Samsung's S Launcher coming to Windows 8, Apple might take notice

Samsung is currently in a tough spot after they were found guilty of infringing on numerous Apple patents. Seeing as the courts have found the company guilty of this infringement, take a look at Samsung's new S launcher for Windows 8 above.

Samsung is hoping to ease the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8 with the S Launcher that according to Yahoo, will ship with upcoming Windows 8 machines. If you take a look at the launcher, it looks remarkably similar to Apple's dock on OS X. While not a perfect 1:1 match, Samsung has already been found guilty of copying Apple designs and this new launcher is remarkably close to that of Apple's dock.

Now Apple has previously ignored small developers like RocketDock in the past but seeing as Samsung is a major player in the PC market, they may not be cool with a company copying their dock and then shipping it on the millions of PCs they will eventually sell.

Of course, nothing may come of this but seeing as Apple already has a bit of an issue with Samsung and their willingness to steal Apple designs, Apple could possibly go after the company again when these devices make their way to the market.

But, the S launcher was likely in development before the Apple/Samsung trial kicked off, which means they could pull the application before the launch of these products based on the outcome of the court battle.

Via/Image Credit:  Gizmodo

Source: Yahoo

Thanks for the tip MohammadMsft

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you know what...i still cant see how the **** it looks like apples **** dock? you have apples dock with tonnes of icons and then u have 1 ****ing program that looks nothing liek it, its an icon for a program not an entire goddamn dock!, seriously **** off with this apple samsung ****

DKAngel said,
you know what...i still cant see how the **** it looks like apples **** dock? you have apples dock with tonnes of icons and then u have 1 ****ing program that looks nothing liek it, its an icon for a program not an entire goddamn dock!, seriously **** off with this apple samsung ****

DKAngel said,
you know what...i still cant see how the **** it looks like apples **** dock? you have apples dock with tonnes of icons and then u have 1 ****ing program that looks nothing liek it, its an icon for a program not an entire goddamn dock!, seriously **** off with this apple samsung ****

well said DKAngel, also most of the rest of you sorely need an education

"...it looks remarkably similar to Apple's dock on OS X..."

Only if you close your eyes. Then both will appear equally pitch black.

Samsung learn how to copy things from China. Chinese companies copy Toyota, Ford, iPhone, iPad, and other stuffs. Korean is Chinese ancestral or something

As usual, another article trying to stir sh*t about the dumbest court case in America. I am so glad other countries were able to see how stupid our country is to let a case carry on like this, and also how stupid our people are when it comes to serving so called "Justice". All BS!

I looks like Samsung us just asking Apple to sue them. I just wish that Samsung would come out of the closet and admit that they love Apple.

Talk about something that is so unnecessary! Windows 8 has a dock. Duh, Samsung. Fire your software engineers. No one wants the crap they are shoveling.

What is the point of those stupid dock applications including this.... It is just for people who want to make this computer looks like a Mac.....

Just saying.... The Samsung screen's pixel seems to be very dense? Or is it just me?

Copying and lawsuits aside I don't think people will use this much, once average consumers get used o the new way they'll just use that. People have managed to wrap their heads around new UIs, smartphones, tablets etc, Windows 8 and the start screen isn't going to be any different for them IMO.

As for more techie people who want it back, they'll install one of the other start menu apps and ditch this I bet.

this is retarded crapware any computer user with the tiniest bit of self respect is as irritated as me right now.. what else samsung? free 30 days of AOL ?

You're completely right! Samsung changed the shelf design and moved the label to the bottom. Now they don't look anything alike! /s

.Neo said,
You're completely right! Samsung changed the shelf design and moved the label to the bottom. Now they don't look anything alike! /s

Yeah, it's not like OS X Leopard was the first OS to use 3D glassy surface with live icon reflections in its dock /s

This is one patent I do disagree with if Apple does indeed hold a patent for it. The shelf/table design is one that I would call obvious, given that I'm actually looking at something very similar now - my computer desk. Things that I need to use sit on my desk.

I'm sure there's a rule against patenting obvious concepts, so it shouldn't have been granted. A person only needs to look in front of them at any desk to get such an idea.

omgben said,
Clearly, there are other ways to present a row of icons to a user without doing it the, "obvious," way that Apple presents it.

Don't forget that we're talking about a company who has been found guilty, or settled out of court for aping from other companies.

See recent Apple vs Samsung case

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...k_(phone)#Brand_controversy

(I owned a BlackJack)

I don't think Samsung is an innocent party in all of these lawsuits - far from it - but a shelf-style dock should not be patentable because it's an idea that's clearly taken from real lives shelves and/or tables and should therefore fall under the prior art and/or obvious categories.

A lot of features in software are made to replicate real life actions, and as such I don't think they should be patentable. For example; a sliding drawer to reveal more features or a menu, sliding to unlock a device (yeah I went there), a shelf-type bar to display things, etc.

I just love how Samsung keeps pushing it with Apple.

There's absolutely no reason whatsoever why the company needs to do this. Windows already has a Dock in the form of the task bar, plus Start. It just shows how little inspiration they have of their own and copy Apple as the easy way out. It borders on being pathetic and clearly they don't learn.

Edited by .Neo, Aug 28 2012, 3:23pm :

Shadrack said,
Leave it up to Samsung for releasing more KIRF products.

And this "fake" dock is going to be so much suckier than that magical real one. *rolls eyes*

Osiris said,
hehe Go Samsung.

Keep going...until a court declares that dock style UI's belongs to Apple /sigh patents.

Actually they do have a patent for it and even the icons such as the trashcan! Remember Sun released their OS with a dock called Looking Glass and I think they might have faced trouble too. You know Stardock is the probably one of the oldest developers of the docks.. and they released ObjectDock. I remember before it mimicked the Mac OS X completely, but then Apple told them to stop. Stardock I think modified their dock and even added tons more features to it.

The thing with the dock is that these have existed in windows before osx. I am pretty sure even compaq installed them by default in the windows 95 days.

This would be much harder to sue samsung with .

majortom1981 said,
The thing with the dock is that these have existed in windows before osx. I am pretty sure even compaq installed them by default in the windows 95 days.

This would be much harder to sue samsung with .

But if Samsung are packaging this up in a laptop that looks suspiciously like a Macbook, with similar packaging and even a similar plug then it all of a sudden becomes a lot easier. This is essentially what happened with their phones..

majortom1981 said,
The thing with the dock is that these have existed in windows before osx. I am pretty sure even compaq installed them by default in the windows 95 days.

This would be much harder to sue samsung with .

Apple's dock did not appear out of nowhere in OSX in 2001. It is derived from the NeXTSTEP dock, which apparently first appeared in 1986:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dock_(computing)

Sorry about the quantity of posts-- was on phone and it would not let me edit-- it kept sending before I could input text... But before the .08 release it looked similar to what Apple Had -- it was a menu at the top and icons on the desktop-- after the .08 in 1988 I believe .08a was the fix that made it not like Apple -- that was in 1988....which was the birth of the Nextstep Dock -- however -- Risc OS already had theirs in place....

Rocket Dock
Object Dock
RK Launcher

Probably more out there that mimic the functionality of Apple's launcher, that itself was morphed from possibly a Linux bar launcher

z0phi3l said,
Probably more out there that mimic the functionality of Apple's launcher, that itself was morphed from possibly a Linux bar launcher

The OS X Dock evolved directly from the NeXTSTEP desktop.

Edited by .Neo, Aug 28 2012, 3:06pm :

z0phi3l said,
Rocket Dock
Object Dock
RK Launcher

Probably more out there that mimic the functionality of Apple's launcher, that itself was morphed from possibly a Linux bar launcher

I think the Apple dock was more modeled from the NeXT OS dock bar, Mac OS had a launcher "ribbon" since OS7 I think it was?

z0phi3l said,
Rocket Dock
Object Dock
RK Launcher

Probably more out there that mimic the functionality of Apple's launcher, that itself was morphed from possibly a Linux bar launcher

But its one thing for a 3rd party that is not in direct competition with Apple to make an App that mimics the OS X Dock, its an entirely different thing all together when an Apple competitor pre-loads an OS X Dock like interface on PCs that they sell.

Surely you people can see through your predispositions you have towards Apple and understand the difference.

Shadrack said,

But its one thing for a 3rd party that is not in direct competition with Apple to make an App that mimics the OS X Dock, its an entirely different thing all together when an Apple competitor pre-loads an OS X Dock like interface on PCs that they sell.

Surely you people can see through your predispositions you have towards Apple and understand the difference.


Makes perfect sense to me. You just have to understand that a ton of the Vocal really don't understand what's going on around them. They don't understand patents, they don't understand the legislative process, they don't understand intellectual property, and as a result of all these things they don't understand, they hate/fear them.

It's really just fundamental human nature. *shrug*

Its actually a double-wammy. The "Start Menu" button pops up a menu that looks strikingly similar to the Windows 7 menu. Samsung killed two birds with one stone on this one: OS X Dock + Windows 7 Start Menu.

togermano said,
and so does the default kfce install i did

You mean XFCE?

The Acorn had it way back in 1989: http://images.dailytech.com/nimage/Risc_OS_311_Wide.png
Then Amiga improved upon it in 2000: http://images.dailytech.com/nimage/AmiDock_Wide.jpg

Then, surprise surprise, Apple, in 2001 released this: http://images.dailytech.com/nimage/MacOSX_Screen_Wide.png (I wonder where they got that idea from eh?)

All this he copied she who later copied he rubbish is getting annoying. Like everything in the software world, every idea and design has a precursor. Apple didn't invent the desktop, the launch bar, or anything else, they merely improved upon what was there already, as did Microsoft. And they're all doing it today. Which is a good thing because we all reap the benefits. The problem is, some companies, such as the aforementioned, are trying to assert ownership of these incremental ideas, in mobile and elsewhere.

ahhell said,
Who would ever run that garbage on Win 8???

Exactly. what the heck is this company doing?
They will be ruining any good Windows 8 hardware they release.

bdsams said,
I would highly encourage you to read the post, I covered this in it.

you use to many words when i got the same point across in a 6 word sentence love xx

togermano said,
gnome copied it too and they havent been sued

Who in their right mind would sue someone who has no money? When and how does GNOME make any cash? They're basically living off of donations.

GP007 said,

Who in their right mind would sue someone who has no money? When and how does GNOME make any cash? They're basically living off of donations.

Doesnt matter gotta sue whoever copies ur design to protect ur copyright duh x

Shadrack said,

This isn't a copyright.

it is patented. However, you protect your own investment against someone that copy you and also making money out of it! Patent are so expensive so you want to protect yourself against other that want to make money with your own stuff!