Apple seeks to ban the Galaxy Tab in the US (again)

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This invaluable proverb has been motivating children in the UK for over 200 years now and I was fairly certain that I’d never find a scenario where it doesn’t fit… until now.

In its eternal battle to ban pretty much everything ever invented that doesn’t have an Apple logo on it, Apple hauled Samsung through the US courts last summer with a view to banning the original Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple’s bid didn’t prove fruitful on that occasion however news from Foss Patents surfaced today suggesting that Apple is back in for a second bite at the cherry and that perhaps this time it might just succeed.

Florian Muller from Foss Patents had the following to say on their website: “Apple’s motion is fairly likely to succeed. If and when it does, there will be formal U.S. bans in place against all three of the leading Android device makers. Also on Friday, the ITC ordered a U.S. import ban against Motorola’s Android-based devices (to the extent those infringe a particular Microsoft patent), and in December, the U.S. trade agency also banned HTC’s products that infringe a particular Apple patent — as a result, two HTC product rollouts just got delayed.”

With Apple and Samsung due in court later in the week with a view to attempting to put an end to this nonsense, this writer will certainly be hoping not to write another article on litigation any time soon. Seriously Apple; save the money for your R&D department, it needs it way more.

 

Source: Foss Patents

Samsung Putting Up $4 Million In Effort To Motivate App Development For Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab (Video)

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How do you get developers to start developing good quality applications for your product?  You toss out big numbers like $4 million dollars, that’s how.  Samsung has set aside a whopping $4,080,000 in award money for developers willing to create good quality and highly popular applications for its Galaxy Tab and Note line of devices.  If this doesn’t encourage developers to start coding for these products I don’t if anything will.  The Smart App Challenge 2012 will run from now until September 30th and those apps will be judged by popularity according to their downloads.  The company is also offering the opportunity with its S-Pen device but winners will be selected by a panel of judges.  Monetary awards range from $200,000 to as little as $30,000 for those interested.  In addition, if your application is popular Samsung is offering “mega marketing support” for the app, promising to mention it during company press releases, TV spots and various social media outlets.  So, does this change your mind regarding the old saying, “there’s no such thing as making  a quick buck?”  Damn, I wish I knew how to write code!  See the source link for more details and don’t forget to check out the quick video spot as well.

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source: Samsung Smart App Challenge 2012

Samsung Shares Which Devices Will Receive Android 4.0 In The U.S.

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Yes Samsung started updating many of its devices to ICS around the world, but what about us here in the States? For the most mart, we had an idea of which existing Samsung devices here in the U.S. would get the coveted ICS update (see exhibit A), though Samsung felt it was finally necessary to give a thorough breakdown for which of its devices would be getting the update. As it stands, specific AT&T, Verizon or Sprint-branded variations of both the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab are slated for the anticipated update.  In addition, the Galaxy Note is all set for the Android 4.0 update, though again– you probably knew that already. There’s one thing to note though, T-Mobile is missing from the list, why? Well, Sammy provides this response:

“We are in close communication with T-Mobile to ensure that eligible devices are upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months and will provide updates as we have additional details to share”. 

So there you have it folks. Be sure to keep in mind that Sammy stops just short of saying when exactly the updates will arrive for the devices, so it may be a while before it becomes a reality. Let’s just hope it’s not too much longer of a wait before we see updated software to those devices.

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Samsung’s New Galaxy Devices Receive Pricing And Availability

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Samsung is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to launching handsets and Galaxy players despite how huge their lineup already is.  Samsung’s aim and goal is to reach a wide array of customers by offering as many options as possible to the consumer.  This is includes a wide variety of price ranges as well.  Check out the devices and full specs below and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

Galaxy Player 3.6

  • Available at Best Buy
  • 3.65-inch HVGA display
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU
  • 2 meg rear facing camera
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • expandable to 40GB’s
  • Gingerbread 2.3
  • WiFi Only
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[Deal] Galaxy Tab 8.9 down to only $349, free keyboard dock thrown in

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Have you been waiting to get your hands on the ultra popular Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9? Well there’s never been a better time to pick up Samsung‘s sexy slate as Best Buy has just slashed the price of the 16GB model to only $349. Futhermore, for a limited time, they will also be throwing in the official keyboard dock absolutely free. Now that’s a bargain if ever we heard one.

Before you grab your car keys and make a dash for the door we should point out that the deal is on-line only. Check out the full details below and hit the link to get you order in.

 


source : BestBuy

Samsung Is Not Unveiling the Rumored 11.6-inch Tablet Tomorrow, But Instead Opting For Angry Birds Space

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We already know that Samsung has plans to make an announcement tomorrow at SXSW and there is a rumor going around about a 11.6-inch tablet that unfortunately is not true. According to a press release we recently received, tomorrow’s announcement is much less exciting than a new HD tablet from Samsung. Samsung is teaming up with Rovio for the (2nd) official unveiling of Angry Birds Space, and the two are also going to provide exclusive content for the Galaxy Note once the game is released on March 22nd. There will also be Galaxy Note’s on demo at the SXSW Samsung booth for attendees to get an early hands-on with the game and a chance to win prizes.

This is a far cry from the unveiling of an 11.6-inch tablet, but just for the heck of it why don’t I tell you about this rumored tablet anyway. Apparently Samsung has a new tablet they have been hiding up their sleeve and the rumored specs are nothing to scoff at. Given that the new iPad was just announced yesterday, this would have made for perfect timing as this new Sammy tablet would put the new iPad to shame. Now before you go saying 11.6-inches is too big, get a load of this. The 11.6-inch tablet is said to have a whopping 2560 x 1600 screen resolution, higher than the new iPad, and a density close to 260ppi. And because the bezel surrounding the screen is so slim, it’s said that the tablet’s dimensions aren’t much larger than the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Other believed specs include a 2GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 processor and will run Android 4.0. This isn’t a long shot for Samsung as they already have a 11.6-inch windows tablet, the Series 7 Slate. Now the question is when will we get to see this thing if not tomorrow?

What do you guys think, could you dig a tablet like this? Jump past the break to see the underwhelming press release.

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Samsung Makes It Clear: “We’re Not Doing Very Well In The Tablet Market”

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Samsung is dominating smartphone sales, it’s not doing as well in the tablet market. While participating at a discussion at MWC, Product Strategy Executive Hankil Yoon offered a blunt and straightforward summary of Sammy’s products in the tablet market:

“Honestly, we’re not doing very well in the tablet market.”

We don’t have the numbers to verify Yoon’s comments, but there are a few reasons why he would make that statement. Perhaps it may be the industry-leading iPad or the lackluster, yet popular Kindle Fire which has found the way into consumers’ hearts and wallets. Whatever the reason may be, Samsung just has not been able to distinguish its tablets from Apple and Amazon’s offerings, despite having several Galaxy Tab models.

Despite Yoon’s comments, there’s reason for optimism for Samsung’s future direction. For starters, it has the intriguing Galaxy Note, which can be considered the most popular “phablet” to date. 10 million Galaxy Note units are expected to ship and Yoon believes the S-Pen (Stylus pen) “allows users to more easily create content, rather than consume it.” In addition, there is the newly introduced Galaxy Note 10.1 which brings you a bigger tablet, but with an S-Pen. This is something that much of the competition cannot claim at this time. Yoon sums it up best:

“Samsung wanted to do something different in the category… Even if the design is similar, how you use the Note is totally different.”
Expect Samsung to make a continued push into the tablet market by continuing to introduce unique and innovative features.
 
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source: C Net

Samsung GT-N8000 Appears For Certification, Indicates Device Featuring Stylus Pen Is On The Way

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There’s no doubt the Samsung Galaxy Note is one innovative and exciting device. But is Sammy already hard at work creating a successor to the device or dare we say it— a tablet that features a stylus pen? All indications point to a resounding yes. You all remember how the Galaxy Note carries an alias by the name of the GT-N7000, right? Well a mysterious Sammy device identified as the “GT-N8000″ has just been given some coveted certification according to the Bluetooth SIG site. Oh and there’s more: the design description of the device is listed as none other than a “Samsung Mobile Tablet”. Hmmm. While many consumers may be licking their chops at the idea of a stylus-wielding tablet, it’s more than likely we’re seeing one of the final hurdles being cleared for the Galaxy Note’s immediate followup/successor. Then again, there is plenty of room in the market for a tablet from an established brand which features a useful and uber cool stylus pen, so we probably wouldn’t be too surprised if a Galaxy Tab with a pen is announced as well.

Ok enough speculation kids. We’ll find out all the details and more at MWC next week, so be sure to stay tuned with Talk Android.

source: Bluetooth SIG
via: Android Central

Galaxy Tab 10.1N cleared for sale by German court

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I hope the Execs at Samsung and Apple have a nice discount for hotel bookings in Germany as the 2 tech giants are in the docks overseas yet again.

The case for the prosecution on this occasion is Apple’s claim that the reworked Galaxy 10.1N tablet is still not significantly different from the iPad. The original 10.1 tab has been banned from sale in Germany since September 2011 after the courts backed Apple’s campaign to ban the device. In the latest chapter, the state court in Düsseldorf has ruled in Samsung’s favour stating that the redesigned 10.1N should not be banned as there are “clear differences” between the two tablets.

Apple and Samsung are currently locked in courtroom battles in several countries across the world and the recent string of rulings against Apple doesn’t seem to be deterring the Cupertino giants. Are you tired of reading about litigation instead of innovation? Let us hear your thoughts.

Source : Reuters

Apple’s Galaxy ban bid rejected by German courts…….again

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Another day, another failed Apple lawsuit.  Samsung’s latest flagship models, the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1N, have escaped unscathed after the Munich Regional Court rejected Apple’s bid to block sales of the devices in Germany.

Our good friends from Cupertino seem hell-bent on causing complications for Samsung’s big German sales push. Samsung had already redesigned the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 as the 10.1N as a result of a previous Apple lawsuit.

The patent war really gathered a head of steam in 2011 with Apple as the real driving force behind it. Unfortunately, 2012 seems to be promising more of the same with Apple entangled in court room battles with many of the major Android manufacturers.

Perhaps if Apple spent as much time on innovation as they do trying to sue the competition they might have produced something more imaginative than the underwhelming upgrade that was the iPhone 4s.

via: Androinica