“Xiaomi has released the latest version of its operating system [skin], MIUI 6,” Catherine Shu reports for TechCrunch. “With a design that features iOS 7-like flat icons and gradient rainbow colors, the Android UI won’t help Xiaomi ward off accusations that it copies hardware and software designs from Apple.”
“MIUI 6’s design resemblance to iOS 7 goes beyond its icons,” Shu reports. “Pre-loaded utility apps, including its calendar, compass, and calculator, all look very similar to Apple’s.”
“Xiaomi’s originality (or lack of) hasn’t hurt its sales,” Shu reports. “Last month, the company reported that it had sold 26.11 million handsets in the first half of 2014, an increase of 271 percent from a year earlier and more than its total phone sales of 18.7 million in all of 2013.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Just as with personal computers, where the only successful PCs are Mac and Mac knockoffs, the only successful smartphones and tablets are iPhone and iPad knockoffs.
Apple leads, the rest follow at a great distance.
Xiaomi makes Samsung look like original thinkers. Plus, they’re led by an even more despicable slime bucket than Samsung:
“[Steve] Jobs will die someday, so there are still opportunities for us. The meaning of our existence is just waiting for him to kick the bucket.” – Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, August 30, 2011
Hugo Barra used to be in charge of Google’s Android division, so, obviously, there’s no copying going on. 😉
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]
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