Apple recently amended its patent infringement lawsuit which it filed against Samsung in April.
The amended version of Apple's legal finger-pointing included strong language charging Samsung of slavishly copying Apple's designs. FOSS Patents stated that Apple even called Samsung the boldest of all competitors in terms of copying its technology. Apple described Samsung's flagrant replication of its designs as copied' replacing the earlier milder charge misappropriated.
Apple has named some key Samsung products which it deems border on being copycats of Apple devices. The Samsung devices include Samsung Captivate, Continuum, Vibrant, Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Indulge, Mesmerize, Showcase, Fascinate, Nexus S, Gem, Transform, Intercept, and Acclaim smart phones and the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet.
However, the amended lawsuit also adds some more Samsung devices to the line-up which include Droid Charge, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Prevail, Galaxy S (i9000), Gravity, Infuse 4G, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, Sidekick, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Galaxy S II.
Apple's patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung reveals that Apple is nervous about Samsung's product profile. Apple is due to launch its next rendition of iPhone 5 in September probably at the iPod refresh event. And while the lawsuit claims that Samsung products are identical to Apple's iconic devices iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, the underlying fact is that Samsung has a deep product portfolio of Android devices which can give Apple a run for its money.
Apple demanded that Samsung should show the prototypes of its upcoming devices. Samsung counter-sued and demanded that Apple should showcase its upcoming iPhone 5 and iPad 3 devices, an action which Apple termed as harassment.
The lawsuit could be an attempt by Apple to shield its upcoming iPhone 5 from the likes of Samsung Galaxy S2 and Infuse 4G. The delay in launching iPhone 5 is seen as Apple playing catch up with some of the superphones in the Android camp. Until Apple launches its iPhone 5, the only way it can plug users from switching to phones like Samsung Galaxy S 2 is to seek an injection to block Samsung's phones sale.
Here is a list of the top 6 Samsung phones which are making Apple nervous and, thus, have been named in its patent lawsuit:
Captivate from Samsung sports a 4-inch display with 800x480 screen resolution. The display uses a Super AMOLED screen. It comes equipped with a 5MP rear-facing camera which offers 720p video capture capability. Captivate runs on Android 2.2 or Froyo juice and is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor. It offers 16GB of internal memory and 512MB RAM. The phone weighs about 4.5 ounces and is 0.39-inches thin.
Samsung Infuse 4G:
Infuse 4G is endowed with a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with 800x480 screen resolution. The phone was launched at the CES 2011 and received rave reviews from industry watchers. The phone was then touted as the thinnest measuring 8.99mm (0.35-inch). However, Samsung's Galaxy S 2 has taken the thinnest crown as it is 8.5mm (0.33-inch) thin. Samsung Infuse 4G is powered by 1.2GHz processor and runs on Android 2.2 or Froyo. The phone also packs an 8MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing cameras. It shoots 720p videos, offers 1GB RAM and 16GB built-in memory.
Samsung Droid Charge:
Another phone charged by Apple as a copy of its iPhone sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with 800x480 screen resolution. The phone runs on Android 2.2 or Froyo and is powered by 1GHz Hummingbird chipset. The phone is 0.46-inch thin and weighs about 5.04 oz. Droid Charge offers 512MB RAM and 2GB internal memory. The phone also sports an 8MP rear-facing and 1.3 MP front-facing camera.
Samsung Nexus S 4G:
Also named in the patent complaint filed by Apple, the Nexus S 4G sports a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with 800x480 screen resolution. The phone is powered by 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and runs on Android 2.3 of Gingerbread juice. It offers 512MB RAM and 16GB of internal memory. It weighs about 4.6oz and is 0.44-inch thick. The phone is endowed with a 5MO rear-facing and a VGA front-facing camera. The phone also features Google's NFC-enabled mobile payment system, the Google Wallet.
Samsung Galaxy S 4G:
The phone from the Samsung camp flaunts a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen with 800X480 screen resolution. The phone supported by 1GHz Hummingbird chip and runs the Android 2.2 version or Froyo. The phone offers 16GB internal memory and 512MB RAM. It also sports a 5MP rear-facing camera which offers 720p video capture capability.
Samsung Galaxy S II:
Also in Apple's eye is the Samsung Galaxy S 2 which showcases a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 800x480 screen resolution. The ultra-thin smartphone is merely 8.5mm (0.33-inch) thin and weighs 4 oz. The phone runs on 1.2GHz Orion chipset and offers 1GB RAM and come in 16/32GB internal memory configurations. The phone runs on Android 2.3 or Gingerbread. It sports an 8MP rear-facing and 2MP front-facing camera. It offers 1080p video capture feature.