Xiaomi, the Chinese company behind the Mi Phone & Mi Pad, reportedly plans to clone 3D Touch next


Following the rumor that Samsung plans to bring 3D Touch style features to next year’s Galaxy phones, it’s no surprise to hear a report that Apple’s greatest fan – the Chinese company Xiaomi – plans to do the same.

The report from a well-known Chinese tipster says that Xiaomi has patented a technology similar to 3D Touch, notes GforGames. It’s believed Samsung plans to use a Synaptics touchscreen controller, while it’s unclear whether Xiaomi plans to do the same or has created its own technology.

Known as ‘the Apple of China,’ Xiaomi has made a living copying everything Apple, from the Mi Phone, with an iOS-like Android skin, to the Mi Pad, a clone of the iPad mini. CEO Lei Jun even took to copying Steve Jobs’ trademark blue jeans and black turtleneck shirt at one point, later using his ‘one more thing‘ line in Apple-style product launches.

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  1. mojodk - 7 years ago

    Is it a Mi Phone, a HTC One a9 or an iPhone 6/s? Damn there’s a lotta clones out there.

  2. mpias3785 - 7 years ago

    What good will adding 3D Touch be if Goole and developers don’t support it? If the majority of users don’t have phones that support it, where’s the incentive for developers? Android now supports 64 bit and so do some flagship phones, but most don’t and how much software in Google’s app store supports 64 bit? 3D Touch may be the future of phones but it will be many years before it becomes a common feature on Android.

    • gatorguy2 - 7 years ago

      From the Android Lollipop Developers blog:

      “Apps written in the Java language run as 64-bit apps automatically—no modifications are needed. If your app uses native code, we’ve extended the NDK to support new ABIs for ARM v8, and x86-64, and MIPS-64.”

      • freerange5 - 7 years ago

        Java, ugh. And Lolipop at 10% or so Android market share, and really only in high end phones. So the point is what?

      • gatorguy2 - 7 years ago

        Freerange, you’re waaaay low but why bother with a little fact-checking when off the cuff guesses get likes?

      • freerange5 - 7 years ago

        Fare enough! Yes, I was quoting mid-year numbers, the most commonly referenced. And now Lollipop 5.0, after nearly a year on the market is at a blistering 15%, and 5.1 a whopping 7.9%. And we all know those official numbers are BS as Google drops older models from the count. In places like China those older crap phones just linger out there forever, but whose counting.

  3. Alex (@Lexdexia) - 7 years ago

    Will they be calling it the ‘Mi Touch’ or ‘Touch Mi’?

  4. virtualstorm - 7 years ago

    I prefer Xiaomi’s success over Samsung’s. I don;t know why but I just can’t stand Samsung!

    • Jesse Nichols - 7 years ago

      I think it’s because they are bit more honest about their ripoffs. Samsung tried to act like it wasn’t copying Apple all the time instead of just owning up to the fact that they were doing it on purpose. At least Xiaomi isn’t trying to pretend they aren’t ripping Apple off. Their phones are blatant, shameless copies and they’re okay with that.

      It’s the same way that I hate car salesman more than a jerks. At least jerks are honest about the way that they treat you. Car salesman will smile and lie to your face while trying to scam you. I’ll take a jerk over a car salesman any day.

  5. I think they all these Xiaomi, Samsung etc. = copycats should be restricted to only sell their devices in China and Korea. Rest of the world doesn’t need you guys! We do not support stealing an intellectual property and other stuff you do.


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