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

Microsoft knocks Google's Android for
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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103 Comments

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

microsoft - android copied ios ( grabs popcorn)

12. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

15. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I like popcorn.

18. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

i like your comment :)

41. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I find your profile pic intriguing.

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

60. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

84. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

25. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

dude, cant forget the Salt and Coke!

77. metalpoet unregistered

Im grabbing an ice cold beer for this drama lol

91. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

I rather eat Taco! Taco, where are you??

98. metalpoet unregistered

i havent seen a post from taco in awhile lol

99. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

PA has banned him for good.

103. metalpoet unregistered

For real?!?!?!? yay!

32. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

101. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 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.

102. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

64. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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).

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.

90. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

But I don't need that ugly tiles.

100. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

So what you are say is it's ugly?

65. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

75. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 580; Member since: Nov 03, 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 .

78. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

68. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

81. wp8forever unregistered

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

87. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

82. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

you are not too bright, are you?

85. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

94. winsaki234

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

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