Apple wasn't the first company to release a smartphone, but it completely upended the industry when it finally entered the market in 2007. Companies like Nokia and BlackBerry were the biggest names in the business at the time, and those companies are now shells of their former selves. Nearly every smartphone on the planet had a keyboard at that point, and the ones that did have touchscreens needed a stylus. Now, nearly every smartphone on the planet features the form factor and touch-focused user experience that Apple popularized a decade ago.
Something similar happened in 2013 when Apple debuted the iPhone 5s. Again, Apple wasn't the first smartphone maker to release a handset that could be unlocked with a fingerprint sensor. But once it did, every other top smartphone maker in the world scrambled to add the nifty biometric authentication tech to their phones. The same can be said of so many things Apple has done with the iPhone over the years, but it's possible that the days of seeing Android makers copy every single one of Apple's major technology shifts could be coming to an end.
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Is the era of copying Apple’s every move finally over for Android phone makers? originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at 10:29:53 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.