tech

After toppling Apple in China, Oppo eyes world market

19 Comments
By Julien GIRAULT

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© 2017 AFP

©2019 GPlusMedia Inc.


19 Comments
Login to comment

After toppling Apple in China, Oppo eyes world market

More like collusion with the Chinese government! This has been China's plan all along. Steal patents ftom foreign countries and copy their intellectual property. Put up barriers and limitations on the market until their domestic businesses can catch up with financial and legal backing of the government. Finally, they will kick the foreign companies out or make it so undesirable that they leave on their own.

Even the name is rip-off ("Oppo" = "Apple" ). That's how Chinese speakers of English would pronounce it!

6 ( +10 / -4 )

It's a disgrace! How dare the Chinese copy what Japan has been doing since the 1950s! And not just Japan either. Other countries have done it too. It's an outrage! Someone should do something!

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

Even the name is rip-off ("Oppo" = "Apple" ). That's how Chinese speakers of English would pronounce it!

I also remember years back when Nike and Jordan was suing a company that copied the Air Jordan symbol of Michael Jordan dunking a basketball. Like expected, the chinese government obviously sided with their Chinese company.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

@Alfie Noakes

It's a disgrace! How dare the Chinese copy what Japan has been doing since the 1950s! And not just Japan either. Other countries have done it too. It's an outrage! Someone should do something!

Apple’s products have been pirated the world over, China has pointed out, but only China has opened entirely fake Apple stores filled with employees who think they work for the U.S. company.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

@Alfie Noakes

Also Chinese copyists are turning their attention away from domestic goods to entire buildings such as hotels. Literally replicating hotels that are around the world, in China, but very cheaply.

The biggest problem with most Chinese copies whether they are phones, buildings, or toys is that they are putting consumers at risk all over the world.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Michael Jordan basketball shoes! Is there no end to Chinese perfidy? I can see how this could make a person angry on the internet; I'm starting to feel a little ticked off about it myself.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Its not hard to become top of the product market in China - steal technology off other countries get the government to impose barriers on overseas competitors.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

If Oppo are eyeing the West market, won't they be vulnerable to lawsuits in the European and American courts for patent infringements? Surely they are not protected out of China? By the way, I'm curious what patents did they steal to incur such wrath from the commenters above.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

I am as curious as 'Freshmeat' to learn what patents they did steal. I hope those who accuse Oppo (or is it envy or hatred because they are Chinese?) will come forward with hard facts.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Oppo DVD players were one of the early ones to easily bypass region-protection

0 ( +0 / -0 )

They are infamous for stealing Classified Military plans, and making their stuff the same way they're doing this.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Even the name is rip-off ("Oppo" = "Apple" ).

Not possible.

Oppo was thriving a few years before the iPhone was released. They went into business selling low-priced DVD players which (unusually, both then and now) had excellent audio capabilities - in other words, they could take the place of a decent CD player. These were well-reviewed in audio magazines at the time. Their lineup of DVD and later Bluray players has continued to focus on high quality video and audio, and multidisc capabilities, including things such as SACD and DVD-A compatibility. Their players are now very pricey, so the current focus is on high quality and versatility rather than high quality at low cost. None of this had any connection with Apple's market - Apple has been if anything hostile to audiophile interests: slow to have anything to do with 24-bit audio, shut the door on FLAC, and in the video realm has largely ignored Bluray. So Oppo chose its own niche long ago, which at the time consisted of standalone components in audio and home theatre systems rather than computers, and was not in competition with Apple or attempting to be a copycat company.

However, they did move into the smartphone market, just like dozens of other makers, among them a few mainland firms. There's nothing less legitimate about that than there is in Apple's decision around the end of the 80s/early 90s to enter the laptop market. They didn't establish it, they joined it. And that's what companies do.

Any similarities between Oppo's name and Apple are superficial. A connection certainly never occurred to me before. You can't seriously call it a ripoff just because both names have a double p and the initial letter is a vowel!

It was Apple's name itself that has been problematic, as they were established almost ten years after the Beatles had started a company with the same name. And what the original Apple justifiably felt they had a right to trade in, music, and sought to prevent the new Apple doing under the same name, is precisely what the new Apple moved into with the iTunes store. Back when it was still small, Apple was exceedlingly fortunate to be able to retain the name, which was first legally contested in 1978. Later the company broke the agreements it reached with Apple Corps more than once as it moved away from just computers and towards selling content.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

They are infamous for stealing Classified Military plans, and making their stuff the same way they're doing this.

So, which Military officials and personnels use Oppo gadgets that their "classified military plans" could be stolen, and from which countries?

I am as curious as 'Freshmeat' to learn what patents they did steal.

It's gonna be difficult. Japan fanboys and girls are infamous for their illogical thinking and actions. A by-product of too much anime and manga, I guess.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

The biggest problem with most Chinese copies whether they are phones, buildings, or toys is that they are putting consumers at risk all over the world.

Have ZTE and OnePlus phones. Have Lenovo laptop. All great and working nicely.

But, as they say, haters gonna hate.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

@taito

I am as curious as 'Freshmeat' to learn what patents they did steal. I hope those who accuse Oppo (or is it envy or hatred because they are Chinese?) will come forward with hard facts.

1 Dolby

http://www.bgr.in/news/dolby-sues-oppo-vivo-over-patent-infringement-companies-to-deposit-rs-34-per-smartphone-to-delhi-high-court/

2 Blue Spike

https://www.techinasia.com/meet-american-company-suing-xiaomi-huawei-oppo

3 Meizu

https://www.gizmochina.com/2016/10/19/meizu-accuses-xiaomi-oppo-smartisan-mback-patent-infringement/

Have Lenovo laptop.

Yeah, we all know Lenova was purchase by a Chinese company. Exactly, how a Chinese company is trying to purchase certain Toshiba-based companies like chips and nuclear. All backed by the Chinese government.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Lenovo is the chinese company that bought the IBM PC division.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

@pacint

Lenovo is the chinese company that bought the IBM PC division.

I know originally "Legend" I believe because I still have an old Thinkpad from the same year that they purchased the IBM division.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

@Silvafan.

I worked at an IBM daughter company at that time, now 30+yrs using IBM hard and software.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I worked at an IBM daughter company at that time, now 30+yrs using IBM hard and software.

Cool!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites