Samsung can’t seem to stop mimicking Apple

“Samsung has been known to borrow Apple’s ideas from time to time, an effective — if not entirely inspired — strategy considering massive iPhone, iPad and now Watch demand,” Mikey Campbell writes for AppleInsider. “But its latest advertisement for the new Galaxy S6 edge, basically an amalgamation of Apple Watch promo videos, dials the homage up to 11.”

“When Apple CEO Tim Cook detailed Apple Watch at a special event in March, his presentation came with the usual assortment of impeccably produced videos showing off device design, features and, notably, an in-depth look at materials processing,” Campbell writes. “It appears Samsung was quite smitten with Apple’s efforts, as the latest Galaxy commercial apes Apple’s visual style, staging — complete with swelling music bed — and videography, going so far as to reproduce dramatic sequences like molten metal pouring out of a crucible.”

Campbell writes, “There’s nothing technically wrong with Samsung’s ad, but for a number of reasons it feels half-hearted, derivative and empty.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Why does Samsung’s narrator speak with a British accent? Precisely because Jony Ive does, of course. It’s all so transparent and it makes those who settle for Samsung’s Apple products knockoffs seem at least as stupid as Samsung obviously thinks they are.

We’ll never buy anything from Apple!” the fandroids chant in unison, all the while toting around inferior clones of Apple products, trying vainly to get them to work half as well as Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch users’ products do. It’s amusing to those of us on the right side of the bell curve.

As our own SteveJack wrote way back in April 2008: Samsung’s ‘Instinct’ is obviously to make Apple iPhone knockoffs.

Apple’s promotional video for Apple Watch Edition:

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    1. By the way, did you notice that Samsung’s British accent is fake? Further in the advertisements it gets worse with some sounds pronounced not in really British way, and the voice uses “aluminum”, which is not a word that a British could possibly say (they, as Ive, use word “aluminium”).

      So what Samsung did is poor copy of iPhone with poor copy of iPhone advertisement with a poor copy of British accent by a randomly hired actor.

      Finally, not only everything about how this advertisement is made is fake, but also the essence of it:

      1. It’s just so sad. Have you ever noticed how incredibly poor the ads for Korean Airlines are? I thing there is just some sort of cultural divide between the real world and the Korean executive suite that keeps them from getting it.

      2. Samsung did what they usually do and quickly came up with what they thought was a close enough approximation of Apple’s efforts to fool the casual observer, but in reality they missed some crucially significant aspects.

        Getting a fake British voice over artist to pronounce it as aloominum instead of al-you-min-ee-um shows how Samsung never worry about the details. Either use a British voice to speak the British way, or an American voice to speak the American way. It doesn’t work when they use a British accent speaking the American way and to British ears, it sounds laughably absurd.

        What’s the point of making a fake if it’s not a credible fake ?

        1. The best part of hearing Jony Ive talk about a gadget’s design is the British way he says ‘aluminium’. That’s at least half the reason behind Steve getting him to do all those talking promos. It’s amazing Samsung got a fake British voice actor who screws up that pronunciation!

  1. Awhile back as I was looking at TV’s at BestBuy, a woman wearing a Samsung tag came up to me trying to advocate for the Samsung TV’s. I just ignored her presence and avoided being near her. She got the message. I regretted later not having told her WHY.

    1. I believe in being polite in those circumstances. After all, that person is just doing their job. I just let him/her know that I am not interested. If they accept that and move on, then all is fine. Only if they start to push do I push back.

      1. Bingo. Don’t be dicks to the front-line, minimum-wage staff. That includes the (hopefully long-gone) practice of going into a store that deliberately disabled NFC to prevent Apple Pay working, taking a large amount of stuff to the checkout, then leaving it after it’s rung up and explaining why.

        It may get the point across. It also pisses off the the staff who have zero control over management’s idiotic decisions, the staff who must take everything back and restock, and everyone behind you in line who have been delayed a minute or more thanks to the one-person demonstration/protest are now unsympathetic to your cause.

        1. If someone works for an ethically corrupt company, then I’m afraid that the “just doing their job” mantra just doesn’t make a difference. One could excuse all sorts of things if you simply say “I’m just doing my job.” Plus which, if a Samsung rep is advocating FOR Samsung, then you are perfectly entitled to tell them why you avoid Samsung products. That’s not equivalent to “being a dick.”

          1. I missed that the worker was wearing a Samsung label on their shirt, in a store-within-a-store layout, so yeah in that case have at it.

            However, “ethically corrupt” is entirely the wrong attitude in the case of BestBuy and other stores that disabled Apple Pay. I don’t care if CurrentC is an invasive, privacy-destroying system, on the list of other unethical corporate crap that goes on, that barely registers.

            As to the validity of “I’m just doing my job”… these are retail workers, not concentration camp guards or even telemarketers who call you in the middle of dinner. They’re not there to ruin your day, so don’t ruin theirs.

            1. I didn’t say anything about “concentration camp” body guards.

              Moreover, she was not merely a store worker. She was a Samsung rep, visiting the store as a Samsung rep. There was nothing minimum wage about her.

              I really didn’t think I’d need to explain all that, as I did not foresee a bunch of internet hand wringers presuming to lecture me about what and what not I ought to be doing.

            2. You wrote “One could excuse all sorts of things if you simply say “I’m just doing my job'” and invoked ethics. Concentration camp guards was the extreme implication, but I clearly mentioned telemarketers as a more benign example.

              You were clearly directing your response at my concern about treating the retail workers who *are* minimum wage workers, since that was the second scenario I presented, which occupied all but a single line of my original response. The lead-in was based on my missing that it was a Samsung rep (which I clearly conceded already, thanks for noticing), but the overall point (which was a response to KingMel, not your specific experience) surely cannot be argued otherwise: don’t be dicks to retail/checkout workers who a) *aren’t* Samsung reps within another store, and b) probably *are* minimum wage.

              TLDR: 1) I’m not saying you *were* being a dick, or that you would have been had you given the Samsung rep a piece of your mind; and 2) those who pulled the stunt I mentioned on retail/checkout staff to protest disabling Apple Pay, *were* being dicks.

      1. Enjoy knowing that you are making such an incredible impression on the SamSungScum that they have singled you out for extra special hate-bot attacks. Their attacks on my posts are thoroughly flattering! Ooo Yeah Baby. 💋❤💕💕

  2. The voice used in the Samsung ad not only uses a British accent, but also a voice that is supposed to sound similar to that of Jony Ive – a tenor, flinty voice, with a certain speech rhythm and cadence.

    1. Yep!

      Remember the “mind Blown” bit about Apple swapping the headphone jack to the bottom? Samsung now has headphone jack on bottom.

      Remember the SD card slot? There is no SD card slot on a Samdung in 2015

      Remember the replaceable battery? Yep, thats gone too.

      I hear they are working to “innovate” their next watch by copying the A-Watch exactly except doubling the screen size.

  3. “Samsung has been known to borrow Apple’s ideas from time to time”

    hahahahahhahahahahahah cough splutter choke hah-ahahah ahaha hahahahahh gag heart attack

  4. Samsung’s deceit really is spectacular. They have reached an apex of marketing bullshit. It is such a self-justifying joy to hate them. What a gang of rectal pores. 💩🚽

    …Who are soooo screwed. Deservedly so. 😩

  5. These come off as so incredibly shallow . . . I don’t see sophistication. I hear, “Me too! Me too! Me too! . . . ”

    But if “me too” were the answer on a true-or-false test I think we all know which one we’d circle.

    Just stop, Samsung. It’s embarrassing!

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  7. I feel the Scamscum troll bot hate.
    Mmmm. Bring it on! I’ve got another one:

    Report: Samsung ‘Investigating’ Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Flaw

    Researchers claim a flaw in Android-based smartphones allows hackers to steal copies of fingerprint data.

    … As reported by Forbes, fingerprint information is stored in a “secure zone” on the device, but according to FireEye, it’s possible to capture the data as it is traveling from the reader to that secure zone.

    “If the attacker can break the kernel, although he cannot access the fingerprint data stored in the trusted zone, he can directly read the fingerprint sensor at any time,” a FireEye researcher told Forbes. “Every time you touch the fingerprint sensor, the attacker can steal your fingerprint.”

    WOW SadSack. Just WOW. Copy Apple, yet again, and totally botch it up. Sooooo Samsung!


    1. Wait, so in order for this to work you have to get someone’s phone, install a new kernel with code that replaces the original code managing the transfer of the data from reader to trusted zone w/o significantly disrupting anything else the user may have installed or changed and then get that back into the hands of a person that you want to trojan? Yeah, sounds like a real botch up to me.. 😛 Gotta have some spy level pre-meditation going on.

      1. Sadly, I did not invent this Samsung security hole and cannot address any difficulty in exploiting it. It is my expectation, however, that all a victim need to is install a Trojan horse program onto their Samsung phone for this exploit to be enacted. Run the app and it does all the rest, including phoning home the fingerprint. What you do with that fingerprint, I do not know.

        I am happy to report that Apple’s fingerprint scanning system has been thoroughly tested and ‘just works’, having no such security hole discovered.

        As for ‘spy level pre-meditation’, it certainly is something a ‘spy’ could enact, but I don’t see the point of a ‘spy’ going through such an elaborate process to grab a fingerprint when any old touched flat and clean surface would do.

        1. Thanks for your reasoned thoughts.. I suspect it isn’t very easy to perform data interception between the fingerprint reader and the trusted zone unless someone neglected to remove it from some API or someone has somehow decompiled that portion of the kernel and figured out a way to insert firmware code w/o affecting anything else. Security-wise it should be an atomic process when implemented correctly. I’m leaning towards the ‘simpler’ explanation of an API level mistake on Samsung’s part.

          1. The key phrase these days is ‘end to end encryption.’ It’s not just about defending the human right to privacy out in the world. In this case it’s about preventing any possibility of a security breach during the process of sending fingerprint data into the sequestering chip on the phone. Instead, that data is currently ‘in the clear’ for the grabbing on the Galaxy 5.

            I should point out that it’s common for security holes to require bizarre, extraordinary contortions to exploit. Apple has given a total of ZERO attention to the Wirelurker security hole in their enterprise iOS app system because it’s rather difficult to pull off. Apple also paid minimal, and so far worthless attention to the ongoing Rootpipe security hole also because it is difficult to exploit.

            Meanwhile, malevolent, blackhat hacking has become a profession of geniuses. Elaborate cracking methods are being published into widely distributed exploit kits. Hackers, used to wasting years of CPU cycles to mine Bitcoins, see no problem dedicating a computer to attacking a single target for however long it takes to break in. A great example there is the Heartbleed exploit.

            Enough lecturing for today. Have a good one!

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