South Korean handset maker Samsung has released a new entry-level Android smartphone called the Galaxy Ace Plus. Unfortunately, it appears that Samsung is once again playing the copycat game with Apple; judging by the picture above, the Galaxy Ace Plus looks eerily similar to Apple’s older iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS models. It is very realistic to assume that the legal team in Cupertino will not be very delighted by this latest Samsung smartphone, especially considering the South Korean company has already blatantly copied Apple in the past…
Last year, Apple claimed that Samsung’s Galaxy S (left) copied the “look and feel” of Apple’s iPhone (right)
The whole debacle between Apple and Samsung began when the Cupertino-based company sued Samsung in the U.S. in April 2011 based on claims that it had copied the “look and feel” of the iPad and iPhone with its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and Galaxy S II smartphone. Apple then pursued their legal battle overseas in Europe, where the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and other Samsung products were eventually banned in Germany and the Netherlands.
Apple wasn’t as successful in the U.S., as the International Trade Commission denied their request for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be banned in the country. The saga continued in Australia where the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was placed on an import ban to the country (that is, until recently). When the Galaxy Tab 10.1 went back on sale in Australia, Samsung called it “the tablet that Apple tried to stop” in a local newspaper. Don’t forget Samsung mocking Apple in TV commercials. This is more dramatic than a couple of bickering high school students!
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