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#1 AWilliams87

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 20:57

The day Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone model (January 9th, 2007,) Google’s Android team, which had been secretly working on a smartphone for two years, took a “kick in the stomach,” The Atlantic revealed. While Google knew, as everyone else also knew at the time, that Apple was working on a smartphone, the company “just didn’t think it would be that good,” Ethan Beard, an early Android business development executive said. Watching the iPhone keynote on his way to a CES 2007 Android-related meeting in Las Vegas, Rubin reportedly stopped his car to see the entire performance Steve Jobs was putting on stage at the time. “Holy crap,” he told a colleague, “I guess we’re not going to ship that phone,” referring to the BlackBerry-like Android device his team was working on at the time.

 

“Sooner” was the codename of the first Android handset that never shipped because of the iPhone. The device was arguably “more revolutionary than what had just been revealed in the iPhone,” the publication writes, but it was “ugly,” featuring a traditional keyboard and a touch-less small display.

“As a consumer I was blown away. I wanted [an iPhone] immediately. But as a Google engineer I thought ‘We’re going to have to start over’” Chris DeSalvo said. “What we had suddenly looked so… nineties. It’s just one of those things that are obvious when you see it.”

 

After working for two years on Sooner, which was supposed to ship in late 2007, the Android team had to refocus on a different device, a phone with a touchscreen that could compete with the iPhone, codenamed Dream at the time, and whose launch was pushed back to fall 2008.

 

“I never got the feeling that we should scrap what we were doing – that the iPhone meant game over,” then Android’s project manager Erick Tseng said. “But a bar had been set, and whatever we decided to launch, we wanted to make sure that it cleared the bar.”

 

Interestingly, Google managed to reach its goal with Android, which at the time the iPhone launched was making sure Microsoft would not do to the smartphone business what it did to the PC business before, and keep its search-based services relevant in the growing mobile ecosystem. “It’s hard to relate to that [fear of Microsoft] now, but at the time we were very concerned that Microsoft’s mobile strategy would be successful,” Google’s Eric Schmidt said during his testimony in the Oracle vs Google copyright trial last year. Since then,Android became the most successful smartphone platform, by market share, with Apple still making most of the profits from the mobile business.

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 21:03

Actual title: "How the original iPhone forced Google to completely rebuild Android"

 

Title for Neowin: "How the original iPhone forced Google to copy it"

 

Can we get this man a job as a writer here?!



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 21:06

Shouldnt change the topic of a article you are posting.



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 21:18

Stupid title. come on man you've got to better than that title.



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 21:20

Shouldnt change the topic of a article you are posting.

I didn't. That is the title of this post.



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 21:21

I didn't. That is the title of this post.

 

No, this is the original title....

 

When posting articles from other sources, keep the same title.  People tend to comment if you dont. :)

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 21:23

No, this is the original title....

Right. That's the title of the article. "copied it" is the title of this post.  :shifty:

 

EDIT to your EDIT: Fine. I'll take that into consideration next time.



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 21:24

Right. That's the title of the article. "copied it" is the title of this post.  :shifty:

 

I edited my post.  When you change the title of the article you are quoting, it is frowned upon.  The change you made makes a big difference.



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 21:29

Copy and Rebuild are different though. 



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 21:34

Copy and Rebuild are different though. 

very true

 

however they did rebuild to make the feature set in-line with what the iPhone was offering....

 

they weren't even thinking Touch-interface back in 2007. 



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 21:37

Android_before_after_iphone.jpg



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 21:40

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That is Eclair, Android 2.0 on that Nexus One.  The first handset is a prototype.  Think maybe you missed a phone or two in between?

 

Talk about cherry-picking.

 

Try this on for size as the first available android phone (well before the HTC Nexus One, heh):

 

imgHtc%2520Dream4.jpeg



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 21:54

That is Eclair, Android 2.0 on that Nexus One.  The first handset is a prototype.  Think maybe you missed a phone or two in between?

 

Talk about cherry-picking.

 

Try this on for size as the first available android phone (well before the HTC Nexus One, heh):

 

imgHtc%2520Dream4.jpeg

What are you trying to imply here? That Android wasn't designed to copy the look and feel of the iPhone? Obviously the first one was a prototype. It is how they envisioned Android at the beginning: as a Blackberry clone. All of a sudden, the new Android features a dock at the bottom, similar to iOS and Mac OSX.



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 22:01

<<Topic updated to correctly match the story/source>>



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 22:02

What are you trying to imply here? That Android wasn't designed to copy the look and feel of the iPhone? Obviously the first one was a prototype. It is how they envisioned Android at the beginning: as a Blackberry clone. All of a sudden, the new Android features a dock at the bottom, similar to iOS and Mac OSX.

 

Who cares if they copied them? Almost every company copies their competitor's ideas or features and attempts to improve upon them. In return the consumer generally gets a more refined and polished product. 





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