Samsung is going from strength to strength these days. It recently won a ruling against Apple and is now free to sell Galaxy Tabs in Australia during the holiday shopping season. It may also have dethroned Nokia to become the number one smartphone manufacturer in India.
Samsung’s mobile sales are at an all-time high, thanks to the success of its Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets.
According to a report by IDC, Samsung topped the mobile phone market in Australia and New Zealand, overtaking Apple in both the countries in Q3 2011.
Samsung was the top mobile phone vendor in Australia in Q3 2011, overtaking Apple. Apple may overtake Samsung in Q4 2011 though, backed by strong sales of the iPhone 4. Android now has 49% share of the Australian smartphone market, while iOS has 36% unit share.
In New Zealand, Samsung came first again, with 28.5% share of the smartphone market, and Huawei came second with 20% share, followed by Apple with just a 13% unit share.
Samsung and other Android vendors are gaining market share primarily due to the popularity of their inexpensive Android smartphones, which attract budget consumers. While Samsung’s advances are impressive, I’m impressed more by the fact that Apple still ranks so high in terms of sales despite catering only to the high-end segment, and continues to make more profit per phone than any other smartphone vendor.
After a long drawn battle against Apple in Australia, Samsung has finally won, and is now free to import and sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. The decision came in Samsung’s favor just in time for the Christmas holiday season, which should help sales of the tablet.
The panel of judges dismissed Apple’s request for special leave to appeal a Federal Court decision which stated that the ban wasn’t terribly fairto Samsung.
Adding insult to injury, the court also ordered Apple to pay Samsung’s legal costs for the entire proceedings.
Samsung officially stated:
“Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased with today’s judgement by the High Court of Australia to deny Apple’s request to appeal the decision of the Full Court. The Full Court of Australia decision on 30 November clearly affirmed our view that Apple’s claims lack merit and that an injunction should not have been imposed on the Galaxy Tab 10.1.”
Apple’s hasn’t had a very good week, when it comes to lawsuits. Even Motorola won a patent ruling against Apple in Germany today, which could force Apple to pay licensing fees to Motorola to license a GPRS patent for its iPhone and iPad.
Samsung is involved in patent lawsuits with Apple in multiple countries across the world. It has also built up a $200 million war chest, specifically to fight Apple.
If they ever made an interesting movie on the twists and turns in the patent battles between Apple and Samsung, I, for one, would definitely pay to watch it.
Apple had earlier succeeded in getting a ban on the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. However, a week ago, an Australian appeals court judge stated that the ban wasn’t “terribly fair” to Samsung. The appeals court was considering Samsung’s request to lift the injunction.
Today, the temporary ban was finally overturned, enabling Samsung to sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. The ban will be lifted on Friday, giving Apple enough time to appeal this decision in the High Court.
The final hearing on the patent infringement suit will still be pending, but Samsung now has a chance to cash in on the growing tablet market during the Christmas season, when sales are generally at an all-time high.
In other news, Apple is now going after Samsung in Germany again. Samsung had modified the design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to sell it in Germany, after it was banned following a lawsuit by Apple. Apparently, Apple isn’t satisfied by those superficial changes, and wants a ban on the modified tablet too.
You win some, you lose some, right?
Apple has mostly been on the winning side in its patent wars against Android device manufacturers like Samsung and HTC, but that might be about to change.
If you remember correctly, Apple had succeeded in getting a ban on the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia a few months ago. It did seem a bit harsh on Samsung, but maybe that’s what you deserve when your own lawyer can’t distinguish between your product and the product you are accused of copying.
Anyway, Samsung might still have a chance in Australia. An Australian appeals court judge has apparently questioned the fairness of the ruling which granted Apple the right to ban the sale of the Samsung tablet.
The result looks terribly fair to Apple and not terribly fair to Samsung,said the judge. Samsung has been completely shut out of the market, at least officially, leaving it open for Apple to rule.
The judge also said that the panel would consider Samsung’s request to lift the injunction next week.
Samsung said that Justice Bennett’s earlier decision to penalise Samsung in her judgment for failing to agree to an early final hearing of the case was grossly unjust.
If the injunction is lifted, Samsung could still launch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 before the Christmas season, and not miss out on millions of dollars worth of potential sales.