Samsung smartphones have had oblong styled home buttons or even iconic Android styled home buttons. Yet the copycat designer just can't help themselves. They want to mimic Apple's home style button to blur the design lines. It's a classic psychopathic copycat trait. I'm sure that their designers twitch if the designs aren't close enough to Apple's. But the Korean company is celebrating today because their round home button design slipped past the US patent Office with ease.
The current and typical Home Button Designs from Samsung are as noted below.
The shift in home button styling is noted below in Samsung's latest design patent. It's their first round home button to mimic Apple's long standing design. The round home button is an iDevice classic design and Samsung is likely to use it so as to further blur the design form factor to appeal to new customers, especially outside the US.
In the end it matters little, yet it continues to verify that this psychopathic copycat designer just can't help themselves. It all goes back to Samsung's sense of crisis of not knowing what direction to take their company and who to follow next. I'm sure they can't wait for Apple to break ground on next generation digital devices and wearable computers so that their team can relax and get back to their copying business; because without it, they're simply lost.