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12-20-2013, 02:33 AM #1
Apple’s iPhone Unveiling Left Google Scrambling Back to the Drawing Board
According to an excerpt from a new book named Dogfight: How Apple and Google went to war and started a revolution, the iPhone’s introduction in 2007 was not only a watershed moment for Apple but also a turning point for Google’s Android Team. According to former Apple engineering lead and early Android team member, Chris DeSalvo:
As a consumer I was blown away. I wanted one immediately. But as a Google engineer, I thought 'We're going to have to start over.
"Holy crap, I guess we're not going to ship that phone," he reportedly told a colleague, taking about Google's BlackBerry-like "Sooner" device, which was to be the first flagship Android phone.
For those of you who don’t remember, Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson the following:
I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this.
Source: The Atlantic
12-20-2013, 05:46 AM #2
Again, if it weren't for Apple/iPhone we wouldn't have Androids. I've said this many of times.
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12-20-2013, 07:37 AM #3
12-20-2013, 08:43 AM #4
It's completely obvious that Android was a direct steal and not "already on the drawing board".. The first quote there makes that clear that they reworked everything about the Sooner to make the G1 release with a "stolen" GUI.
But in the end - it's Androids "open" platform that made it an initial hit along with the "anything but Apple" sentiment that's always out there.
But the nail in the coffin for Apple that allowed Android to take over market share - was the closed platform and refusal of Apple to go larger screen.
But Android fragmentation is unbearable. Even the most committed newly anti-iPhone person would never want to jump ship.. If you do -- you'll be back.. I was carrying an iPhone 5, Galaxy S3 and Note2 around all together for a month.. Really, really learned Android.. After 30 days.. Returned S3 and Note2.. Never to return. As frustrated as I am with apples closed platform it's simply the best product out there bar none. That's my "objective" conclusion after using all three products.Here to help if I can. If I can't I know someone who can!
12-20-2013, 08:55 AM #5
12-20-2013, 09:56 AM #6
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12-20-2013, 09:59 AM #7
I don't see how anyone can argue that. Sure android did debut some features first and continue to have some exclusive ones as well. But the broad strokes of the operating systems look and feel all came from apple.
12-20-2013, 10:27 AM #8
What originality has Google brought to the cell phone arena? I personally cannot think of one single thing. I had the G1. The only thing I liked was the Qwerty keyboard but BB and SideKicks already had that. Also, Google honcho's admit above that there flagship model was going to be BB like before the initial iPhone dropped. That tells me that Google has no real ideas of their own. They just copy what is "Hot" at the time. If they continued to copy BB models..well you get the point...hahaha!
12-20-2013, 11:02 AM #9
If you've ever seen the pre-iPhone prototype before the iPhone launch it's pretty clear that Google pivoted their design after the iPhone, and also clear they basically copying Blackberry up until that point.
Google was never really interested in making something amazing and groundbreaking They were only interested in making something they could sell to enough people get harvest a lot of personal data for their real line of business: ad sales. That's what it's all about!
But despite losing marketshare on phones and tablet, Apple's actual year over years sales volumes are still growing, so who cares? They weren't going after the budget crowd to begin with, so no point in feeling hurt about those people going out and buying a different tablet. Mercedes doesn't feel any pain when Joe Sixpack making $30k a year buys a Corolla.
12-20-2013, 11:30 AM #10
12-20-2013, 12:10 PM #11
This is so stupid. They are phones. Pure and simple. Get over it. So apple had a great idea and someone said hey that's great here's our take on it. So what. All tvs turn on! They all have remotes. They are all flat! OMG THIS IS CRAZY SOMEONE CALL MODMY!!! U guys better thank android because competition makes innovation and that's a fact jack.
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12-20-2013, 01:28 PM #12
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12-21-2013, 08:44 AM #13
12-21-2013, 01:24 PM #14
Apple didn't invent the cellphone, they copied it. They realised the exploding cellphone market was a massive cash cow, and made a phone of their own. Whoop dee do. People have been making and receiving phone calls long before $teve Jobs was getting his knickers in a twist over an irrationally placed sense of ownership.
12-21-2013, 02:03 PM #15
12-21-2013, 06:27 PM #16
almost secondary function. Apple did that, and Google, Microsoft and others have taken that first step and created the world we live in today. It changed the way we all do things and has influenced almost everything and everyone in our culture. You want a phone that just makes calls I hear those old Razors have very good reception. Have fun trying to get anything else done in the world we live in today with that though.
12-21-2013, 06:40 PM #17
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