It is no secret that a close friendship between two giants of the Silicon valley ended with the release of the first iPhone. Steve jobs never forgave Google-developed operating system Android.
Perhaps, few people remember the first of the alleged killers of iPhone smartphone T-Mobile G1 Android version 1.0. A year after the release of “Apple” of the Communicator – September 23, 2008 in new York, Google, HTC and operator T-Mobile introduced the world’s first smartphone running the operating system Android T-Mobile G1. A month later, it was possible to buy in the US for $179 with a two-year contract, and later began to sell in Europe under the name HTC G1 without operator binding.
T-Mobile G1 was equipped with a Qualcomm processor with a clock frequency of 528 MHz, a screen size of 3.2 inches with a resolution of 320×480 pixels, a storage 256 MB, RAM 192 MB, camera with a resolution of 3.2 megapixels, modules Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0, and a physical QWERTY keyboard and a battery capacity of 1150 mAh. The device weighs 158 grams and had dimensions 117,7×55,7×17,1 mm.
The characteristics of the iPhone include a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 32-bit processor Samsung with clock frequency of 412 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 4 GB flash and 2-megapixel camera without flash and autofocus. G1 called the killer of Apple’s smartphone, first, due to the presence of the touch screen, and secondly, due to the fact that it surpassed the first Apple smartphone according to several parameters: the higher the camera resolution, battery life and memory card support. But the iPhone was lighter, thinner and more beautiful. The design of the G1, in turn, left much to be desired, and the physical keyboard was it necessary — from Android at that time had no screen.
Steve jobs believed a T-Mobile G1 stealing ideas from Apple. The unit had a number of properties, the development of which, in his opinion, was the intellectual property of his company. At the stage of development of the first Android smartphone Google had not planned to use a touch screen. It was assumed that these devices will be managed only by using the physical keys. But the release of iPhone in 2007 changed the plans.
Steve jobs was infuriated by the news about the release of the smartphone on Android. He knew about the idea of Android before, but didn’t treat it seriously enough. When he saw a promotional video where the chief engineer of the Android Steve Horowitz demonstrates G1, then exploded in a fit of rage. He felt that his partner creates a device that can challenge the iPhone. It just happened.
Although the first Android smartphone could be different. In February 2008 at Mobile World Congress a prototype device demonstrated several companies: ARM showed a smartphone with a completed design, and NEC — fee with a touch screen. Samsung also led the development at the time, but did not show them to the public.