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The Real Deal: How the Apple/Samsung Suit Impacts You

Updated: Thursday, April 10 2014, 01:53 PM EDT

ALBANY - Late Monday afternoon, Apple asked a judge to force Samsung to remove 8 products from store shelves and ban them from being sold in the United States.  The request stems from the huge lawsuit between the two companies over whether Samsung ripped-off patented iPhone and iPad features.  On Friday, a jury found that Samsung did steal certain technology and will have to pay Apple $1 billion dollars. 


The eight products in question are the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge, Galaxy Prevail. A hearing has been scheduled for September 20th. 


You may think two big businesses going back-and-forth doesn't really mean much to all of us but it could dramatically change the way your smartphone works in the future regardless of who makes it. 


Apple took issue with some of the features offered by Samsung on smartphones and tablets.  In particular, the pinch-and-zoom - which gives users the ability to drag, rotate, twist and zoom in and out of documents and pictures, the bounce that happens when you scroll through documents or webpages using one-finger and the tap-to-zoom function on programs like google maps.  Apple has patents that give it the exclusive right to those features a jury found, and Samsung will now have to stop offering them all together or pay Apple for the right to use the features. 


The jury also found that an Apple patent covers how the phone itself looks.  Apple successfully argued that only its phones can be rectangular with round edges and a round back.


Smartphone users who spoke with CBS6, had mixed feelings about the lawsuit.  "It's called competition, Apple should probably get over it, if they (Samsung) want to make a phone, they should make a phone," says Abrianna Delucca of Niskayuna.  "I don't care, I have an iPhone and I love everything about it," adds Ann Kelly. 


"They might as well go after Dell and everybody else that takes the feature of a rectangle i-pad, I mean look at all the rectangle laptops and tablets, it's already all the same, isn't it?" asks Emmit Ehring and that's really the question that still remains...will Samsung and other Apple competitors have to redesign smartphones to avoid infringing Apple's patents?


Many analysts say the verdict does send a threatening message to all device makers who use an Android operating system.  Samsung is promising to appeal the jury's decision but if it stands, it's very likely there will be fewer smartphones to choose from, the price of them will be higher and the features they offer may be dramatically different based on the manufacturer. 

The Real Deal: How the Apple/Samsung Suit Impacts You


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