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  • Samsung and HTC Follow Apple's Lead by Introducing Gold Option for Flagship Smartphones


    Unsurprisingly, just a few days after Apple’s new gold iPhone 5S went on sale, Samsung announced the new Galaxy S4 “Gold Edition.” It should be noted that this new iteration of Samsung’s flagship smartphone retains the same plastic design as other models. The new devices come with a gold plastic trim on the outside, while the front glass will be available in brown or pink. The handsets were recently announced by Samsung Gulf, the company’s Middle Eastern outfit.

    The advertisement from Samsung even refers to the “elegance” of the new color option. It should be noted that when details of the gold iPhone 5S were leaked in August, roughly a month ahead of the device’s announcement, the color was also described as “elegant.”

    The South Korean electronics company hasn’t indicated if the new gold Galaxy S4 models will be available outside of the Middle East. That being said, the company’s gold options are expected to be joined by HTC, which is currently planning a gold version of its flagship smartphone, the HTC One.

    As many of you may already know or possibly concluded just now, many of Apple’s competitors such as Samsung and HTC have been accused of copying the Cupertino California company’s design cues. The new gold iPhone 5S proved to be one of the company’s most popular options when it went on sale last Friday, selling out almost immediately and Apple’s competitors seem to already be hopping the bandwagon.

    What do you think of the whole situation?

    Source: Engadget, Samsung Gulf (Facebook)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Samsung and HTC Follow Apple's Lead by Introducing Gold Option for Flagship Smartphones started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Of course, not surprised.
    1. Jato_BZ's Avatar
      Jato_BZ -
      Lol...seriously...get it together Samsung...stop imitating & start innovating...
    1. krayzeeman's Avatar
      krayzeeman -
      You mean Apple didn't patent the gold look?
    1. mutley's Avatar
      mutley -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jato_BZ View Post
      Lol...seriously...get it together Samsung...stop imitating & start innovating...
      yeah becasue everything apple does isnt copying someone else half of ios7's new features are ripped from android
    1. yotaiji012's Avatar
      yotaiji012 -
      Apple's gold looks elegant because it isn't plastic. Samsung's might look tacky. Gold is a hard look to pull off properly.
    1. Jato_BZ's Avatar
      Jato_BZ -
      Quote Originally Posted by mutley View Post
      yeah becasue everything apple does isnt copying someone else half of ios7's new features are ripped from android
      Right! Keep telling yourself that! Ahaha!!
    1. Christophxr's Avatar
      Christophxr -
      LOOOOOOL. Wow, guys. Just wow.

      Quote Originally Posted by mutley View Post
      yeah becasue everything apple does isnt copying someone else half of ios7's new features are ripped from android
      Everyone keeps getting this wrong. Half of iOS 7's features are ripped from the jailbreak community—which is an extremely smart move on their part considering what people jailbreak phones for is obviously what they want on iOS.
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      Of course, not surprised.
      I am sure some egg head will want a crappy gold plastic phone that is the Sam stink no creativity just copy someone else

      The lawyers will be busy with this one today
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by mutley View Post
      yeah becasue everything apple does isnt copying someone else half of ios7's new features are ripped from android
      I know, right! I remember when Apple copied Android and decided to create an entire Smartphone....oh, wait...
    1. ZealFied's Avatar
      ZealFied -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      i know, right! I remember when apple copied android and decided to create an entire smartphone....oh, wait...
      lmao..

      Quote Originally Posted by mutley View Post
      yeah becasue everything apple does isnt copying someone else half of ios7's new features are ripped from android
      No need for that.
    1. jasvncnt10's Avatar
      jasvncnt10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
      I am sure some egg head will want a crappy gold plastic phone that is the Sam stink no creativity just copy someone else

      The lawyers will be busy with this one today
      The lawyers? What will they be busy with? Cant do anything about the color of a phone.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      HAHA! Didn't take long> Follow the leader.
    1. onski's Avatar
      onski -
      Coz GOLD is BEST... Lol
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I hope nobody has an allergic reaction to the gold paint!
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by DRFP View Post
      DId you ever think that some of us will never be happy unless we at least control our own device? Apple puts too much control on the device when no other manufacture does. Apple believes JB costs them money, its a paranoid delusion left over by SJ.
      Then buy something else, it's that simple.
    1. Schnedi's Avatar
      Schnedi -
      and 10 years ago (2003)...





      and iOS7




      you right, Apple is very original...
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Schnedi View Post
      and 10 years ago (2003)...





      and iOS7




      you right, Apple is very original...
      That gold phone was for the Russian Olympic team only. It's also real gold so it would a 10 times more than an iPhone.

      Sbsettings, card switcher, lockscreen clock hide or lockinfo, Apple created the digital music marketplace so who cares

      NO ONE cares that you are able to use google image search.
    1. REMED1AL's Avatar
      REMED1AL -
      I think this is just a prank.

      They can't seriously be this reliant on copying everything Apple does b/c they don't know what else to do right? It doesn't even make sense anymore. The gold phone almost seemed like a joke when Apple displayed it but it looks nice due to the finish and adds to the color selection in a simple way.

      No, it's real? Ouch.
    1. Jokadaking's Avatar
      Jokadaking -
      Quote Originally Posted by Schnedi View Post
      and 10 years ago (2003)...

      the new iphone5s is more champagne than gold. #2 wow that phone is ugly. I know why apple didn't go gold
    1. REMED1AL's Avatar
      REMED1AL -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      That gold phone was for the Russian Olympic team only.

      Sbsettings, card switcher, lockscreen clock hide or lockinfo, Apple created the digital music marketplace so who cares

      NO ONE cares that you are able to use google image search.
      I'm sure Samsung released the GOLD phone as a tribute to the gold phone 10 years ago and it has nothing to do with Apple doing so. Keep telling yourself they didn't just do what Apple did just b/c Apple did it.

      The power control was in the jailbreak community long before iOS7 and not exactly innovation; just necessary at this point. It's really nothing more than a shortcut to what is already built it and not ground breaking.

      Do you think multitasking should somehow be different? This is really no different than a preview feature offered on countless electronics from TV's to PC's like Windows Vista long before a smart phone was around.

      The lock screens are the same b/c they have a similar background and has the time? They both act and perform different on each device.

      Music? You mean Android innovated album covers being shown while a song plays? That's brilliant. No other music company has ever associated the 2. This is genius. Oh wait, Apple music looks just like iTunes and follows the same standard look Apple has always done on their devices and even in their commercials.

      Most innovations on a smart phone have been elsewhere in one form or another and the smart phone is just about packing all those features into 1 device that fits in you pocket.