9/10/2012

More evidence of how Google copied Apple for its ideas

Ever wondered why Google was able to so quickly provide a copy of the iPhone but took so long to copy the iPad.  If Google was able to come up with the idea of their phone on their own, why was it so difficult for them to come up with a Tablet.  It might be that Google has to see what some one else is doing on a lot of ideas before they do it themselves.  The Cult of Mac has this discussion:
When Motorola announced its latest Android-powered smartphones earlier this month, Schmidt publicly admitted that Google was “late to tablets.” He also revealed that only 70,000 of the 1.3 million Android activations each day are for tablets. So why was his company, which was so quick to follow the iPhone just three years earlier, so far behind the iPad?

Because despite the fact that Schmidt was still on Apple’s board during 2008-2009, he didn’t get so much as a peek at the iPad. He didn’t even know it existed, because Steve Jobs made sure he was kept in the dark about its development. We all know how Apple’s co-founder felt about Google’s answer to the iPhone, and he didn’t want a repeat of that for the iPad.

Google wasn’t “late” to the smartphone party, because Schmidt knew exactly how to crash it. But without any knowledge of the iPad before its launch, it took him and Google a whole lot longer to come up with a competitor. . . .

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Blogger August said...

There is a lot of prior art in the iphone as well, especially the multi-touch functionality. I have seen that functionality on large screen devices pre-existing the iphone. Jobs was just smart enough to see it and realize how well it would work for phones. These patent wars are a waste- it is high time to get rid of these patents and allow innovation. I don't think people realize how badly patents are holding us back.

9/10/2012 1:53 PM  
Blogger Raven Lunatic said...

There's also the fact that Android was being developed for a while before Google purchased it. We're talking 3 full years of development prior to even the announcement of the iPhone.

9/11/2012 1:13 AM  

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