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Apple Sues Samsung Over Nexus S and Galaxy Line, Copies Look and Feel of iPhone and iPad

I hate for this to sound like I’m defending Apple here, but is anyone actually surprised at them suing Samsung?  Just look at the photo above of a Galaxy S device and what I’m assuming is an iPhone 3GS.  It has the same curves, same cheesy icons, same ugly dock bar and pretty much the same overall look in general.  When I reviewed the Fascinate back in September, I couldn’t help but point out that it mimicked an iPhone, and many of you mentioned it as well.  Here is what Apple had to say about our Android friends from Korea:

“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,” the lawsuit said.

So the Galaxy S line of phones I get, but not the Nexus S and Galaxy Tab.  The Nexus S may have curved corners, but just about every smartphone on the planet has those these days.  And the Galaxy Tab isn’t even near the size of the iPad, nor does its UI look anything like iOS.  If Apple plans to sue Samsung over those devices, then they might as well start suing everyone.  Silly mobile industry.

Thoughts?

Via:  WSJ

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/NFYEPNXKSCLXMHXLMUW46FZOWU Kent

    That’s funny, I don’t recall any Galaxy owners reporting that they had felt like they’d just been raped? That’s the Apple “feel”, right?

  • Anonymous

    and they wonder why no one buys their product…this is just another reason not too..stupid samsung

    • AppleFUD

      You do realize that Samsung is the second largest handset manufacturer in the world only behind Nokia, don’t you?

      Seems like a few people are buying their stuff.

      You do also realize that they are the worlds largest hardware manufacturer. . . in other words, they sell more shit than anyone on the freakin planet.

  • Anonymous

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    Oh, hey apple, F your mother too!

    Just some thoughts of mine

  • jwd45244

    Look and feel lawsuit? Didn’t we all learn that those kind of lawsuits are stupid when Lotus lost theirs way back in the “dark ages”?

  • Anonymous

    … who copys whom?
    http://i.imgur.com/aLGOQ.jpg

  • Jwildman73

    WOW.. Really??? Seems that you can sue for just about anything these day! If they win I am going to have to sue Brad Pitt for stealing my look!!! Bastard!!! :)

  • Luketastic1

    You gotta fix those proportions in the main pic….It makes the (smaller) iPhone look exactly the same size compared to the (quite larger) Galaxy S…

  • Cb2000a

    Lawyers love Apple…..in all fairness though…Sammy that is a fairly close copy…shame…

  • Tesseract 3

    Apple has been pulling stuff like this forever, and currently, lol. Whether this lawsuit is justified or not, Apple is well known for frivolous lawsuits that they will throw on anyone who has a product that slightly resembles theirs. Even if many of the elements of their own product are taken from other products that already exist. Apple also locks down their products hardcore, and has a habit of not listening to their customers. They habitually come out with something that is cool and popular for awhile, and then when people realize that the issues they wanted fixed are either ignored or compounded, the devices keep getting further locked down, and all the updated devices really are, are something shinier, sleeker, and with a couple new tertiary features, they start to lose popularity and market share. I wouldn’t be too worried, whether this lawsuit succeeds or not, Apple cannot control the smartphone market. They don’t have the wherewithal for it. Eventually they will alienate all but their most loyal fans and be relegated to a niche again. Apple has done this stuff before, countless times, they may win some lawsuits and lose others, they may manage to lock down their stuff like crazy, and they may be a strong player for awhile. But eventually they will start to lose customers and they will fail, again. I feel that Apple’s main failing as a company is that they are good at creating hype for new (well not really new, but already existent products that most people didn’t know about, or there wasn’t much support for), creating a new industry standard, and then not sustaining it… EVER. That is their main failing, they just can’t sustain their strategies. I think the problem is overreach, they basically want to have a monopoly over a specific KIND of device. Even if it already existed for a long time, and was just re-imagined by Apple. Problem is, their will always be push back about that kind of behavior from techies and average consumers alike and it will be their downfall. Every time.

  • Immolate

    I expect Apple will try to get injunctive relief on this. It would be unfortunate if they succeeded, not just for the precedent that it would set, but also because Samsung would have an awful time dealing with the impact of having several of it’s most popular products pulled, even for a short time.

    I’m torn on this, as far as the validity of the action is concerned. If we use the car analogy, this is more like Toyata making a car that looks exactly like a Corvette. It would have a different engine, cockpit design, gearing, etc., but there isn’t much doubt that GM would be on it like a duck on a junebug.

    Of course there are differences between the iPhone4 and the Samsung phones. The question is whether they significant enough to make the complete package defensible. The biggest difference is how you interact with the device, and if that becomes the determining factor, I’m confident Samsung will win the day.

    • Anonymous

      Car makers consistently copy the designs of others. When the 300 C came out, Hyundai released a car that greatly resembled it. Hmmm, wait, isnt Hyundai Korean too?

  • Anonymous

    this lawsuit doesnt surprise me…when i went in to first look at the fascinate the guy at the vzw store replied “you mean the samsung iphone?”

  • d-roids

    this is just my feeling but i think apples been doing some pretty drastic things. if this was such a big deal for them why didnt they jus do this from the start. somethings telling me all is not quiet in apple front. either they’re really gonna try and pick a fight with android or they’re using this to divert attention away from something pretty nasty going down in their own house…. but really apple this is pathetic

  • lolapple
    • lolness

      is that a ffc? no way! those didn’t exist before apple invented them.

  • Anonymous

    You know what? GOOD. I’ve hated touch wiz because it’s as hideous as the iPhone, and it’s time that Samsung paid the price for it’s lack of creativity.

  • Mr. Joe

    Yet there are iPhone clones all over China that don’t even try to change things up…

  • derickmc

    Get a life Apple…

  • DROID

    Why does Appfail sew everyone?????? Come on, can’t they just admit there crap sucks??

  • THE DUDE

    everyone rips off apple, from UI’s to products, apple comes out with it first and people find a way to rip them off and add some pointless piece of hardware or software integration. So I say, good on them.

    • DBK

      The Palm Pilot wants a word with you.

    • Fag

      Apple steals too! Don’t get full of yourself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Luong/100000498981386 David Luong

    This is like Honda suing Toyota because the Camry has the same user interface and innovative style of the Civic.

  • Mordechai Daniel

    This isn’t really about Samsung… this is about Android. If Apple can win any of these lawsuits, then they get to own competitive advantage going forward. Imagine if Apple were the only phone manufacturer allowed to make Icon driven homepages?… Or imagine if Apple were the only manufacturer allowed to build smartphones that use gestures to unlock them (which they are trying to assert with the HTC lawsuit)? Then they effectively kill their competition. The evil basterds that they are…

    • AppleFUD

      I think you are right however, if you read what apple is suing for much of it has to do with “trade dress” and most likely nothing will come of it other than Sammy making some minor product adjustments. The other bits that they are going for really don’t matter much. All in all this lawsuit isn’t about anything significant that could cause a major advantage for iOS over Android. The other lawsuits may have a little more but I think it’s more about putting a price on Android. If Apple and MS sue everyone that uses Android then those companies have to “pay a price to use Android” and therefore it isn’t free.

      In other words, Apple and MS are spending money to make others pay a fee to use Android lol. . .

  • Arthur

    Icons that launch programs and multiple desktop environments have been around long before Apple ever put them on a mobile device.

    Just busted out one of my old Palm Pilots, rounded corners multiple home screens with icon only interface, games, office software, address book, available media player apps, a web browser for the optional modem, a web sync for a device based (in app) browsing, home, search, and menu soft keys, top bar with time and battery life, SD card slot, desktop syncing software, gesture based writing, comes with a stylus, but is finger friendly, and syncs and charges via USB.

    So yeah, great job Apple you were totally the first.

  • http://twitter.com/Terrormaster Terrormaster

    This has been my biggest complaint about TouchWiz from day one – it just looks WAY too much like iOS. Being the patent trolls that they are I’m surprised Apple didn’t try and pull the trigger on this sooner. I just wish Android manufacturers would just simply stick with stock vanilla Android and we’d never have these sorts of problems.

  • androidxoom

    Apple needs to grow up and quit acting like a kid.

  • androidxoom

    Apple needs to grow up and quit acting like a kid.

  • androidxoom

    Apple needs to grow up and quit acting like a kid.

  • http://twitter.com/djduquet Jared Duquette

    I’d love it if all phones were to use stock android with NO UI changes. Android is sexy.