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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daedalus
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2011-01-14

Indeed, capacitive touchscreens had been around for many, many years before that. All they did was stick one on a phone. I service ancient medical devices which have 486 chips in them and run an early version of QNX, and they have capacitive touchscreens mounted on the front of their CRT displays. It was always obvious the advantage these screens had over their resistive counterparts, along with their disadvantages.

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