Dutch court awards Apple an injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy phones

A Dutch court has issued Apple a preliminary injunction that prevents the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones in the Netherlands. This injunction has the potential to spread across the European Union.  FOSS Patents has a copy of the official court order, and it states that the injunction will go into effect in mid-October.

The order, which was issued by the Rechtbank’s-Gravenhage (a Dutch court located in The Hauge), only applies to Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones, including the widely successful Galaxy S II. That means that it won’t have any effect on the sales of Samsung’s tablets.

 

This is an important injunction because Samsung’s primary European logistics hub is located in the Netherlands. That means that in order to ship these devices throughout Europe, Samsung would have to reroute its operations. That’s unlikely, however, due to Samsung Korea’s lack of infrastructure. It would be logistically impossible for Samsung to respond in a timely manner.

The injunction is specifically based on the infringement of one patent in Apple’s portfolio. That patent is regarding the way you navigate photos in a gallery app, not the touted square based app organization design. This means that this injunction could be upheld in the countries where that patent is valid across the E.U. Unfortunately for Apple, documentation shows that they have allowed this patent to lapse in many countries, meaning it may not have much hold.

This comes on the backs of a previous injunction from a German court temporarily banning the sale of the Galaxy Tab in Europe. That injunction was lifted shortly after it was issued, however. It is possible that this new court order could suffer the same fate.

Samsung Announces New Naming Strategy For Galaxy Smartphones

Samsung was already confused with the naming of its smartphones. Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy S as well as Galaxy Ace smartphones. The name of these phones created a lot of confusion among the customers. To solve this problem, Samsung recently announced a new naming strategy for its amazing Galaxy range of smartphones.

“As Samsung continues to innovate, our goal is to provide consumers with an experience uniquely tailored to their needs. We have introduced steps to ensure users can simply identify the device designed to deliver the perfect experience for them,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

samsung galaxy namingFrom now onwards, Samsung Galaxy range of phones will bear one of these five letters – S (Super Smart), R (Royal / Refined), W (Wonder), M (Magical) and Y (Young). Samsung has also announced 3 class indicators – Pro, Plus and LTE, which allows a more specific description of the key selling points of a device.

  • “S” (Super Smart) Devices at the very pinnacle of Samsung’s mobile portfolio. This class will only be used on flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S, the award-winning smartphone that has already sold 10 million units throughout the world.
  • “R” (Royal / Refined) Premium category models, a combination of power, performance and productivity for the individual who wants to be defined by the technology they carry.
  • “W” (Wonder) High quality, strategic models, perfect for those seeking a balance between style and performance.
  • “M” (Magical) High-performance models at an economic price-point.
  • “Y” (Young) These are entry models or strategic models for emerging markets or a younger audience more sensitive to price.

Class indicators:

  • “Pro” This indicates that the device includes a QWERTY keyboard for speedier email typing and increased productivity for professionals.
  • “Plus” This indicates that the device is an upgrade from an existing model.
  • “LTE” This indicates that the device is designed to utilize LTE (Long-Term Evolution) connectivity standards, a 4G standard to provide increased mobile network capacity and speed.

To mark the creation of the new naming system, Samsung recently announced four new Galaxy smartphones – the Galaxy W, Galaxy M Pro, Galaxy Y and Galaxy Y Pro. To learn more about Galaxy W and Galaxy M Pro, head over to this page. You can find the complete specs of Galaxy Y and Galaxy Y Pro here.

Samsung Galaxy Y And Galaxy Y Pro Announced

Along with the Galaxy W and Galaxy M Pro, Samsung also announced 2 new entry-level smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Y and Samsung Galaxy Y Pro. These devices are specially targeted at the youth. Both the handsets runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

Samsung Galaxy Y offers a decent specs such as 3 inch touchscreen display, 883 MHz processor, etc., but it lacks a good camera and front facing camera for video calls is missing. On the other hand, Galaxy Y Pro comes with a touchscreen display as well as a full QWERTY keyboard. This handset is useful for the those, who like to stay connected with their friends on the social networking sites.

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Samsung Galaxy Y:

  • 3 inch QVGA touchscreen display
  • 320 × 240 pixels resolution
  • 883 MHz processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 160 MB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 2 GB microSD card included
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • 1200 mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy Y Pro:

  • 2.6 inch touchscreen display
  • 320 × 240 pixels resolution
  • 883 MHz processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 3.15 megapixel camera
  • 160 MB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 2 GB microSD card included
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • 1200 mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy Y, Galaxy Y Pro, Galaxy M Pro and Galaxy W will be showcased next week at the IFA. The price of these handset have not been announced yet. It is expected to launch by the end of September.

Samsung Unveils The Galaxy W and Galaxy M Pro Smartphones

Samsung recently announced two new devices, in the Galaxy range of smartphones, the Galaxy W and Galaxy M Pro. Both the handsets runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Samsung Galaxy comes with a 3.7 inch touchscreen display, while the Galaxy M Pro sports a 2.66 inch touchscreen display as well as full QWERTY keyboard.

galaxy w and galaxy m pro

Samsung Galaxy W:

Samsung Galaxy W features a 3.7 inch WVGA display with a resolution of 480 × 800 pixels, 1.4 GHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, VGA front facing camera for video calls, etc.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, stereo FM Radio with RDS, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, music player with SoundAlive and a 1500 mAh battery. This handset also comes with the Social Hub, Games Hub and Music Hub. You can also connect your phone to computer over Wi-Fi using the Kies Air.

Samsung Galaxy M Pro:

Samsung Galaxy M Pro comes with a 2.66 inch WVGA display with a resolution of 480 × 320 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, VGA front facing camera for video calls, 3.5mm headset jack, stereo FM Radio with RDS, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS, 1 GB user memory, 2.5 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, music player with SoundAlive and a 1350 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy W and Galaxy M Pro will be showcased next week at IFA. The price and release date of these smartphones are still unknown.

Samsung Cites Kubrick’s ‘2001’ Film As Defense Against Apple’s Injunction Request

Numerous reports in the recent months have suggested that Apple and Samsung are involved in an intellectual property battle. Apple is seeking injunctions in a number of countries to prevent Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab and other Android-based related products from the company. Apple claims that Samsung has infringed upon their intellectual property rights by copying the designs of the iPhone and iPad.

Samsung 2001 iPad FOSS Patents reports today that Samsung has used a movie clip in its defense against Apple’s request for an injunction in the U.S.

According the to the court filings, Samsung has offered a scene from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey as evidence of prior art that possibly could invalidate Apple’s design claims on the iPad.

Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. The clip can be downloaded online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ8pQVDyaLo. As with the design claimed by the D’889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.

Samsung is questioning the design patent covering the ornamental design of the iPad, while Apple is claiming that the Galaxy Tab is identical to the iPad’s design. By providing a similar design from a movie clip shown in 1968, Samsung hopes to prove that there aren’t many other ways to design a tablet and prove that Apple’s iPad concept has been around for decades.

Personally, I find it hilarious that Samsung’s source is a YouTube clip, possibly copied and uploaded without permission. A bold way to carry on an intellectual property battle!

TELUS Fascinate 3G Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now!

TELUS Fascinate 3G owners, here is some good news for you. Sammy has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for their handsets. Considering that the Verizon’s Fascinate is still stuck at Android 2.2 (FroYo), TELUS Fascinate owners should consider themselves very lucky!

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update will bring with improvements in the performance and stability of the phone, improved battery life, and an enhanced copy & paste  functionality. The poor GPS performance is still present, post the update though. While some have noticed an improvement in GPS signal stability, some reported that, after installing the update, the GPS performance became totally horrible. The usual lag’ associated with the Galaxy S series of phone, due to the RFS FileSystem has been greatly reduced in this Gingerbread firmware as well.

However, majority of the Fascinate 3G owners who tried updating their handset to Android 2.3 via KIES ended up bricking up their phone.  Users, who have already installed this update, can follow  this  method to get root access on their  handset.

Readers can find more information about the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Fascinate 3G over at  TELUS support page.

 

Apple Wants To Completely Ban Samsung Galaxy Tablets and Phones in EU

Last week, Apple was granted a preliminary injunction to prevent Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in all countries of the European Union except the Netherlands due to a complaint of intellectual property infringement. Netherlands was not part of the case because Apple had a separate lawsuit in progress in the country.  Apple’s filing in the Netherlands is related to patent infringement rather than just copying design elements, and goes beyond the German filing. The German ban only applies to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and did not prevent existing inventories from being sold.

iPhone Galaxy Comparison

Computerworld reports that according to a new filing Apple demands an injunction against sales of all of Samsung’s Android-based smartphones, including the Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S and Galaxy SII,  the Galaxy Tab 7, and new 10.1 tablets.  The report also suggests that Apple’s looking to ban other related models such as Google’s Nexus S, and the Samsung Gio, Europa, Appolo, and Mini. According to Apple, these devices  are also covered by one or more of the patent rights invoked.

Apple’s complaint, seen by Webwereld, a Dutch IDG publication, seeks an injunction for the entire Galaxy series. This includes smartphones — the Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S and Galaxy SII — and tablets: the Galaxy Tab 7 and Galaxy Tab 10.1. Other Galaxy devices, like the Gio, Nexus, 551, Europa, Apollo and Mini are also involved, albeit only in a footnote in which Apple states, “It is expected that these devices are also covered by one or more of the patent rights invoked.”

Apple demands an extensive ban on these devices, covering manufacturing, stocking, importing, distributing, trading or selling by Samsung Korea and its Dutch subsidiaries, which include Samsung Logistics BV and Samsung Overseas BV.

Apple is demanding that Samsung recall all of the stock with 14 days and provide compensation to vendors.  The court in The Hague is scheduled to rule on the case on September 15th, with any potential injunctions not to take effect before October 13th.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Ban Lifted in Europe, Except Germany

Apple claimed that Samsung has copied the iPhone and iPad in creating the Galaxy Tab, and infringed its intellectual property rights, due to which the German court halted the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe (except in the Netherlands). The decision, however, was ruled out by the Düsseldorf  District Court stating that the German court does not have the authority to ban sales except within its own country.

According to the Dutch publication Webwereld, the ban imposed by the German court on August 10th has now been lifted, which was confirmed by Peter Schutz, spokesperson for the Dusseldorf District Court.

The international company, Samsung Korea, may for now be back Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets shipping, trading and distribution in Europe, except Germany. For the German establishment, Samsung GmbH, the trade ban remains in effect. The interim statement is valid until the hearing, which is August 25 on the roll.

Apple was seeking the German court to impose a penalty, which Samsung could have faced fines up to $350,000 (250,000 euros) per unit sold under the ban.

Improper Evidence:

The picture of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that Apple provided as evidence to the court was inaccurate or manipulated. According to Webwereld, the image of the tablet “created” by Apple shows an aspect ratio of 1.36, which is closer to the aspect ratio of 1.30 of the iPhone 2.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
According to the  suit filed in April  in the U.S. District Court in Northern California, Samsung’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets have slavishlycopied the iPhone and  iPad. The lawsuit stated  –

Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products,

The temporary lift of the ban is valid until the next hearing when Apple and Samsung meet again in court on August 25.

Samsung is certainly having a sigh of relief now. In a statement, Samsung stated: “We look forward to the opportunity to reassert our intellectual property rights at the hearing scheduled on August 25.”

Samsung Hires CyanogenMod Founder–Steve Kondik

CyanogenMod (CM) is the most popular AOSP based custom ROM available for Android handsets and tablets out there. The CM team consists of more than 40 talented developers, who work hard in their free time, to add more features to CM, and to support more devices.

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CyanogenMod was originally founded by Steve ‘Cyanogen’ Kondik. He had uploaded a test build of an AOSP ROM for the HTC G1, with a few tweaks, over at XDA forums.   The reaction he got was overwhelming, and a few years later, CM now runs on more than 550k Android devices.

Well, now the good news is that Samsung has hired Steve Cyanogen’ Kondik. However, don’t get your hopes high on a CM running device from Samsung. Steve was probably hired because of his vast knowledge of the Android OS, its ecosystem and his programming skills.

Steve Kondik has also confirmed that he won’t be blogging about Samsung, especially in relation to CM.He does state that he will be working in Samsung to make Android more awesome.   I guess we will see some of Steve’s work in the Galaxy S II successor, the Galaxy S III.

It’s ironic that at the beginning of this year, most of the manufacturers were against the work of the developers and custom ROMs. They were shipping their phones with an encrypted bootloader to prevent modding. But, this move from the manufacturers got a lot of negative response from the developers and the general consumers, alike. In the end, not only did they ease their stance on the bootloader policy, they have also started hiring these talented developers.

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Samsung To Hold a ‘Major Product Announcement’ Event In NYC on 29 August

People in the United States, looks like your wait for the Samsung Galaxy S II is finally going to end. Samsung has just sent out a press release to all bloggers, for a ‘major product announcement’ in New York.    It is all but certain that this event from Sammy is going to be about the U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is the hottest smartphone on the planet right now. Not only is the SGS2 insanely thin at 8.47mm, it also boasts of a powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The handset has sold in excess of 5 million units in less than 3 months of its release. Considering that the handset still has not been released in the U.S, it is no small feat.

Earlier, it was  uncertain  whether the SGS2 would come to the U.S or not. However, Samsung confirmed last month that the handset will hit the states sometime in August or September.  Hopefully, Samsung will announce all the different variants of the Galaxy S II, with all the details about its availability, cost, and specifications.

The invite image from Sammy also gives a hint about the event being related to the SGS2. If you can find it in the image above, drop in a comment! ;)

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