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If you were following our meta-live coverage, you'll know that the outcome of Apple v. Samsung was basically really, really bad for Samsung. To the tune of slightly over a billion dollars. Yikes. Samsung did escape any successful allegations of infringement through its tablets, but on the smartphone front, they really did get destroyed.

Samsung was found to infringe on two major iPhone design patents on almost every device Apple accused, including the D'677 patent, which covers the front fascia of the iPhone, pictured below. They also successfully asserted that Samsung infringed the design and layout of the iPhone's homescreen, another design patent. And pretty much every Samsung phone was found to infringe all three of Apple's asserted software patents.

677 interfacepatent

In addition, Samsung was found to have diluted the trade dress for the iPhone (in general) as well as specifically for the iPhone 3G. Trade dress is basically how a product is "branded" through its design elements as a whole - so that consumers know who makes particular product. A design patent, by comparison, is a way to protect unique ornamental elements of a product. Dilution is a fancy way of saying "our famous brand was damaged because you sold lookalikes to consumers." Here's Apple's asserted (unregistered, more broad) trade dress for the iPhone.

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Trade dress dilution carries the same remedies as trademark infringement, and this can include recovery of lost profits (the big one), as well as injunctive relief (product bans). Design patents carry similar remedies, so there's lots of overlap. Apple can't "double dip" and claim lost profits from both, though. After all, Samsung only profited once each time it sold an allegedly infringing or diluting product. But that does mean that even if Apple's design patents are invalidated on appeal, that the dilution claims could stand in their place for damages purposes. Or, vice versa.

Appeals And Consequences

As for the whole appeals thing? Don't let anyone tell you that "the verdict doesn't matter." They're wrong. The verdict matters hugely. The jury decided that Samsung infringed and diluted, and those are findings of fact. An appeals court cannot overturn findings of fact unless "no reasonable jury" could have arrived at those conclusions. I'll tell you right now: that's not going to happen (it is exceedingly rare).

What Samsung can appeal are matters of law. These include findings on the validity of patents and protectability (like validity) of trade dress. Samsung will certainly appeal these issues, but the jury already decided that Apple's patents were valid, and its trade dress protectable. Appellate judges are rarely keen to argue with a jury's findings. And frankly, don't get your hopes up here, either, especially on the patents. Apple's D'677 patent has already survived the scrutiny of Judge Koh as having no "reasonable likelihood" of invalidity.

Samsung can also appeal some issues related to damages (such as how they're calculated), but that's getting into a fairly complex area of the law. As for excluded evidence, Samsung can appeal Judge Koh's refusal to include testimony or evidence, but that is decided as a matter of abuse of judicial discretion - an extremely high bar to meet. Samsung would have to prove Judge Koh failed in her duties as a judge, and that no reasonable judge could have come to the decision she did. Much like invalidating a jury verdict, this is a long-shot at best.

Suffice to say, Samsung's appeals docket will probably be pretty long. How much good will it do? Considering the parties haven't settled by now (and Samsung won on zero counts), it's unlikely Apple will be interested in compromising in exchange for Samsung foregoing an appeal. At this point, they're in it to hurt Samsung, as they've made clear.

So, what can Samsung do? For one, it needs to remove all the infringing software functions from its phones claimed in Apple's software patents. Second, it probably needs to evaluate the future of its TouchWiz UI, and the design of its phones in general. It has not been a good day for Samsung, and while it's totally reasonable to disagree with the principles that allow Apple to make its allegations, or with Apple's attitude toward Android in general, it's not hard to see how a lay jury could find the way it did.

We'll be keeping you up to date on the appeal, and the next Apple v. Samsung case, also scheduled in California's Northern District, in the coming months.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • topgun966

    I think its high time for Samsung to re-evaluate who their customers are for their parts department. Perhaps its high time that since Apple is soooo great, they produce their own products and develop their own tech. Sure, it will hurt their bottom line at first, but in the end they will win as will the rest of us.

    • David

      That won't happen. Isn't sharp making the screen for iPhone 5 now?

      • JonJJon

        I thought it was LG

        • http://www.noisetech-software.com/Home.html Steven Noyes

          Multiple suppliers. Samsung is just a parts supplier to Apple designs. A dozen companies are willing to fill the gap.

      • Sam Horne

        Samsung make a load of the parts, including the processor. Kind of.

        • John O’Connor

          So by your logic, they need to sue for the sum of the parts? {sarcasm}

          • serotheo

            That's.. not what he's saying; he's saying Apple should start actually manufacturing hardware - if they are as great as they say, rather than buying parts from other manufacturer's.

          • Guest

            *facepalm*

          • John O’Connor

            god does nobody have a sense of humor around here any more? I am trying to lighten the mood on this sad day

    • TeeJay2000

      Apple makes up 9% of Samsung orders, by far its largest customer. They run the chip and parts division almost as a separate company to the mobile division. So it will never happen. And Apple will still depend on Samsung for the next several years. Its just business. Samsung was busted. Lets get over it and get a life beyond following this lawsuit. Fresh air here I come.

      • Cheeseball

        Basically, Samsung loses 1 billion dollars now, but gets it back by manufacturing the A5, A5x, and A6 SoCs for Apple over the year.

    • JDSoCal

      Wow, you are a business genius. First rip-off IP from your best customer, then stop selling to them when you get caught. Can you please be the CEO of my company? LOL.

  • randyfromreno

    Now Samsung can jack up the price for the parts they supply to Crapel.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1036552729 Matthew Fleisher

      Then Apple will just build a new plant in Cambodia and stop buying from Sammy or initiate a hostile takeover and we'll all be screwed.

      • http://twitter.com/nagi603 Nagy Balázs András

        Really, build e.g. memory fabs? Riight, they would first have to posess the know-how for those plants. Plus, building a fab takes years, as well as actually getting it to run on nominal capacity. Then the upgrades. Nope, they won't. They have no other option right now but to buy from Samsung (or go with the more expensive, inferior quality suppliers in memory chips e.g.)

      • hot_spare

        You comment shows the effect of improper education system. Not your fault!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1036552729 Matthew Fleisher

          Usually when someone replies to one of my sarcastic comments they at least try to make sense.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hill3829 Kevin Hill

      From hiring AMDs architect, to buying a bunch of new hardware companies now. It's looking like apple is in the process to independently make their own products dude. Expect to see that happen in 2015 - 2016.

  • PINJ

    I KNEW They Wanted To Save As Much Money As Possible With The Samsung Note... I Also Was Somewhat Sure That It Had To Do With The Court Proceedings... Now I Know For Sure

  • http://profiles.google.com/pbooker117 Phillip Booker

    Samsung pays Apple. Releases better products and has record breaking profits....meanwhile Apple releases iPhone 5 and sees their lowest release sales since the original iPhone.

    • PINJ

      Yeah No Yeah No.... Wrong In All Accounts

    • Cheeseball

      That probably doesn't seem to be the case with Tim Cook at the helm.

    • poosh2010

      i'd like to believe that too....but we underestimate the sheepiness of the isheep.

      • JDSoCal

        Ha, all the butthurt fanboyism here, who's the sheep?

        • ElfirBFG

          We don't blindly follow one OEM, we are not sheep. We complain when our needs are not met by both Google and OEMs. We help drive the progress of the ecosystem. We support an open system full of progress. Many of us may be 'fanboys' on the Google side of things, but we are far from sheep. Apple makes a product that 'works for me', Android makes a product that 'works with me'.

          The day Apple wants to push tech further and support the devs within the community, that's the day I stop hating them. Or maybe the day when they provide their faithful customers with up-to-date tech (3G in 2012? Lolcmonson).

    • DoctorMemory

      Apple releases iPhone 5 and sees their lowest release sales since the original iPhone.

      Noted for future reference, as they say. Wouldn't care to wager actual money on that, would you?

      • JDSoCal

        Exactly, iPhone 5 will be the biggest launch since D-Day.

    • JDSoCal

      Yeah, good luck with that. Samsung just "releases" better products, LOL. Is that how innovation works?

      Based on the Galaxy Note review on this site, I doubt Apple is worried.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    I don't feel like this is our legal system's best moment. Our entire system of law related to these kinds of patents seems so broken, to the point where competition seems threatened.

    • Jesus

      No, the free market is not threatened. The rules were just made much clearer today. If Apple steals designs - as many claim - this will protect those it steals from.

    • JDSoCal

      How is it broken? Apple is winning in almost every country other than Korea, which is obviously biased. You Android nerds just don't like patents.

      All Samsung had to do was license from Apple, like the other companies did. But no, they were arrogant, and refused, so they got smacked. The Constitution is clear on IP. Congress makes patent laws. Just follow them, no problem.

      • http://profiles.google.com/zandmstudios Steven Zang

        And you my friend, are clearly an Apple fanboy. Please, justify patenting "rectangular devices with rounded corners" and "icons on a grid" to me.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Thanks for the clear write-up, David. I knew I keep you around for something.

    • Zaeem Shahzad

      lol!
      Crap, that laugh feels really hollow after reading the article. I'm just depressed now. :-/

  • James Jun

    It's was expected of Samsung. They need to rethink how they do their software and hardware designs and move towards a design unique to their brand.

    • topgun966

      I think this is one of the less educated comments yet. You do understand Apple is trying to say they OWN the standard every day design for phones and tablets. That is a flat screen that can be held in a hand etc. This is like saying someone owns the rights to the wheel.

      • Christopher Wilmeth

        Ironic that you call his comment uneducated and then follow up with some word vomit of your own. Apple has very specific portions of their design copyrighted... specifically the combination of rounded corners, screen size ratio, colors, etc. It isn't as simple as saying they own "rectangles with rounded corners".

    • http://www.noisetech-software.com/Home.html Steven Noyes

      Only post that shows rational thought. With luck, this have Sammy go and actually start making design decisions and doing some cool stuff. They have the tech. Show us something besides phones to big to be practical.

      • My2cents

        I believe nobody really cared about who copied who...I think this judge and jury were instructed not to rule against Apple as it would affect many investment portfolios and send the economy into more of a downslide.

  • PyroDroidS

    "So, what can Samsung do?"

    Triangle-shaped phones!

    • Anonymous Ace

      lol, I was about to make this same joke xD

  • Kokusho

    Samsung hire designer and get ride of their touchwizz ugly shit based on iOS 2.

    What more important is the matter of the validity of the patents for multi touch and double tap or shot like this that every touch screen device used and that Apple try to claim for themself. If i'm not mistaken it doesn't seem they will be able to gets those (especially the pinch to zoom one) but if somehow they do it would sux badly for everyone.
    I'm pretty sure other manufacturers would immediatly accept to pay the licensing deal then

  • JonJJon

    So another $1 billion to add to their $400 billion bank account that was being so badly hurt by Samsung in the first place.......Must have been hard to watch other companies compete with them knowing they only had that small amount of money to fall back on.

    • Alan

      And Jony Ive says Apple don't care about money. He should stick to what he does best, designing iCrap for crApple.

  • GraveUypo

    i'm sorry, but after getting my hands on a few samsung devices, it's become pretty clear to me that they intentionally copied a shitload of stuff from apple. they did lazy design work on just about everything, from they stupid touchwiz overlay and even the freaking icons to the overall looks of the devices.

    don't get me wrong, i fucking hate apple for starting this retarded patent war and i hope google gets some payback from them, but i could see this coming a mile away. they're guilty of these accusations.

    • Cheeseball

      And it's quite obvious they wanted to steer very, very clear from that with the new GS3. The TouchWiz Nature UI is quite different compared to the stock ones found in the GS and GS2.

      • GraveUypo

        and to be honest, guilty or not, the accusations are just plain stupid. i don't see how any of that could warrant apple a billion dollars. it's insane.

    • JDSoCal

      Maybe Samsung should have just licensed and there wouldn't have been a "war."

  • http://twitter.com/Lammjr Lamm

    I really don't like apple, But samsung deserved this.
    There is no denying that the Galaxy S and S2 are copies from the Iphone, from the box to the UI (touchwiz).

    Let's hope for now that samsung removes that crap hardware home button and starts to desing new phones with unique looks and taking build quality seriouly (*looks at galaxy note 10.1*).

    • serotheo

      I think the Galaxy S is a DEFINITE copy of what the iPhone WAS, but the S2 was clearly a step in the right direction; although it did still have some lingering characteristics.

  • kurt hinds

    Isn't it retarded that a company with more money than many small countries can say they got hurt for profits! Samsung never stood a chance for any justice!

  • Bariman43

    "Gee, I'm so glad Apple won this lawsuit!" - Apple's cocksucking fan boys. I'm so mad I can't even come up with anything clever, just petty insults. Really though, fuck Apple.

    • JDSoCal

      Good, Good, let the butthurt flow, Copydroid fanboy.

  • http://twitter.com/ro1224 Robert Oliveira

    Um... Didn't Apple rip off the Android Notification Center? Why isn't anyone suing them over that? Not only did they put it in iOS but they carried it over to Mountain Lion as well.

    • Simon Belmont

      I think because that patent is still pending. Patent approval takes a long time.

      They have some patents to look through, it can take years. Yep, crazy, I know.

    • poosh2010

      coming soon to a courtroom near you...

    • hahahi20

      The problem with that is that Google kinda stole that from the Maemo Foundation. Maemo was the First OS with such a notification center.

  • http://profiles.google.com/zandmstudios Steven Zang

    The patent system in the US is so broken...and I'm not alone in thinking this way.

    • JDSoCal

      Too bad Apple is winning in all the other countries (other than those Korean homers, of course) too. By "broken" I guess you mean Samsung turning down Apple's offer to license their IP, then refusing and just stealing it, then getting smacked down in court. "Broken," LOL. Try licensing instead of stealing, losers.

      • hahahi20

        Het Fa boy, maybe you should watch this: http://www.avidh.com/view/5104/did-apple-actually-ever-invent-anything/

        I am from the Symbian fanboy groups, so I am unbiased about this.
        Apple is putting technological advance back years with stealing ideas and being a patent troll. THEY DID NOT INVENT ANYTHING AT ALL. They just use ideas, from other, much better companies. To bad most of the Americans are iSheep, and that the USA has no normal court system.

        I really hope that the law of the handycap of the head start will get Apple, and get them good, better then it got Nokia.

  • icemanwbs

    Wait, if CRAPPLE wins this, why can't Ford sue GM for having an ENGINE with 4 cylinders ????? No wonder this country is in the crapper !

    • Cheeseball

      Bad example. Every engine is different in some form. A Honda B16 engine is vastly different from a GM EcoTec engine, but they are still 1599 cc and use a form of combustible fuel. None of the current patents on motors or engines covers the general principle of power generation.

      • TornadoRex

        That's the point. You shouldn't be able to patent something like "touch a phone number to call the number". It's too general of an idea, just like putting 4 cylinders in an engine is too general of an idea.

    • JDSoCal

      Keep whining about well-settled law.

      • John O’Connor

        Interesting, all I see you doing in this thread is disparaging every comment that is not pro Apple. Surely I would hope you have much better things to do with your time.

  • http://twitter.com/Lammjr Lamm

    Guys, Look at this image:
    http://duskdiyebiri.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/iphone-3gs-und-samsung-galaxy-s.png

    And tell me, from the bottom of your hearts, putting any bias aside, that samsung didn't copy apple.

    There is no denial, as much as I hate apple, there is no denial that they copied the iphone.

    • Cheeseball

      Unfortunately, aside from the obvious major differences (e.g. squarish button, initial homescreen layout, Samsung text logo, etc.), it is quite possible to confuse the Galaxy S with the iPhone 3G/S, especially if it's the stock black color.

    • Chris Noland

      ok why does everyone use this picture to show the similarity? Where is the widgets, the clock, etc. that makes this unique... no one setups their device like that. It is a stupid comparison. If you have to design a box that goes around a screen....you are kind of going to end up with a device that looks similar... I don't understand how the jury did not get this...

      • Isidhu

        I think i have seen that image on a billboard or something promoting samsungs product. i am not surprised at the outcome. hopefully its good buy touchwix and I dont see any other android manufacturer coming under such allegations as Samsung

      • JDSoCal

        Uh, those are different patents. The whole point of trade dress dilution is that one product *looks* a lot like another, not that it functions identically inside. Hell, even the box and connectors and chargers look the same! Go look at Samsung's phones before the iPhone shipped, then after. Total rip-off.

        You're the one who doesn't "get" design patents and trade dress law.

    • Jon E.

      That's one of the infamous images that has been photoshopped in the courts (overseas). Apple tried using this image in the courts back then. The Samsung phone was not 3.5 inches of screen like the iPhone was. The image was skewed to make it look similar to the iPhone. Besides that, the app drawer was opened on the Samsung device simply to make it look even further like an iPhone even though the actual homescreens on the samsung device look nothing like it. It's a photo that has been thrown out countless times, so, yeah...you need a real comparison lol. Hold the two devices in your hand, turn them on, and play with them: you'll be amazed at the outcome of this trial today!

      • http://twitter.com/Mangy_Dog Vicious Cur

        Read the trial transcrips. The jury did more than look at photos. They got to use all the products in question.

    • SebaKL

      In addition to @chrisnoland:disqus comments, we could well use a photo of Nokia's App
      drawer because it looks the same.
      http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/images/features/nokia5800bluetoothkeyboardappicon.jpg
      This is not the face of Android but the App drawer. Would be idiotic to try to arrange it in any other way than a grid.

    • Steve S.

      I don't see the similarities at all... They are different proportion in external form, the icons look nothing alike (seriously, there is no shading on the Samsung one, the corners are square, a high school graphics student could have come up with that without having seen it before) Yes, it has a similar bezel on the outside, but give me a break. If the argument from Apple is that people mistakenly purchased a Samsung phone because they couldn't tell the difference, I then those people didn't even look at the phone when they purchased it. I'm sorry, but a "form factor" for a phone like that should not be patent-able.

  • http://twitter.com/guitargod1399 andrew g

    In the end android will win and "crapple" will die a slow agonizing demise..

    • JDSoCal

      LOL, Apple makes more in a quarter than Google does all year. Google has yet to even show Android is profitable, especially after the useless $14B MM acquisition. Android will be Google's undoing if they don't cut their losses.

      • ElfirBFG

        Their profits last quarter were ~25% higher than the same Q last year, MM's profits accounting for ~10% of that gain(10% of the ~$12B profit, not the %)

  • scuttlefield

    I'm more concerned about how this result can affect Android in general. Does it appear that anything come out of this that can be generalized to hurt the whole ecosystem?

    • Isidhu

      maybe the software patents I would say. But those on their own will be tough to put a dollar amount on.

  • numpty

    Before everyone gets too carried away,let's not forget that $1bn is virtually pocket change to Samsung too, given they made $2bn last quarter alone.

    • John O’Connor

      half a quarter's profit is not insubstantial

  • Isidhu

    Hopefully that will be the end of Touchwiz.

  • ltredbeard

    Full disclosure: I haven't followed the case that closely. So I have two questions.

    What I have read led me to believe this is only a win for Apple over Samsung and Touchwiz. Is this correct?

    Does anyone have a video of the over scroll effect on both phones?

  • Neil

    So, Samsung would have stood to lose less if they hadn't spent on the shtty touchwiz UI... well

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Gonzalez/100000610745093 Paul Gonzalez

    a good thing that could come from this is if samsung just scraps touchwiz all together and goes completely stock. I'd love that

  • Andi Springthorpe

    Only one thing for it.
    Play the race card. But as the judge has an oriental heritage I doubt that would work either.

    • paleh0rse

      Her parents were rugs? Weird.

      I believe the term you were looking for is "Asian"...

      • Andi Springthorpe

        Asia is a big place. I was being more specific without knowing where the Koh surname originates from.

        • paleh0rse

          It's still an incorrect term, and it's in no way "more specific."

          "Oriental" is an adjective that can be used to describe a type of rug, not an ethnicity.

          The correct term is “Asian," regardless regardless of which country she comes from.

  • Mike Ross

    This is what happen when you don't have Harvey Specter on your legal team!

  • andrew__des_moines

    Congressional action. International Trade Commission action. Once again, lawfare works. This is the US legal system.

  • mostro

    If Crapple builds anything out of the states is waaaay easier to hurt them by say: blowin the factory up and trust me is almost too easy

    • GraveUypo

      yep, good move blowing up samsung factories to hurt apple.

      god, i hate fanboys. any kind of fanboy

  • endone

    Any chance AP can do an article that highlights the patents Google has pending that will hurt Apple?

  • celestre

    I read on the Wall Street Journal that Samsung would actually be appealing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which overturns jury verdicts at around 50%.

    • SebaKL

      Let's hope that's the case. I imagine the whole case would be a little bit more fair.

    • JDSoCal

      50% reversal rate, LOL, not even close. Abuse of discretion by a judge is a very deferential standard, and even higher for the jury's finding of fact (clearly erroneous). No way in hell the verdict is overturned. Possibly damages will be reduced.

  • http://twitter.com/ACEiNaDay William

    it's a design patent, Sammy just needs to make one corner with a different radius than the other three.

  • Painless

    I think it's too easy to get blown away with this news and frustrated at Apple and their outdated products. The big picture is that they've just dug their own future grave with such an aggressive assault on our beloved Sammy. We all know that Android is by far the superior operating system, and Sammy, HTC, Moto, Sony, et al phones by far the superior hardware. Although manufacturers, and their shares, may take a small hit with this, in the long term Apple has no choice but to 'borrow' Android software and hardware design features if it wants to regain its declining market share. Now, after having been so arrogant and aggressive with Sammy, I don't think the hardware manufacturers will have the slightest hesitation in taking Apple to court when the first 4.3" IPhone is announced, or Google itself when the IPhone OS starts incorporating Android specific features. Especially now that Jobs is gone and Apple has lost its true creative genius, and will need

    • me

      agreed except... reekris! It wasn't jobs, it was wazniak!

  • matty

    C'mon guys! Samsung may have lost $1bn but we know they will make it again and we have the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to look forward to! Apple WILL get what is coming to them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShitizGarg Shitiz Garg

    Maybe now Samsung will actually create a Touchwiz that doesn't suck? Most likely not but one can hope...

    EDIT: Or simply drop it all together...

  • Bonerp

    i hope Apples consumers see how damaging this could become industry wide and walk away. They now seem to have the right to say (m)any mobile features belong to them. I also hope Sammy make the Note 2 in such a way so it blows the shite apple products out of the water. Sorry peeps but American law system is a joke and based on filling pockets than coming up with sensible verdicts.

  • Skrillex

    Dear Anonymous and Lulzsec,

    Please declare full-force, "thermonuclear" war on Apple and finally flush that evil turd once and for all!!!

    Much love and many thanks, please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist.

    -The free-thinking world

    • JDSoCal

      Sounds like butthurt to me. And anarchy. STFU and follow the law.

  • hrpuffnstuff

    The easy way is to buy phones a pure Google experience like the Nexus series instead of phones that add UI with TouchWiz and Motoblur as it keeps things cleaner plus when Google makes an update, everyone gets it

  • Ernst

    My next two phones will probably be Samsungs, for support. Fortunately they make good devices.

  • http://twitter.com/benjaminkenon Benjamin Kenon

    All thats going to happen is Samsung will have to redesign their products. Sucks for them in the short term but they had to be aware of the potential consequences of their actions. If the situation was reversed I doubt that many android fans would be shedding tears for Apple.

  • JDSoCal

    “We’ve been pushing the state of the art in every facet of this design.
    We’ve got the multi-touch screen, miniaturization, OS X in a mobile
    device, precision enclosures, three advanced sensors, desktop class
    applications, and the widescreen video iPod. We filed for over 200
    patents for all the inventions in iPhone and we intend to protect them.” - Steve Jobs, 2007 iPhone release

    Then Google and Samsung decided to copypete, er, "innovate," LOL.

    http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2007/01/dsc_0232.jpg

  • Gav456

    they should sack off software r&d, ditch TouchWiz (which is crap anyway), and go vanilla. their ui does look too much like iOS and they kinda deserve this. No-one gives a shit if app icons have rounded corners, or if dockbar apps are fixed place even in the app drawer... so why copy that? if Samsung phones didn't have TouchWiz, I probably wouldn't have a HTC.

  • Stocklone

    My wife came up with a work around for pinch to zoom in about 30 seconds. I am presenting it here in hopes that someone sees it and it makes its way to Google so they can implement it in Android ASAP. It's extremely simple and can be done with one finger: 1.) Double tap the point where you want to zoom. 2.) The second time your finger comes down, you move it away from the original point. The distance, direction and speed from the original point determines how you zoom. And that's pretty much it. Consider drawing a semi-transparent circle to let the user know their relationship to the original tapping location. Maybe even a semi-transparent line connecting the two points. Problem solved. That was way easier than I thought it was going to be. Next problem, world hunger.

  • ari_free

    I can't believe Samsung lost 1.05 billion dollars because of 6 simple guidelines that have nothing to do with any real skill. Samsung's phones were much bigger than Apple so anyone who was confused must be blind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Werner/100003013218757 John Werner

    How Apple is able to patent a rectangle with rounded corners should be investigated in itself! Seriously...All of these companies liberally get their ideas from other companies such as Apple gloming it's object oriented operating gui from zerox. I haven't ever heard of Zerox suing Apple? That's really not important, what is that the appeals courts reduce the amount of the settlement by a major factor. Even if Samsung walked into Apple's R&D lab, stole the blueprints for the iPhone and manufactured an exact replica a billion-dollars is exhorbitant! I sincerely hope the amount is corrected to substantially less than half of the current amount and Samsung is allowed to settle with Apple. As for Apple, the company should accept the lesser settlement and agree to not interfering in Samsung going forward within specified terms. That is the only fair thing for the myriad of people the chiling verdict/amount has the potential to harm.

  • Bob da builda

    I hope all apple buyers and their children die horrible deaths. Ir croak like jobs did.

    • Mikael Guggenheim

      I told my mother to get an Iphone cause that's such an easy phone even a 5yo can handle it. It's not much fun, true, but my mother just need to use it as a phone, play angry birds and taking photos. (The cam they bought from SE is great, you gotta admit that).

      So you mean that you wish that my mother and me dies a horrible death because of this? Really stupid comment. For one thing you'd loose a great supporter of everything Android since my mothers son is one (that's me btw if you didn't get that)

  • Androidkiller83

    Apple is much to powerful to lose in any battle they will come on top over and over again, why do you think mostly everyone uses an iPhone well for starters it has a much more stable os andriod makes so many shitty os's for different companies no wonder they can't make. A decent product.

  • Eliza

    Apples just mad samsungs doing so well. All the other phone companies are heading in the ssame direction and every last one of them has some form of feature ffrom the apple products yet Apple is only suing samsung? Why? Because of the amount of money Samsung is making. Apple are old news. There products are all the same.

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