Originally Posted by LonerATO
The whole "Android copied Apple" stuff was always fairly stupid IMO. Android was started back in 2003. Google bought it with plans to further develop it as a mobile phone OS in 2005. Eric Schmidt didn't join the Apple board until late in 2006. Yet Android came from Apple ideas.
At the worst Google might have seen how a mobile platform could be integrated during late 2006 and into 2007 and taken some cues from Apple. But Google had plans for Android development no matter what Apple was doing, and had them in progress well before any possible inside info they got from Schmidt on the board. No one here has any idea what direction they were going, or even if Apple borrowed any ideas for the iPhone from Google during Mr. Jobs walks/talks with Sergey and company.
With the possible
exception of Samsung, nobody (the Chinese don't count) "stole" anything from anybody IMO. Each of the players has tried to better the others with each feature improvement. Google, HP, Microsoft, Apple, Asus, HTC . . . Each thinks
they have a better way to do certain mobile features, even tho the original idea came from someone else.
Sigh. I don't want to have to yet again go find those pictures of the RIM like Android prototype that was making the rounds before they got a look at the iPhone, please don't make me.
As usual (with these kinds of discussions, not you personally), this is a complete straw man argument. No one, that I know of, is claiming that Google made a phone
because of the iPhone or that it was "copying" to simply have gotten into the handset business.
What does get said, because it's undeniably true, is that Google was chasing the RIM/WIndows model of smartphone, with a ton of little buttons and a small screen, until the iPhone was released, whereupon "Android" magically transformed into a big screen with multitouch. Just like every other smart phone abruptly did.
I just get so tired of the idea that Apple released the iPhone and then, just sort of coincidentally, everyone else got around to making the very iPhone like phones that they no doubt had intended to make all along.