Source: The Atlantic
quote: As an owner of the Palm Treo 600 (from bloody 2003!!), 650, and 755p
quote: Well Tony, the list of features and the VERY concept of Marrying a PDA with a phone came from Palm and RIMM.
quote: Apple took that pre-existing concept and added a nice touchscreen along with a nice touchscreen UI.
quote: transform the smart phone industry?
quote: I don't think anyone says Apple doesn't innovate and/or push the envelope forward from time to time.
quote: Of course the whole industry re-thought their products after that. that is how business works. That doesn't give Apple the right to sue anyone and everyone that makes a smartphone.
quote: Before the iPhone was released Android was a Blackberry ripoff. The early UI was so dull and uninspiring and it was based around a keyboard instead of finger input.
quote: How did Google get so surprised
quote: Rubin and the Android team - along with many others- did not think users would take to typing on a screen without the tactile feedback of a physical keyboard. That is why the first Android phone -the T-Mobile G1 from HTC, nearly two years later - had a slide-out keyboard. But what was also undeniable to the Android team was that they had under estimated Jobs. At the very least, Jobs had come up with a new way of interacting with a device-with fingers instead of a stylus or dedicated buttons-and likely a lot more. “We knew that Apple was going to announce a phone. Everyone knew that. We just didn’t think it would be that good,” said Ethan Bear. one of Android’s early development executives.
quote: By January 2007, they’d [Google;s Android team] all worked sixty-to-eighty-hour weeks for fifteen months—some for more than two years—writing and testing code, negotiating software licenses, and flying all over the world to find the right parts, suppliers, and manufacturers. They had been working with prototypes for six months and had planned a launch by the end of the year . . . until Jobs took the stage to unveil the iPhone.Chris DeSalvo’s reaction to the iPhone was immediate and visceral. “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.’”
quote: On the day Jobs announced the iPhone, the director of the Android team, Andy Rubin, was six hundred miles away in Las Vegas, on his way to a meeting with one of the myriad handset makers and carriers that descend on the city for the Consumer Electronics Show. He reacted exactly as DeSalvo predicted. Rubin was so astonished by what Jobs was unveiling that, on his way to a meeting, he had his driver pull over so that he could finish watching the webcast.“Holy crap,” he said to one of his colleagues in the car. “I guess we’re not going to ship that phone [the Sooner prototype which had been the focus of the Android team's efforts up until then].”