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U.S. version of Samsung Galaxy S II replaces iPhone-like home button with Android one

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U.S. version of Samsung Galaxy S II replaces iPhone-like home button with Android one
Has Samsung provided evidence in favor of Apple's claim that the Korean company has copied designs from the Cupertino based firm's products? Yesterday we reported that Samsung had released a video teaser for the U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S II and within that video may lie proof that Apple could have a strong case.

If you look closely at the video, the Samsung Galaxy S II being used in most of the scenes has an iPhone-style home button below the screen. That is the version that we have seen in most pictures of the handset that has been called the best Android phone ever made. But at the end of the video, there is a change. The picture of the Samsung Galaxy S II used has typical Android buttons instead of the iPhone-esque home button.

Apple's lawsuit has apparently claimed specific parts of the Samsung devices have been copied from Apple, including the home button on the Samsung Galaxy S II. In Samsung's favor, it can say that it did the same thing with the Samsung Galaxy S last year, but it also makes it appear that the Korean manufacturer made a conscious decision to change the design for U.S. units so as to prevent a possible ban on moving phones into one of its most important sales destinations.

source: electronista

The Samsung Galaxy S II on left shows an Apple iPhone-style home button while the model at right doesn't
The Samsung Galaxy S II on left shows an Apple iPhone-style home button while the model at right doesn't

The Samsung Galaxy S II on left shows an Apple iPhone-style home button while the model at right doesn't


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posted on 24 Aug 2011, 11:47 7

1. middle (unregistered)


thats better samsung. 4 normal android button. i never like your middle button homescreen design, why follow apple style, not everyone want apple-like phone thats why i skip SGS and SGS II with that middle button, i hope you will start to change to 4 button design sooner than i will get SGS II fast. Go go go samsung just be your self

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 12:38 2

10. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


def agree with you, i don like the home button at all niether, the tmo vibrants dont have that crappy ass button

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 13:11 2

14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I have to agree, having a single home button just confuses the use of the handset. Maybe this is one of those rare instances where the threat of a lawsuit 'saved' a manufacturer (Sammy in this circumstance) from foisting users with a bad design?

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 17:08 3

27. cheetah2k (Posts: 869; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


I agree also. The middle button just becomes a dust collector, and whats more, it creates a weak point in the Gorilla Glass...

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:57 1

41. ToneDef (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Oh right. You skipped on the phone .... because of the middle home button. Hmmm. Ok. Whatever you say. Like the time I skipped out on the Ferrari F430 because its bootlid lock was in the same location as on the Lambo Murcielago.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 11:54 2

2. Sqube (unregistered)


You know... they did that with the Galaxy S, too.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 13:43 3

18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I know all the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S didn't have the stupid home button. Naturally they would do the same for the Samsung Galaxy S II.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 18:00 1

32. ChiquiKon (Posts: 58; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


Excellent reply ;)

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 13:51

20. exo2u (unregistered)


I expected 4 capacitive buttons from day one, do people really think that It would be done any differently than what they did with the first one? Seriously people.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 11:59 2

3. andro (unregistered)


Apple invented having an menu button with the original iphone so if any other phone or device in existance which was released after or indeed years before the iphone 1 must clearly be copying apple.

An APPLE can be rotten and have worms inside.....isheep will still eat it anyhow!

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 12:02 4

4. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


thats much better... thank you Sammy...

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 12:06 2

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I like my 4 buttons cant leave without the search button *-*

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 12:19 4

6. rkhi (unregistered)


It'll be fine as long as those 4 buttons are constantly lit whilst the phone is in use. I have the SGS2 Euro version (as I live in Europe!) and can tell you that it is a royal pain to have the 2 buttons either side of the home button go invisible after 5 seconds. There appears to be no way to change it plus they are a bit "hit & miss" in use anyway. The 'old-skool' Android 4 button arrangement looks much nicer, and less iPhone-esque.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 17:35

31. Simba501 (Posts: 27; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


https://market.android.com/details?id=com.kin.KeepTheLightsOn&feature=more_from_developer

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 21:05 1

39. idan (unregistered)


Lol! Seriously?

Settings/ display options/ touchkey light duration

Domass!

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 12:23 3

7. Whatajoke (unregistered)


Seriously phone arena? It's articles like this that actually make me question why I even visit this site. It's a button people. How can one copy a button? Did RIM sue HTC because they put a track ball on the Eris? No because the people at RIM aren't a bunch of j*ckasses. Or maybe HTC should sue Apple because Apple used a button similar to their HTC Touch. Don't get me wrong I also like the 4 android buttons that make android much more useable versus the one dumb-downed idiot proof button on the iphone, but "Iphone-esque home button" get real phone arena.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 12:44

12. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


lol yup thats iphonearena for you buddy

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 14:18 2

21. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


well considering most android phones have the 4 buttons on the bottom it's a strange design choice plus all the other copying leads one to believe that IT IS copying. That's why they lost their case and are now banned in Netherlands.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 15:02 4

24. weiners (unregistered)


So.. when and if the iPhone 5 comes out this october with the rumored RECTANGULAR home button.. Your logic dictates that Samsung should sue Apple for copying their rectangular design.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 18:21 2

33. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


ummm an Android feature lost the case in the netherlands... ONE FEATURE, the gallery.

Everything else was thrown out.

1 thing is "TONS" of copying... (legally speaking.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 12:23 1

8. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


go Samsung don't let people call you a copycat be a best inventor and designer.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 12:35

9. rcy189 (Posts: 26; Member since: 24 Jun 2011)


I'm glad that the GSII will have android buttons once it's released. I'm seriously considering upgrading to this phone next year and I don't wanna have the "iphone 5 home button" on this. Way to stick to your guns Samsung!

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 12:42

11. matistight (Posts: 206; Member since: 13 May 2009)


Why would apple care? everyone says apple will go to capacative home button -_-

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 13:06

13. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


thank u sammy

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 13:16 4

15. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


This is nothing more than troll bait. They did the same thing with the galaxy s and a half dozen other models. Different countries get different variants of the phone. They have been using that large center button before android and the iphone. Anyone that thinks its an apple copy is an iDiot.
That said I prefer the search button over the big button. I use voice commands a lot

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 14:19 1

22. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I guess the courts in Netherlands are idiots. I guess Samsung are idiots too since they agreed not to sell in Australia and aren't they banned in Germany too. As usual all the evidence is exactly the opposite of what you say.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 15:09 5

25. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


did you actually read about what they were banned for? a bit of code in the gallary app that they said they would fix. it had NOTHING to do with design asthetics at all you iTurd.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 17:26

29. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


did you read this article, "iphone like button". Why is Samsung the only android maker that has a home button just like the iphone?

I guess to you Samsung could put the Apple logo on the back and you'd still defend them and say they're not copying.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 18:22 4

34. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


taco, do yourself a favor, go to the phones section on the PA site and go look at samsungs phones. Samsung has been using the large middle button with 2 smaller buttons around it for quite some time. just because some blurb writer says "iphone like" doesnt mean its an iphone copy. The SGS isnt a single button phone, and it sure as heck isnt the only phone in samsung's stable that uses that design... if you look back u can see phones from well back before the orginal iphone was out that use that design. its been a samsung design staple for some time now.

sorry iDiot, apple does not have a lock down on a large middle home button.

They also didnt change it for fear of apple, they changed it for brand recognition. Inside the states the original galaxyS and all its variants all had the 4 buttons, so only an iTard like you would be surprised that the galaxyS-2 wouldnt use a similar design feature.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 12:20 2

43. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


You are too funny Taco. Last time I checked iPhones don't have square home buttons like the one that the SGS2 has and they definitely don’t have capacitive keys beside the home button either, so what is the problem? The fact that Samsung chose to use a button instead a capacitive key doesn't mean that they were biting off of anyone because we all know that Apple didn't invent the damn button. The button has been around way before Apple came on to the scene of mobile phones. That's like a car company suing another company just because they decided to place the button to open the trunk in the same spot that another company happen to place theirs. It is just simply ridiculousness!! Even though both these devices share similarities we all know that the SGS2 is a much better device and that has been proven through many of the videos already shared on this site. So go crawl back up into Apple’s behind where you iSheep belong. Lol

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 13:18

16. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


I thought that the four capacative buttons were a requirement of the Android OS. I mean has there been a US released phone without those four buttons?

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 13:30

17. Bob Miller (unregistered)


the motorola backflip only has 3

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 13:49

19. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


the xperia x10 has 3 buttons

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 21:10

40. idan (unregistered)


Press and hold menu key gives you the 4th option 'search'

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 14:38

23. whyuHating (unregistered)


it's not banned checkout phandroid update on the case

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 15:57

26. litebulb (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Jan 2011)


I hope Samsung for Ice cream sandwich patents buttonless phone, so if Apple ever decides to loose its home button, they can get sued.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 17:11

28. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


i took a big nasty s**t while reading this s**t

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 17:33

30. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Samsung does have a phone with the large home button like that from 2007, the F700.

Whats the problem? Apple doesnt care about the F700 so it shouldnt be a problem. Yea it was announced ...a few months....after the iPhone was announced. But I dont think Samsung is that amazing of a company to see the iPhone announced, run and make a phone with the large home button in a few months. It has a physical keyboard too.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 18:31

35. effdee1121 (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Mar 2010)


i love how they put a couple of sentences in bold emphasizing that samsung really did "copy" the iphone's button . Phonearena, don't you know that they had this on the original galaxy s and were changed to four capacitive buttons when released to the US? I laugh at this article.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 19:56

37. ken (unregistered)


The only advantage of physical home button is its easier to unlock the phone while in sleep mode, this is good as it frees the power button. I'd suggest there should be a separate button for unlocking.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:32

38. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


The World GSM version of the Galaxy phone have one button. the U.S. Galaxy S II phone have four buttons. Still don't see how the four buttons even copies the Iphone home button

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 03:09

42. osanilevich (Posts: 245; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


I actually liked the GS2 home button because it actually gave me somthing physical to press on (its nice to feel some tactile response now and then, its why I still own a bberry) but the regular android buttons do give it functionality unless they can incorporate some kind of press and hold feature into the home button

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