Did you know that before the iPhone was announced Android did not support touchscreen input?
On the left, a render of an Android phone from Google's initial SDK
“Touchscreens will not be supported,” Google writes in a 2006 Android device specification document. “The product was designed with the presence of discrete physical buttons as an assumption. However, there is nothing fundamental in the products architecture that prevents the support of touchscreens in the future.”
“A touchscreen for finger-based navigation - including multi-touch capabilities - is required. Stylus-based navigation is not supported.”
Leaked documents reveal that Google changed its mind about touchscreen support on Android (on top is the 2006 draft is above, below it - the 2007 version
Those early documents about the Android system show a lot of other extremely curious details like the fact that Android planned to use Microsoft’s FAT32 file system. This would later lay in the very foundation of hardware makers facing legal trouble, and being forced to pay huge license fees to Redmond. You can see the leaked documents in their entirety at the source links right below.
source: Android Software functional requirements (2006 version, 2007 version) via Recode
1. AndroidStuff (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)
Everyone Knows Android was a Copied Product of Apple/iOS
43. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3077; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Nice article PA. It perfectly makes everyone believe that touchscreen was invented by apple and android is a rip off from ios. Lol.
53. superduper (Posts: 128; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)
Single-finger operated, stylus operated, and resistive touch screens existed before the iPhone. Apple brought out a *workable* *multi-touch* touch screen that made additional hardware such as keypads and D-pads unnecessary. Then Google shifted its copycat target from Blackberry to iPhone. It's fair to say that Android and $amsung developers rode roughshod over much of Apple's hard work.
56. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3077; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Lg prada first *workable* touchscreen
66. superduper (Posts: 128; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)
If it had a workable touchscreen, then why did LG have to include a slide-out keyboard underneath?
85. bestmvno (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)
Not very hard to comprehend. Some people were afraid to abandon physical keys in place of touch. I myself had wanted my first smartphone to contain both a physical keyboard and touch screen. Ultimately I abandoned that idea and went with something else. There is still a world out there consisting of people who prefer a physical keyboard although they are a minority. A lot of them are those that grew up on blackberry's and pda's.
87. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3856; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Because keyboards were all the rage during Black Berry's reign.
96. ibap (Posts: 690; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
Because those typing on glass seem to think they are e.e. cummings, and don't bother to edit what they've typed because it is a PITA.
111. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Same thing could be said for BB still using physical keyboards....to this day.
60. marlboro (Posts: 93; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
Haters comments count starts now. Dont be jealous take it easy. Lol.
86. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3856; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
My gosh, Victor H. we ALL have known this for years now. Black Berry was king at the time & Android was emulating Black Berry's success.
Just so everyone knows, Apple didn't invent the touch screen phone, there were many touch screen phones out there. Windows Phone Mobile had touch screen phones with apps, WAY before the iPhone came out.
Also let's not forget about Plam with it's awesome Treo's that were out during that time.
Apple's iPhone was a rip off of the LG Prada that had the iPhone style BEFORE the iPhone even came out. So who indeed copied who...?
Victor H. STILL starting the age old beef between Android & Apple.
Can't we move on already... Just got a Taco50 & 530gemini flashback. lol
89. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3856; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Sorry... Windows Mobile, Not Windows Phone Mobile. lol
97. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3077; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Yeah those trolls were terrible during 2010-11.
103. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 850; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Resistive != Capacitive. And since the Prada and the iPhone came out in the same year, it would be kind of difficult to "copy" one another. By the way, the Prada used FlashOS, which died with that handset.
104. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
And that the mistake many make....touch screen = touch screen tho.
Touch screen phones have been out long before the iPhone. No where in his post or the article does it mention capacitive.
115. JC557 (Posts: 972; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
The LG Prada was shown long before the iPhone and it was the first mobile phone with a capacitive touchscreen. Not the first device to incorporate a capacitive touchscreen though.
This is where the Apple fans start rewriting history.
117. domfonusr (Posts: 326; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
Still, it was not the LG Prada that made the capacitive touchscreen experience popular... the iPhone still holds that place, despite earlier attempts at the same. Yes, some Apple fans attempt to rewrite history as they see it, but Android fans shouldn't be in the business of writing Apple out of theirs.
83. AfterShock (Posts: 2652; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
It was off of BB an WM that it born to compete, just so you know.
The target is constantly moving forward,
20. shuaibhere (Posts: 1298; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
In what way???
By supporting touchscreen??
that is known as competition...
36. Finalflash (Posts: 1588; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
It is but not like it wasn't anticipated. All the documents above show is that the times moved faster than Google anticipated and instead of sitting on their laurels they adapted. Regardless, I personally don't care what or how it came to be in this case, it is where it is at and where it is going that matters now.
41. shuaibhere (Posts: 1298; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Exactly that's what I'm saying...they saw competition doing good then they upped their ante...
This is what competition is...
22. vincelongman (Posts: 1046; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
That's irrelevant now
What matters is which OS is currently better
And IMO that's Android by miles
Everyone copies each other too kept the competition going
Google have copied Apple/MS, Apple have copied Google/MS,... and same with all the other companies
In the end, its us, the consumer, who get the benefits, so who cares who did it first
26. darkkjedii (Posts: 10529; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
In the court of law, in an infringement case that's not irrelevant, it's the point dude. This case is playing out in a court of law, so your HO doesn't matter. Since it's android by miles, then continue to support android, and let the jury do their job. "Who cares who did it first"? The jury does, when there's patents involved.
28. shuaibhere (Posts: 1298; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
I remember you use to post same kind if things when you see apple is on the other side...
46. darkkjedii (Posts: 10529; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Not really concerned with what you remember. This is about a court case, what you and I think doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is the verdict. Now remember I posted that...
73. shuaibhere (Posts: 1298; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
That day you where like I don't care...i just want what I want and all...but suddenly you started to care about it...what made you change...
119. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
As someone whom I seem to recall bringing up having to deal with racial inequality in the past when people start throwing slurs around as they inevitably do once rational discourse has devolved into name-calling, I'd think you be a little more opposed to the idea that a jury's verdict is all that matters.
No, a jury verdict is not always just or right. Legal, yes... but once upon a time slavery was legal too. If something is legal, but wrong, then it needs to be changed and not supported.
29. shuaibhere (Posts: 1298; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
I remember you use to post same kind of things when you see apple is on the other side...
38. Nkolsen (Posts: 26; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
Great lets do a who did it first. We have samsung using the android system vs apple with ios.
Apparently samsung showed a touchscreen phone in public BEFORE apples iphone, so they can take their bull...somewhere else!!!!
50. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3077; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
here you go DJ read your comments on this one.
51. vincelongman (Posts: 1046; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Well according to the US court Samsung copied
But according to every other court in the world, Samsung didn't copy
The British court even order Apple to admit and post on their site that Samsung didn't copy
So I guess its just the US justice system supporting the US company
52. darkkjedii (Posts: 10529; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Where's this case being tried? Oh yeah the USA.
57. vincelongman (Posts: 1046; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
... So you agreed the US court is biased?
79. darkkjedii (Posts: 10529; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
No, I agree that this case will be settled in a court of law, and all this fanboyishness on PA is futile.
78. engineer-1701d (Posts: 630; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
jedii the jury dont care they are thinking if i say no i wont get a apple product for the wife or daughter, that and they are saying why the hell am i stuck here with this crap. most americans cant think without someone telling them what to do or say, they think the word tablet is= apple and thats what the marketing people at apple wanted. kids see the rich kids with apple so then want it not because its better.
81. darkkjedii (Posts: 10529; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Ok... Doesn't change the fact that it's in the hands of a jury, and what you or I say is futile.
108. Immolate (Posts: 274; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
Most American's can't think? I admit, most of us might not have the mad toilet handle-jiggling skills of an engineer, but I meet a lot of people, and most of them seem quite intelligent, including my boss who has an iPhone and a few iPads. I'm an Android guy and I know a lot more about phones than my boss, but I would never assume that his choice isn't valid just because it's not my choice.
30. surethom (Posts: 232; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)
Yes I have know that for years, So adding a touchscreen is a copy cat????? so Apple was a copycat of HP devices that had has touchscreens using rubbish window version.
Yes android changed after seeing the iphone & that was a good thing, but you can no way say they copied.
40. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3077; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Copied from ios ROFL. So if you mean touchscreen on smartphones were invented by Apple then sorry you are terribly wrong. The article/title may have make you believe this.
55. Altair (Posts: 323; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
Yeah nothing new here.
Steve Jobs "Android is a stolen product." Whole gang in Android camp, are thiefs and copycats. Shamesung is worst. Lets hope it get beated badly in trial.
62. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3077; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Lol a brainwashed $h33p. Nevermind you must be kept in zoo or sanctuary because you are rare species.
68. Sniggly (Posts: 6786; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
"Good artists copy. Great artists steal." -Also Steve Jobs.
58. akki20892 (Posts: 3305; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Before iPhone: The first touchscreen phone was the IBM Simon, launched in 1992 did you hear that "1992"....!
69. wando77 (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
And Apple copied nobody when they made the iPhone? There was already mobile phones and there was already touchscreen phones
76. engineer-1701d (Posts: 630; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
in 05 before apple and google bought it it was presented on a phone over the original os to show it can go on anything if the inventor of the wheel said the wheel is only for horse and buggy and then 1 years later put it on a car plane and everything else you would expect it, its common sense. How can you say android is a copy of apple when android came first and they said you know all phones will be become touch screen thanks to star trek so in the up coming versions it will use touch screens you cant fault or say its stolen or copied it a next common step they said it can be put on it but to show you what it can do use a keyboard.
3. Xenaz (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
Another flame-bait from PA, and fanboyz will gonna take the bait again as usual.....
It is nice to know it though, and no doubt Apple is indeed the one who leads the world to smartphone era
35. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 393; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
Many techies have no idea of android and iOS history, pretty good reminder. Most of them think everything iOS is copied from android.
4. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
“On the day Jobs announced the iPhone, the director of the Android team, Andy Rubin, was six hundred miles away in Las Vegas, on his way to a meeting with one of the myriad handset makers and carriers that descend on the city for the Consumer Electronics Show. He reacted exactly as DeSalvo predicted. Rubin was so astonished by what Jobs was unveiling that, on his way to a meeting, he had his driver pull over so that he could finish watching the webcast.” Also, “Holy crap,” he said to one of his colleagues in the car. “I guess we’re not going to ship that phone ” “Chris DeSalvo’s reaction to the iPhone was immediate and visceral. “As a consumer I was blown away. I wanted one immediately. But as a Google engineer, I thought ‘We’re going to have to start over.’”
12. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
Yeah PA. Most of us knew that touch for Android was conceived after iOS, and this was the reason for some stupid design elements in pre-ICS Android.
5. UglyFrank (Posts: 366; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
We all know this but we try our hardest to repress the memory
6. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
Who knows maybe we'd still be using WAP browsers in 2014 with cursors going about the screen
10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3077; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
This is going to be #popcorn. I see the first signs of flamewar.
7. totally_rad (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)
did you know that before the iphone, windows phone didn't exist?