It is widely known that there are voices who sustain that the similarities between Samsung and Apple are huge. According to ‘ol Cupertino, they believe they have evidence showing that Google specifically warned Samsung that both their original Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab too closely resembled Apple’s iPhone and iPad — but Samsung did nothing to change the design. Since this comes right from Samsung sources, it looks like Apple is going to court very soon. Here’s some bullet points from Apple’s trial brief as provided by AllThingsD:
- In February 2010, Google told Samsung that Samsung’s “P1” and “P3” tablets (Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1) were “too similar” to the iPad and demanded “distinguishable design vis-à-vis the iPad for the P3.”
- In 2011, Samsung’s own Product Design Group noted that it is “regrettable” that the Galaxy S “looks similar” to older iPhone models.
- As part of a formal, Samsung-sponsored evaluation, famous designers warned Samsung that the Galaxy S “looked like it copied the iPhone too much,” and that “innovation is needed.” The designers explained that the appearance of the Galaxy S “[c]losely resembles the iPhone shape so as to have no distinguishable elements,” and “[a]ll you have to do is cover up the Samsung logo and it’s difficult to find anything different from the iPhone.”
Despite all sayings and rumours time will decide whether Apple copied Samsung or viceversa. And yes, I personally find the similarities quite shocking, the designs are almost identical, but even so, sooner than anyone would think the truth will come out and compensations will be made.