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Samsung's Galaxy S on the left, Apple's iPhone 3GS on the right
Apple means business with its new lawsuit against Samsung

There's no question that Apple turned the smartphone market upside down when it introduced the original iPhone way back in during the summer of 2007. After its release, numerous competitors kicked into overdrive to come up with smartphones built around a touch interface. 

Apple again caught the industry with its pants down when it launched the iPad in 2010. Once again, competitors were caught off guard and rushed to get their own products onto the market.

In a new lawsuit filed this week, Apple is alleging that at least one of its competitors -- Samsung -- took a few shortcuts in getting its smartphones and tablets to market. Those shortcuts, Apple alleges, are that Samsung copied the exterior design and interface elements of its iOS-based devices.

Apple names the Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, and Nexus smartphones along with the Galaxy Tab tablet in the lawsuit according to the Wall Street Journal

Apple claims: 

Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products. 

Ina Fried of Mobilized received stronger language from an Apple spokesperson; "It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

Apple may have a point when it comes to the Galaxy S smartphones, as the design and interface do look more than a bit like the iPhone 3GS. It remains to be seen whether the courts will agree with Apple, however.

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RE: So...
By tayb on 4/18/2011 11:15:14 PM , Rating: -1
The iPhone was the first product built from the ground up for touch. This is a fact. Not only that but it was the first multi-touch phone and the first touch screen phone that was not absolutely horrendous. The second part is obviously opinion but look back at the "touch screen" phones that were available prior to the iPhone launch. Horrendous. I remember I had some horrendous Samsung slider touch screen phone that made me want to scream every time I had to use it.

Being first to the market means absolutely nothing if your product sucks. Apple was the first to the touch screen phone market with something that ANYONE wanted to buy.

And face it the Samsung UI looks exactly like the iOS UI. Do I think that's something worth suing about? No way. But let's not let fanboyism (one way or the other) get in the way of the fact that Samsung has shown absolutely no ingenuity when it comes to UI. They took iOS and ported the UI to Android. That's that.

RE: So...
By euler007 on 4/19/2011 9:21:14 AM , Rating: 4
The iPhone was the first product built from the ground up for touch. This is a fact.

To this I counter: braille books.

RE: So...
By Denigrate on 4/19/2011 9:46:47 AM , Rating: 2
It's amazing what iSheeple will believe.

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