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Samsung’s head of mobile design resigns, VP Lee Min-hyouk to replace


Chang Dong-hoon, Samsung’s head of mobile design, has stepped down from his position due to criticism of the Galaxy S5, according to Reuters. Chang will be replaced by the company’s current vice president of mobile design, Lee Min-hyouk. Lee joined Samsung’s executive team in 2010 after helping design the company’s Galaxy lineup.

Samsung is the largest manufacturer of Android devices in the world, and recently wrapped up a software patent lawsuit brought by Apple in which the Korean company was ordered to pay out just under $120 million for in which several Galaxy devices were found to infringe on Apple’s intellectual property.

Reviews of the Galaxy S5 called it an “evolution” of the previous design rather than a revolution, which some reviewers called a shortcoming. Others were unimpressed with the cheap feel of the plastic body. The company reportedly even filed a lawsuit against at least one publication that made negative comments about the phone’s camera.

Samsung has not confirmed that the less-than-stellar reviewers were the reason for Chang’s decision to resign, but it stands to reason that the company is looking for revolutionary new ideas for its next flagship device.

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