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Samsung Even Copied Apple’s Phone Security For The Galaxy S III

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Before Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S III we saw a number of leaks that ended up as fakes. The fake Galaxy S III phones were part of Samsung’s plan to keep the design of the final product a secret until launch.

Samsung detailed the security in the Samsung Tomorrow blog. It turns out Samsung took some very Apple-like moves to ensure nobody saw the actual final design of the smartphone until the official launch.

The engineers that worked on the smartphone weren’t allowed to speak of the phone to friends and family. When curious loved ones asked they responded that they’d be fired for saying anything, or just claimed ignorance. We expect that sort of secrecy for many major devices, but the secrets aren’t always held from the rest of the company.

The engineers that worked on the Galaxy S III would toil away in separate labs with security cards, fingerprint scanners, and any other security features Samsung could think of (hopefully not Android face detection). The workers placed the prototypes in security boxes for any movement outside the labs so nobody else in the company would see them.

Samsung wouldn’t even let the engineers take photos or sketch the phone, so many had to work on the device from memory or even verbal explanations.

To make sure nobody really knew the final design, Samsung had its engineers work on several fake prototypes. After designing a part for the real phone, the engineers had to repeat the process for the fakes, so they essentially created a number of phones with the intention of only releasing one.

The security measures read like something out of Apple’s playbook, right down to the dummy boxes to disguise the phone in public. Samsung employees never left the phone in a bar in Seoul, so it didn’t copy everything from Apple, just the parts it wanted to.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

5 Comments

  1. Yeah Right

    06/17/2012 at 11:45 am

    So you are saying Apple invented the idea of keeping a new product a secret? This is ridiculous. Take off the Apple colored glasses and see life and the world for it’s real colors not the ones Apple ‘invented.’

  2. ChrisRS

    06/17/2012 at 12:53 pm

    Shawn is being humorous. This does not sound extreme when it comes to is industrial security. In this case “copied from Apple” is the equivalent of Checkov (Star Trek) saying something was “inwented by the Russians”. He makes a job about leaving a phone in a bar as if that is an official part of the Apple protocol. (Personally, I think it is! Secrecy plus publicity!)

    Shawn, next time include a ****SARCASM ALERT**** tag so you don not set off your humor impaired readers.

  3. AndrewJ

    06/17/2012 at 2:37 pm

    You mean Apple copied everything from Samsung. What an ignorant person.

  4. Ahhhh Biiii***!

    06/22/2012 at 8:38 am

    Why ?
    Would ?
    They ?
    Coppie ?
    Think Of Your Own Stuff !
    & I Thought Apple was kool – __ -

  5. really?

    06/28/2012 at 2:30 am

    Very misleading fucking title, and very lame to whoever wrote this, take this worthless piece of shit article off the damn website you fucking fanboy.

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