Android in 2006: ‘Touchscreens will not be supported’

Android in 2006: ‘Touchscreens will not be supported’As much as litigation tends to make us sigh, court cases occasionally yield interesting titbits, such as Samsung’s 132-page comparison of the Galaxy S and the first-gen iPhone. BE MORE iPHONE was the conclusion there.

Similarly, the current legal shootout between Apple and Samsung has yielded an interesting document detailing the state of Android in 2006 – prior to the release of the first iPhone.

We’ve heard before about the iPhone’s massive impact on the Android project, with former Google guy Chris DeSalvo admitting they were forced to “start over”, and that what Google had was “so… nineties” in comparison.

You might also recall Google Sooner (above), the early non-touch Android prototype that looked more like a terrible BlackBerry than anything on offer today.

Sticking with the non-touch theme, that’s one of the most interesting parts of the aforementioned 2006 document.

“Touchscreens will not be supported," states the document. "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.”

Of course, the first Android phone eventually materialised as the HTC Dream (aka G1), with a physical keyboard and a touch display. Nowadays, QWERTY Android phones are few and far between.

If perusing the rest of the 2006 document (“Android Project Software Functional Requirements”) sounds like your cup of tea, head over to re/code.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 15, 2014 at 17:08

Yawn :D

Well known... and whatever Schmidt and Co say - there's no doubt that the iPhone led to
what we now know as Android smartphones. And who can blame them?
In 2006 BBs were still big, Nokia's E61 etc won awards after awards. Smartphones with any significant impact had QWERTY keyboards. Windows Mobile was a successful OS with touch support, but MS never offered a touch keypad that worked without stylus.

Most people didn't believe the rumours that Apple would launch a touch-only device. (they also didn't believe that Apple would launch a phone without Mass Storage Mode :p ).


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