The team behind Android originally made the OS for a range of smart digital cameras rather than mobile phones. And it wasn't the iPhone that had Android quaking in its boots - it was Symbian.
That's according to Android founder Andy Rubin, speaking at a forum in Tokyo.
"The exact same platform, the exact same operating system we built for cameras, that became Android for cellphones," he said.
"We decided digital cameras wasn't actually a big enough market."
"I was worried about Microsoft and I was worried about Symbian," he admits, harking back to the days before that platform Nokia was teetering on caught fire.
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"I wasn't worried about iPhone yet."
Rubin went on to explain that the Android forefathers had 9 per cent market share in North America in their sights: we think they may just about have exceeded that.
And happily for those early versions of the OS, their destiny has been fulfilled - you can now get an Android snapper in the shape of the Samsung Galaxy Camera.