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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darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

The iPhone was a PDA that could make phone calls. It was as obvious as dog's balls to anyone with a bit of imagination.

Even that part had been done before. Have a look at devices that ran Windows Mobile 6 Professional. They were PDAs with a phone added in, right down to having the phone dialer in a separate app. They sucked horribly due to awful resistive touch screens and an even worse user interface, but the PDA+phone combo does predate the iPhone by a few years.

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hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

Heh, Compaq even sold a kit that would turn their Ipaq range of PDAs into phones. This by way of a PCMCIA sleeve, a mobile phone card, and a price of program to do basic dialing. Something of a brick for the time, but it worked.

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