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Article: iPhone forced Google to start over with Android? Google engineer s
That guy may want to back peddle and not admit it, but the fact remains that Google did indeed throw away what they where working on. Even when they shipped their first Android device, they still believed in physical keyboards. No matter what side of the fence you sit on, Apple changed the entire industry and nothing has done the same since. Everything's an evolution of what Apple brought out in 2007.
I wouldn't quite go with "everything's an evolution of what Apple brought out in 2007".
While a lot of the direction and path (and some standards) were set by Apple, quite a bit existed before them by many different vendors had contributed individually to quite a lot of what apple put together - which now is seen by most as "what apple brought out in 2007". For example: app stores, app icons, browsers, touch screens, tablets. I would say apple definitely brought the nicest browser/mail client on the market (super minimalistic, but gorgeous), and they definitely packaged up everything nicely, but they borrowed most of the concepts and ideas from everything around them at that time (Samsung for the icon/home page look, palm, motorola, BB, etc..). It took them forever to add certain features which had been out forever - be it the copy and paste, the app store if you remember...something the Handango likes were doing for years before hand, the email attachments (palm or BB came out with this), etc..etc
Too many things and examples to list, but again, apple really put the first consumer "accepted" (the mom smartphone) device on the market, and they packaged a lot of technology in a nice single UI. I would definitely credit apple for the browser/mail/a lot of UI work, and making the "app" market a thing - even though there were a handful of app stores before them..