Even Xiaomi staff can't distinguish its clone of Apple's Memoji

Posted:
in General Discussion
After Xiaomi protesting that of course its 'Mimoji' is nothing like Apple's practically identical 'Memoji,' the company has accidentally used Apple's adverts for its own promotion.

This is what Xiaomi's totally not copied Mimoji' should look like.
This is what Xiaomi's totally not copied Mimoji' should look like.


Earlier this week, phone maker Xiaomi unveiled its new Mi CC9 model, and its 'Mimoji' feature was remarkably familiar to iPhone users. The company stressed that their animated personality emoji came to market before Apple's, its marketing just accidentally reused its rival's ad.

Among the sales images for the phone on Chinese online retailers JD.com and Suning, were ones depicting both Apple's Memoji and promoting Apple Music.

It's been corrected now, but this is what a Weibo user found. It's an Apple Music Memoji promotion accidentally included in a Xiaomi retail store ad.
It's been corrected now, but this is what a Weibo user found. It's an Apple Music Memoji promotion accidentally included in a Xiaomi retail store ad.


As reported first by Caixin Global, a China-based news and economics publication, the error was spotted by users on the Weibo service.

Xiaomi's public relations general manager, Xu Jieyun, has now said on Weibo that it was a mistake.

It was reportedly a case of staff "uploading the wrong content."

Xiaomi has routinely been accused of copying Apple hardware designs before.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 18
    magman1979magman1979 Posts: 1,136member
    How about Trump do some good (for once), and target Xiaomi with some crippling sanctions!!!
    genovellechaickaolsgilly33muthuk_vanalingamberndogjony0watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 18
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,381unconfirmed, member
    "IT'S NOT A KNOCKOFF!!"

    Reminds me when Samsung lawyers couldn't tell the difference between a real iPad and their knockoffs.
    StrangeDaysgenovellejahbladepscooter63olscat52chiasuddenly newtonberndoglostkiwi
  • Reply 3 of 18
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,361member
    I think we've reached a new iKnockoff low.
    genovelleAppleExposedpscooter63olscat52lostkiwiEsquireCatsjony0watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 18
    racerhomie3racerhomie3 Posts: 1,149member
    Stuff like this makes me happy that the trade war is happening. Switch to Malaysia,Indonesia & Thailand where intellectual rights are protected.
    AppleExposedapplesnorangesolscat52watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 18
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 741member
    As they say, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
    applesnorangesolsmacseekermuthuk_vanalingamwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 18
    seanismorrisseanismorris Posts: 1,028member
    You guys/gals are so funny.  “Let’s damage the global economy for a stolen emoji design”.

    I agree, that IP theft is a problem, but I’m talking about important things like source code and corporate/military secrets.

    The rest of the complaints can go through the courts...
    jahbladesphericivanhgilly33ronnCarnage
  • Reply 7 of 18
    chaickachaicka Posts: 134member
    Xiaomi is nothing but a cloner. Home appliances cloning Muji’s frequently as well. Speaks so much of a firm.
    ivanhracerhomie3AppleExposedolsmacseekermuthuk_vanalingamwatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 18
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 8,277member
    Ah, cheap chinese knockoffs. Cute. 
    AppleExposedolswatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 18
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,709member
    No shame. China's version of Samsung. 

    I'm surprised they didn't say it was a "convergence of emoji design". 
    olsStrangeDayslostkiwiwatto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 18
    racerhomie3racerhomie3 Posts: 1,149member
    As they say, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
    Aka. Theft is theft.
    AppleExposedolscat52watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 18
    mobirdmobird Posts: 220member
    "Designed by Apple in California"

    "Copied by just about everyone else"
    AppleExposedhypoluxaolsdoctwelvemacseekerStrangeDayschiamwhitelostkiwironn
  • Reply 12 of 18
    doctwelvedoctwelve Posts: 40member
    "Good artists copy, great artists steal." - Steve Jobs.
    "Steve told us to do it." - Xiaomi CEO.
    razorpitCarnagewatto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 18
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 19,295member
    It’s a travesty that these blatant thieves are allowed to sell their Apple knockoffs around the world. 
    AppleExposedmuthuk_vanalingamlostkiwironncornchipwatto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 18
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,381unconfirmed, member
    mobird said:
    "Designed by Apple in California"

    "Copied by just about everyone else"

    They're actually copying this phrase also.

    On the back of Oppos knockoffs it says
    "Designed by Oppo"

    SMH
    lostkiwironnwatto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 18
    em_teem_te Posts: 26member
    Stuff like this makes me happy that the trade war is happening. Switch to Malaysia,Indonesia & Thailand where intellectual rights are protected.
    Are intellectual rights more protected in Malaysia and Indonesia? I highly doubt that. Maybe they're just not as technologically advanced to produce products and sell them to the US at a large enough scale. I recall seeing a lot of counterfeit Coca Cola and Starbucks t-shirts being sold on the streets the last time I was over there. Seems like there's no copyright protection there or at least it isn't enforced.
    ronnFileMakerFellerwatto_cobra
  • Reply 16 of 18
    claire1claire1 Posts: 510unconfirmed, member
    You guys/gals are so funny.  “Let’s damage the global economy for a stolen emoji design”.

    I agree, that IP theft is a problem, but I’m talking about important things like source code and corporate/military secrets.

    The rest of the complaints can go through the courts...

    Way to minimize the situation.
    cornchipwatto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 18
    "Accidentally" uploaded a competitor's content. Yeah, right.

    Although, if accurate, it highlights the process they're following:
    1. Download existing content
    2. Adjust it to the finest point where it can be argued it hasn't been "copied"
    3. Upload adjusted version and claim it's your original work that you came up with first

    Steal ideas by all means, but use those ideas as impetus to create your best work. That way you're trying to improve the world, not just fill the empty spaces.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 18 of 18
    brucemcbrucemc Posts: 1,532member
    But - it is the only way to do a "memoji".  There is no other way...the design is obvious...
    watto_cobra
Sign In or Register to comment.