Xiaomi's Hugo Barra calls the iPhone 6 "the most beautiful smartphone ever built"

Xiaomi's Hugo Barra calls the iPhone 6
Hugo Barra may have once been a Google VP on the Android team, but he has fully embraced his new role at Xiaomi. That means he is still firmly in the Android world, but has new responsibilities related to more hardware. And, as many will note, Xiaomi has a very distinct style when it comes to hardware and software design, which is to say taking liberal "inspiration" from Apple's design.

So, it might not come as much of a surprise that while speaking at WSJ.D Live earlier today, Hugo Barra was asked about those criticisms of Xiaomi copying Apple design. Barra first said flat out that the iPhone 6 is "the most beautiful smartphone ever built", but continued with a more nuanced response:


And, that is a much more responsible answer, because it really is hard to look at any product and not see the influence of the competition. Obviously, Samsung has had its share of troubles because of its design; but, there's good reason why Android, iOS, and Windows Phone all catch criticism about taking features from one another. The best features have a way of filtering out to everyone. Of course, it could certainly be argued that Xiaomi goes a bit too far. 

Barra even said, "Quick settings on iOS is much better on Android, but it was on Android (long before)", and also said that the iPhone 6 seems to have been inspired a bit by the HTC One but with an "astonishing twist". He finished off by noting that we should see more "unique twists" in design from Xiaomi moving forward.

source: The Verge

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43 Comments

1. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

Hugo, check your eyes.

12. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Lol just his opinion though I disagree with him. In my opinion i think the Lumia 925 is the best looking of them all.

18. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

SOMEONE CHECK THIS GUY'S EYES!

30. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

ok, I will check with my telescope... used to check the crators on moon but lets see if it will find any crator in hugo bara's eye

24. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

May be he has never seen xperia arc,arc s....

39. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Yes because Beaty isn't subjective.. Maybe it's you that needs to check your eyes or hell maybe I need to check my eyes

43. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Why? They're clearly working perfectly..

2. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

lolno.

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

"It's so beautiful, we decide to copy it for an upcoming flagship"

16. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

"Our designers, our engineers are inspired by great products - so we decided to copy it."

29. Iodine

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

"But you know, when you have same grade of great designers working in both Apple and Xiaomi, they will usually come to the same conclusion. So really it isn't copying.... Just a coincidence."

31. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

but ip6 is ugly and already a copy of htc m8

37. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I don't think that the iphone 6 is ugly but it doesn't look as beautiful as the m8(but the m8's beauty comes at the expense of repairability).

21. Chuck007

Posts: 1415; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I'm surprised you're the one pointing this out lol.. Hope this doesn't mean the Mi5 is a bendgate disaster waiting to happen.

28. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

British Intelligence Services are usually pretty stiff, actually...

32. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

iPhone 6 seems to have been inspired a bit by the HTC One but with an "astonishing twist". i see what he did there, that hugo barra.. XD

4. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Quick Settings is way better than Control Center...

20. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

They are only even comparable on Android 5.0. Control Center is so much quicker than AOSP Quick Settings, and equal to Samsung's Quick Settings.

5. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Really! !

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hugo Barra praises Apple: "iPhone 6 is the most beautiful smartphone ever built" Jony Ive criticizes Xiaomi: "I see it (Xiaomi's design) as theft, and it's lazy" Look, there's nothing wrong with inspiration, the Mi4 is a beautiful phone and looks better than iPhone 6 no doubt. But what about the MiPad? Did Xiaomi twisted that too hard with a cheap plastic design? Come on Xiaomi, at least tone down the inspiration and add more of your own design. Hugo Barra said "Our designers, our engineers are inspired by great products — and frankly, in today's world, who isn't? Point me to a product in our industry that has completely unique design language. You're not going to be able to find one." I say, your designers, your engineers are inspired by mediocre products with uninspiring ripoff designs. The iPhone 6 is a ripoff of HTC One M7, this is what you call the "most beautiful smartphone ever built". HTC must be raging right now. I also say, the iPhone 6 looks bland and boring, except the curvy sides. I can still point you some devices that has completely unique design language, Oppo N1, Sharp Aquos Crystal, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, HTC One M8 and many more. Seriously Hugo, please think before you talk. Bin Lin said "Don't call us the Apple of China" Designers design it look like Apple and they're from China. Xiaomi, Xiaomi, Xiaomi...you already made yourself the Apple of China. If you don't want people to call you that, use more of your own designs! Dammit! Even though I like Xiaomi, I need to criticize them because I hope they can improve.

33. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Bin Lin said OR Bin Laden said? it should be like this "Bin Laden said: dont call us apple of terrorism" :D

7. Carlitos

Posts: 682; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

*Looks around...confused...dumbfounded......remembers the beautiful flagships released this year better looking than the iPhone 6....lg g3....HTC One M8....Galaxy Note 4.....** Are my eyes missing something here, maybe I have some weird disease that makes thr normal look beautiful and the beautiful look normal.......what is life? 42?.....

8. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I guess he thinks if he says that Xiaomi can steal Apple's design.

9. willard12 unregistered

Michael, can you clarify what is written in the source article vs. this article? "Quick settings on iOS is much better on Android, but it was on Android (long before)," Barra said.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I think Hugo Barra is just being polite. iPhone 6 also drawn liberal inspiration from Samsung Note 2 and HTC M8.

15. stealthd unregistered

I could see why you'd think the M8 would be similar, although they already had similar shapes to the antenna bands with the shape of the glass pieces on the back of the 5/5s. So more of a continuation of their existing design than an inspiration of another phone. And the Note 2, just no. Don't know what you're seeing there.

17. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

the front glass of the 6 and 6+ look and feel a bit like that of the Note 2. But well, it's just curved glass. Nothing huge. I like the all black front of the 6/6+ better though. Not a fan of Note 2 (and S3) design.

23. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

yeah, when the first time i see the back case of iPhone 6, what i think was "OMG so similar with HTC One"

11. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Hugo's eyesight is obviously going bad.

13. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Lol thats funny.

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