In an effort to get a more accurate look at the performance of their phones, Google engineers created a prototype phone that mimics the look of the iPhone 7 in an attempt to give the impression that the new phone is faster.
“I created the phone to make the iPhone look faster,” says Jonathan Liebesman, the engineer who created the device.
“When we were creating the phone, the biggest issue we were seeing was that the iPhone had a lot of hardware and it’s really hard to look at and say, ‘Oh, this is faster.'”
He explains that the team had a hard time finding an iPhone 7 design that matched the look and feel of the new model.
So the team decided to try to replicate the look by using the iPhone’s camera to recreate the iPhone 5s’ glass back and camera glass.
The results are impressive.
While the iPhone looks like it’s using a glass panel to display the screen, Google has managed to replicate that look without the screen.
In addition to the camera, the iPhone also features a fingerprint scanner and the company has been able to use a modified version of the camera sensor to recreate what appears to be the original phone’s camera.
The result is a phone that looks like an iPhone 5.
That’s the first step to getting more people to think about buying an iPhone, but Liebesmen believes the technology is there for future phones as well.
“We don’t know if we’ll ever get a phone with a 3.5mm headphone jack, but there is a way to get an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or even an iPhone SE,” he says.
“There are people out there who want to use that as a phone.”
In the meantime, the phone has been outfitted with a fingerprint sensor, so you can swipe to unlock the phone with just your finger.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7s were announced earlier this month and Google is already planning to release them in the coming weeks.
The company’s plans to use the iPhone design as a marketing tool is also part of Google’s overall strategy for its mobile phone division.
“The goal is to have a new iPhone with an amazing display, great camera, great performance, and incredible value,” Google said in a statement.
“Google is committed to making Android and its partners even better.
That means taking on all of the design challenges that are currently facing the smartphone industry, and doing it in the best way possible.”