Recently, due to the patent battle between Apple and Samsung, prototypes of Apple’s earlier iPhone designs leaked through legal documents. Now, new information has come through about Samsung and how it was warned by Google not to copy Apple’s designs.
Back in 2010, Google had warned Samsung that their Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1 were ‘too similar’ to the iPad. Google asked Samsung to make the tablets noticeably different, starting from the front side. Not only that, Samsung’s own Product Design Group also noted in 2011 that it is ‘regrettable’ that the Galaxy S ‘looks similar’ to the iPhone models. Also, the famous designers as a part of a Samsung sponsored evaluation said that the Galaxy S ‘looked like it copied the iPhone too much’ and that ‘innovation is needed.’ The felt that the Galaxy S looked similar the iPhone and that buyers would be confused between the two, all you had to do is cover up the logo, you wouldn’t notice any difference.
In 2011, Samsung surveyed Best Buy stores and found that seven out of the 30 stores surveyed, the main reason for returning Samsung Tablets was that people bought them thinking that they were iPads, therefore, proving Apple’s original point for suing Samsung.
It’ll be interesting to see how Samsung’s legal team will refute it.