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Microsoft knocks Google's Android for "copying" Apple's iOS

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It's an accusation that we've heard before, mostly from Steve Jobs, but Microsoft has also taken the time to jab at Google and its Android OS. During the announcement for Windows Phone 8, Joe Belfiore took a swing at Android, claiming the OS copied Apple's UI and that design in those companies has "stagnated".

Of course, this is purely marketing speak from Microsoft. The entire point of the statement was to build up the Modern UI in Windows Phone, and the features available with Live Tiles. We may have to agree that iOS design has stagnated to a certain extent, but we give Matias Duarte a lot of credit for the design work that he has been doing for Google, and the improvements that Android has seen in the last year. 

But, Microsoft has always liked using the story that smartphone UI had "stagnated" and become a lot of the same until Windows Phone showed up. It's not a completely honest statement, but marketing rarely is. Still, the new additions of resizable Tiles, and added info in WP8 is looking pretty interesting. We're looking forward to some hands-on time. 

source: The Next Web

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posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:53 29

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


microsoft - android copied ios ( grabs popcorn)

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:01 18

12. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


That is the spirit, bro. Let the fanboy wars begin...!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:04 14

15. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I like popcorn.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:06 9

18. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


i like your comment :)

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:30 8

41. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I find your profile pic intriguing.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:58 1

76. metalpoet (unregistered)


Stick the Head guys from Microsoft, Apple, and Google in a cage and let them beat each other til only one is left standing and then we can stop hearing about who's OS is better than who! lol

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:19 4

60. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


The whole thing is stupid, anyway. No one really copied anyone that much. Android and iOS were in development at the same time...
I hate fanboy wars. Buy what you want, just do a little research.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 17:48

84. joey_sfb (Posts: 3098; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Tired the W8, i happen to like windows 7 UI much better. I feel W8 lacks the polish of gesture navgation of Mac OS X or the familarity of windows 7.

Its a hard sell so let the market decide in the comings months.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:10 1

25. Ravail (Posts: 182; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


dude, cant forget the Salt and Coke!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:59 1

77. metalpoet (unregistered)


Im grabbing an ice cold beer for this drama lol

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 20:25 2

91. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


I rather eat Taco!

Taco, where are you??

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:22

98. metalpoet (unregistered)


i havent seen a post from taco in awhile lol

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 20:59 1

99. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


PA has banned him for good.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 17:49

103. metalpoet (unregistered)


For real?!?!?!? yay!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:15 13

32. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


AOL 1996. Everyone knows Apple is the one who copies. Even Steve Jobs said it himself. It's not a modern a UI either. It's retro ask AOL when was the last time they used that look. It's ugly too.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 01:12 1

101. AWiseGuy (Posts: 68; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


>It's ugly too.

Seriously. I mean, the Live Tiles are functional in that they provide tons of info right up front, but... well, I can't give them much else. To me it looks like someone threw up on a screen, applied some extreme pixelation, and then called it a UI. Modern UI is tremendously ugly, in my opinion. I'd sooner take Google's "copied" OS, which comes with both functionality *and* form, over Windows Phone Anything.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 21:33 1

102. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


It's sure is. I find it really ugly myself. Even back in 1996 it was ugly. Making it "modern" or adding live tiles didn't help a thing. It's still ugly.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:30 3

64. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5918; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Sounds like something to do when your competing OS doesn't quite measure up - shift the debate back to the other guy(s). The newness argument (WP was just released, Android's first release didn't have anywhere near the current features) is a bit stale, as we are on at least the third edition of WP (7, 7.5, 8).

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 17:29 1

83. wp8forever (unregistered)


well said , wp8 is way over android I cant think of anything I would want on a phone that wp8 doent have , a good screen well we have the best on the lumia 920 , good camera well we have the best as well , ,super fast and fluid , screen shots ,skydrive services , wireless charging , deep facebook , tweeter, skype , integration ,live lock screen , smart data , kids coner , wallet app, nfc , Microsoft office I mean so many things who needs more than that let me guess the 0.00001 % who roots phone and flash them I know I call them nerds lol.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 19:49 1

90. RobotMan (Posts: 134; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


But I don't need that ugly tiles.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 14:17

100. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


So what you are say is it's ugly?

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:33 2

65. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5918; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


You know, I never knew that iOS has widgets? I wonder if someone could point me to where you set up the widgets in iOS?

How about that notification bar in iOS?

MS seems to be trying the debating approach of repeating a lie in hopes it will be confused for the truth.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:57

75. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I was literally saying that. I mean Donut doesn't even resemble iOS but Microsoft is probably upset that after all that time Windows "Mobile/Phone" (the difference in the two.. hell if I know) was out and nobody said "hey I'm gonna build something profitable from that" then apple comes out Satan's a$$ with an iPhone and everybody loves it .

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 16:07

78. -box- (Posts: 3858; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


In fairness, early iterations of Android did have some "familliar" elements to it. Donut, Eclair, FroYo, even Gingerbread. It's not until ICS and JB this year that they've broken away from ios-like layouts and iconography. That said, ios got a lot of its designs from its contemporaries like Nokia (Symbian, MeeGo, Maemo), LG, and others, so I wouldn't call Android "copying", just mutual execution of simliar ideas.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:46 5

68. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4002; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I agree with Microsoft. Android has copied a lot of ideas from iOS. Samsung is the most guilty one out of all the Android manufacturers.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 17:23

81. wp8forever (unregistered)


that's why they have to pay 1000000000 a billion dollar for copy cats.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 17:56 1

87. joey_sfb (Posts: 3098; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


iOS fans really lack rational thinking. They spent so much for so little. Yet they make comments about the outside world from the walled garden never once set foot outside.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 17:25 1

82. networkdood (Posts: 6305; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


you are not too bright, are you?

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 17:52

85. joey_sfb (Posts: 3098; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


From what experience do you rely to even make a general comments. I use all available mobile OS as i support them on a daily basis.

Every brands and models is day and night different. Is like comparing apple to jade. Water to fire.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 00:36

94. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


How about notification bar and many more that Apple copied Android? And the overpriced?

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:55 14

2. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Waiting for the fandroid excuse.. (grabs popcorn as well)

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:24

61. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3022; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You got space for me to sit on your couch??

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:45

67. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4002; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Excuses.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 17:59 1

88. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3022; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Mxyptlk...you only support Microsoft now because they say Android copied iOS. You won't be here otherwise!!
P.S. Don't tail me.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:55 13

3. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Do this article really necessary that too on a day when a number of great devices(LG nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus 10) and windows 8 have been released ??

please concentrate on those PA

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:57 9

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Jealousy I guess ...

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:07 4

19. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Ummmm maybe because the WP8 launch is also today? just a thought...

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:54

49. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


they made it just for fun lol othervise no point of higlighting one comment in another article

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:57 16

5. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Oh Microsoft you...Do you really think all these insults would make live tiles seem pretty and are a good idea? Because no, Live Tiles are still ugly, and widgets are still better in terms of information feeding...

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:00 8

10. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Live tiles are better then widgets for info as it happens...........I think most android users have gotten to attached and developed some kind of os superiority complex.

Something new trying to make a mark and you all slate it straight away, if your that happy then stay with android

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:05 12

16. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


You can pretty much set your refresh time to 1 sec if you want for android widgets. And you're not limited to an ugly flat rectangle. How is live tiles gonna be any different from iOS icons in a few months? Sure it look pretty now (I'm talking about iOS icons, Live tiles were never pretty for me, but thats just me), but in a couple of months to a year and it'll be stale again...

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:11 3

28. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Seeing as the iPhone icons are nothing to do with feeding info you can't compare. Besides even android becomes stale yes you can customize it in many ways but after appoint all your doing is changing the wallpaper and layout and icons ocassionally.

But there are lots of people who set there phone up and that's it, they want ease of use and live tiles does that better then normal widgets.

Also going back to the ios icons they lasted a good 4 years so aint bad. Also theres an app for android to turn the layout to look like wp8 so looks like even android users out there some like the minimalistic look

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:08 5

21. Aeires (unregistered)


Tiles might be slightly better in functionality, but he's right, they're still ugly. If MS had offered them as widgets that can be added as desired, great. When tiles is all you get, and all you can have on your screen, no thanks.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:28 2

38. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


But if they had done normal widgets....all you would hear is Android fans shouting how they copied etc

Basically nothing new will be accepted as too many android users believe that android will take over everything ....even PC's

I like android but I want more choice etc least wp8 is differant and as for the tiles that's preference some like them some dont

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:11 5

26. Obdabeast (Posts: 41; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)


I as a rep. in the cellphone industry have to test different phones for 3 months at a time, and that wp7 is a dissapointment. But I can say it was better than a blackberry :P. they better step their game up if they really want to contend with apple and google. till then they should not talking down to google.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:36 1

43. Lboogey6 (Posts: 269; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Ill go so far as to say yes its different but live tiles arent as good as widgets they also arent as interactive its a great counter system and do more updating with news but its even more stale i guess its also a matter of seeing just squares and rectangles that idk bores me but it was the same with ios.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:08

72. saiki4116 (Posts: 358; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


The notification center is better than live tiles concept because say a notification came up,you need to see that live tile to see that info....who on earth will be glued to the screen to see all the information being updated..android approach has more control..live tiles may seem pretty with less content but as you add more and more live tiles,your homescreen just becomes a jungle....

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:08 7

22. josephnero (Posts: 325; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


100% agree bro
Steve Ballmar:we cant compete with google guyz lets start talking crap and hope a miracle happens.seems like a good idea lol

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:10 8

24. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Microsoft is just a butthurt loser company.
When you can't beat them, trashtalk them!
Meanwhile, Google is rocking with JellyBean 4.2!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:36

42. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


missing the point..O_O

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:55

50. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


atleast he is corect whatever droids think its doesnt matter good bad or best or worst a copy is a cpoy no mater what u call buz zuznznzuzuzz

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:57 14

6. yoyo93 (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)


Microsoft trolling as usual.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:58 5

7. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


thats so funny..... who gives a sh@t

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:58 7

8. pkiran1996 (Posts: 165; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


A pathetic marketing scheme as well. Because Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 was such a success wasn't it? I'd like to see how Windows Phone 8 does in the next few years...

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:00 14

9. MeoCao (unregistered)


Desperate MS!

what is live tile? - Simplified boring widget boasted as ground breaking innovation by MS.

and the WP8 is 1 year behind Android.

MS = old and failing company.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:08 3

20. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


ms is realy failing company except that google has never earned more than Ms and now we are witnessing the decline of google for the last three quarters missing analysts expectations in the latest quarter

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:14 8

31. MeoCao (unregistered)


This is b-c Motorola is in restructuring process, Android is stronger than ever.

When it comes to innovation and value to customers Google is the best.

But you can donate your hard earn money to enrich MS and Apple with little in return if you like of course.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:10

55. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


what was the last innovative stuff in android and the date of the thing tell me about it :P bragger

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:17 6

34. blazee (Posts: 306; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Google recently passed Microsoft to be the second most valuable tech company in the world and getting closer to apple. So I don't see what you're trying to get at as Google seems to be doing excellent.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:12

57. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


correct on first statment but very very wrong on 2nd apple is way ahead of both MS and Google because of their pathtic heavy prices its will take google lot more time to get to them

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