A couple of days ago, the internet got into a tizzy after Samsung showed a golden “limited edition” of the Galaxy S4 on Facebook. Some sites downright accused Samsung of copying Apple, while many others framed the story as Samsung’s opportunistic response to the new champagne gold iPhone 5s.
As it turns out, the limited edition Gold Pink and Gold Brown Galaxy S4 actually came out ahead of the iPhone 5s, according to Samsung. The models were launched in the United Arab Emirates on August 27, and became available in stores on September 8, two days ahead of the launch of the iPhone.
In a blog post, Samsung goes on to show other golden devices that it put out over the years, including the recently launched Galaxy Golden clamshell model.
Of course, some will say that Samsung was aware of Apple’s plans from all the leaks, and that’s probably true. And it’s very possible that the gold edition of the Galaxy S4 is indeed Samsung’s response to Apple’s move. If that’s the case, unlike other commenters, I won’t condemn Samsung for releasing it. There is clearly a demand for such designs and Samsung has every right to satisfy this demand in whatever way it wants.
From a public relations perspective though, the golden GS4 was a poorly managed mess. It wasn’t hard to anticipate the backlash, and Samsung should have thought twice before putting out a gold phone days after the release of the iPhone. The benefits of the move, in terms of sales, are probably minuscule, while the damage to Samsung’s image can’t be quantified.
But the golden cat is out of the bag now, and Samsung late attempt to explain things will have little effect. Countless potential customers have already read the sarcastic posts all over the web, and what most will take away from the story is that Samsung copied Apple.
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typical scumbag apple & its hordes. Nokia had their “8800 Sirocco gold edition” way back in 2006, Nokia 6700 Classic gold was in 2009, and I’m pretty sure there were many more before. but typical apple trolls always take apple’s word as “gold standard”. suckers
Before all of those LG had the SHINE which was a flip phone made of all metal and came in a silver model and a Gold model. IMO it was one of the sexiest phones ever made.
yeah! there were so many of them! apple trolls can be unbelievable! I just wrote what i remembered offhand
and don’t forget the Samsung gold ones google images
lol, google to the rescue :P
I had one (silver), and I wouldn’t have called it a flip phone. More of a slider, though for the numberpad rather than a keyboard.
They actually had a flip phone model first in those 2 colors I mentioned and then they came out with a slider model of the shine, I had the slider as well but I think the slider only came in silver, or at least in my area it did.
There was always talk of Samsung following Apple and i admit there wore moments but this is a new low for the brand. Just do you’re own thing. All this is doing is alienating the Android community from the brand.
Why if there is demand for it ion the uae why is it a new low and samsung has done gold phones before
They released the phone right after Apple. It’s a gimmick. Like anything apple does. This might sell but it hurts their image as a whole in the eyes of a rather big community. They all keep fighting for the US market and what the fad is there. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world turns their back to them and gives them the finger. Most of the major manufacturers already lost most of Asia.
Read the article again
We all knew a gold iPhone was coming for months.
All speculation atfirst though. Are you aware how many phones samsung has done in gold?
Why didn’t they do the S3 in gold? Or the S2, Note, Note 2… Argument is pointless. Can’t change your mind, can’t change mine. You can have the last comment if you wish.
maybe apple copied Nokia C7 ORO :P
Nah, there was a Golden iPod in 2007
so ? there were gold plated phones before apple were into making ipods
Exactly! So? I don’t care they made one, it’s ugly anyway. I don’t think Apple cares about the this one.
well, their hordes and legions of fans do. they are into this “only we can innovate trip”
Colors aren’t innovation they are just fashion. And yes we have as many stupid fanboys as Android has. Nothing we can do about it I am afraid ;)
agreed. It’s just a bit annoying when apple claims dibs on a LOT of things, when clearly they too are just following trends. in the end this pissing contest between apple and samsung only make them rich
you dont care but you keep defending apple….. okayyyyy
So you care about the golden Samsung S4? :) You want one don’t you :p
why not if i could afford it? but you kept repeating you dont care and yet here you are
There was a golden Motorola razr flip phone…. designer edition. My friend had in 2005
the argument here is who made the gold phone first, and its pretty obvious its samsung so who is copying who??
Samsung can say whatever they want, it’s public opinion that matters. And after the S2 history they do not have a clean record on that part.
public opinion or apple fans’ opinions which is which? if i told someone in a street ohhh you know samsung has a gold would you think they’d go “ZOMG they totally copied apple!!!!!” only apple fans think that way lol
The media my friend, they form public opinion.
if you are easily swayed by the media then something must be wrong with you lol. i would like to hear this public opinion formed in the streets to people who dont have any brand loyalty to any gadget
one could argue that it was HTC one which really started out the well crafted premium range in the recent few months. but they did not make it “gold” outright. so apple too is follwing a trend and trying their best to differentiate. but if they insinuate that they are the torch bearers of of innovation, they are luddites
I don’t agree, there is little to no change between the iPhone 5 and 5s
I’m not talking about one incident, I’m talking about samsung and apple frequently sparring as if only they existed, to be fair – it’s the press that fuels this perception.
Thats right, all internet rumors are based on american views. Internet is virtual america=-O
Youy say It doesn’t matter but then go on and on about pr and stuff
It doesn’t matter that they try to explain it, the damage is done.
What damage? From people who dont like samsung? This issue will not affect them at all. And people actually buy gold s4s as the gold ones from gold genie were sold out
Not unless someone can get one and get the mgf date on the phone and box.
Damage to Samsung’s image? I doubt it. Most people who make sarcastic remarks are ifans. Gold color is not owned(or patented) by Apple, nor were they the first to use it. It’s good thing that Samsung smartwatch is out now, because ifans would be shouting all kinds of obscenities, if iwatch had come out earlier than Samsung.
We’ll there has been a I watch for years sucka the IPOD nano don’t you see and there’s been smart watches for years so go suck on your big a** screen!
How come i shit red shit today? Ive heard you can shit yellow and green shit too…
Try drinking two bottles of blue gatorade. And there you have it, green shit!!
Hahaha too funny! Eat 2 bowls of fruit loops and kid you not you’ll Shit neon green! Works very time lol
Hmm..interesting..gotta try it..lol
Ever worked?! Lol
But, Apple has the patent on gold don’t ya know.
hehe, you never know!
Damn… another lawsuit? :P
you sir, deserve more like, here take mine.
Mr. Petrovan i know this is not related to the article but perhaps you can update or make a new article about the sim restriction issue it turns out that what samsung said was correct, you have to put the local sim first and you will unlock it. just poor communication in their part. im sure this will help with the worried note 3 buyers. here is the link http://ukmobilereview.com/2013/09/galaxy-note-3-sim-restrictions-full-story-unlock/
We covered that here: http://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-note-3-region-lock-statement-277346/ but we’ll have a “what to do post” as well
samsung confirmed it e heard back from a Samsung spokesperson who gave us the following statement:
“In order to provide customers with the optimal mobile experience in each region including customer care services, Samsung has incorporated the ‘regional SIM lock’ feature into Galaxy Note 3 devices. The product is only compatible with a SIM-card issued from a mobile operator within the region identified on the sticker of the product package. When the device is activated with a SIM card issued from the other region, the device may be automatically locked until it is released at the dedicated service centre.
Once a device is activated normally, the regional SIM lock is automatically released. Users can enjoy the roaming service as usual and can use other region’s SIM card when travelling. The regional SIM lock has been applied to the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S4 devices through a software update in selective markets. The regional SIM lock does NOT affect the device’s features and performance. Users can continue to enjoy all the advanced features of our products.”
This article reads confusingly. First the author says the S4 was released first. And then it says Samsung has made other gold phones (along with other makers as well).
Finally the article accuses Samsung of getting on the gold ‘bandwagon’ but says it won’t condemn them for it because the market wants it.
The American education system is even farther behind than the conservatives think.
Bad choice of words, you are right. And I am not American ;)
I think the choice of words is fine, but the narrative gets a bit disorienting. for fanboys of either camps, it could like:
“now, this is what i’ve been talking about,… hmmm, wait a minute, wtf ??? aah, no problem”
The golden S4 is available here in Dubai way back of Apple announcement.
guess they have to keep the Asian market happy and we all know they love their gold but then again multi coloured choices seem pretty pointless if like me you have whacked a custom full body protecting cover on the sucker as within a week of having my s4 i had dinked the metal side so i keep it covered up now.
Look, the bottom line is Samsung is a dirtbag company. I personally would never own any of their products because they are a Korean company that has a long history of stealing intellectual property from others. I feel their products, especially their TVs are not best in class. But that is just me. It has nothing do to with their feud with Apple.
you ppl are pathetic
Japan had gold colored phone every year. Even I had one, which is Panasonic P-02b. And it was kind of an old phone.
The gold iPhone rumor has been floating around for a while. *prepares for the dislikes*