Originally Posted by steelbom
That is actually natural progression though. And yes I suppose you could say they copied Panorama View, and taking photos while recording video. I don't have a problem with either of them copying those sorts of things, but they shouldn't copy anything patented without licensing it, and it should be noticeably different if possible -- i.e not an identical copy.
So, adding a bunch of features to your new phone that a competitor has already had for a while that consumers like and want is natural progression, but transitioning from one overall design (several physical buttons, large and bulky overall shape) to another (minimalist, clean design with large screen, single physical button, sleeker thinner profile) that the consumers like and want isn't?
All the accusations between both sides about copying each other are just borderline laughable already. The whole definition of competition (in business sense) is offering similar products to the same target market. Business (especially globalized businesses) need to do whatever it takes to stay relevant and deliver what their target market wants. Natural progression means the consumers will always want the next nicer, improved, thinner, smaller (or larger) phone with more features. I think Samsung having a thousand different phones should be enough to see "these guys have every design of a phone you can possibly think of, they're obviously not copying anyone." Apple has the competitive advantage in marketing (specifically in the US because Android is overwhelming iOS abroad), Samsung has the competitive advantage of insourcing and producing most of their own hardware and software. They're each pretty fairly competing by making use of what they're good at (though I have to say Samsung's latest advertising with the new Galaxy tablet is better than Apple's recent ads in my opinion). I don't see PC manufacturers or companies in other industries suing each other left and right over trade dress. It seems to specifically all be coming from Apple, and that's not coincidental. Why wait this long to sue Samsung over their phones that have been out for years? Obvious answer: Samsung has been outselling them for over a year now, and they don't like that.Edited by Stealth Pyros - 9/14/12 at 6:55am