The final word on the Samsung vs. Apple court battle is out: Samsung will have to pony up $1,051,855,000 in damages to Apple, which is a fair chunk of change out of the company’s Q2 earnings of approximately $5.9 billion. Meanwhile, the Verge reports that Samsung has been awarded no damages for its counter-suit against Apple. According to Engadget, Apple is touting this as a “loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right”, while Samsung calls it a “loss for the American consumer”.
It should be interesting to see what kind of devices Samsung will come out with next, now that the court has ruled in favour of Apple. The Samsung Galaxy SIII and the latest Galaxy Note 10.1 have been criticized for being “designed by lawyers” (so as not to appear Apple-like), so here’s hoping that Samsung decides on a fresh new direction for its next breed of smart devices.