Before and after photos show Apple's influence on Android manufacturers then and now

Before and after photos show Apple's influence on Android manufacturers then and now
The original Apple iPhone was a huge influence in the design of competing smartphones. Before Apple's touchscreen handset was unveiled on January 9th, 2007, smartphones had physical keyboards, and users had to push buttons and turn dials to navigate their way around a phone. After the iPhone was launched, touchscreen phones were suddenly in vogue.

Thanks to some pictures posted by a Reddit poster with the handle of Saim_Ray10 (via Redmond Pie), we can see how influential Apple's handset was by looking at pictures of smartphones that were released before and after the OG iPhone. Apple used the same type of imagery during the first Apple v. Samsung patent infringement trial to prove that the Samsung Galaxy S and other Samsung models had infringed on Apple patents related to the design of the iPhone.

History has repeated itself. The Apple iPhone X was not the first smartphone to use a notch; that "honor" actually goes to the Sharp Aquos S2, which was released three days earlier than the Essential Phone. But those models didn't feature the kind of notch that was used on the Apple iPhone X. And as you can see from the before and after photos pertaining to the iPhone X (visit the slideshow at the bottom of this article), Apple's larger and wider notch (see image at the top of this article) ended up on the display of quite a few Android phones, including the Google Pixel 3 XL (not pictured).

Now, the newest trend is to use an in-display camera instead of a notch. This is an innovation that Apple cannot take credit for. But we suspect that it might take another full year before the influence of the iPhone X style notch starts wearing out completely.

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40 Comments

2. Taphius

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

First notch is still the v10 for a mainstream phone.

7. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

No one copied the v10. That’s the point.

14. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

According to you. But every other notch came afterwards. You can't claim they didnt copy them. You sound fake!

23. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Yes everyone on this damn planet knows nobody would copy LG lol get real

26. gws898

Posts: 24; Member since: May 31, 2013

HTC copied it with their U Ultra.

34. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Everybody copies Apple in a very shameless way. Samsung started this awful copying thing and everyone else followed them.

37. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Actually, copying is there in any industry. It’s just that apple was clever enough to make an issue out of it and use it as a strong brand building tool.

39. tuminatr

Posts: 1121; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I have said this too but the first of the modern notches was the Sharp Aquos S2 followed very shortly by the Essential Ph-1

3. andres120

Posts: 7; Member since: May 28, 2014

(facepalm)

4. midan

Posts: 2710; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

No-one will copy the notch, they said :D

6. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

No one will buy a phone without a headphone jack they said.

5. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

This is why Apple only experiences a 5.6% drop in expected sales in an otherwise stagnant market.

10. ramdroid

Posts: 130; Member since: May 21, 2016

I don't know why fanboys are angry! Its the truth and it's very simple. Some just copied the notch looking to take advantage of the iPhone marketing machine and some got innovative like find x Nubia x vivo nex etc What I see hard to follow is the full screen phones after the first iPhone. Back then Android was already announced and the future of smart phones already defined, also there were windows phones and palms.

12. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Nobody should be in denial, they all copy each other.

15. BigVanVader

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

Apple ftw

16. ram_qashow

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Why did you include those particular android phones in the picture ? Where's the galaxy S8, LG G6, essential phone, xiaomi mi mix, note 8, v30 ?

32. cmdacos

Posts: 4105; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Doesn't fit the narrative.

19. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

PA, to be fair, you can do the same to how Samsung influenced phones too. Just as many followed apples notch - there were those that followed Samsung’s curved edges. But you also left out home button imbedded fingerprint scanner, dual cameras, 64 bit architecture, or go back to the whole App Store infrastructure. Apple also had large influence in USB-C port, the were the first with reversable port on a consumer product - they are also on board. Samsung has pushed the phablet as a norm, the megapixel race - which was blindly followed my many. I’m sure there are more for both companies. But it’s late at night.

21. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

First off, it was AMD who made the successful leap to x64. Not Apple. In fact it was so good, Intel gave up making x65 and simply licensed it from AMD. ARM already had a roadmap to x64 on mobile. Apple simply jumped to be first. And it sucks so bad. Thatb32bit and 64bit apps can't cohabit on iOS, bit fo on Windows, Linux, and Android with no problem. In fact 16bit apps still work on Windows 10. The megapixel race? What race? TVs were already pushing resolution and people wanted their phone to match. Samsung advantage was they actually make displays, which means passing Apple was easy because Apple buys displays. Computer screens got bigger, TVs got bigger, so why wouldn't anything with a display get bigger? Samsung has been making TVs and monitors for years. Making them smaller is not inpossible. Stop letting PA feed you their bias. See stuff as it actually was. These PA guys were all small kids or weren't even born when Apple got start. I saw it all from almost day one.

33. c.m.s

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

He is obviously talking about mobile ARM SoCs, not CPUs in general. And of course ARM had it on there road map, it's their instruction set (ARMv8) that Apples CPU is using. But Apple being the first (and with a good margin) manufacturer to design a 64-bit CPU was a _huge_ surprise to the industry. To say Apple CPU suck so bad?... you simple have no clue, noone with any knowledge what so ever agree with you on that one.

22. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Why would they put a Sony phone, a Blackberry phone and a Samsung phone on the "Before iPhone X" side but not include phones from those manufacturers on the "After iPhone X" side? Where's the Essential phone?

25. Ichimoku

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

Before iPhone 'in symbols' () {} After iPhone 'in symbol' []

27. NinoH

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

Everyone knows the whole industry copies Apple. It’s been like that for years now, no big news here.

28. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

This is true, other OEMs trying hard to copy apple’s ecosystem and fanbase especially those that are rich.

29. whocar3s

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

They should add the phone before iPhone 5S and the phone before iPhone 7Plus LOL

30. Farcaster

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Very selective. "After iPhone X" only shows Chinese phones, whereas "Before" shows a variety of OEMs. Why not also include Samsung, Sony, HTC, Google, Essential etc...?

35. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

because that would distract from the meme

38. JcHnd

Posts: 275; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

"Phones after iphone X"... (shows mostly chinese phones) -_-

40. htcisthebest

Posts: 435; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

The impact of Android on iOS is even greater. A year or 2 after Android phones come up with full display screens, the iPhone X came out which is a blatant knockoff of Samsung's full display design. Samsung started building flexible displays a year or 2 ago, and now we are seeing patents from Apple on flexible displays. It's clear who is the leader and who is the follower.

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