Xiaomi’s Apple Watch copycat points to a brighter future for Google’s Wear OS

Stock Wear OS is dead, long live the custom skins

I wasn’t surprised one little bit that Xiaomi’s new smartwatch is essentially an Apple Watch knock off. If we know anything about the Chinese tech outfit, it’s that its design inspiration meetings don’t stray too far from simply loading up the Apple Store and saying, “Let’s do this stuff, but cheaper.”

What was surprising – and seems to have just been a footnote for everyone else when covering the new Mi Watch – is that it’s the first Wear OS smartwatch to come with a custom skin… the uninspiringly-named MIUI.

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