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[Engadget]​Before the iPhone was announced, Android didn't support touchscreen input

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Ahead of Apple revealing its first smartphone, Google's plans for Android back in 2006 involved physical keys for control and no touchscreen input support. Revealed in court documents from the ensuing Apple-Samsung legal fray, the early specification says that "the product [Android] 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 touchscreen in the future." (The above render is from Google's initial SDK, but by then, touchscreen integration was now part of the official spec.)

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Before Apple. the world did not exist.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheLAWNOOB View Post

Before Apple. the world did not exist.

rofl

Best comment eva! tongue.gif
 
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post #4 of 33
sorry but the PALM which came LOOOOOONG before as a handheld device did support touchscreen and it was even in B&W so SHHHH apple

PALM III (1998)



Still I think apple also did a PDA. Everyone "copies" everyone, or should we call it follows trend? that's the point of competition.
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Well, I think they were obviously on the fence. They had been considering it and had designed it so that the physical keypad could have been replaced with a touch screen.

Had Apple been a bit more pokey getting their product out the door Android's competition would probably have been blackberry with their keypads. They were just setting up the Androind SDK the best they could at the time. I think it is foolish to think that Apple's announcement didn't have something to do with how the final SDK came to be, but companies change their products with the market all the time. Which is why these vague wide spanning patents have to stop. I am surprised some company hasn't patented a "thing that does something when some action is applied".
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 4/14/14 at 11:22am
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post #6 of 33
What a retarded argument... Only Apple.
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sorry but the PALM which came LOOOOOONG before as a handheld device did support touchscreen and it was even in B&W so SHHHH apple

PALM III (1998)


Still I think apple also did a PDA. Everyone "copies" everyone, or should we call it follows trend? that's the point of competition.

Only Apple thinks that they should be the only one allowed to copy. Steal ideas, then sue everyone else for using stolen ideas. It's been their philosophy since their conception.
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Yea.

Before iOS 5 was announced, iOS didn't have the notification center either. wink.gif

NEWS FLASH guys!

Before the new 2015 Mustang GT was announced, Nissan's didn't have the new Intel "infotainment" system! Man, what a bunch of jockers.
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post #9 of 33
I want the old Android.
post #10 of 33

So in other words, the touchscreen support was already there despite other claims.


Edited by Omega X - 4/14/14 at 12:46pm
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