Here’s the Original ‘Google Phone’ Concept Prior to the Release of the iPhone [PICS]


The patent and copyright lawsuit between Google and Oracle has revealed numerous findings, such as how Apple’s iPhone reportedly makes more money than Android does for Google. Oracle sued Google in 2010 over claims Android OS infringes on Sun Microsystems patents (Oracle acquired Sun) and copyright in Java.

Now, The Verge reveals what Google had in mind for their first ‘Google phone’ and what they showed to carriers. This was back in 2006–before the release of the original iPhone. Google’s design was reminiscent of leading smartphones at the time: a tiny screen with a physical keyboard.

Check out the pictures below:

…and here were the leading smartphones at the time:

Apple’s ‘thermonuclear war’ on Android has been extensively documented here, and Steve Jobs said he was willing to spend every last penny of Apple’s cash to fight Android, in what he claims was a stolen product, as noted in the Walter Isaacson biography:

Our lawsuit is saying, “Google, you fucking ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off.” Grand theft. I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go to thermonuclear war on this. They are scared to death, because they know they are guilty. Outside of Search, Google’s products—Android, Google Docs—are shit.

Last November, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Android efforts started before the iPhone. The Verge notes the details of the ‘Google phone’ did not even have plans for a touchscreen, based on the following:

At that time, touchscreen support wasn’t a requirement — in fact, the baseline specs required two soft menu keys, indicating that touchscreens weren’t really in the plan at all.

The first Android phone unleashed on the world was the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Magic/Dream in Canada), which did sport a touchscreen. Did Google plan this themselves or borrow the idea from Apple?


  • Bagobones

    It started as a Blackberry clone, but as soon as the iPhone came out all the phone manufactures saw that touch slabs where the way to go (accept RIM / Blackberry) and changed their designs to follow that trend.

    I even think there is quote floating around somewhere where they mention RIM being their original target competitor then needing to rapidly switch to competing with Apple.

    Where the line is between adding competitive features that users desire and just ripping off design is hard to say.

  • RaphaelNinjaTurtle

    I remember when the iPhone came out I had a Pearl then spent 700$ to get the original iPhone and that’s how I found iPIC. Then I tried Android on the Dream it was so bad that I sold it a week later. Anyway I think they’ve all copied the iPhone no one imagined a phone without buttons then.

    -sent from my Galaxy Note

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  • JMCD23

    This makes sense to me. Google has done some ‘fairly’ innovative things with their phones and operating system. But RIM and then later Apple we’re pioneers in what they did to the market.  

  • D An

    Well, instant opinion. It’s a copy from iphone.

  • Peter Pottinger

    Cause and effect. The iphone looks like the palm pre .. now what?