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[4]: It's an icon
by spiderman on Thu 24th Jul 2014 06:08 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: It's an icon"
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Your question is easily answered. They didn't put effort to copy that icon. The real question you should ask is why bother NOT copying it?

Your rant about chinese companies do not make sense to me. I'm in Europe and I copy stuff from the Internet on a daily basis to make presentations. It's probably illegal but did you know betting with friends was illegal too? Nobody is harmed, nobody cares and nothing happens. Yep, in Europe.

Edited 2014-07-24 06:08 UTC

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