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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. drgonz0's Avatar
      drgonz0 -
      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
      Correction, ripped off from Jailbreak tweak developers. Some of these features were available on jailbroken iPhones long before any android phones carried them.
    1. kalpesh78's Avatar
      kalpesh78 -
      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
      From what I know a lot of features are ripped from cidya and modders world over. a lot of android apps were borrowed from the modding community as well.

      Quote Originally Posted by Christophxr View Post
      LOOOOOOL. Wow, guys. Just wow.



      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
    1. drgonz0's Avatar
      drgonz0 -
      What do you expect when these people see the world through their Android lenses with hatred for Apple. I can understand not liking the phone and preferring another style, company, os whatever.... But to completely ignore the historical facts and not even admit that the entire Android line would look more like a blackberry circa 2008 than what they have today is insane. Plus the biggest gift apple gave us was freedom from carrier owned and operated application stores, that up until the iPhone were terribly over priced, under functional and severely fragmented due to carriers adopting java, or brew on the same hardware another carrier offered. They saved us from carriers crippling phone features like bluetooth just because they didn't want to give it away. So everyone can thank apple for that because even if you don't like their products, you've benefitted from this.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      God I hope this isn't a trend. That's all we need. Everything made out of that ugly *** fake gold.
    1. Faresismail's Avatar
      Faresismail -
      Thats just sad! Get creative samsung.
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      Gold is ugly. But really, who cares if they copied a stupid color. Most phones are available in black and white too. They might as well cash out on the folks who want bling bling gold phones.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by ABOSWORTH View Post
      Gold is ugly. But really, who cares if they copied a stupid color. Most phones are available in black and white too. They might as well cash out on the folks who want bling bling gold phones.
      Gold is best... best, best, best
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Oh Samsung, you are so droll. It's just another in a long line of "monkey see, monkey do" hacks you have shown us for these last few years. Follow the leader Samsung, follow the leader.

      Gold is best!
      I ordered my gold phone here - ww.GiveMeGoldPhoneNow/okIGotYou/ThanksRaffiYouTheMan_YouGotItMan\GoldIsBest.Yes

      Vid - http://youtu.be/9p_FzRW_Vv4
    1. NegativeBeef's Avatar
      NegativeBeef -
      Gold on a phone is so incredibly ugly
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Oh Samsung, you are so droll. It's just another in a long line of "monkey see, monkey do" hacks you have shown us for these last few years. Follow the leader Samsung, follow the leader.

      Gold is best!
      I ordered my gold phone here - ww.GiveMeGoldPhoneNow/okIGotYou/ThanksRaffiYouTheMan_YouGotItMan\GoldIsBest.Yes

      Vid - http://youtu.be/9p_FzRW_Vv4
      That website doesn't work!?!? I bet its because its missing the hashtag at the end of it. I'll try that! 😉😂
    1. tongxinshe's Avatar
      tongxinshe -
      [QUOTE=Schnedi;6948864]and 10 years ago (2003)...




      Using the same idea that was just brought hot & fresh to the market is called "follow the lead" or "copy the DESIGN", on the other hand, using a similar idea (with modification) that was on the market long time ago and is long forgotten by the customers is called "recreate a fashion" or "initiate a brave design challenge".
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      That website doesn't work!?!? I bet its because its missing the hashtag at the end of it. I'll try that! ����
      Haha... you have to watch the video to understand. Remember, gold is best!
    1. Faresismail's Avatar
      Faresismail -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Haha... you have to watch the video to understand. Remember, gold is best!
      Funniest thing I've seen in a long while
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by Christophxr View Post
      LOOOOOOL. Wow, guys. Just wow.



      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.
      Proof? No, of course not.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      Proof? No, of course not.
      Could ask you the same question on most of your posts.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Could ask you the same question on most of your posts.
      show me the jailbreak app that updates your apps for you automatically? apple copied, live with it.

      show me the jailbreak app that lets you use one log in the way Google does., and now iOS has iCloud keychain !!

      Airdrop? Google up WiFi direct. again, apple copied it and stuck their logo on it.

      hit me up if you want more proof.

      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      HAHA! Didn't take long> Follow the leader.
      Gold iPhone 5S? Whatever Apple, Samsung's Been Making Gold Devices For Years
    1. JeremiahSantos's Avatar
      JeremiahSantos -
      i was 101% sure that the big copy cat Samsung will do follow it as the firm has been a tendency of duplicating everything that get a good response from a mass
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      show me the jailbreak app that updates your apps for you automatically? apple copied, live with it.

      show me the jailbreak app that lets you use one log in the way Google does., and now iOS has iCloud keychain !!

      Airdrop? Google up WiFi direct. again, apple copied it and stuck their logo on it.

      hit me up if you want more proof.



      Gold iPhone 5S? Whatever Apple, Samsung's Been Making Gold Devices For Years
      1: Auto app updater in cydia. There was also a cydia app/tweak auto updater a few years ago that would lookup cydia tweaks and auto update, forget the name of it though.

      2: Keychain? You mean like Mac OSX has had since before android and iOS were even in the picture? Ya sure, Google came up with a unifying password system first :sarcasm:
      Password pilot in Cydia can also function in a similar fashion.

      3: Never heard of Google up wifi direct. Don't use airdrop either though so this part just gets a big meh from me.

      Saw that link with Samsungs gold phones from the past. Never really got it quite right did they? Those are a who's who of cheap, gaudy phones. I just got a gold 5S today and gotta say it is neither cheap or gaudy looking. The gold is very understated (hence the champagne moniker people have been using). Sexy is the word I would use for it.

      HTC one is sexy too though. Funny how I can appreciate both sides huh. Give it a try why don't ya. Maybe one day you will realize EVERYONE borrows ideas from others and puts their own takes and improvements on them. Apple has done it. Samsung has done it. Windows was born from it. Fact is iOS owes way more to the jailbreak community than it does google or samsung. The single biggest feature of both android and iOS started way back in the 1.X iOS days with installer. The App Store and play store both came way after that.
    1. Shadowmax's Avatar
      Shadowmax -
      Yes Because Samsung didn't have the gold patern in their products before like the very recently galaxy tab note 8.0




      The Color Scheme is called GOLD-Brown