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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:12 PM

47. That's a silly thing to say. Android didn't copy anything.

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Apple launched their internal phone group in 2004. They didn't inform the world of this until Jobs publicly demonstrated some screens and videos of the iPhone in January 2007. They let people actually hold them the first time in June 2007.

Android Inc. was founded in 2003 by the co-founder of Danger Inc. Danger was building cool smartphones for geeks way back when Apple was still trying to figure out the MP3 player. Biz guys had Crackberries, and the geeks and tech guys had Danger Sidekicks. Anyway, the founder of Danger, along with the VP from T-Mobile, founded Android Inc in 2003. You know what they said to the news when they founded the company? They wanted to build a new OS that would result in "smarter and more aware mobile devices". That was FOUR YEARS before Apple showed the iPhone to ANYONE, and a YEAR before they started their phone project internally.

In 2005, Google bought Android. They didn't talk about it much at the time, but they did say that they wanted to bring their app ecosystem into mobile devices, and that the Android system offered a good platform to do that with. This was TWO YEARS before the iPhone was demonstrated to anybody.

In December 2006, the tech media was all abuzz when Google refused to deny reports that they were demonstrating prototypes of their new mobile platform to hardware manufacturers and network operators. They declined to comment, but several leaks suggested that Google had developed a "revolutionary" new type of phone.

One month later, in January 2007, Steve Jobs showed the world its first glimpses of the iPhone. It wasn't much. Just a few videos and screenshots, but it was a teaser of things to come.

In June 2007, 6 months later, the first iPhones became available. This was the first chance anyone would have had to reverse engineer the Apple device to copy or even simulate it.

On September 23, 2008, less than 5 months later, Google officially released the first version of Android. To claim that Google managed to copy four years worth of Apple development, including the hardware design, coordinating production facilities, software development and debugging, and EVERYTHING ELSE involved in building a smartphone, in a mere 4 months and 27 days, defies belief. Not only does the PUBLIC INFORMATION not support the claim, but ANYONE with any kind of background in software or hardware engineering understands that the claim is simply impossible. Google could not have duplicated the software, in that time period, even if they had wanted to do so. And if they did, it brings up an important question...what exactly were the Android guys supposed to have been working on during the 2.5 years PRIOR to getting their hands on an iPhone? We know they were there building SOMETHING, and that they were showing it off before the iPhone ever saw the light of day.

The reality here is simple: iOS and Android were written over a period of several years by two competing groups of some of the most highly skilled engineers the Silicon Valley had to offer. Nobody with any clue as to what they're talking about actually believes that either OS was copied from the other. It's like believing in Intelligent Design...you may BELIEVE that "X" came from "Y", but the actual history and facts make it quite clear that "X" and "Y" are both the result of years of work and evolution.

To claim otherwise is to promote faith over facts.

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