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Samsung's Massive Document Outlining How to Improve Galaxy S by Adopting iPhone Solutions Surfaces

AllThingsD reports that the ongoing patent and design dispute between Apple and Samsung has yielded yet another interesting piece of evidence, this time in the form of a massive internal Samsung document from 2010 showing 126 different aspects of the company's Galaxy S smartphone that were considered to need improvement. Each shortcoming is displayed with a comparison to how the issue is handled on the iPhone and includes a recommendation that in most cases outlines how Samsung should make the behavior of the Galaxy S more like that of the iPhone.
Authored by Samsung’s product engineering team, the document evaluates everything from the home screen to the browser to the built-in apps on both devices. In each case, it comes up with a recommendation on what Samsung should do going forward and in most cases its answer is simple: Make it work more like the iPhone.

In short, the evaluation report makes the case that the Galaxy (identified here as the “S1″) would be better if it behaved more like the iPhone and featured a similar user interface.

As the report notes, the document itself is not proof of Samsung's infringement of Apple's utility or design patents or its trade dress, but Apple is clearly using it to build its case that Samsung was looking to the iPhone as a superior device and in many cases seeking to copy the iPhone's solutions to user interface and other issues.

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28 months ago
Wow. This is the motherlode of damning evidence. Poor Samsung. Nah, who am I kidding, I don't feel sorry for thieves.
Rating: 131 Votes
28 months ago
Samsung, I'm pretty sure you can get a shredder at Staples for under $20
Rating: 73 Votes
28 months ago

And yet Apple has stolen a ton from Android. Come off the high horse.


Where are the slides/memos that shows that? I'm sure Samsung would show that evidence if it existed.
Rating: 61 Votes
28 months ago
A smoking gun if I've ever seen one.
Rating: 53 Votes
28 months ago
lol, i-Phone
Rating: 48 Votes
28 months ago
While it's certainly not legally damning, it is morally damaging.

It blows my mind how some people still blindly support Samsung in this trial -- while the patent infringement and the legal question at hand is undetermined, the design ethos was undoubtedly breached. A few things to consider:

-This document, outlining flaws
-The internal memo about a crisis of design
-The similarities between icons (someone has a pic)
-The similarities between dock connectors, chargers, and all accessories
-The similarities of the phone design and GUI layout

In some cases the Samsung devices look exactly like the iPhone in many, many aspects.

With that said, design ethos is not legally damning, and what's at stake here is patent infringement. If anything, prior art will make or break this case. Apple has already showed that Samsung had the intent to copy near everything.
Rating: 45 Votes
28 months ago
This sure isn't going to help Samsung's case.
Rating: 44 Votes
28 months ago

As the report notes, the document itself is not proof of Samsung's infringement of Apple's utility or design patents or its trade dress


Anyone who's read the document can clearly see that. Most "solutions" are not to "copy the iPhone", simply to make improvements. This document in a sense is proof that Samsung did not copy the iPhone, but made usability improvements based on the fact that their initial designs had flaws the competition didn't have.

IE, the consumer got a better product thanks to Samsung revising their usability in light of what was on the market. Something Apple also does and that every company does.
Rating: 44 Votes
28 months ago

Anyone who's read the document can clearly see that. Most "solutions" are not to "copy the iPhone", simply to make improvements. This document in a sense is proof that Samsung did not copy the iPhone, but made usability improvements based on the fact that their initial designs had flaws the competition didn't have.

IE, the consumer got a better product thanks to Samsung revising their usability in light of what was on the market. Something Apple also does and that every company does.


Yay... KnightWRX is here, again, to argue and debate against Apple and straighten us out.

Let's see, Samsung wrote 132 pages on how to improve their phone .... to be more like the iPhone ... BUT ... they didn't copy anything, aha.

Thank you, I get it now now, Apple bad, Samsung good.

But for the heck let's let the jury decide, they'll have ALL the facts.
Rating: 42 Votes
28 months ago

Thieves? If they are thieves, than Apple too, and many other companies.


Stealing ideas is not the same as copying end products. Do you understand the difference?

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So friggin what!!

Samsung solves a problem that the button is too small by making it bigger?

Is that really some sort of amazing design copied off Apple ?

NO.

It is just common sense ?

Unless someone else here could come up with another way you can make a button bigger - that doesn't involve increasing the size ?


Read the entire 132 pages before posting any more of your defensive tripe.
Rating: 35 Votes

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