone, much later.
- Dev devices are rarely what they end up to be.

* - Yes, WP7 fans are hypocritical enough to forget that finger touch orientation was popularised by none-other than the iPhone. But as long as they are Android bashing they don't care for little things called "facts".

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