Samsung recently pulled from its official site a blatant rip-off of Apple's Smart Cover, namely Anymode's Smart Case. As you can see from the photo above, well it looks like a perfect twin of Apple's, complete down to its pastel colors!
Samsung said that they never really certified Smart Cases, but that begs the question: If Samsung didn't certify or approve of it, how pray-tell then did it ever get on Samsung's official site without Samsung knowing about it in the first place?
Personally, I believe that Samsung lied through their nose by saying that they didn't approve of it, and only took it down after sites like Engadget picked up on all of the flack that it was generating.
As you can see from the enclosed pictures of Anymode's Smart Case, all via 9-t0-5-mac, who also noted the family ties between Anymode and Samsung, that these blatant attempts to copy Apple would harm its on-going legal battles with the world's most valuable brand, which in my mind is the only reason why Samsung removed them from its official site.
So, did Samsung lie about the whole affair with Smart Cases?
As far as I'm concerned, they most certainly did. Actually, I really would have preferred if Samsung would have just left them there, as it would have made it that much easier for Apple to prove that Samsung was indeed copying Apple's every little move.
In conclusion, and on a more serious note, Eric Schmidt has vowed to assist HTC in its patent fight with Apple, especially now that the ITC has ruled against HTC on two extremely important patents. Google, quite frankly, has really no other choice, as it is literally fighting for Android's very survival, as Android is the biggest and ugliest rip-off ever of an Apple product yet.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this sunny, delightful Tuesday, July 19, 2011