Present Google intern (and future Windows Phone intern) Andrew Munn did us lay people a favor today when he revealed some insights into why Android phones are laggy (spoiler alert: bad engineering decisions).
But what’s interesting is that it also gives (still) more confirmation that Android was a copycat effort:
Work on Android started before the release of the iPhone, and at the time Android was designed to be a competitor to the Blackberry.
Translation: we started by aiming to copy BlackBerry.
The original Android prototype wasn’t a touch screen device. Android’s rendering trade-offs make sense for a keyboard and trackball device. When the iPhone came out, the Android team rushed to release a competitor product, but unfortunately it was too late to rewrite the UI framework.
Translation: we pivoted from copying the BlackBerry to copying the iPhone.