Samsung's screenshot of shame surfaces, borrowed from.. an iPhone

Samsung's screenshot of shame surfaces, borrowed from.. an iPhone
In the midst of the Apple Samsung epic legal battle, here’s a little piece of evidence that might reveal a lot about the way things are done at the two companies. What you see on the right is an image of the Samsung Galaxy Player 50 taken from Samsung’s website. What you see right next to it, is the where it’s coming from - the iPhone.

The screenshot was taken back in 2008 by Laura Scott, but it wasn’t just directly copied - it was actually photoshopped by Samsung to show the Android status bar in the upper part of the screen. 

Samsung's screenshot of shame surfaces, borrowed from.. an iPhone
Samsung's screenshot of shame surfaces, borrowed from.. an iPhone
Were the Koreans really in that much of a hurry that they couldn’t take a screenshot of the Maps application for Android?

This just puzzles us as pointless copying, but is also uncomfortably revealing about the inner workings going on at both companies. Going back in time, we'd see that the Apple lawsuit stated that Samsung is "slavishly copying" from its products. What are your thoughts after seeing this?


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37 Comments

1. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

wow.. that's just silly.

6. UltraElectroMagneticPOP

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

2 Words: Victoria Court

7. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

V.C. Youngstown OH! whooo

36. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

im sure apples lawyers will love this... but seriously samsung... come on... that is just ridicuous and embarrasing

2. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Is Google map copied from iPhone map? Software is by Google and hardware is by Samsung. Why did you blamed Samsung on this screenshot?

18. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

its google maps FROM iOS rather than google maps from android (there is a clear difference). why is this so hard for you guys to understand?

23. gwhyte01

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 09, 2008

you do know google powers the iphones map.

3. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Everybody knows that Samsung copied aspects of the iPhone. Its obvious. But no more so than Lg or half the other touch screen phone makers so I don't know why it's such a big deal. Also iOS5 clearly has android touches so they both play off each other a bit. And as stated above, Samsung "photoshopped" that photo. A Samsung phone was never running the iphone maps so no real harm done.

8. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

theres a big difference between legally borrowing aspects and tweaking them to make them your own (how ever little the tweaking might be) and patent infringement. if apple knows anything, its what they can get away with legally. their copying of android (regardless of how obvious it was to you or me) seems to have been legal. samsung's "slavish" copying of apple seems to be in violation. i agree that it goes both ways, but its up to the courts to decide what was done legally and what was infringement.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

most of what apple is suing over, is not patents, its look-a-like. It only started pulling out random patents and throwing them out when no one would ban samsung for copying. Samsung is suing apple over patents that even apple admits its breaking. The inside of that phone is made by Samsung. The app is made by Google. Is it a crap photoshop? sure. Do you know for sure that the picture is an iphone and not a prototype white SGS with the wrong pic of google maps in it?

11. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

what? its a samsung galaxy player. it says so in the article. and that is certainly iOS. i get what your're saying about the patents, but there are design rights also. although, the iphone certainly took from others for their design. i really dont know how any of them ever make anything.

14. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

apple sueing samsung solely because they are the only real competition due to the onslaught of tabs, smartphones,etc that samsung is releasing.

16. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

apple is suing other companies as well. it is not just samsung. samsung is suing other companies, it is not just apple. their back and forth gets the most coverage b/c they are the two largest companies, with the most significant suits that have the largest outcomes.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no, its obviously iOS. the point was, is it on purpose or was it just some idiot graphic designer trying to cut corners? This isnt the first time we've found one phone having a picture of another phone's screen in it, so my money is on the latter, not the former. Heck, we've even seen iphone mock ups with android screens in there, so its not like its something to get all up in arms over.

26. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Yet Samsung loses all the lawsuits, but its bs right. http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g217/taco5000/5ab3d09d.jpg

34. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

how is shopping 3 images (player, ios maps, android notification bar) easier than 2 images (player, android maps)? its not like a google maps image from android is anything that is difficult to obtain, unless this is tyed to the lack of screen capture in android.

4. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Its a big deal Josh because Samsung is apples biggest competition

5. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Victor, that's Google maps in which all of android phones use. Not just Samsung.

15. Victor.H

Posts: 1022; Member since: May 27, 2011

Sure it is, RORYREVOLUTION, but I don't really get what you're saying - have I somehow alluded that it's not? The interface of course is similar, what's striking is that instead of taking an actual screenshot from Google Maps for Android as they could have easily done, they obviously photoshopped a screenshot grabbed from an iPhone.

22. Reonhato

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It is a call made by a "lazy" graphic designer or ad agency. This happens all the time. Unless you have proof that Samsung actually ordered the designer to do this, it is not an issue. This has nothing to do with Samsung or Apple.

25. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I have to agree with you 100%. We ALL don't know all the facts & the author of this article with this title "Samsung's screenshot of shame surfaces, borrowed from.. an iPhone" is assuming that Samsung did this in a deliberate manner. For all we know it's a lazy employee who is cutting corners & made a big mistake.

33. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Guys while the lazy employee theory is fine, a low-level graphic designer does not get his work up on the website without it being approved by somebody above him. That being said, no company is stupid enough to copy a direct screenshot from a competing product and put it up on their website purposely. It's a combination of a lazy/rushed designer and a supervisor that did not pay attention.

37. catfacepanda

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

That is pretty lazy. I don't agree that Samsung is blatantly copying their phones' design from Apple, though. Especially since one of the original basis' for Apple getting their Galaxy line banned in Europe was essentially for the preliminary sketch of a square. Based on that, I don't agree that it was enough for a complete ban. But this just makes Samsung look bad, and is embarrassing. Talk about bad timing.

9. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Lol its Google's map not apple's map...we have seen theses things happen before with other companies,its called human error...

12. varsas

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

Does the google map application interface look different on Android?

17. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

yes. it looks more like the full browser version. ios has "pins" for locations, gray for location name, etc. everything looks slightly different. you can obviously tell this is iOS.

13. blade19

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 29, 2011

HAHAHA!... it's Google maps... as stated by others above... no reason to debate it at this point...

19. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

who is saying its not google maps?

20. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

i dont like sammy doing these silly things

24. gwhyte01

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 09, 2008

From 2008?? Phone arena why do yo find it necessary to post this....are you obsessed with apple too....dont be biast.

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