Samsung currently has a lot going for it in the smartphone market. Even more so with the addition of the Galaxy Note II since recently and the barrage of droids arriving every month in global markets. But it seems like one of its smartphones has not gone down well with the authorities in Taiwan. It’s nothing to do with the smartphone itself, but merely with the advertisement for the smartphone published in the country. The device in question is the Galaxy Y Duos, and according to Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission, Samsung’s ads for the smartphone have been misleading to the public. As a result, a fine of NT$300,000 ($10,350) has been levied on Samsung for the flaw. The ads apparently mentioned that the Galaxy Y Duos comes with an auto focus camera and flash, which it clearly doesn’t, so Samsung was immediately found to be guilty of misleading the consumer. The manufacturer has promised to remove all such ads and correct the shameful error. The fine of $10,350 is nothing but spare change for a company which was recently ordered to pay Apple in excess of $1 billion according to a jury verdict in one of its trials.
This shows that even a major corporation like Samsung can’t get away with a fatal error like this. Sure, it only had to pay a little over $10,000 as a fine, but the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission has certainly set an example with this news. Not that this would affect the sales of the device in any way because the Galaxy Y and the Galaxy Y Duos are one of the hottest selling budget Android smartphones available today. The device is a hot seller elsewhere too, so Samsung hardly has anything to worry about. This comes hot on the heels of the report on the 100 million Galaxy S series smartphones sold, so let’s hope this small niggle doesn’t put a damper on Samsung’s future plans. And also, Samsung should learn to advertise its smartphones better. We’re guessing this error wasn’t deliberate, but if it was, then it’s certainly very foolish of the company.