re: Samsung Prospects Dim Vs. Apple: What Next, Android Designers?
Okay, it's time to pick a few nits here.
Your claim is that the Android OS would not (and did not) exist before Apple (and I'm guessing that's with respect to their iOS product). A little research shows that Android, Inc, which was founded in 2003, was purchased by Google in 2005.
A little more research shows that Apple debuted iOS in early 2007 and released it in mid-2007.
Facts is facts, as they say.
Now, I realize that Apple took the smartphone market on, head first, and has had great success with their product line. But, just how long had iOS been in the pipeline at Apple?
A little more historical research here shows that Apple was forced to change from PowerPC processors to Intel processors in their desktop and laptop line back in 2006. This was due to, as I recall, video game manufacturers buying up entire production runs of PowerPC chips - Apple could not stay competitive on pricing in the market place (bean counters made that decision).
Why is this important? iOS is derived from Mac OS X - even Jobs said so himself at the launch. It's my understanding that the development of iOS began coincided with the launch of Tiger, which would put it around late April 2005. Google acquired Android, Inc. less than 3 months later.
Apple has a long history of innovating on top of core technologies "acquired" from other sources. Whether it's Xerox, FreeBSD, XFree86...
They are absolutely within their rights to defend what they create, but to say that these ideas were solely hatched by our friends in Cupertino is not quite true.
Just remember... in 2005 when this storm was initially brewing, who were the big players? RIM, Microsoft, Palm, Nokia, LG... all either dead and buried, on life support or dying a slow, painful death.
Be thankful for innovation, but don't forget where it really comes from.