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Sunday, 18 September 2011

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A hand stitched cover for an Android Nexus running iClone

The iPhone is possibly the most expensive smart phone on the market, but many would argue that the interface is worth every penny/cent (*delete as country appropriate).

Now Google's operating system, Android, has the answer. An iPhone-like interface that works in exactly the same way as the iPhone, loads iPhone apps and turns any Android compatible phone into an iPhone. It is called iClone, and Apple are not happy.

"We're not happy," said Steve Kobs, future CEO of the company, but currently working in the Apple Store in Chester. "They have basically ripped off everything we've done, and put it on just any old phone. There's no kudos in having a brilliant operating system on a phone that just isn't stylish. There's no Apple logo on the back for a start."

Ordinarily, Apple would use it's lawyers to sort the situation out, but Google's lawyers are better.

"Google have the best lawyers in the business," said Kobs. "Judging by how many loopholes they've slipped through. Apple wouldn't want to go up against them. We'd end up paying them the patent fees."

Instead, the Applelet Market has hit back with an Android simulator that turns any iPhone into a standard looking Android phone.

"It's called the iSparticus," said Mac Buck, editor of App World! magazine. "It's rubbish. Why on earth would I want to make my glorious iPhone like a rubbish Android phone? So what if there's more apps on Android, and they're cheaper. None of them of the swish and swoosh style of an iPhone app. Thanks iStore, but no thanks. I'm going to keep my twenty-nine ninety nine, thanks."

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