Originally Posted by melgross
The question wasn't whether Google was working on a phone, which, at the time was questioned as to whether it was real, or just another of Google's many projects that never reached conclusion. The question was whether it was leeching off Apple project, which as we see, it did. But ONLY AFTER Schmitt's time on the board. after all, how could they have switched from a BB configuration to an iPhone one, which even Schmitt said they did, AFTER the time he saw Apple's plans.
No, the question revolves around your statement "Schmitt joined the board some time before Android came out, and even before Apple knew Google was working on it. . .
". That's beyond a reasonable claim IMHO.
As for seeing Apple's iPhone and realizing that it was a much better idea than their Windows Mobile challenger, code-named Sooner (which Apple knew all about), why would that be any surprise? The only surprise would have been Google continuing Sooner plans instead of changing the focus to Dream, their touchscreen project that was originally planned for a later launch. Apple's iPhone moved the timeframe up as would be expected, pushing the focus to touchscreen smartphones.
Even still Google respected Mr. Jobs requests, doing as he asked and initially removing the multi-touch features they had built in to Android. That eventually became a problem for Google when Palm released multi-touch features of their own and Apple failed to challenge them. That left Android without a major feature that both
Palm and Apple would be using and the odd man out.
It doesn't take much understanding of business to see why Google chose to go against Mr Jobs wishes and include multi-touch of their own. And that
Mel is where the smoldering problems between Apple and Google got serious. You know enough of the history to know it's true.