Windows Phone and the Lumias mightn’t have carved a particularly large slice of the smartphone market, but there’s no disputing that they are – for better or worse – miles apart from the same-old iOS and Android wares.
And you know who appreciates it? Apple, that’s who.
Yep, as another phase of Apple and Samsung’s courtroom bickering draws to a close, Nokia’s name has popped up.
What happened? Amusingly, a member of Apple’s defense held up a Nokia Lumia and suggested: "Not every smartphone needs to look like an iPhone." Great stuff.
It’s not clear if it was an N9-style Lumia 800/900 being held aloft, or a lower-end Lumia 610/710. In any case, there's no confusing those bad boys with, well, anything else.
Of course, the trial earlier heard that Microsoft is specifically prohibited from ripping off the iPhone.
Some patent guy, Boris Teksler, explained: “Apple's decision to license its design patents to Microsoft was consistent with its corporate strategy, because the agreement prohibited Microsoft from manufacturing copies.”
The upshot? Coming soon: a host of Lumia-inspired Samsung Galaxy smartphones.