Microsoft Towards Android 4.0: “Always flattering when someone starts copying you”October 20, 2011 No Comments
In Hong Kong atÂ Asia D – All Things Digital, Andy Lees, president of Microsoft’s Windows Phone divisionÂ was asked about the recent Android 4.0 Ice Cream SandwichÂ update. Andy’sÂ response was simple and straight to the point -Â ”It’s always flattering when someone starts copying you.” This is the same stance Microsoft took when IOS “borrowed’ a few Windows Phone features.
Tons of tech enthusiasts found many new features in the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update that was blatantly copied from Windows Phone like:
- Fast lock screen to camera
- Swiping between menus
- action bar in apps
- photo album UI
- people app ( people hub )
Aside from being flattered, Andy says that Windows Phone and Android are still completely different. “Fundamentally, their point of view is different. They provide you with a grid of icons and a sea of applications and the more functionality you add, the more complicated and difficult to use the phone becomes,” said Lees.
Im not too sure about this whole flattery business because with the lack of Windows Phone advertisements, consumers actually believe that these feature were createdÂ on Android and IOS alike. Microsoft isn’t getting the credit for all this creativity where it counts, the millions of people that get their tech knowledge for TV ads and friends.