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Google in 2007: 'a touchscreen cannot completely replace physical buttons'

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How times change. From Google's Android specification documents in May of 2007 (several months after the iPhone's announcement):

3.11.2 Touchscreen

Touchscreens will be supported. However, the Product was designed with the presence of discrete physical buttons as an assumption, therefore a touchscreen cannot completely replace physical buttons.

By the time the T-Mobile G1 was released in late 2008, touchscreen support had moved from an afterthought to a central element of Android — and indeed, the smartphone market as a whole. With the addition of a soft keyboard in Android 1.5, the transition to a touch-focused platform was complete.