OMG, Samsung Displays iOS Icons On Its Wall At A Samsung Store?


It doesn’t get any more embarrassing than this! While Samsung vows to heat up its ongoing “war of the patents” with Apple, its advertising department seems to be using their rival’s trademarks on a wall of its own display center. In a photo (shown below) of Samsung’s shop-in-a-shop in Italy’s Centro Sicilia, you can see the arrows pointing out Apple’s trademark iOS icons for mobile Safari browser and App Store at the big Samsung wall of apps intended for Samsung Galaxy Ace advertisement.

AllthingD cleverly says:

Embarrassing, particularly given Apple’s allegations that Samsung “slavishly” copied the design of its iPhone and iPad devices. It’s hard to imagine there’s a reasonable explanation for this. Samsung phones don’t support iOS apps and I can’t imagine Apple is making the company a version of Safari.

Even though it’s likely that this was a display left over from some other event but since Samsung has not yet responded to our source’s request for comment, it seems the Korean company definitely needs to clean up its own operations before raising a finger at the Cupertino giant for using its intellectual property.


  • Ahded

    Samsung,samsung….copy copy copy how shameful! I hope the courts through them out on the streets and forbids them from even making touchscreen phones again!

  • Anonymous

    Copying a few pictures versus device design are tow very different things. I’m not even sure if this is illegal. It is however stupid of them.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah less competition is exactly what we need in every consumer market. If they are found to be in the wrong on anything they pay their share. What you’re suggesting is just absurd.

  • Deviantstudio

    The use of trademarked images owned by another organization without the consent of the organization is indeed illegal use of trademarks. To begin apple can solely file a cease and desist against the store and request it be removed

  • Papa

    This comment was just pure BS. Their nexus and gallexy lines are currently better than iPhone 4. Also don’t forget all the lawsuits against apple that was filed by Samsung, HTC, motorolla, etc… having all these company enter touchscreen market has cauzed the innovation and eventually improvements that you see today. Otherwise, we would have still be using iPhone 2G!!!

  • Anonymous

    What a fail.

  • s.Dunn

    Competition would be creating a different product with feature sets that set it apart from the competition.  Carbon copy the same thing and putting it into the market in a less functioning form does not create competition it confuses consumers.  As for the Galaxy and Nexus lines being better, I personally don’t think so, however my opinion is rather mute on this issue.  The sales figures on the other hand seem to speak volumes.  I by no means want to trash talk the Galaxy and Nexus phones, they are great phones.  That said I don’t think they have the user experience that the iPhone does (again opinion) and I think that is why they aren’t doing as well in the market space.

  • Anonymous

    That is entirely debatable and is far from a carbon copy. My point was that removing any company and not allowing them to produce phones is bad for everyone.

  • namyujeong

    The reason why Apple’s icons are on the wall of Samsung’s store is Samsung is the worst Global Copycat.