Thanks to his biography, Steve Jobs’ feelings on Android are fairly well known. The late-CEO famously said, “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

Considering that Apple is involved in a number of lawsuits around the globe with Android manufacturers, it’s easy to see that Jobs’ remarks weren’t totally unfounded. But did Google actually steal anything?

What you see above is a concept, drawn by Google, of what it wanted its handset to look like. The image, along with others, surfaced recently in wake of Google’s high profile court battle with Oracle over Android’s illegal use of Java.

The drawing is from 2006, nearly two years before the first Android handset hit the market. But as you can see, the device looks nothing like the T-Mobile G1 (also known as the HTC Dream) that landed on carriers in October of 2008.

Along with the concept renderings, the Google vs. Oracle case has also yielded other interesting documents from Android’s past. This photo shows off Android’s preliminary user interface, built to go hand-in-hand with a qwerty keyboard.

So what happened between 2006 and 2008 that made Google completely abandon its BlackBerry-esque vision for an all-touch screen design? On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone. That’s what.

[The Verge]

  • Just a random fact:
    apple had started working on ios in 2005 *before* google even thought about something called android.

    • Just WOW

    • cruzcontrol1001

      This why Eric Schmidt got kicked off the apple board of directors and why Andy rubin followed him backstabbers.

  • Anonymous

    As much as this has been well known for sometime now. It’s good to revisit what android looked like before the iPhone. It is obvious they ripped the hardware and touch aspects from the iPhone. Ive said it before I’ll say it again. As Apple goes, the industry goes. Has been this way for decades.

  • So all android supporters who says it is not copied…What will you say to this..??
    PS: i got one more point to taunt the andoboyz…;D

    • Anonymous

      All I see is that Apple really messed up their plans and made them go back to the drawing board. I don’t see anything in the article that said that they copied something (well other than the URL title haha)

      • Anonymous

        Apple.. ? What?!

      • So what happened between 2006 and 2008 that made Google completely abandon its BlackBerry-esque vision for an all-touch screen design? On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone. That’s what.

        U missed the above lines…i guess!!..;)

  • At the time of designing this, BB were great phones.. But then came the iPhone and all other phone makers now had to improve there devices to beat the new comer .. And google saw this and realised that BB ripoff was shit and had to ripoff the iPhone to at least stand a chance off selling there device..

  • Anonymous

    As a apple fanatic i think you guys are blind or brainwashed, this is google’s phone right ? who copies apple design ? HTC – Samsung – so on so this article should be what touchscreen phones looked like before the Iphone. Google Android is a os not a phone model.

    • Kok Hean

      And look at the Samsung Galaxy Note now.

    • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Considering I had an HP iPaq PDA/phone before the iPhone was even thought of…running a full touchscreen interface on Windows Mobile. So by your merit of Google copying Apple, then Apple copied HP.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah because an hp iPaq and a iPhone are so alike right? Actually HP copied umm Apple. Concidering I had an Apple Newton a decade before the HP iPaq was even thought of.

      • Anonymous

        It’s tough to see through your Apple glasses, but yes, the iPhone looks like the iPaq as much as any Android phone looks like the iPhone.

        And I’m talking about the iPaq phone, one of the first PDA Phones on the market (now just called smartphones). The Newton wasn’t even the first PDA on the market, so are you going to admit that maybe, just maybe, Apple “copied” the design of a previous PDA when they released the Newton?

        I think so many of you, and including the author, Cody, seem to think it’s just “copying” and foul play, when instead it is innovation of a product and an idea. Also proves just how flawed our patent law really is.

  • Dan

    Who cares who copied who, it’s about making the most out of the idea.

  • Google just copies everyone. Look at Google Drive lol, its like a rebranded Dropbox haha

    • Anonymous

      and Apple tried to buy Dropbox and failed, soon after iCloud came out.

    • Anonymous

      Copying? How old are you, people? The IDEA is out there, and the one that makes the most out of it succeeds.

      Unless you tell me Dropbox owns cloud services IN GENERAL, you have no argument here.

      • Blake Cook


  • Fukadoodledo. Who the F’ cares?
    All vendors copies eachother, just enjoy your product and care less about your neighbors device.

  • Yeah looks like a Blackberry rip off

  • uhh.. the HTC Touch was released around the same time as the iPhone with 3G .. and not to mention their Pocket PC brand.. of course they were Windows, but HTC makes phones and Google makes OS’s. So Apple did not copy Google, they copied HTC.

  • Blake Cook

    Who cares? To me, the difference is the ability to customise the device. Sure apple products are good, lovely design, but the software treats me like I’m technologically illiterate. The iphone was so simple it made my head hurt (hence i jailbroke it)
    I got a free android phone last week as part of my plan, it rendered my iphone into a paperweight. I absolutely love the jailbreak community driving ios, but the development community in android is so much larger and has greater potential.

    It’s not android or google that’s the problem, it’s these bullshit patent wars between industries. After all, creativity and innovation require influence. Unfortunately our law system doesn’t recognise that.

  • Anonymous

    sure, copying products is good for the general progress and advancement of technology. But Steve was a visionary, and he was just beginning to fulfill his dreams when the iPhone took the lead, before Android came along and stole his thunder, and in a way crushed his dreams. So although its a good thing for technology as a whole, it was still a very dick move.