Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Apr 2014 16:40 UTC
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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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Finally!
by Windows Sucks on Mon 14th Apr 2014 23:40 UTC
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2005-11-10

For years everyone tried (Even on this site) to deny that Google and others copied Apple.

And no I am not saying Apple "Invented" smart phones. No, they did what they always do and they took them main stream and made them easy.

But people keep over looking that Schmidt was on Apples board. He had an inside track on what Apple was doing.

Anyway I am glad it's finally come out. Wow.

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RE: Finally!
by unclefester on Tue 15th Apr 2014 10:38 in reply to "Finally! "
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2007-01-13

For years everyone tried (Even on this site) to deny that Google and others copied Apple.


Everyone copies everyone else. The iPhone was a copy of the LG Chocolate.

And no I am not saying Apple "Invented" smart phones. No, they did what they always do and they took them main stream and made them easy.


No company is better at separating the gullible from their money.

But people keep over looking that Schmidt was on Apples board. He had an inside track on what Apple was doing.


Contrary to your assumption directors rarely have access to secret projects. It is extraordinarily unlikely that Schmidt had any meaningful knowledge of the iPhone before it was released.

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RE[2]: Finally!
by Windows Sucks on Tue 15th Apr 2014 11:55 in reply to "RE: Finally! "
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

Everyone copies everyone else. The iPhone was a copy of the LG Chocolate.


? Please show which version of the Chocolate that the iPhone copied. I would be more inclined to say they copied a palm or an HTC Windows mobile phone before the LG Chocolate.

And copying an idea is one thing, straight stealing the look, the feel and the function is blatant.

No company is better at separating the gullible from their money.


You must mean Samsung, who blatantly copies others, steals form, function and look of others products, has been found guilty even in their own country of doing so. Then sells those thefts to others.

Or Google who sells services to companies who then push them to insecure, out of date devices. Microsoft can control it, why can't Google??

Contrary to your assumption directors rarely have access to secret projects. It is extraordinarily unlikely that Schmidt had any meaningful knowledge of the iPhone before it was released.


Interesting: http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2009/08/03Dr-Eric-Schmidt-Resigns-f...

If you read when he left Apple: “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.”

So if you don't have any inside track on whats happening in the company, why would it be a conflict of interest to be on the board?

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