Samsung uses iOS image to promote Galaxy Player 5.0

Things haven't been easy for Samsung in 2011. After judges ruled against Samsung in lawsuits relating to Apple's iPad and the Galaxy Tab, the company was battered and bruised, but managed to survive. Now... things aren't going to get any easier for the company, after Gizmodo spotted that they were found to have shared an image of Google Maps running on the Galaxy Player 5.0. The issue with the image? See for yourself:

What's that amalgamation of the two most popular mobile operating systems? Android and iOS have been fused into one image, to promote a Samsung device which doesn't run iOS. The application is Google Maps, so it's not exactly like it isn't available on Android (and if it isn't on your OS don't use it to promote, obviously). It's quite interesting to see Samsung do this, because the source of the image has been traced to 2008. Originating on Laura Scott's blog, BlogHer, the image can be viewed on her Flickr here.

It's quite disappointing to see Samsung doing this, and it will only hurt their cases against Apple in the future. It is not currently intentional if the South Korean electronics giant intentionally chose the image they did, or if someone in the PR department just has a habit of picking really bad images to edit into promotional shots.

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Ok so its NOT samsung. Samsung did not copy paste or anything. The design company is at fault and this will be quietly brushed away. No one will care

Auzeras said,
Ok so its NOT samsung. Samsung did not copy paste or anything. The design company is at fault and this will be quietly brushed away. No one will care

Considering it's hit major news sites, it's not really being "brushed away". Regardless who did it, it's wrong and misleading and Samsung won't be happy about it with the current situation between them and Apple

The problem is, Samsung likely doesn't do their own marketing. Someone likely gets paid to do it. and if that person is doing this intemtionally, Sasmung shouldnt be paying them.

I'm surprised there's so many advertising companies that even lack anyone with technological knowledge yet the big companies go choosing these companies some how...

I have seen this several times not not just with Samsung. The only reason its a big deal is because there is a lot of stuff going on between Samsung and Apple. If there wasnt, this wouldnt of been made to be such a big deal....like the other times it happened with diff companies.

Not like Samsung used this in any promotions or filed legal documents with the image

sexypepperoni said,
And then people complain when Apple sues Samsung, they are just copying everything.

- It's just a pic.. not a patent..

random_ said,
I cant see the picture used on any of the sites, can someone post the actual site where this is used?

It's on the Gizmodo page. The image shown is different but drag it to the tab bar so it opens as a new tab, and then you should be set.

Paul Ferson said,

It's on the Gizmodo page. The image shown is different but drag it to the tab bar so it opens as a new tab, and then you should be set.

That doesnt mean its made or used by Samsung. Not saying it's not but I havent seen it in use anywhere, I went to Samsung Player website and clicked around.

random_ said,

That doesnt mean its made or used by Samsung. Not saying it's not but I havent seen it in use anywhere, I went to Samsung Player website and clicked around.

This is a good point, where was this actually used by Samsung - it just says they were caught 'sharing' an image that originated "Laura Scott's blog, BlogHer, the image can be viewed on her Flickr here". So by the sounds of it someone at samsung shared an image that someone else created, or am I reading this all wrong?

techbeck said,

Really? Dont see it. Tells me to select my country. I do and I still dont see it.

I would think that if Samsung was using this in their promotions, it would of been known way before now.

I think you are choosing not to see it. It is partially obscured by a snickers bar. And it's a US-centric ad campaign, it seems. So choose US as your country.

Rosyna said,

I think you are choosing not to see it. It is partially obscured by a snickers bar. And it's a US-centric ad campaign, it seems. So choose US as your country.

I see it in the OP link on Gizmodo...but Samsung must of took it down.

Planar1280 said,
I don't see it/ where is it
The device is a Samsung one, but the operating system running on the screen is Apple's operating system(iOS).

FMH said,
The device is a Samsung one, but the operating system running on the screen is Apple's operating system(iOS).

Nope, it's just the Maps app, the OS is still there (look at the status bar or whatever that is called in Android. )

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Nope, it's just the Maps app, the OS is still there (look at the status bar or whatever that is called in Android. )

GS:mac

Ah yes, that's correct.

lol "hurt their cases"... Really?

More like hurt their sinking reputation.
How many times do they have to get caught copying Apple before people realize that they're the "bad guy"?

ok, that's a little bit of an exageration don't you think? Samsungs bread and butter is not even mobile devices so lets not say crap like " the company barely managed to survive" just because they lost a lawsuit. Samsung makes most of Apple screens, circuitry, and part for so many other major brands. Im sure that even though they would love to win the lawsuit the outcome will not really affect the company as a whole even if they couldn't sell any more phones at all.

Quick Shot said,
I think companies do that for the attention. =P

They're eating up all the responses to this right now =)


Yes, but what kind of attention.
This is like the kid that will bite and scratch you just so you notice him/her.

Not really the good path, as this might even lead to a copyright infringement case.

Glassed Silver:mac

Quick Shot said,
I think companies do that for the attention. =P

Samsung lawyers have some attention problem, then.

Glassed Silver said,
That is quite stupid to do as it screams obvious copy pasta.

GS:mac

That actually sounds delicious!

FMH said,
That actually sounds delicious!

HAHA!

But beware, with copy pasta you taste what you touched before the pasta, so if you wiped your you know what before going to the dinner table, you know what you'll get!

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
That is quite stupid to do as it screams obvious copy pasta.

GS:mac


This is actually quite smart marketing! I have never heard of a Galaxy Player 5.0 until this picture.

~D~ said,

This is actually quite smart marketing! I have never heard of a Galaxy Player 5.0 until this picture.
I have. Thought of buying one too!

I wanted to buy a device, and was choosing between this and iPod touch 4. iPod won, but this had caugh my attention because it cost around the same, but it has a 5 inch screen. I had a tough time deciding!

Neobond said,
THIS WON'T HELP THEIR CAUSE! *facepalm*

You have to love marketing companies, they do this sort of thing all the time. I've seen pictures of PCs with OSX screenshots photoshopped onto them.

neo158 said,

You have to love marketing companies, they do this sort of thing all the time. I've seen pictures of PCs with OSX screenshots photoshopped onto them.

All the fing time

Neobond said,
THIS WON'T HELP THEIR CAUSE! *facepalm*

God.
This is so stupid- they should get lawyers to check every advertisement and image they produce before streaming it to all. >.>

neo158 said,

You have to love marketing companies, they do this sort of thing all the time. I've seen pictures of PCs with OSX screenshots photoshopped onto them.

Yes, it is not Samsung intentionally doing this. Some graphic design artists are just f----- stupid. I used to be one. There's a reason why Apple used to tell artists and teachers they were too stupid to handle a PC.

Richio said,

God.
This is so stupid- they should get lawyers to check every advertisement and image they produce before streaming it to all. >.>

I don't know how lawyers would help anything. They should have a brand manager check everything.

Richio said,

God.
This is so stupid- they should get lawyers to check every advertisement and image they produce before streaming it to all. >.>

Lawyers? Someone with a brain might be a better idea. Maybe someone technical who knows the difference?