Samsung phones look identical and its easy to confuse them with iPhones. So said a former employee of Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL), who was called in as a witness to testify at the high profile patents dispute trial between Apple and Samsung.
Award-winning graphics designer Susan Kare said at the trial that she had frequently mistaken Samsung devices for iPhones.
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Recounting her experience at a pre-trial meeting Kare said, "There was a big conference table with many phones on it, and some of them were on. I could see the screen. I went to pick up the iPhone to make a point about the user interface, and I was holding a Samsung. I think of myself as someone who's pretty granular about looking at graphics, and I mistook one for the other."
Apple has accused the Korean smartphone leader of copying the designs of its mobile communications devices and infringing on its copyrights. Samsung, in its turn, has sued Apple for violating wireless technology patents.
The high profile trial, which began last week and is expected to go on for three weeks, has seen the two companies trading charges and counter-charges.
Following up on the testimonies of Monday, the lawyers of both companies called witnesses to painstakingly go through the similarities and differences in the devices made by the companies, especially the icons and the way they are arranged on the screens.
The trial has attracted global attention as it is being seen as a proxy battle between Apple and Google which, with its Android operating software for mobile devices has captured leadership position in this segment.
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Android with its numerous user-friendly apps which can be easily tweaked has rapidly overtaken other operating soft wares and is also partly responsible for Samsun's ascendancy in the smartphone segment.