Samsung denies having any part of “Wake Up” protest

Samsung denies having any part of “Wake Up” protest
While Samsung is known to unleash some marketing ads that poke fun at loyal Apple followers, the Korean manufacturer says it had no part in the display that took place outside an Australian Apple Store the other day.

Early reports suggested that this display was tied into Samsung’s upcoming device release, which many suggest will be the Galaxy S III, and frankly, it didn’t seem entirely out of character considering Samsung’s “Dude, you’re a barista” campaign, "Samsunged" campaign and more recently its depiction of sheep in its latest teaser trailer.

Even though all signs seemed to point to Sammy, Samsung released a statement to Slash Gear earlier today saying, “Samsung Electronics Australia has nothing to do with the ‘Wake-Up Campaign.’”

At this point it is unclear who was the mastermind behind this flashmob, but it was well coordinated and features expensive assets such as a painted bus, making it seemingly a little too elaborate for a group of fans to put together, but you never know. Hopefully someone will fess up soon.

source: SlashGear

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61 Comments

1. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Well, whoever it was, they clearly didn't get their message across very well. Also, I'd advise PA to change their source on the original article from "Samsung" to something else. I'm no lawyer, but if Samsung is denying this, I think PA may be guilty of misrepresentation.

7. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

It's a good thing Commentator ISN'T a lawyer because a lawyer worth his salt will point out a US Supreme Court decision over publishing news such as the one we are discussing. It's the same decision that allows National Inquirer or any gossip magazine to run suspected news about public figures. Just about every first amendment lawyer knows this decision. I take it Samsung's "wake-up" website was a mere coincidence?

11. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Meh, I don't know if I believe Samsung on this one. I mean, there was a buss with the word's "Wake Up" on it. No random group of people would care that much to do something like that. This reminds me of when "Dante's Inferno" came out (the video game). The makers staged a protest outside their own office to drum up controversy. At first, they denied it, but later said they were responsible. Everyone saw right through the hoax anyway...

12. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The problem, ardent1, is that Samsung never ran a "wake-up" website, but PA linked it with Samsung as a source. They clearly made you believe that Samsung did run a "wake up" website. Also, Jeff, any social-activist group worth their salt could afford a painted van and a few dozen people, and Apple is a prime target for activist groups. Look at the Greenpeace article from earlier today.

60. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Commentator, you are making the same mistake again. First, you didn't know the rule of law and accused PA of something that PA has an affirmative defense. Second, you now make a claim that Samsung never ran a wake-up website. You provided no proof to support your assertion. Here are the facts: 1) New Dialogue Pty Limited owns that domain name 2) "New Dialogue Pty Limited is a private company categorized under Commercial Nonphysical Research and located in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Our records show it was established in 2004" (source manta.com) 3) There is NO information regarding where Samsung or its affiliates or indirect subsidaries contracted with New Dialogue Pty Limited in regards to said website. Therefore, there isn't information to either support or refute the claim Samsung never ran said website.

61. MoonlitTear

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 09, 2008

from the picture.. that was NOT a painted van. It was a painted tour bus... Just throwing that out there......

2. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I do not know who really did this. But no one in the world accept that they have done something wrong until some one prove that. Do you think Samsung will accept?

3. joeymk

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

It is samsung 100%

5. alan_1230

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

your stupid

8. JeffdaBeat unregistered

It's "You're."

4. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

it was APPLE_ROYALLY

6. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

wow first they deny copying Apple and now this... so now allof those people went out of own will.. please Samsung you also lied about updating your phones to ICS and will give the US the finger with their dual core crap on the SGSIII S... what else?.. samsung what else?....

10. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

And Samsung users call us sheep

14. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

Actually more than just "Samsung users" call Apple product users "sheep", since it is true because the majority of them are..

16. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Fandroids call Apple users sheep because they can't accept reality so they have to rationalize Apple's success.

19. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

This isn't about Apples success, it's about the majority of the users being called "sheep" because they will buy a product mainly due to it being from Apple. How are Android user "sheep" if they have multiple manufactures to choose from, and get what suits them best, instead of choosing only one manufacture, Apple, no matter what.. I'm not quite sure you even have a valid argument, since you seem to mix things together that don't make much sense..

21. NaRFL

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

baaaa baaaa!

22. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

Haha, nice one..

24. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, I just can't accept that in 4 short years Android has doubled iOS' share, and continues to build double it's growth nearly every quarter. Oh, wait. That's you.

27. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

When have I disputed android is doing well in market share?

32. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You iRationalize it. You have to have excuses why it's doing so well. You can't say it's because they're good devices.

35. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

We know why android does well in market share. They give away their sw for free and then the OEM's after finding out they can't compete with Apple on an even playing field have fire sales and basically give their phones away.

37. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

rationalized. taco, apple and google are playing 2 very different games, and its only iNuts that keep trying to put them together. U think that higher prices is somehow good for you.. when its not. your not getting more, your just paying more. Your paying a premium for the brand because there is no other competition in the iOS space to bring down prices. Weather you feel that iOS is worth the tag or not, is irrelevant to that point. Think about it.. you are actually trying to brag that you pay MORE for essentially the same base tech, with a less capable OS. Good job taco.. good job. Apple is going for pure profit. Android is going for market dominance to sell adds. Both are winning in their fields. Glad to see your ban is being ignored.

40. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

The less capable OS is android and that's why people aren't willing to pay for it.

41. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

oh im sorry, how many models of iphone go for 300 on contract? a lot less than android. The value plan on tmobile sells the phones at retail. Do you know how many people buy the SGS2 at its $600 full retail? More than any other phone tmobile sells.. by a large margin. Like normal, you have no proof, out dated opinions.. AND ARE STILL POSTING AFTER YOU LOST THE BEST.

43. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Oh yeah, the OS that can multitask is less capable than the one that can't. Android has done everything that iOS does since Froyo, and since Gingerbread more. With ICS, it finally does it just as smoothly. Again, read all the reviews of ICS. Or better yet, don't. Your mind will just filter it out, and you'll convince yourself that it said it was laggy, just like you did with the OneX review. EDIT: Actually, with Froyo it did more. I was forgetting flash.

46. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

can i ask you how android is less capable than ios...in my opinion it does pretty much everything ios does and more...just asking :)

30. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Apple has success, sure. But Apple doesn't get it from the quality of their devices, only the popularity. In short, Steve Jobs was a marketing genius.

53. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

42. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

It true until proven wrong. If Samsung said that they did not do that, then they are not. What so big deal about all of this.

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