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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In that case, who ever made that free image probably ripped off Aperture icon. Since the quote specifically mentions current version of Aperture, I assumed that the Aperture icon has been recently changed.

Still, I claim that the rip-off in this case is accidental. Every nondescript image Apple uses somewhere probably has been recreated dozens of times and shoved into these free image repositories.

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jared_wilkes Member since:

Every nondescript image Apple uses somewhere probably has been recreated dozens of times and shoved into these free image repositories.

I appreciate your "nondescript" thrown in there (/sarcasm... when many of us can spot this from across the room — I love how geeks will claim any image of a lens is the same as any image of a lens, despite the highly distinct features), but this actually proves the point — even if we assume your theory is correct, which it probably is not. Yes, Apple creates a distinct design, it gets ripped of — or to please you: people are "inspired" by it, so they copy it, and modify it slightly. Then everyone uses it. That's not really saying anything in XiaoMi's favor and is your best case defense (they accidentally used it when repurposing someone else's work, not producing their own.)

The point is: XiaoMi can't even produce original 3d product renders of their own products... or even outsource it properly to someone else. Their own 3D renders are actually cut and past jobs of other people's 2D assets that, at best, are being assembled by people who can't recognize highly recognizable symbology within their own industry. That speaks poorly of XiaoMi at best and points to them as hypocrites, liars, cheats, and poor designers at worst.

Edited 2014-07-23 16:00 UTC

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FunkyELF Member since:

Maybe by not wasting time on renders of their products they're able to offer them at a lower price point.

Good for them. I'd rather have a good product than a good webpage for that product

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