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Samsung copies Apple, but who copies Samsung?

Michael Robert

The debate between Apple and Samsung fans has been going on ever since Samsung started copying Apple's iPhone 3Gs. The debate wasn't just between fans, both companies engaged in numerous court cases.

iPhone vs Samsung

But copying doesn't end there....

Xiaomi Inc is a privately owned Chinese electronics company headquartered in Beijing. Xiaomi is 3rd largest smartphone maker, following Samsung and Apple.

It doesn't take long browsing through Xiaomi's phone is notice a very similar design to Samsung and Apple.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Xiaomi Mi Note, Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Xiaomi Mi Note, Samsung Galaxy Note 4

There are a number of similarities between the phones however there is one massive difference. PRICE! The Xiaomi is about half the price of the Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy Note. This is because of a significant difference of business strategies.

In selling the Xiaomi smartphone, Xiaomi employs a strategy very unlike other smartphone makers such as Samsung and Apple. Lei Jun, Xiaomi CEO, said that the company prices the phone almost at bill-of-material prices,[67][68] without compromising the component quality and performance compared to other premium smartphones.[69] It also profits by selling phone-related peripheral devices, smart home products, apps, online videos and themes.[70][71] According to Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra in late 2014, the company sees hardware sales as a means of delivering software and services in the long term, “We are an Internet and a software company much more than … a hardware company.”
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xiaomi

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Apple Releases Redesigned 'Apple TV Remote' App for iPhone

Michael Robert

Apple has released an all new Apple TV Remote app for the iPhone, which is used to control the fourth-generation Apple TV along with older Apple TV models. Announced at WWDC, the new Remote app has been available for developers since June and was released to the public this afternoon. 

The new Remote app, which connects to an Apple TV via Bluetooth, mimics the exact layout of the physical Siri Remote for a navigation experience that's streamlined across different input methods. Its design was inspired by the Siri Remote and is a significant improvement over the previous Apple TV remote app.

When content like movies or music plays, the Remote app features a full "Now Playing" view for control purposes, along with a dedicated Menu button and a Siri button. As with the physical Apple TV Remote, navigation through the iOS app is done using touch gestures. 

Entering text, like passwords and usernames, is much easier with the iOS Remote app because any text field automatically brings up a keyboard. Full Siri voice commands are supported, as is dictation. Because it includes the same gyroscope and accelerometer in the Siri Remote, an iPhone can be used as a dedicated game controller for playing games on the Apple TV. 

The Apple TV Remote app requires iOS 9.3.2 or later to install and it works with the current version of tvOS, 9.2.2. It can also be used to control Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3 models. 

The Apple TV Remote app can be downloaded from the App Store for free.