Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Aug 2012 06:23 UTC
Legal "The 2010 report, translated from Korean, goes feature by feature, evaluating how Samsung's phone stacks up against 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." Pretty damning. We still need to know a few things: how many of these were actually implemented? How common are these types of comparisons (i.e., does Apple have them)? Are these protected by patents and the like? And, but that's largely irrelevant and mostly of interest to me because I'm a translator myself, who translated the document, and how well has he or she done the job?
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Of all the Android phones out there, it looks to my untrained eye that Samsung Phones are the most iPhonish of the Androids. My work got me a Samsung Galaxy and it felt distinctly different from the Androids I had used before (T-Mobile G1, HTC Desire, HTC Desire Z) and looked far more like what I had seen of the iPhone (I hadn't actually used an iPhone at that point, only picked one up for the first time last week - not impressed to be honest).

Having said that, I don't think what Apple are patenting should be patentable and so long as they are not violating trademarks/trade dress and passing it off as an Apple (which I don't think anyone is) then copying a design language to make it easy for people isn't a bad idea, it is good for usability, and good for a competitive market place.

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