Samsung’s popular Galaxy phones probably wouldn’t exist in their current form if it weren’t for Apple, according to the company’s marketing chief, Greg Joswiak, who is featured in a new documentary shared by The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern today that highlights the evolution of the iPhone ahead of the iconic device’s 15th anniversary. In one segment of the interview that discusses how Android smartphones received larger displays years before iPhone did, Joswiak threw shade at Samsung, calling the manufacturer “annoying” and claiming that it “ripped off” Apple’s ideas. Joswiak went so far as to suggest that Samsung’s products were inferior, alleging that its designers had no creativity and merely “put a bigger screen” around Apple’s iPhone design. Samsung now leads the Android smartphone market with models such as the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which features a 6.8-inch AMOLED QHD+ display with 120 Hz refresh rate.
“They were annoying,” Joswiak said. “And they were annoying because, as you know, they ripped off our technology. They took the innovations that we had created and created a poor copy of it, and just put a bigger screen around it. So, yeah, we were none too pleased.”
Samsung launched the Galaxy S4 with a 5-inch display in early 2013, at a time when the iPhone 5 had a 4-inch display. Apple did eventually release its first larger smartphones with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus in 2014, and the devices were met with strong demand and went on to be among the best-selling iPhone models ever.
Apple sued Samsung in 2011 for patent infringement, alleging that Samsung copied the iPhone’s design with its own Galaxy line of smartphones. Apple was initially awarded around $1 billion in damages, but the amount was lowered in a subsequent retrial. In 2018, Apple finally settled with Samsung […]