It’s been a pretty lousy couple of weeks for Samsung. The company was denied its injunction against Apple products in the Netherlands, preliminarily banned from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, and suffered through a company attorney’s inability to distinguish from an Apple iPad from the Galaxy Tab.
Now Samsung’s in the spotlight again, for using a three-year old iPhone screenshot of Apple’s Maps application in marketing materials for its portable media player, the Galaxy Player 50.
The information comes courtesy of John Gruber, who noticed the image on Monday, and identified it as an “ever-so-slightly modified rip-off” of Apple’s maps application. Further investigation proved that the image was actually an iPhone screenshot, taken in 2008 by blogger Laura Scott.
There is no word on why Samsung used an image from an Apple iPhone, but its yet another nail in the coffin for the company, currently being sued by Apple for “slavishly” copying the design of the iPhone and the iPad. This series of inauspicious events does not bode well for Samsung’s image or for future court outcomes, and one can only wonder what mistake the unlucky company will make next.
[via Apple Insider]