Samsung has released Android-powered tablets in nearly every size imaginable. 7.7-inches? Yep. 10.1? Yep. How about a Galaxy Tab 7 2.0? You know it! 5.3-inch phablet? You got it. The latest court documents in the case between Apple and Samsung suggests, however, that Google warned Samsung before its first foray into the tablet market that its ooriginal products were too similar to the iPad. It didn’t only warn; actually, it demanded Samsung to switch up the design of the original Galaxy Tab 10.1, AllThingsD reported Thursday.
“Google is demanding distinguishable design vis-à-vis the iPad for the P3 (the original 10-inch Galaxy Tab),” an email written by Samsung on Feb. 22, 2010 said, following a meeting with Google. “Since it is too similar to Apple, make it noticeably different, starting with the front side. Please give it a lot of thought, particularly to landscape orientation,” another email from Samsung designer Cho told his team, following the Google meeting.
Oddly enough, the emails contradict Samsung’s own argument that it began work on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 before Apple’s iPad launch in 2010. Maybe Samsung just took longer to get the device to market and ultimately decided to base if off of the iPad? It’s for the jury to decide.
It’s unclear how much more the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looked like the iPad before it was released, or if the suggested changes were ever actually made.