On Apple-Samsung infringement trial: Google’s plan was a Java button phone, until iPhone came, says Apple

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Google?s plan was a Java button phone, until iPhone came out and hit the market, Apple said.

In the heated patent issue between Apple and Samsung, a confidential document was presented in court called ?Android Project Software Functional Requirements” which describes the concept for Android before Apple?s iPhone was unveiled.

Reports said the Google?s plan for Android was based on Sun’s Java running under Linux, and Google was not interested on touch-screen support.

Leakster said that way back 2006, Google made a statement saying that “Touchscreens will not be supported. The product was designed with the presence of discrete physical buttons as an assumption. However, there is nothing fundamental in the product’s architecture that prevents the support of touchscreens in the future.”

After the unveiling of iPhone in June 2007, Google updated its “Android Project Software Functional Requirements” in November of 2007 adding the touch screen support. “A touch screen for finger-based navigation — including multitouch capabilities — is required. Stylus-based navigation is not supported,” Google said.

Leakster also said in October 2008, Android phone T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream was launched which hardware support multitouch though not the actual touch. It was until 2009 when the software support for multitouch came in with the introduction of Android 2.0.

However, a few days back in the infringement trial between Apple and Samsung, Google executive denied the accusation that they copied iPhone features for Android.

Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google VP of engineering for Android, was the first witness Samsung called in its defense against Apple in the infringement trial where Apple accused Samsung of copying some of the features of its iPhones and iPads.

Lockheimer, took the stand for Samsung who earlier argued in court that ?Google designed many of the features for Android first.?

Lockheimer discussed with the jury the early development of Android and emphasized that Google engineers actually tried to make software different from that of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system.

In the Apple vs. Samsung patent-infringement trial, Lockheimer said, “We liked to have our own identity; we liked to have our own ideas; we were very passionate about what we were doing, and it was important that we have our own ideas.”

Apple rested its case against Samsung earlier Friday after asking for $2.191 billion worth of damages from Samsung.

(Photo courtesy of http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/)

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