Here is yet another example of Chinese consumer tech companies demonstrating their inability to innovate and using government shields to copy Western companies like Apple. Here is its Miui 6 skin that runs on top of its own Android variant (san Google apps) where it copied the look and feel of Apple's iOS.
What's worse as it has been reported previously by various media outlets is that it even copied the look and feel of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S.
However, don't look for Apple to do anything about this in China anyway. It's unlikely Chinese courts under Beijing's control will issue favorable rulings to foreign companies. If anything, should Xiaomi become a threat outside of China, look for Apple legal to go to bat once more.
However, this is just one example of how Chinese companies are unable to innovate all on their own. For one thing, the OS Xiaomi and other phone/tablet makers are using are Google's Android. That in and of itself highlights just how the Chinese will be followers in tech for decades to come.
On top of that, the development of UI experience that is so essential to a user's experience is virtually nonexistent beyond being copiers.
At the same time, the premium on high-end Chinese consumer tech is very low as it simply only copies what many Western companies spend billions to develop. This is something that many governments from Washington to EU capitals fail to address time and time again with world economic forums out of fear of making Beijing angry. However, it does show that if Chinese brands has to compete on the global market with established brands like Apple, it fails miserably.
What's worse is the plethora of consumer orient issues that are not addressed with Chinese tech, security concerns like spying by the Chinese (Washington is right to be wary of Chinese tech being used in government), and other legal issues.
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