I don't know that it was so much a do-over on the software side as it was about what hardware it would be put on. The iPhone absolutely was a game-changer, no doubt about that at all. Google recognized it and better yet reacted faster than Microsoft, Motorola, Blackberry, Nokia and most anyone else already in the space.
What Google had envisioned for it's first Android entry just wasn't going to cut it so it was a quick pivot to "Dream", forget "Sooner". Considering it's Google and their fun naming conventions I'm surprised they didn't call Dream "Later" instead.
That was pretty much what was said in my first post in this thread:
Had Google made the unwise choice of building the phones themselves they might still be trying to get their first one to market. Instead they were pragmatic about what they could do (they have some of the best engineers on the planet) and what would be best left to those with hardware experience. So separate development paths for Google and Apple paralleling each other to the same market.
Except that is not what you consistently insinuate. You seem to want us to believe that somehow Google's entrance into the phone market was on parallel with Apple's vision or the product that Apple bought to market. It was not. A lot of companies already entered the market before Apple or Google. There is no new vision in entering a market. Jobs mentioned entering the market in 2003, it was a natural evolution from the iPod. A Blackberry clone is not visionary device & It was a do over on the software side for Google. What you said in your first post is not where you're logic took you in all of your consequent posts. Somehow you are trying to muddy the water of who did what when. Okay, Apple started working on the iPad in 2003, Which is a mobile touch device. So if we look at it from that perspective & your timeline, Google stated working on touch assisted devices 2 years later. Which of course is nonsense but, that is your timeline. If Apple started working on the tablet in 2003 then the must have discussed the tablet well in advance of 2003. The first link that I posted quoted Scott Forstall directly about the iPhone timeline. I tend to believe him over Mobile-review.com. Having a visionary product is not the same as being pragmatic. For christ sakes I think I saw Dell show off some kind of touch assisted device before Google did. When Google had there "Oh Sh*t" moment who's blueprint did they follow. They didn't say "Oh sh*T" Apple beat us to market with what we were already developing. The quote is "we are going to have to start over." You do know what start over means (& also what it implies), right?