Samsung Selling Galaxy Tab 10.1 In Australia Despite Apple’s Wishes

Despite the decision not to sell any Galaxy Tab 10.1′s in Australia due to the lawsuit taking place for patent infringements, Samsung has decided to sell anyway.  The company has gone on record claiming that the device being offered in Australia is not based off of the US version which Apple is suing over.  We’re not sure this is a very tactful way to go about it on Samsung’s part, but they’re Samsung and we’re not.  And last time we checked, a company had the right to make a profit here and there (as long as you’re not infringing on other patents).  Without a doubt, this will most likely spark Apple to counter with force, respective lawyers have better get their A-game ready.

Apple Inc. filed a complaint with the Federal Court of Australia involving a Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 variant that Samsung Electronics had no plans of selling in Australia. No injunction was issued by the court and the parties in the case reached a mutual agreement which stipulates that the variant in question will not be sold in Australia.

A Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 for the Australian market will be released in the near future.

This undertaking does not affect any other Samsung smartphone or tablet available in the Australian market or other countries.

Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication business.

[via techcrunch]

Motorola Confident In Patent Portfolio: Could They Once Again Be Android’s Saving Grace?

It doesn’t take a fool to know that had it not been for the Motorola Droid line Android would not be half as popular as it is today. The company put forth a lot of resources into the Android front and for a few months was nearly the sole reason Android devices sold. Once again Motorola might be Android’s saving grace. Motorola’s CEO, Sanjay Jha, even went as far as saying that shareholder value might benefit from their patents. Looks like Motorola knows something we don’t.

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Android Accounts for Nearly 48% of the Global Market Share

We are constantly telling you guys about how Android will eventually win the phone/tablet/device war, and yet it never ceases to amaze me the number I will run across. Hot on the heals of Android’s record-breaking quarter here in the States, rumor has it that Android is doing even better on the global scale, accounting for nearly 48% of the world market. Nokia is the big loser here, with Samsung selling 421% more handsets than they did just a year ago. Despite Samsung’s success, the research firm reports that Samsung failed to capitalize on the weakened state of the global market with its global reach. Here’s hoping Samsung listens and we see Android account for more than half of the world market next quarter.

[via reuters]

Not so fast Apple and Microsoft: Feds will probe Nortel patent purchase.

It was big news when Apple, Microsoft, and RIM outbid Google for the Nortel patents. They could not allow Google to get the patents so they overpaid in an attempt to use them to derail Android, but it is possible that Google will win out.

The Justice Department is conducting an investigation to determine whether the purchase would unfairly hurt smartphone makers that use Google’s Android operating system.

The patent portfolio represents about 6.000 in total and they touch every aspect of telecommunications, including internet searching and social networking.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Launch Delayed In Australia Due To Apple Lawsuit

Sorry fellow Outbackers, it looks like there will be a slight delay in delivering the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to you, courtesy of those Patent Trolls, Apple.  Samsung has agreed to postpone the launch of the device until the lawsuit is over and the dust can settle a bit.  The filings from Apple are primarily in the US, South Korea and now Australians can be added to the list.  According to the claim, Apple states that Samsung has violated a number of their patents for the overall “look and feel” of their devices, the iPhone & iPad.  Samsung is currently countersueing Apple as well over a few of these claims.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple has stated that Samsung infringed on 10 of their proprietary patents.  Subsequently, Samsung has agreed not to advertise the Tab 10.1 in Australia any further until it receives official court approval.  The company began advertising around the 20th of July but will cease to continue to do so based on Apple’s filing which is based off of the US version of the Tab, although Samsung states that their Australian version will be slight different than the US one.  Stay tuned as we keep a sharp eye on this battle, as we assume it will be a long and drawn out one.  Feel free to leave your thoughts and rants on the topic in the comments section below.  Is Apple taking this too far?

[via mashable]

Why Thinking “The Decline Of Android Is Upon Us” Is Silly: Giving The Internet Some Much Needed Logic

Whoever said that it’s good to be on top clearly has never really been there. Every company, sports team, athlete, or musician knows that the further ahead you get of the competition the more they’ll do anything to bring you down. Such is the case with Android. Only a year ago many people would laugh at the analysts who were so daring to predict Android’s dominance in the smart phone world. While those analysts’ sanity could be called into question, it’s amazing how right they were. Whether you like screaming it from the rooftops or hate anyone that mentions it, one thing is for sure: Android is the dominant player in the smart phone world now. But with all that success comes other companies wanting to tear you down. Even worse, some media outlets are latching on to this new wave proclaiming that Android is in trouble. Whether it be the lawsuits, the surveys, or the products, everyone is so sure that Android’s reign on top will be falling quickly. I’m here to shed some much needed logic throughout the internet.

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Apple Forces Amazon To Stop App Submissions In Germany

Ever since Amazon launched the Amazon Appstore, Apple has been flinging lawsuits like it’s their job. And while they haven’t swayed the US judge to agree with them (and we don’t think they will), it appears there’s enough pressure in Germany that Amazon has stopped allowing developers to submit applications. While it is not clear when Amazon will allow them to submit apps again, Amazon has gone on the record expressing their distaste for this Apple lawsuit.

We have been forced to impose this restriction due to a legal action filed by Apple in Germany seeking to prevent us from using the term “appstore.” We believe Apple’s claim is without merit and are actively contesting it.

Apple’s new stance of suing everything that competes has officially bore fruit oversea. It will be interesting to see if other countries that Amazon sells in will follow with Germany’s decision or side with Amazon on this one. The good news for Amazon is that the United States version of Apple v Amazon won’t happen for another year or so. If the term “app” isn’t considered generic by then (since it somehow isn’t now) I’ll eat my sock.

[via pcmag]

The Reason Apple Is Becoming A Patent Troll: Calling Out Apple “Innovation” For What It Really Is

The end of what has become a rather odd three part series is upon us. You may recall that I originally went on a very angry rant about Apple suing HTC in an attempt to remove them from the market. After going through it I posted a followup article explaining (a little more calmly) the logic I had used to justify my outburst. Rather annoyingly, I’ve always been one of those people who don’t like oddities. I like knowing why things happen. Something doesn’t smell right with Apple’s new policy of suing every company that starts with a letter; it is very un-Apple of them. So I come here before you to explain why I think Apple is quickly becoming a patent troll rather than the prestigious company that I honestly looked up to a few years ago.
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Google Acquires More Than 1,000 Patents From IBM As The Patent Wars Continue

There seems to be more news in the smartphone industry about patents and lawsuits than there is about phones now a days. Companies are putting up their barricades in an attempt to prevent the patent trolls to come knocking. Despite Google’s public stance against the practice of buying companies to attack others, it appears as if the company has realized that in order to survive in the technology world it will have to spend a lot of money in acquiring patents as well. Hopefully Google stays true to its word and uses the IP as a defense-only device and/or for innovated reason rather than trying to win cheap lawsuits against smaller companies. So what now? Boy, when Google wants to do something it gets it done.
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HTC revenues up 104% and promises Apple lawsuit will not have a fundamental impact on the company

HTC said today that the lawsuit against Apple will not have a fundamental impact on the company, and they are preparing an appeal for the recent decision that they infringed two of Apple’s patents.

“Many lawsuits nowadays are results of being successful; it’s part of the business,” said HTC CEO Peter Chou in a telephone conference with investors. “We will not bring the company to a dangerous position.”

The HTC and Apple fight has been ongoing for sometime now and a lot of people are fed up. We had one rant here, and you can also read up about how HTC might be fighting back with the purchase of S3 Graphics. Overall the patents that Apple is suing for seem very broad as we reported last week.

In other news, HTC announced second quarter earnings and things are still going well for the Taiwanese company. Revenues were up 104% year-over-year to NT$12.4 billion ($4.3 billion) and up 19% from the first quarter. They shipped 12.1 million devices during the second quarter which was up 24% year-over-year and 25% from the second quarter. So far, this year they have sold 21.8 million units as opposed to 8.7 million units for the first half of 2010. That is an increase of 250%.

[via reuters and htc]