Although the world is getting a little bit tired of all this legal wrangling between Apple and Samsung, it has, at least, been the source of some interesting tidbits of information here and there. The latest such info to emerge duing the current court case is the fact that Google's Android operating system wasn't initially built to support touch-screen devices - at least until January 2007 when Apple unveiled its brand new iPhone.
The information comes from the release of a previously confidential document entitled "Android Project Software Functional Reqirements", which gives an outline of proposed functionality for the mobile operating system. The document reads:
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.
Following the public unveiling of the iPhone, history will show that stance changed, but it's curious to see that one of the major features of smartphone technology may still have been some years off had it not been for Apple's decision to get involved in the mobile market.