iPhone Design Obvious? Android Design Before & After Apple Smartphone

Thursday, August 18, 2011
By OP Editor

Google Android: from button phone to iPhone clone. From RDM analysis “Are Software Patents Evil?”

Android History Before After iPhone

Google Android history before after iPhone

Although the historical record that showed Android originally copied existing button phones (such as the BlackBerry) before the iPhone was introduced was recently removed from the Wikipedia page on Android, Fandroids can’t erase the truth. If the design is obvious, why didn’t the original Android phones look anything like the iPhone?

Illustration from Daniel Eran Dilger’s great article on Roughly Drafted: Are Software Patents Evil?

The article discusses possibilities of patents, from evil (patent trolls) to good (enables investments into innovation).

There’s also analysis on how Google / Android is copying Microsoft’s 90s strategy of ape and maim, and why patents are there to prevent Mounting View company’s blatant disregard for intellectual property, this time around. Definitely read up the article at Roughly Drafted linked above.

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14 Responses to “iPhone Design Obvious? Android Design Before & After Apple Smartphone”

  1. mercurialohearn

    uh, any buttonless device with a 100% touch-screen interface is going to look like an iphone, which is nothing more than a big screen with a plastic frame around it.

    1) but if we’re going to go around accusing companies of stealing ideas, how about this original, 1979 design for a portable digital music player:

    http://www.kanekramer.com/html/development.htm

    2) or this conceptualization of a buttonless, touch-screen newspaper, from 1994:

    http://www.tuaw.com/2011/04/28/futurist-predicted-the-ipad-in-1994-video/

    3) or this conceptualization of a buttonless, touch-screen newspaper, from 1968:

    http://www.tuaw.com/2010/01/28/arthur-c-clarkes-2001-newspad-finally-arrives-nine-years-late/

    but clearly, the “big screen, surrounded by a plastic frame” look, was wholly “invented” by apple in 2007.

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    • @mercurialohearn,

      1) Apple did not invent the music player. iPod didn’t need all those buttons to work.

      2) 1983: http://obamapacman.com/2010/01/27-year-old-apple-ipad-mac-tablet-slate-prototype/

      Apple 1987 concept video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WdS4TscWH8

      3) Non-functioning theatrical prop from science fiction film does not equal to actual product.

      PS. Numbers added to your post.

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    • Code

      Op Editor… you know what I don’t see here, How about all the PDA’s? Sure if you want to limit the whole scope the technological environment to JUST phone so the apple case can be made sure. But that is a very narrow sighted way to attempt to make your point. Apple did NOT invent the pad. And to say that “non working props” do not have an impact on the design ideas of future generations is just daft and completely invalidates your entire argument to anyone other than mindless sheep. It’s mind numbingly obvious that since you run a site dedicated to promoting APPLE and not THE TRUTH that everything you say will be baised and totally not worth the pixels that display it.

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    • @Code,

      You might want to look up Apple Newton, which inspired all the other PDAs.

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  2. mercurialohearn

    1) Apple did not invent the music player. iPod didn’t need all those buttons to work.

    > the chart you link to, that alleges that android phone makers “copied” apple’s design, has nothing to do with functionality, just as the first generation ipod **appears*** eerily similar to the 1979 conceptual drawing of a digital music player.

    2) 1983: http://obamapacman.com/2010/01/27-year-old-apple-ipad-mac-tablet-slate-prototype/

    >this looks nothing like any current mp3 player, tablet or phone made by apple, and no one has copied this design.

    Apple 1987 concept video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WdS4TscWH8

    3) Non-functioning theatrical prop from science fiction film does not equal to actual product.

    >again, the graphic, and the article, focus solely upon the appearance of the device, not its functionality. it is clear that apple’s design team did not invent the **appearance** of their mobile devices, contrary to what the chart alleges.

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    • @mercurialohearn,

      1) Upon revisit, I have to say that’s not even a real source. Anyone can post anything on the web. That URL was created in 2006, five years after Apple released the iPod.

      2) Apple prototype is a tablet with keyboard attachment. No one copied it because the ancient concept prototype photos weren’t released until recently.

      3) The graphic compares real devices sold in the real world.

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  3. Don

    Google is evil, plain and simple!

    Google is like a rich, spoiled rotten kid, and one that thinks its entitled to anything and everything it wants, and it thinks it can do whatever it wants without consequences, because if it ever does something wrong it can always and easily simply buy its way out of trouble!

    The Register in England pointed out that Motorola’s patents are all DUDS, and even worse, if Google’s buy-out of Motorola is approved, it will have limits placed on it by the U.S. and European Union that will make it next to impossible for Google to attack Apple or anyone else with its new, but really old patents! If, as the Register also pointed out, were really great patents Apple and Microsoft would have settled with Motorola long ago!

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  4. Jeff

    You forgot about LG Prada (LG KE850) which was released before iPhone.

    Also your chart is very biased. It seems to be suggesting that non-apple smartphones have gone from qwerty to touchscreen because of the iPhone. This actually did happen, not because of Apple (look at KE850), but because the industry started to used capacitive touchscreens instead of resistive. Before this, smartphones needed either a stylus or a keyboard to function properly. Some Android phones still come with full qwerty keyboards, as they are better for typing.

    “If the design is obvious, why didn’t the original Android phones look anything like the iPhone?”
    Actually the HTC Dream, the first Android phone, looked very much like the iPhone.

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