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

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

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  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
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  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(9.00h 3G talk time)



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


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

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

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

27. cheetah2k

Posts: 2293; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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

41. ToneDef

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

2. Sqube unregistered

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

18. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

32. ChiquiKon

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

Excellent reply ;)

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.

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!

4. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

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.

31. Simba501

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

39. idan unregistered

Lol! Seriously? Settings/ display options/ touchkey light duration Domass!

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.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

lol yup thats iphonearena for you buddy

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

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.

33. dandirk

Posts: 187; Member since: Aug 04, 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.

8. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

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

9. rcy189

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 24, 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!

11. matistight

Posts: 1012; Member since: May 13, 2009

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

13. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

thank u sammy

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

22. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

29. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

43. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 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

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