Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Jul 2014 07:47 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Yesterday, former Google-executive Hugo Barra, now Xiaomi's global vice president, had a talk with The Verge.

Barra is only a year into his job as leader of Mi's internationalization efforts, but he's already "sick and tired" of hearing his company derided as an Apple copycat. He sees Mi as "an incredibly innovative company" that never stops trying to improve and refine its designs, and the allegations of it copying Apple are "sweeping sensationalist statements because they have nothing better to talk about."

This morning, John Gruber:

Scroll down on the Mi 3 "features" page and you'll see this image, named "detail-camera.jpg". Take a good look at the camera in that image, then look at the app icon for the current version of Aperture. It's a simple copy-paste-skew job of the lens, and not a very good one. Two panels down on the page, they use it again, horizontally flipped. (Shockingly, they cropped out the "Designed by Apple in California".)


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I don't see a problem here either. Jobs's style worked. People liked his speeches and his style and it made him sell a lot of things. If someone is doing something right or better than you then you should learn from him while keep doing what you are doing right. It looks like it's working great for Xiaomi. I don't get why people call them for this. Anyway, I'm happy they did because I didn't know Xiaomi existed and now I do. Maybe it's Xiaomi itself that is trying to make a controversy over their copycat behaviour in order to raise its brand awareness in the west?

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