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In Apple's suit, the company goes to great lengths to prove that the Galaxy S is similar enough to the iPhone that the former can easily confused with the latter.
Apple also has a reasonable case in comparing the often overwhelming similarities between the icons used in the iPhone and the Galaxy S. Consider the similarities between the phone icons of the devices, both of which feature white phones on top of a green background.
While the original Galaxy S wouldn't have qualified for Samsung's pledge to the Google Android Update Alliance this past May, it does underscore just how important that pledge was-which makes it all the more discouraging that the company danced around our question about Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades for several recent Samsung models, and if not, how the company would reconcile that with the pledge it made just seven months ago.