Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Jan 2014 20:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

I came across a website whose purpose was to provide a super detailed list of every handheld computing environment going back to the early 1970's. It did a great job except for one glaring omission: the first mobile platform that I helped develop. The company was called Danger, the platform was called hiptop, and what follows is an account of our early days, and a list of some of the "modern" technologies we shipped years before you could buy an iOS or Android device.

Written by one of Danger's first employees, Chris DeSalvo. Amazing detailed look at some of the revolutionary things Danger did - years before iOS and Android.

It should come as no surprise that I loved this article. I hate how everything is framed as "iOS/Android invented this" - while in fact, both of those platforms rely very, very, very heavily on those that came before, such as PalmOS and Danger.

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RE[2]: "Always On" = Genius
by chandler on Mon 6th Jan 2014 03:18 UTC in reply to "RE: "Always On" = Genius"
chandler
Member since:
2006-08-29

The way I remember it, the Hiptop hit the market about the same time as the first wave of Windows Mobile smartphones, the Handspring Treo, and the first BlackBerry phones. What was particularly unique about that first Hiptop that makes it especially "always-on, internet-connected"?

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RE[3]: "Always On" = Genius
by ddc_ on Mon 6th Jan 2014 09:06 in reply to "RE[2]: "Always On" = Genius"
ddc_ Member since:
2006-12-05

What was particularly unique about that first Hiptop that makes it especially "always-on, internet-connected"?

Again, Palm and PocketPC were basically organizers with Mobile connectivity (IIRC PocketPC phones came in 2003), and their focus was mostly on enabling offline PIM experience within the same device you use to make calls. Hiptop's claim of notability is its orientation towards cloud services from the very beginning - something that went mainstream with current iteration of smartphones.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, I actually decided to buy a phone, once I realized that Microsoft had an operating system for them and was essentially windows CE. So, I tried finding one with a carrier. The only one I could find on T mobile in early 2002, didn't have a microphone built in. You had to plug in a headphone/ microphone combo to take and receive calls on it.

I couldn't make that kind of a compromise for a primary phone. So I decided to try the unknown danger, in the hopes that it didn't suck.

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