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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RE[2]: It's an icon
by spiderman on Wed 23rd Jul 2014 15:28 UTC in reply to "RE: It's an icon"
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Oh boy, this is just an icon! This is NOT inovation. If they put it in their presentation it's so people know what they are talking about with something familiar to them. They did not steal some military secret. It's not the plans of some revolutionary satelite launcher, it's an icon depicting a lens! I don't see what is wrong there. It's not like Apple has invested a billion dollars creating that icon. I put floppy disk icons in my presentations too and they are directly taken from some Microsoft products. I doubt Microsoft will sue me, because they don't fucking care that I used their floppy disk icons. It's not a Van Gogh, it's a picture of a lens.

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