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One of the more interesting documents that came to light during the Apple-Samsung document last week was an early internal Google document on what Android looked like as of 2006 — before Apple had unveiled the iPhone.

The “Android Project Software Functional Requirements” document was what Google was showing — confidentially, at the time — to potential hardware makers about where its phone operating system was headed.

Android, at that point, was based on Linux 2.6, and didn’t actually have support for touchscreens.

“Touchscreens will not be supported,” Google said in a 2006 specification for Android devices. “The product was designed with the presence of discrete physical buttons as an assumption. However, there is nothing fundamental in the products architecture that prevents the support of touchscreens in the future.”

The document also notes that Android would use Microsoft’s FAT 32 file system — a move that would later prove problematic for device makers once Microsoft started seeking licensing fees for that and other patents.

Some Android hallmarks were already present, including support for widgets and third-party applications.

Here’s the full document:

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7 comments
fourthletter
fourthletter

Is 8 years ago a long time? Really? Do most of us not remember the leaks at the time about Google's long prophecised OS. They showed off a screen shot in 2006/2007 that showed both a Blackberry style version and a touchscreen style. This is ridiculous revisionist nonsense, HTC were making Windows Mobile phones with their TouchFlo layer on top that did plenty of things that Apple supposedly introduced with the iPhone.

FF22
FF22

The word "look" obvbiously doesn't mean what you think it means.

Jubei
Jubei

@fourthletter  Yes plenty of Touchscreens. Even your Store, ATM has it. You are making a huge mistake comparing this to Multi-Touch screen with Pinch & Zoom and a myriad of innovation included with the Multi-Touch iPhone.

RS9
RS9

@FF22 Well read the Android requirement documents. Android time and again STOLE stuff from Apple iOS period.

The Countess
The Countess

@Jubei pinch & zoom and pretty much everything else was already demonstrated at the very first showcasing of a multi-touch screen ever. apple didn't invent any of them.

DickingYourTrickle
DickingYourTrickle

@RS9 @FF22

LoL they didn't steal, back then, captive touch screens where inpractibly expensive. Only resistive touch where cheap. Restive touch only allowed for a one touch point. Making buttons far more efficient.


Its common practice to let one industry to release an untested expensive product.

This allows the other company's to wait for the price to come down on core parts, find the bugs, see the limitations, and determine demand for there investment.

Sir No
Sir No

@RS9

If you consider Google to be proverbial "great artist" then the irony of saying "Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal" may be applied here.

In electronics industry namely everyone either copy or steal ideas, deal with it.

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