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HP says the UI design of the BB PlayBook too similar to that of the TouchPad, RIM answers that's nonsense

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HP says the UI design of the BB PlayBook too similar to that of the TouchPad, RIM answers that's nonsense
HP's Jon Oakes, who is the TouchPad's director of product marketing, has a few negative words to say about the BlackBerry PlayBook's UI design, speaking of "uncanny similarities" between the RIM tablet's UI and the HP TouchPad's UI. For its part, RIM maintains that QNX has had this design UI before it was adopted by RIM, and that it's hardly shocking that two companies have come to the same idea about the best possible UI for their respective operating systems.

Both OSs - QNX that powers the BlackBerry PlayBook and webOS 3.0 that powers the HP TouchPad - use card view for multitasking and similar swipe gestures. This led to the heated exchange - HP's accusation and RIM's answer. Here is HP's Jon Oakes' words on the subject:

"From what we’ve seen in the market, there are some uncanny similarities. It’s a fast innovation cycle and a fast imitation cycle in this market, so we just know that we have the creative engine here to continue to build on what we have, and we’ll keep innovating, we’ll keep honing and those guys hopefully will continue to see the value in it and keep following us by about a year."

Here's what RIM's Jeff McDowell, senior vice president for business and platform marketing, has to answer about this accusation:

"I feel that we set out from the ground up to define a user experience that we felt would delight our customers, and we landed in a place that may look like other competitive devices. But there was no intention and no preconceived notion that this is what we want to end up looking like. In fact, I think QNX had that design lined up before we even started working with them.

You know, cars over time end up looking a lot alike because you put them through a wind tunnel, and when you’re trying to come up with the best coefficient to drag ratio, there’s one optimized shape that gets the best wind resistance, right? Well, when you’re trying to optimize user experience that juggles multitasking, multiple apps open at once and on a small screen, you’re going to get people landing on similar kinds of designs."

Well, judge for yourselves, really. What we really care about is great operating systems, and we hope that both RIM and HP will deliver with QNX and webOS, respectively. Do you think the BlackBerry PlayBook and the HP TouchPad will succeed against the Android-powered tabs and the iPad?

source: BlackBerryCool

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posted on 02 Mar 2011, 07:59 1

1. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Stupid HP...
QNX was before Palm was even in its development stages.
RIM acquired QNX before HP acquired Palm too.
I don't even know how they're trying to convince people that HP was before BlackBerry. RIM clearly wants to move forward while HP is trying to be like the Apple fanboys constantly saying they were the first to those that don't know anything.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 16:52 1

3. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


WHO cares if bb can get away with copying a great product without getting sued, letem. android did and look it how well it has done! not android persay cause that doesnt make any money for google but for people like htc iit is good!

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 10:40

2. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Hey HP- defensive much?

It don't matter. While I think the Playbook looks real promising, even if it is close to the touchpad, which I know very little about, they both still have to carve out their own fan base in a market that is just opening up. If one or both are junk, won't matter if one copied the other after they both flop will it? If both are great, HP gets to show off it's WebOS and Blackberry fans will be happy.

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