HP accuses RIM of ripping off WebOS for PlayBook
Laptop Magazine was the first to notice the similarities between the two operating systems. For example, both systems open apps as cards that users can swipe through and quit with a swipe off-screen.
Laptop Magazine approached both companies about the similarities.
Here's what HP's director of product marketing for the TouchPad, John Oakes, had to say:
From what we've seen in the market, there are some uncanny similarities. It's a fast innovation cycle and a fast imitation cycle in this market. So we just know that we have the creative engine here to continue to build on what we have, and we'll keep innovating, we'll keep honing, and those guys hopefully will continue to see the value in it and keep following us by about a year.
RIM vice president Jeffrey McDowell responded to that statement, saying there was, "no intention and no preconceived notion" for the design, adding that QNX had the design ready before RIM began working with the company. He went on to say:
You know, cars over time end up looking a lot alike because you put them through a wind tunnel, and when you're trying to come up with the best coefficient to drag ratio, there's one optimized shape that gets the best wind resistance, right? Well, when you're trying to optimize user experience that juggles multitasking, multiple apps open at once and on a small screen, you're going to get people landing on similar kinds of designs.
Do you think HP is right to call foul, or is it just intuitive design as RIM argues? Most important, do you care about a tiff between HP and RIM -- and their anticipated devices -- at all?
| March 2, 2011; 11:23 AM ET
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