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Brevisys plans direct iPhone copy

updated 04:40 pm EDT, Mon April 16, 2007

Deeda Pi iPhone Copy

IP communications firm Brevisys today generated controversy with news of its upcoming deeda handhelds. Each of the company's three new devices not only shares the same philosophy of an exclusively touchscreen-based interface but shares similar features and clear visual cues inspired by the Apple phone's interface.

[digg this] The most obvious parallel is the Pi, according to even the company's own claims. A 3.6-inch, 800x480 touchscreen controls both a phone as well as Wi-Fi Internet access, music, and video on 8GB of flash storage.

Unique to the handset is the option of a 30GB or 60GB hard drive, ultra wideband (UWB) for nearby peripherals, and a VGA front camera for video chats to complement the 2-megapixel camera at the back. Battery life is rated at 5 hours for active talking and 4 hours for Internet browsing.

Controversially, however, the company claims that its design is original and will be less restrictive to end users.

"Our multimedia players began their design and development process over a year before the recently unveiled Apple iPhoneŽ and LG Prada Phone," the company writes. "As a result we have our own patents pending for our device designs and interfaces. However, unlike certain corporations we believe in individual creativity, not just a company's internal creativity and their ideas."

To support this, the handset maker touts that its deeda handhelds will embrace an open-source philosophy with a Linux-based OS that can freely install programs or receive code changes from outsiders to expose new features. An optimized version of Mozilla's Firefox 2 browser will come preinstalled along with social networking tools and a dedicated media jukebox interface.

The company also hopes to preempt similarly-inspired dedicated media players. Arriving at roughly the same time is the Menx, which shares the dimensions of the Pi without the cellphone or video calling functions, as well as the 3-inch Kiku. Either player will have the option of 4GB or 8GB of flash.

Surprisingly, the company purports that it will ship all three deeda systems in summer, shortly after the iPhone's launch. The Pi specifically will be available as an unlocked phone that should support either AT&T or T-Mobile networks in the US. Prices are unknown.

by MacNN Staff




  1. zl9600

    Joined: Dec 1969



    When catty 12 year olds run your PR department:

    "However, unlike certain corporations we believe in individual creativity, not just a company's internal creativity and their ideas."

    Surprised they didn't put a "neener-neener" at the end.

  1. igroucho

    Joined: Dec 1969


    corporate spies???

    so how the F can they know how long time before a "certain corporation" they started developing their phone? Did they have access to inside intelligence?

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Watch the wording:

    Just because they say that they started developement a year before the unveiling (note that is the instance they refer to, igroucho, not a year before Apple started) doesn't mean that they didn't radically change the design after seeing the iPhone and how much buzz it got. There is so much similarity, that a least a little copying has gone on. They've had months to revamp now, and when you copy, it doesn't take nearly as long.

    I think the tone of the "creativity" statement was to divert attention away from the previous one. Very sneaky. It might even work on the casual reader/listener.

  1. jhorvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple started more than 2

    Apple started developement more than 2 years ago, neener,neener! Apple's iPhone runs OSX Leopard, what does there phone run? Believe me it takes a lot more than pretty copied iPhone icons to make the device that Apple's building. Oh and just because you have an MP3 player doesn't make it an iPod either. And what restrictions are they talking about? There are none except for quality which this company doesn't have a clue about. Apple wants all apps that run on the iPhone to be totally compatible and not just some c*** code that would crash it.

  1. dpicardi

    Joined: Dec 1969



    this phone is doomed before it launches.

    If there a worse SP in the US in terms of coverage and dropped calls?

    I doubt AT&T will support it as I'm sure apple has a clause protecting it from copycats.

  1. tonton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: t-mobile, AT+T

    dpicardi, you really don't understand what the term "unlocked phone" means. AT+T don't have to support the phone. If the phone is GSM, it will work, period. It will work, just like my MacBook works on a PC wireless network (802.11b/g is a standard too!).

    And to all the Apple fanboys (of which I'm one), if the iPhone doesn't support custom applications, then this phone has something very serious that it can compete with. A fully programmable Linux operating system is infinitely more powerful than an uncustomizable, locked OS X.

  1. tc1000

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Does it run OSX? No? Well who cares then.

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Am I the only one who reallises that this is not a product. All the images on their site are digitally created and composited. i.e. they do not even have a runniing prototype. Go through the images yourself and see, this is no news it is BS!

    Another point, this 'thing' is so thin that it doesn't even have a battery!

  1. Cleverboy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    @suhail No... you're not the only one. I'm thinking this is funnier and funnier to watch. I wouldn't be surprised if this is more from "Infinite Solutions" (fake tutorials on YouTube).

    It doesn't seem to bother anyone that this phone literally does EVERYTHING. Not just "a little of this and that", but EVERYTHING. It even runs FireFox, is thinner than the iPhone, runs Linux, allows people to install Windows, MacOSX, or any other OS... even Palm.

    On one screenshot on the Brevisys site, it even had a fingerprint scanner on the back. I'll say this though... The DEMOs on the site were nice... when they were up (I think the bandwidth killed them). Very iPhone-like demos. Other REAL manufacturers should take note how Deeda and Apple pulled this off. Had I slightly more foresight (and free time) I would have YouTubed these Flash-demos earlier this weekend.

    This is really really funny. Gizmodo was not amused however. Engadget seemed to fall for it... amongst other sites. (looks around...)

    I'm proud to list the first iPhone competitor HOAX on my iPhoneWar site. I'm tempted to stick it into the competitor line-up for shucks and giggles.

    I long time ago I got into an argument on CompuServe, with some guy claiming to draw pictures of "photo-realistic" superheroes. They were bodybuilders painted over in Photoshop. He kept insisting they weren't and I finally had to give up arguing. It's amazing how a lot of determination can appeal to the sucker in us all.

  1. zwiebel_

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Deeda - shmida

    Parent com is

    DEEDA (Dynamic End-to-End Data Aggregation) refers to the companies P2P technology.' site is a joke, not much else

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