Yes, because no company has EVER reworked their product to better match the market leader before, have they?
When Google bought android, Smartphones were business oriented devices and the king of the crop were blackberries/WINMO handsets. (First prototype) Then the iPhone was released and it opened a whole new market for smartphones. Suddenly people were buying devices for the "Cool" factor more than ever before and Apple demonstrated that touch screen's gave some serious advantages in the mobile space.
Then, like EVERY OTHER COMPANY in the HISTORY of corporate competition, Google looked at what their competitors were doing and tried to find how they could take their product (android) and try to match this new market force. Since android wasn't out yet, Google could afford to reconfigure their OS without having to worry about an installed base or backwards compatibility. Blackberry, Palm, and Windows ALL did similar reboots to make their devices more "everyday" consumer friendly. Other new OS's, like MeeGo, also adopted this consumer friendly approach.
Again, this is the NATURE of competition. Your competitor does something that makes them money and starts luring customers, and you do something to try and swing the scales back into your favor.
If the iPhone flopped because customers preferred physical keyboards like on a blackberry, what do you think would happen? Apple would release a physical keyboard phone next year instead of a 3g model of a touchscreen only device. Again, that's competition.
And before you say that Apple never listens to market forces, look at the iphone4 launch.
Remember this ad?http://youtu.be/GnaAQwGcBks
Look at what the pointed out:
-No physical keyboard = iOS4 allows for iDevices to connect to bluetooth keyboards
-No Multitasking = iOS4 allows for multitasking of third party applications
-No 5 Megapixel Camera-Iphone 4 ads a 5 Megapixel shooter.
-No Customization = iOS4 allows for Folders and Wallpapers
-No Widgets = Apple hasn't implemented this one yet, but no doubt when they do they'll call it magical
-No Open Development = Apple finally officially endorsed applications that were not written natively in iOS, aka Epic games using Unreal Engine. They also allow cross compilers (with stipulations)
-No Camera Flash = iPhone 4 adds a camera
-No swappable Battery = Apple didn't change their stance here, but what they DID do is release a phone and made a point to showcase how much longer their battery lasted.
I'm NOT saying that apple made any changes because of a teaser ad. In fact, I'm sure they didn't. But those are all things that Reviewers and users were pointing out to apple well before and after that commercial aired. Another common issue (screen resolution) was also taken care of by the iPhone4.
I'm not knocking Apple for making those changes. They're what Any company worth their real estate would do. Assessing your competition and making changes to compete with them (or surpass them) is what every company does.
What company would say: Well, Apple was the first one to make a Consumer Smartphone viable, I guess we'll have to just focus on business devices."
Blackberry tried that. And look at how far they've fallen? (and they're now rebooting with QNX)