Samsung Had To Stress How Horrible Android’s MultiTouch Software Is Compared To Apple’s


There comes a time in everyone’s life where you have to admit your very own piece of work isn’t up to par with another person’s. Well the same process apparently is held to big-named companies such as Apple and Samsung. This story is quite awkward for Samsung, but they had to do it to avoid a product ban.

It was during a court session earlier today in the Netherlands that Apple said Samsung should be banned from selling Android Galaxy devices in the country because a multitouch feature used in the devices infringes Apple’s patents. The patent specified prevents users from accidentally pressing two buttons on-screen at once.

Now here’s the funny part, Samsung had to admit that their multitouch concept isn’t nearly as good as Apple’s to prove their concept is unique. Here is more: (via The Next Web)

While Apple’s technology is a “very nice invention,” the technique used in Android differs from the iOS solution, argued Bas Berghuis van Woortman, one of Samsung’s lawyers. Because the Android based method is more hierarchical the system is more complex and therefore harder for developers to use, he said.

To sum things up, Samsung said that the Android multitouch software is harder for developers to use. But that isn’t all, Apple had to say that the Android software is just as good as theirs:

Apple disagrees. “They suggest that they have a lesser solution, but that is simply not true,” said Apple’s lawyer Theo Blomme to judge Peter Blok, who presided over a team of three judges, in a response to Samsung’s claim. The technique used in Android does solve a multiple input “conflict situation” and in that way the Android software essentially does the same as Apple’s, he said.

Were you ever put in an awkward situation where you had to admit something similar?


  • That is pretty interesting, however I see this more as Samsung admitting that Google’s software isn’t as easy to develop with as Apple’s, which isn’t really insulting themselves (if anything it’s insulting Google) or admitting their product is worse, because it doesn’t necessarily make a difference to the end user.

    Similarly, Apple isn’t saying that Google’s programming is as good as theirs, they’re saying that it accomplishes the same task, which is illegal because it’s a patented concept.

  • bradg17

    Holy shit what’s with all the misleading titles lately? This Ryan guys has been doing it a lot. All they did was admit that android is more complex? How is that worse? If anything it would have benefits. I like iPhone because it’s simple and easy, but keep in mind that’s not always a good thing.

  • RyanStOnge

    Misleading titles? Read the facts, Samsung admitted in court that their multitouch system was horrible compared to Apple’s. And the next-web explanation may not have been the clearest, but many other sites had given a clearer description. It was bad on my part to use this specific next web text.

    And for the fact, the titles we use are similar to what the hundreds of other sites use to report news. Look up this article on google, you will find many with similar title.