Samsung Says Apple Stole Notification Center

Samsung Says Apple Stole Notification Center

While Apple fans will argue that Android copied iOS, it’s hard to deny that Apple didn’t take a little bit of inspiration back from from Android, too. Its Notification Center is an almost identical copy of Android’s — that’s easy to see no matter which side of the fence you’re on. In fact, Samsung’s now using this as another reason to sue Apple in South Korea.

Just when you thought there are plenty of Apple versus Samsung suits ongoing, another one pops up. This time on Samsung’s home turf in South Korea. BrightWire, a business-to-business resource for portfolio managers, shows that the electronics giant has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple over the iOS Notification Center.

No other details have been made available at this time, but you can expect the situation to progress over the coming weeks, months, years — until the two companies find something bigger to bicker about.

What’s interesting is that it’s taken a long time for this case to come up. Apple added the Notification Center to iOS with iOS 5 back in 2011, but it’s taken Samsung over a year to decide it wants to fight it. Could it be that the company is just looking for ways in which it can get back at Apple?

Well, Patently Apple suggests that the delay may be due to Google’s notification patents, which were only granted last month. It’s possible it may have been waiting for this before it started proceedings.

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  • Robert X

    Samsung is the loser here no matter what. They are acting like a big baby.

  • jahsoul

    @Kr00

    IIRC, Android had the notification bar in the beta from 2007 and was fully implemented in Android 1.0 when released in 2008. Just saying…

  • Paul Burt

    Last time I checked, Android was made by Google, not Samsung. It even talks about Google getting the patents on it, not Samsung. How exactly can they use this against Apple?

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    South Korea has a retarded patent system if a company can use another company’s patents.

  • baby_Twitty

    Notification bar was available via jailbreak for iphone BEFORE android implemented it.

    Nuff said.

    Btw Samsuck, since when are you the onwer of android OS?
    LMAO FAIL

  • jpadhiyar

    Well, this is precisely the kind of the reaction that we feared Apple would generate. Patent that rounded corner and everything will now be patented. If Samsung does win the battle, what does it have to gain? Reputation? I don’t think so. It’s just being childish.

  • duncanfurg13

    Of course Samsung is just looking for a way to get back at Apple, and this is one of their most pathetic. @baby_Twitty is correct, the Notification Center idea was likely inspired by what the jailbreak version had to offer (SBSettings). This was around way before Android was actually a mobile OS.

    I pity Samsung for being so stuck for ideas, that they feel the need to copy Apple’s, and then sue them for the ideas they copied. It is absolutely pathetic that Samsung thinks that being original means copying what is successful, and not even trying to hide it. Samsung will be the death of themselves.

    As for Android OS, I also cannot believe that Google feels obligated to not put any work into the finished product, and instead just copy what the people at Apple have put so much effort into. It sickens me, honestly.

    Grow a pair, Samsung, and develop something that you can actually call your own.

  • Cgs101

    The notification centre is pointless anyway. I’ve removed all apps from it and only use it to post tweets or update facebook.

  • Sheald

    I thought Android pretty much inherited this concept from the SideKick and that former Danger employees were involved in the development of Android.

    All for nought as it was actually Microsoft imo that invented the concept of a page of notifications on a touch screen device with the “Today” screen used on Palm-sized PCs and latter Pocket PCs. This had a pluggable/skinnable architecture and they were doing it before 2000.

    Same-sung should know this given they were knocking out Windows CE based Blackberry clones for years. i.e. the Blackjack. You can’t make this sh|t up. Shameless company.

  • calvin_kf_so

    Come on Samsung, now’s just sad…

  • Forge

    They did “steal” it. But since it’s not patented, it isn’t stealing, actually. They are just using the same invention.

    Anyways, Samsung shouldn’t even open their mouth in this case. Samsung did not invent this notification bar. Google did. Also, Samsung have copied Apple down to the tiniest detail.

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