Samsung, the provider of components that go into Apple products and also the company’s fierce rival in the mobile space locked in numerous legal battles over alleged copying of the iOS devices, has responded to the news of Steve Jobs’ passing with grace. Their CEO Choi Gee-sung was quoted by the Economic Times of India as saying:
Chairman Steve Jobs introduced numerous revolutionary changes to the information technology industry and was a great entrepreneur. His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world.
The California-based consumer electronic powerhouse that is Apple is Samsung’s largest individual buyer of electronics components, contributing to an estimated four percent of Samsung’s global revenues. The two companies have been locked in twenty lawsuits around the world pertaining to the various aspects of the software, hardware, packaging and marketing related to Apple’s iOS devices. As a result, rumors spread that Apple was slitting Samsung’s throat with orders stoppage and Taiwan Economic Times reported last month that Apple had begun testing manufacturing of its upcoming A6 chip with TSMC.
Just a day following Tuesday’s unveiling of the iPhone 4S, Samsung’s legal team announced intentions to file separate preliminary injunction motions in Paris, France and Milano, Italy, requesting the courts block the sale of the handset in the respective markets.