Is there no honor among thieves? Of course not. Twenty is what thieves do. Honor has nothing to do with stealing from others. In terms of software features and hardware design, technology companies are known to be inspired by their competitors, namely Apple. And few technology giants do these days better than Google and Samsung.
Just look at what an Android smartphone looked like before the iPhone came and look at all the Android phones today. How do they look? An iPhone. There are times when Google and its collaborators are launching a product that everyone in the technology industry expects Apple to do. Remember the early Samsung smartwatches? No one else does it, either because Google and Samsung and their ilk don't steal too well.
Refine me, baby!
Copying Apple or inspired by Apple means much the same. Google has become so lumpy in copying Apple in recent years that it adds features or creates products that Apple believes will launch the aforementioned products, so waiting for Apple to do it right, then change direction and start copying Apple again.
Think about that scenario. Not only has Google copied Apple's iPhone design to the point that the new Pixel XL looks and works like an iPhone 6 Plus from 201
Depending on who you are listening to, or which technical article you are reading, smartwatches are either the next good or about to go down as a failed product category. Most members of the Guesstimator Club believe that Apple sold more watches in 2016 than Amazon sold Echo devices, but the former is a failure and the latter is a major industry change. Double standard lot, people?
Geoffrey A. Fowler believes that smartwatches have grown up thanks to Android Wear 2.x Samsung's Gear S3 and others.
It is finally possible to keep track of the day and your body at an instant clock running Google's Android Wear
Way to go Google. If you can't beat them, you have to continue copying them, because one or more of your technology partners can make some money to do what you can't do yourself. Build a hit product.
Apple Watch is still more refined, but Samsung and my favorite of this new set-LG's $ 350 Watch Sport-amp up competition
Competition is a good thing, of course, so expect future watch versions to continue be competitive. But also wait for Apple's Watch to own the lion's share of the industry's revenue, profits and mindshares. As always.
Think about what Apple must do in all industries where it competes and succeeds – while others fail. Apple designs and builds the hardware. Apple designs the software running on the hardware. Apple designs and builds its own stores to show, sell and support the hardware and software.
What does Google do? Copy Apple's software (and sometimes the hardware).
What does Samsung do? Copy Apple's hardware.
Where do you go to meet or talk to someone about Google products competing with Apple products? Best buy? Where do you go to meet or talk to someone about the Samsung products competing with Apple products? Uh, Best Buy Again?
Samsung doesn't have to worry about software integration, and Google hasn't had much success in building and selling hardware, but both companies can take a few pages from the Apple Play book they are copying. Apple controls the entire widget and makes some tons of profit every quarter on Mac, iPhone, iPad, Watch, Apple TV, Apple Stores and Services. They do everything.
Google and Samsung copy Apple's software and hardware and struggle to make money from competing against Apple. What is wrong with such an image when Apple is the R&D arm for both companies, and nobody does much about what they do when they steal features and designs?