Roast gone wrong: Google disses Apple for marketing theft using an iPhone

Roast gone wrong: Google disses Apple for marketing theft using an iPhone
Google has massively stepped up its smartphone game in recent times but it trails far behind industry bigwigs Samsung and Apple in sales. The company aims to double smartphone shipments in 2023 and has dialed up marketing to achieve that goal. Someone at the company made an oopsie this week when they tweeted from the official Pixel account using an iPhone to throw shade at Apple. 

All the money in the world can't buy loyalty

Even though Google is a very old company, the Pixel Twitter account was created just this month and it looks like the person running it is still learning the ropes of Twitter, or is plain careless. Or maybe they are too attached to their iPhone and think it's the best phone around - better than the ones they get paid to promote.

What happened is that Apple's CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter on October 18 to send a promotional tweet for new iPads and used the tagline Take Note, which has long been used by the American professional basketball team Utah Jazz which competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

In plain and simple words, Apple - maybe unintentionally - stole a phrase that has been in use since 2016 and even created a custom Hashflag or animated emoji to draw attention to the new products

Google, which has been having beef with Apple over messaging standards and is also running a Google Pixel 7 "Okay, I See You" basketball-themed campaign in collaboration with NBA, was quick to take a swipe at Apple. 

Haste makes waste

To ridicule Cook, the @GooglePixel_US account asked NBA fans to take note of Apple's CEO's use of the phrase, but the person managing the account mistakenly used an iPhone to send out that tweet. This didn't go unnoticed by Twitter users.

Google deleted the tweet and reposted it using the Twitter Web App but not before designer Ian Zelbo took a screenshot. 

Associated Press reports that Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith reacted to Cook's use of the #TakeNote hashtag by saying: 

Such gaffes are not rare in the tech world, though usually they come from Samsung, so it's refreshing to see the marketing team of another rich company fail at something so simple for a change.

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