Former Android VP Hugo Barra Says the iPhone 6 is 'The Most Beautiful Smartphone Ever Built'

Former Android VP Hugo Barra Says the iPhone 6 is 'The Most Beautiful Smartphone Ever Built'

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Former Android VP Hugo Barra described the iPhone 6 as 'the most beautiful smartphone ever built' at WSJD Live today, reports the Verge.

Barra's comments came in response to a question about the persistent criticism that 4-year-old Xiaomi's rise has been fueled by blatant copying of designs from Apple and others, an issue that Jony Ive raised again at an event earlier this month. "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."

Barra also noted that Apple borrows liberally from others saying that the iPhone 6 "carries design that's very HTC-like. Of course, with an astonishing twist ... but it is somewhat familiar design language." Another example he used was of iOS' Control Center. "Quick settings on iOS is much better on Android, but it was on Android (long before)," Barra said.

Finally, when commenting on Xiaomi, a company he is now a VP at, he said that their products often resemble existing ones because the company is young and its designers lack confidence.

"It's a fight, but I think we're learning and we're progressing," he said. "when you look at the stuff that's coming next from us, you're going to see some unique new twists."

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Former Android VP Hugo Barra Says the iPhone 6 is 'The Most Beautiful Smartphone Ever Built'
StewartG - October 30, 2014 at 2:27am
My iOS 8.1 is still freezing and has quirks. I'm not as happy as I was with iOS7. I'm still keeping it though. I'm sure they'll stabilize it soon enough.
who cares - October 29, 2014 at 2:31pm
who cares who did what and when. you really think they care what people say or post on all the forums? nope. all they care about is money money and more money. if it sells that is all they care about. if people would stop buying every gadget every single time a new one would come out, then maybe things would change. remember when a phone used to be good enough for more than 2 years? now if you don't get the latest one, you are "behind". says who? they all do the same main functions at the end of the day. so your phone is .5 faster than mine or a bit more ppi and therefore i can't see my screen good anymore. wow please. its all marketing and ads.
Mukai - October 29, 2014 at 7:30am
iPhones have always been beautiful, oh no wait the 5C looked really corny. But other than that, all it's iPhones sold looked nice. But HTC copied with the aluminum so they don't count.
Dumpiphone - October 29, 2014 at 4:40am
That what he said on Iphone 3 when it was released.
it wasnt me - October 29, 2014 at 2:15am
Iphone 6 is the best smartphone for hugo barra due to apple copying reminds him of htc design and android OS. Good job apple(no originality) copy harder nextyear
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