Apple Ordered to Run Newspaper Ads Stating Samsung Didn’t Copy the iPad

Samsung-Galaxy-TabLast week, the High Court of England & Wales ruled that Samsung Tabs were distinctive enough not to be confused with the iPad. The High Court dismissed Apple’s arguments by referring to approximately 50 examples of prior art, and identified distinctive differences between Samsung’s products and Apple’s iPad. In fact, somewhat embarrassingly for Samsung, Judge Colin Birss stated that the Tabs don’t infringe on Apple’s designs because they are “not as cool”. “They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design”, he noted in his ruling.

Now the same judge has struck another blow to Apple, which had stuck to its original stance even after the previous ruling. Birss has instructed Apple to publish a notice on its U.K. website and run advertisements in prominent British newspapers and magazines notifying consumers that Samsung didn’t plagiarize its designs. However, he declined to grant Samsung’s bid for an injunction blocking Apple from making public statements that the Galaxy infringed its design rights.

Essentially, Apple is being forced to advertise its competitor’s products out of its own pocket. The Cupertino based giant, which was initially looking to block the sale of the Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9, will undoubtedly be disappointed with the ruling. However, even though Samsung might have cause to celebrate now, it must ask itself how it is going to lure the gadget enthusiasts if even a judge finds its products unappealing. If I were Apple, I would certainly rub it in by highlighting the “not as cool” remark in the advertisements.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Gets The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update In India

samsung galaxy tabThe original Samsung Galaxy Tab is one of the most popular Android tablet device. Samsung managed to sell more than 2 million units of the Galaxy Tab in just 4 months. It was launched in India last year during November. Samsung Galaxy Tab originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Galaxy Tab owners in the US and most of the European countries has already got the Android 2.3 update in May. Last month, Samsung rolled out the Gingerbread update in UK. Now, after waiting for almost 3 months, Samsung has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the Galaxy Tab in India.

Samsung Galaxy Tab features a 7 inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with 1024×600 pixels resolution, 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 OS, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 3.2 megapixel camera, HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and a 4000mAH battery.

Samsung has not released the official changelog, but it is expected to come with Skype videos calls, improvements in camera and battery life, etc. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is available only via Samsung Kies. You cannot update the device using the OTA (Over-The-Air) feature. You will need to connect the device to the computer and then update it using the Samsung Kies desktop software. If you find something new in this update, please let us know in the comments below.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Gets The Android 2.3 Update In The UK

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Samsung Galaxy Tab is the company’s first tablet device. It was launched during the Q4 of 2011. Samsung has already managed to sell more than 2 million units of this device in just 4 months. This tablet originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Samsung has already rolled out the Android 2.3 update in most of the countries, but Galaxy Tab users in the UK were left behind. Now, Samsung Galaxy Tab owners in the UK has finally started receiving the much-awaited Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update.

Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with a 7 inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with 1024×600 pixels resolution, 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 OS, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 3.2 megapixel camera, HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and a 4000mAH battery.

Sadly, the Android 2.3 update is not available via. Over-The-Air (OTA). You will need to manually update the device by connecting it to your computer and then using the Samsung Kies desktop software. Samsung has not released an official statement or complete changelog of this update. If you have faced any issues while installing the update, then let us know in the comments below.

Samsung Caught Fudging Testimonials, and Lying about Galaxy Tab’s Thickness

Last month, Apple received a fair amount of flak for fudging facts and misquoting rivals during the iPad 2 launch event. However, it seems that Apple is not the only one busy with distorting the truth. Samsung, which has been one of the primary targets of Apple’s reality distortion field, is now trying to return the favor.

Earlier in the week, Samsung unveiled a couple of new Galaxy Tab models at the CTIA the revised Galaxy Tab 10.1″, and a new Galaxy Tab 8.9″. One of the biggest wow factors of the new Galaxy Tab 10.1” is its sleek design. Omar Khan, Chief Strategy Officer and SVP of Products and Services at Samsung, heralded the new Tab as the slimmest tablet in the market. Samsung claimed that the Tab measures in at 8.6 mm, which is 0.2 mm less than Apple’s iPad. However, in reality, the Galaxy Tab is a tad thicker than the iPad 2. It’s still pretty slim, but not slimmer than the iPad. Have a look at the comparison pictures snapped by Information Week’s Fritz Nelson.

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Unfortunately, misleading consumers about the Tab’s thickness wasn’t the biggest folly committed by Samsung. During the press event (embedded below), Samsung spent a fair amount of time on its Galaxy Tab Interview Project. The project purported to document how Galaxy Tab changed the life of busy, successful New Yorkers, who were given an opportunity to try the device. The New Yorkers interviewed included freelance travel writer Joan Hess, independent filmmaker Karl Shefelman, and leading real estate CEO Joseph Kolinksi.

The trouble is that these ordinary New Yorkers were gushing about products that aren’t even available in the stores, and they were showering the Tab with cheesy praises that only a PR guy can come up with. Harry McCracken of Technologizer did some digging around, and soon uncovered the real identities of Hess, Shefelman, and Kolinksi. Yes, all of these people exist, but they aren’t who they claimed to be. Joan Hess and Joseph Kolinksi are professional actors, while Karl Shefelman is a filmmaker who works for a NY production company that has done work for Samsung in the past.

It is immoral to fudge minor details here and there, but lying outright by faking testimonials is simply despicable. It’s the act of a company that is desperate. It’s the act of a company that thinks their customers are foolish. This incident demonstrates that Samsung is willing to do whatever it takes to lure customers, even if that means violating established ethical boundaries. Will you be willing to trust such a company with your hard-earned money?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Announced; Runs on Android 3.0

The original Galaxy Tab may have got lukewarm reception but this has not stopped Samsung from announcing a bigger version of the Tab the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This bigger Tab from Sammy is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset and packs a 10.1-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. The tablet weighs only 599 grams and is only 0.4-inch thick. Samsung_Galaxy_Tab_10.1 The back of this 10.1-inch Tab sports an 8MP camera with AF and LED flash while the front has a 2MP camera for video calling. The Tab will be capable of recording as well as playing back 1080p videos. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, SIM card slot, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. Sadly, the tablet lacks a mini-HDMI port as well as a micro-USB port. It features the same proprietary port from Samsung as found on the original Tab. Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a Google Experience device and thus runs on stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The tablet will be available in capacities of 16 GB and 32GB. It will be powered by a 6860mAh battery. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to be available in Europe and Asia by March. Sadly, Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablet expect saying that it will be competitive.

Samsung Sells 2 Million Units Of Galaxy Tab

samsung galaxy tabSamsung Galaxy Tab is already a huge hit worldwide. Last month we posted that Samsung managed to sell 1 million units of Samsung Galaxy Tab. And now, after a month, Samsung reached another milestone by selling 2 million units of its 7 inch tablet. This device runs on the older version of Android operating system. Galaxy Tab was launched in September and within 5 months, this tablet has reached the 2 million milestone.

Galaxy Tab runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) Operating System. It comes with a 7 inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with 1024×600 pixels resolution, 1GHz processor, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 3.2 megapixel camera, HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and a 4000mAH battery.

According to Yonhap News, Samsung has managed to sell 500,000 units of Galaxy Tab in Europe, 350,000 units in North America and around 330,000 units in Asia. Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy Tab’s successor next month at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona.

Samsung Announces Wi-Fi Only Galaxy Tab

samsung galaxy tabBack in September, Samsung launched its first tablet device, the Galaxy Tab. And now, the company announced a Wi-Fi only version of their popular tablet at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas. There are no changes in the device, expect the fact that, the lastest variant does not come with a 3G connectivity option. The Wi-Fi only version of Galaxy Tab is powered by the same old Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system.

Samsung Galaxy Tab features a 7 inch TFT-LCD touchscreen display, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 1GHz processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and 4000mAH battery.

The AllShare DLNA Technology in the Galaxy Tab allows you to take video or pictures with the device and send the original content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices such as HDTVs, laptops, PC monitors, etc. The price of this device is not announced yet. The Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab will be available for purchase in the US from the first quarter of 2011.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Now Available For Just Rs.31199

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Last month, Samsung launched its first tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab in India. We have a good news for those who are planning to buy this device. Galaxy Tab was originally priced at Rs.38,000 and but most of us were waiting for the price to come down, since it is available for just $600 (approx. Rs.27000) in the US. The price of this device has been finally dropped and now Galaxy Tab is available in India for just Rs.31,000.

Samsung Galaxy Tab features a 7 inch TFT-LCD touchscreen display with 1024×600 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 operating system, 1GHz Cortex A8 application processor, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 4000mAH battery and more.

Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently selling this device for just Rs.31,199. It comes with a free preloaded 2GB memory card with 3 idiots movie and Map My India Navigation. Now most of us will be able to afford this device. Are you planning to buy this device or you are waiting for the iPad 2 annoucement? Let us know in the comments below.

US Cellular Offers Samsung Galaxy Tab For $199.99 On Contract

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Last month, Samsung launched the much awaited Galaxy Tab on the airwaves of US Cellular. Few days, ago T-Mobile reduced the price of Samsung’s first tablet device to $350 on contract, and now, US Cellular went a step ahead and reduced the price of the device to just $200 with a 2 years contract.

If you are still unaware of the specifications of this device, let me once again tell you that, Galaxy Tab runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) Operating System. It features a 7 inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with 1024×600 pixels resolution, 1GHz processor, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 3.2 megapixel camera, HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 4000mAH battery and so on.

US Cellular customers can purchase the Android powered Galaxy Tab for just $200 with a 2 years contract and a $100 mail-in rebate. Apart from that, user will need to opt for the 5 GB data plan, which starts at $54.99 per month or 5 GB data + unlimited messaging plan, which starts at $74.99 per month. To learn more, head over to this page.

Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition

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Samsung recently announced a special edition of its popular tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition at the Millionaire Fair. The specs of this device is similar to the original Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition features a special leather case and a Bluetooth headset.

It comes with a 7 inch TFT-LCD touchscreen display, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 1GHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 32GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS and 4000mAH battery.

Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition will be available from December 15, 2010 to January 31, 2011. It comes with a price tag of 749 euros (approx. $990).