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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by TechGeek on Mon 14th Apr 2014 18:49 UTC
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You are assuming that the change was because of the iPhone and not the availability of touchscreens. In 2006 touchscreens were not even on the horizon as a feasible component due to technological limitations and cost. They existed but were not that great. By the end of 2007, the new touchscreen technologies changed them into a must have feature.

I admit to some bias. But you can't dismiss alternate reasons for the changes in Android as you weren't in the meetings.

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RE: assumptions
by Tony Swash on Mon 14th Apr 2014 19:14 in reply to "assumptions"
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The comments by the people who were in the meetings, quoted in the book Dogfight for example completely support the notion that the iPhone unveiling caused a complete reset in the Android project.

Thom's right - Google (and not much later Samsung) were the only players who saw the iPhone launch and realised immediately that the entire game had changed.

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RE[2]: assumptions
by TechGeek on Mon 14th Apr 2014 19:22 in reply to "RE: assumptions"
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Well, if the people at the meeting say that, then I stand corrected.

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RE[2]: assumptions
by organgtool on Mon 14th Apr 2014 22:05 in reply to "RE: assumptions"
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Just because you were the first to do something does not mean that you should automatically be able to patent it and lock others out. The patent has to be for a non-obvious use. What Apple did was place someone else's capacitive touchscreens in their phones and implement a few multitouch gestures, which was one of the primary advantages capacitive touchscreens allowed over their resistive touchscreen predecessors. The patents they filed should have never been granted. You should be allowed to change the game, but unless you develop a truly novel and non-obvious use for the technology, you should not be able to prevent others from adapting to a changing environment.

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