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Who Stole Whose?

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by Praneeth Baratam
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Very few people realize that a very useful innovation called 'pull-down notifications' was blatantly copied by Apple from Android. Not just that, it took them 5 generations to do that(notification pull-down was incorporated in iOS5). On the contrary, Android had this from version 1.0. A few generations later, Apple fans may well say that Android stole the notifications system from iOS.
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
@Praveen- Indeed, so perhaps we need to focus on a more utilitarian hardware with a versatile software capable of compensating for hardware limitations? I'm unfamiliar with how this would look as an actual product, but it seems a fair bet that if Apple can do it, we can too!
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
@Praneeth- What are your thoughts on the recent Apple Fraud on the E-book markets? US supreme Court ruled they were indeed guilty of manipulating prices to cut out competition, would you consider this darwinian business or malpractice? Not familiar with international weight granted to Supreme Court, knowing America though it's probably a joke!
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
@Nicholas - Android is continuously evolving in this direction. Its latest incarnation - KitKat - is specifically designed to support and deliver a better experience on mid-to-low end hardware. But then Android is like a layer above hardware which each device manufacturer has to glue to the hardware they make. If they do a careless job there, Android can't help it. Its beyond Android's control to enforce any standards on the OEMs given its open-source foundation.
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There is a fundamental difference between making products to solve problems and making them to compete with market leaders. Leaders innovate and set the trend. Simple competitors neither solve problems nor innovate; they just try to sell their products by emulating the utility of leading products at a lower price point.

Android looks like it is inspired (understated) from Apple iOS but Samsung TouchWiz UI over Android looks like a total rip off. I wonder if a non-enthusiast can even make out the difference.
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iOS UI vs TouchWiz UI
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Malla Srilakshmi, Evangelist - 7 years ago Edit
By suing Samsung, Apple has publicly acknowledged that Samsung's Mobiles and Tabs are not just cheap rip-offs of iPhone and iPad but are worthy products with similar utility and reliability. Many Apple customers are now looking to these products for a better bang for their buck.
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
@Malla- Indeed, here in the US I see more and more promising uses with Samsung phones, more stable connections than any other android, solid operating systems that don't get bogged down as easily with data, truly a competitive device and software combination.
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Many Mac/Apple fans keep claiming that manufacturers these days are in a stealing spree looting ideas off Apple. This is just an eye-opener.
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Sony definitely stole that 'patented' chiclet styled keyboard from Apple!
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 7 years ago Edit
There are people who work on problems and try to make things better with their innovations... and there are others who hope to sell few more products by stealing ideas from others....
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Apple as we know it also stole some of its founding ideas from Xerox. Xerox even sued Apple for that while they were busy suing Microsoft for stealing something they stole from Xerox. Ironic.

Video 1: Steve Jobs describes sweetly how he stole from Xerox

Video 2: A demo of Xerox Interface that was demoed to Apple team

Video 3: Steve Jobs about Microsoft stealing their Ideas

Finally its neither Apple nor Microsoft that lost the opportunity but its Xerox who could never make a dime in the PC industry.
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How Steve Jobs Stole the GUI from Xerox
 
 
 
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Tarak Nagireddy, Evangelist - 7 years ago Edit
Its sad that Xerox could not be successful after having such a great idea. Steve job stole idea from xerox and MS stole idea(s) from Steve and MS is still the leader in desktop and servers. Although they are 3 years beyond Apple in moble technology and couple of backwards in notebook software.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 7 years ago Edit
Microsoft's dominance in Server market is debatable today. Yet the point here is that, even innovators need inspiration and most inventions are a recombination of ideas some borrowed some conceived.
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Tarak Nagireddy, Evangelist - 7 years ago Edit
I agree that the dominance in server market was reduced. MS is totally confused where it need to focus. It could not get the results it expected from the mobile and search market. It need to revamp its R&D department which has became old fashioned. Xbox is an exception, only successful new product
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Sure!!!
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Apple invented the tear-drop/wedged design of the current MacbookAir!!!
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 7 years ago Edit
Sony has many innovations to its name... but off late it started behaving like its Korean neighbors.... Beg, Borrow or Steal.... I guess its just business finally and all that counts are the numbers.... This short sighted behavior has one long term consequence though. Demise and loss of brand value.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 7 years ago Edit
When a brand dissociates itself from innovation it becomes just another company whose products are in the sweet spot today. They can neither command a premium nor hope to sell equally well in the coming years.
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