Apple Files More Lawsuits Against Samsung in Germany; Goes 10 Smartphones and 5 Tablets

The patent wars between Apple and Samsung seem like they will never end. After Samsung won the right to sell the modified version of the tablet – the Galaxy Tab 10.1N – in Germany despite Apple’s best efforts to get it banned, it seems that Apple is firing back with a slew of additional lawsuits against multiple Samsung devices, according to a Bloomberg report.

Apple has filed yet another suit in Germany, and is trying to get a ban on the sales of 10 Android smartphones by Samsung, including the very popular Galaxy S 2 and the Galaxy S Plus.

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The new suit filed in the Dusseldorf Regional Court is a design lawsuit, which could be circumvented by Samsung by modifying the design of its devices, if it is found to be infringing on Apple’s design patents.

That’s not all, Apple has also filed a separate lawsuit seeking the ban of 5 Samsung tablets too. We don’t have the exact details of the devices included in the lawsuits yet.

Samsung has confirmed that the company had received both suits. In December 2011, Samsung had filed lawsuits against Apple alleging infringement of 4 patents, including 2 essential FRAND patents. Both companies have filed lawsuits against each other in several countries, including the U.S.

After Motorola’s Win, Apple Fights Back with Photo Gallery Patent

After Motorola’s recent victory against Apple in Germany, Apple seems to be fighting back with a fresh set of patents. The Munich Regional Court in Germany held hearings on lawsuits by Apple against Motorola. According to Florian Mueller, Apple is very likely to win an injunction against Motorola products which implement a certain method for flipping pages in a photo gallery, specified by the patent in question – EP2059868.

“The court doesn’t have much doubt about the validity of this patent and appears rather convinced (at the end of the hearing even more so than at its outset) that the Android photo gallery constitutes a violation of that patent at least in its “zoom in” mode and possibly (though this is not yet certain) in its “zoom out” mode.”

Motorola may have to omit that feature from its Android devices, should the court rule against it. However, that feature alone isn’t likely to affect sales in any major way. But if Apple starts winning a lot of these small battles, Motorola and other Android manufacturers may be forced to make significant changes to their Android devices, which could add up and mess with the overall Android user experience, compelling consumers to buy Apple’s devices.

Samsung worked around the same patent earlier, to avoid a preliminary injunction by a Dutch court, by making a few changes. Motorola will probably do the same.

Samsung Announces The Galaxy Xcover Rugged Smartphone

Motorola Defy is currently the most popular rugged Android smartphone. The company will soon launch the successor of this handset, the Motorola Defy+. To compete with these smartphones, Samsung has recently launched a new Galaxy Xcover rugged smartphone. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

samsung galaxy xcover

Last year, Samsung launched the Xcover range of rugged phones. But the handsets under the Xcover range were entry-level with basic features. The Samsung Xcover 271 is one of the popular rugged phone manufactured by the company. Now, Samsung went ahead and announced the new Galaxy Xcover rugged smartphone under the Galaxy brand. This handset comes with a 3.6 inch touchscreen display, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, 3G Connectivity, Touchwiz UI, 3.2 megapixel camera, 32 GB expandable memory, etc.

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover is an IP67 certified device. The rugged design protects this handset from water, dust or hard surfaces. This phone works even after being submerged in the water for up to 30 minutes.

The Galaxy Xcover will be available for purchase from October in Germany, followed by other European and Asian markets. The price of this handset will be announced soon. Until then, check out the another official pic of this device below.

samsung galaxy xcover

Nokia E6 And X7 Up For Pre-Order At Nokia Germany

Last month, Nokia announced the E6 and X7 smartphones. These handsets are powered by the Symbian “Anna” Operating System. Nokia E6 is the successor of the popular Nokia E72 smartphone. This handset is specially targeted at business users. On the other hand, Nokia X7 is an entertainment device, which comes with a 4 inch AMOLED display, 8 megapixel camera and more. The latest version of Symbian, also called as “Symbian Anna”, comes with a new improved web browser, new icons, a new version of Ovi Maps and a new portrait QWERTY keyboard.

nokia e6 preorder

Nokia E6 features a 2.4 inch TFT LCD Capacitive touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, full QWERTY keyboard, Symbian (Anna) OS, 680 MHz processor, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 256 MB RAM, 1024MB ROM, 8 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroSD card slot, Micro USB 2.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G HSDPA, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM Radio, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS and a 1500 mAh battery.

Nokia E6 is currently up for pre-order in Germany. This handset is available in 3 different colors – Black, White and Silver. Nokia E6 comes with a price tag of €429.00 (approx. $620). To pre-order this handset, head over to this page at Nokia Germany.

nokia x7 preorder

Nokia E7 comes with a 4 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, Symbian (Anna) OS, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 350 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroSD card slot, Micro USB 2.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G HSDPA, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM Radio, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS and a 1300 mAh battery.

Along with the Nokia E6, the entertainment oriented Nokia X7 is also up for pre-order in Germany. This handset is available in 2 colors – Light Steel and Dark Steel. Nokia X7 comes with a price tag of €459.00 (approx. $660). To pre-order this handset, head over to this page at Nokia Germany.