Google: Android Started Before iPhone, So There

By Gary Cutlack on at

Google's top man Eric Schmidt has added his voice to the debate surrounding who-ripped-off-who? in the smartphone world, claiming its Android efforts pre-date the arrival of Apple's iPhone.

When asked about the ongoing public rivalries and legal fight between the two tech giants, Eric said: "As a general comment, I think most people would agree that Google is a great innovator and I would also point out that the Android effort started before the iPhone effort."

Now we all know the history of Android -- Google bought the initial framework back in 2005, after developer Andy Rubin founded his company Android Inc in 2003. But how long has Apple been working away on iPhone? And surely the key issue is how much Android changed once iPhone arrived... [Techradar]