Apple Gets a Temporary Ban Against Samsung Tablets in Australia

Apple sued Samsung a few months ago for patent infringement related to the Galaxy line of devices. It alleged that Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone and Galaxy Tab tablets were infringing on multiple Apple patents and that Samsung had slavishly copied the iPhone and the iPad in creating these devices.

Samsung had fired back with its own counter-suit claiming that even Apple had infringed on its patents. It had also demanded prototypes of the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3 from Apple in a rather amusing move, which was denied. While the legal tussle is still going on in the U.S., Apple has managed to get a temporary injunction against Samsung in Australia.

Samsung will have to stop advertising and selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet in Australia until a final decision or settlement is made between the two parties.

Samsung will also have to provide Apple with three samples of the Australian version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 a week before it plans to start selling it in the country. The next hearing is scheduled for August 29.

In case Apple loses the lawsuit, it will have to pay damages to Samsung for the lost potential sales.

Sorry, Australian Android fans, you won’t be getting your hands on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for at least another month.

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HTC, Samsung and LG to Launch New WP7 Mango Smartphones in September

September is going to be an exciting month. The iPhone 5, or whatever the next version of the iPhone is going to be called, is supposed to be launched by Apple in the first week of September.

By September, we should also see the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 2, the current king of Android smartphones in the U.S. smartphone market.

Today, Digitimes reported that there is going to be yet another major release in September. According to the report, HTC, Samsung, LG and some other manufacturers are going to launch new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango powered smartphones in September. The first WP7 Mango smartphone, the Fujitsu IS12T was announced last week.

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The new Mango phones by HTC will be powered by 1.5 GHz processors and will have display sizes ranging from 3.8 to 4.7 inches. Samsung is apparently working on a variant of the Galaxy S 2, which will be powered by Windows Phone 7.

Even Nokia is planning to unveil its first Windows Phone 7 device around the end of September. It will be interesting to see if all these new devices help Microsoft grab market share from Apple or Android.

Microsoft and its partners will have to time these launches right. It is very likely that the iPhone 5 launch may completely overshadow all these device launch announcements.

Samsung Galaxy R Announced; Cheaper Variant Of Galaxy S II

Last month, a down-spec’d version of the Galaxy S II – Galaxy Z – was announced by Three Sweden. The phone was only intended for the Sweden operator 3.

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Today, Samsung has announced another variant of the Galaxy Z, aimed for the markets of Europe and Asia dubbed as the Galaxy R, which is similar to the Z.

The Galaxy R is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset, and packs 8GB of internal memory. The R also sports a 4.19-inch S-LCD screen, with WVGA (800×480) resolution.

The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash, which is also capable of recording videos at 720p HD resolution. The phone is also capable of playing back 1080p HD videos.

Other key features of the phone include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0+HS, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi direct, 3.5mm audio jack and a bunch of sensors. The R is powered by a 1650mAh battery, which is capable of powering the phone for nearly 550hours in 3G on standby mode.

The Galaxy R runs on the latest version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI running on top of it. The phone is expected to hit the retail stores of Europe by mid-August. Sammy did not mention anything about the pricing of the R.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Arriving In India On August 10

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the successor of the Samsung’s popular tablet, the Galaxy Tab. This device was first announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. To compete with the new iPad 2, Samsung went ahead and completely redesigned the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The new Galaxy Tab 10.1 was showcased at the CTIA 2011. This tablet is already available in most of the countries. Even, Verizon recently launched the 4G LTE version of this tablet exclusively for its customers in the US.

This device was expected to release during mid-June in India. Most of the Indian customers, are still waiting for the launch of this device. The guys at BGR India, have learned from their multiple sources that, the Galaxy Tab is finally arriving in India on August 10. If you are willing to buy this tablet, then check out the complete specs below.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Specs:

  • 10.1 inch WXGA display
  • 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
  • 1 GHz Dual Core application processor
  • Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS
  • Samsung TouchWiz UX
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 3 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • Full HD (1080p) video playback
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2
  • Gyroscope
  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
  • Quickoffice HD Editor
  • Stereo Speaker
  • 16GB / 32GB / 64GB memory
  • microSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Android Market
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • USB 2.0
  • Samsung Mini Apps Tray
  • 6800 mAh battery

The price of this device is still unknown. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to be available soon for pre-orders at online retailers such Flipkart and LetsBuy. Stay tuned for more updates!

White Samsung Galaxy S II Coming To The UK In Mid-August

Samsung Galaxy S II is the company’s most popular Android smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and comes with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 8 megapixel camera and so on. Samsung managed to sell 3 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S II in just 55 days. This week, Samsung broke another record by selling 5 million units of this handset in less than 3 months. This is definitely a great news, but the folks living in the UK have an another reason to cheer.

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Samsung Galaxy S II is currently available only in Black. But, from the next month, a new shiny white version of the handset will be available for purchase in the UK. Thankfully, there are no changes in the specs. It will come with the same 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 800 × 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, HSPA+ connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, 16 G internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Market, Social Hub Premium, Readers Hub, Game Hub, Music Hub, Kies Air and a 1650 mAh battery.

The White Samsung Galaxy S II is already up for pre-order in the UK. It comes with a price tag of £492.95 (approx. $800). This handset will release on August 15. To pre-order white Galaxy S II, head over to this page at MobileFun. If you had a choice of selecting the black or white version of the Galaxy S II, which one would you choose?

Sprint Nexus S 4G Now Available For Free On Contract At Best Buy

Earlier this year, Sprint launched the 4G version of the popular Nexus S smartphone. Nexus S 4G is the first handset to feature the Android Gingerbread OS along with the 4G connectivity. This handset is available exclusively to the Sprint customer in the US. Last week, AT&T launched the Nexus S for $99.99. To stay ahead of the competition, Sprint finally reduced the price of this smartphone.

Nexus S

Google Nexus S 4G features a 4 inch WVGA SUPER AMOLED display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz application processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with flash, VGA front Camera, HD (720p) video recording, USB 2.0, Android Market and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 4G connectivity, A-GPS, Stereo Speakers, Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity and Light Sensor, 16 GB internal memory, 512MB RAM, NFC (Near Field Communication) Capability, 4G Mobile Hotspot capability, Android Market and a 1500 mAh battery.

Sprint originally launched the 4G variant of Nexus S for $199.99. Later the price of the phone was reduced to $99.99. Now, Best Buy is selling the powerful Nexus S 4G for free with 2 year service agreement. You can also purchase this handset for $0.01 on contract from Amazon. Sprint Nexus S 4G allows you to access more than 250,000 apps from the Android Market. To get this handset, head over to Best Buy or Amazon.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Sales Cross 5 Million Units

The Samsung Galaxy S, which was released last year, was the most popular Android smartphone of 2010. Its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S 2, seems to be doing even better. We had earlier reported that the Samsung Galaxy S 2 had sold over 3 million units in about 55 days. That was a great milestone, and crossing it made the Galaxy S 2 the best selling Android phone of all time.

Today, according to a report by Yonhap News Agency, Samsung has stated that they have sold more than 5 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S 2. It has been less than 3 months since the initial debut of the Samsung Galaxy S 2, and it hasn’t even been launched in many major markets like the U.S. yet.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is the best Android smartphone yet, and comes with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display. It has an 8 MP camera and is powered by the 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor and 1 GB RAM. It runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, the latest version of the Android OS.

It is expected to be launched on all major carriers in the U.S. next month. That should increase the sales significantly, since the demand for the phone has been very high in almost all the regions it has been available in.

I expect the total sales to reach 10 million by the end of September.

Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy S 2: Samsung Galaxy S II Review SLIM, SEXY and FAST!

Verizon 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 To Be Available From July 28

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the company’s third tablet device and the successor of the original Galaxy Tab. This device was originally launched at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona, but after the launch of Apple iPad 2, Samsung went ahead and completely redesigned the device. Samsung finally launched the re-designed Galaxy Tab 10.1 at CTIA show. To avoid confusion, Samsung renamed the old Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Galaxy Tab 10.1v. This device is already available in US, but Verizon recently announced the availability of 4G LTE variant of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 exclusively for its customers.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 10.1 inch WXGA display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Dual Core application processor, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, 3 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) video playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G Connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Adobe Flash Player 10.2, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Gyroscope, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Quickoffice HD Editor, Stereo Speaker, 16GB / 32GB / 64GB memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Market, Samsung TouchWiz UX, Samsung Mini Apps Tray and a 6800 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G LTE will be available from July 28 in either Metallic Gray or Glossy White color. This tablet will be available for $529.99 with a 2 year service agreement for the 16 GB version and $629.99 for the 32 GB version. You can also purchase the 16GB Wi-Fi only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from July 28 for $499.99. The Wi-Fi-only model will be available in Metallic Grey.

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Pictures Leak; Sports a Four-Row QWERTY Keyboard

Samsung officially confirmed that their most popular handset of all time the Galaxy S II will be hitting the U.S. sometime in August. Now, the folks over at BGR have got their hands on the leaked pictures of the Galaxy S II, which will be headed to AT&T.

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The AT&T variant of the Galaxy S II will sport a four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. From the pictures, the screen size of the AT&T variant looks somewhere around 4+ inches. The handset will also sport the four standard capacitive keys, instead of the two capacitive and one hardware key layout found in the Galaxy S II.

In all probability, the handset will be launched with a different name than its original (Galaxy S II). The images also show that the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S II will launch with Android 2.3.4. The back of the phone will sport an 8MP camera with an LED flash.

The leaked images also suggest that Samsung has managed to keep the waistline of the Galaxy S II slim, even with the inclusion of a hardware keyboard. AT&T users should expect the Galaxy S II sometime in the coming month.

Samsung Epic 4G and Galaxy S 4G Android 2.3.4 Firmware Leaks

The folks over at SamFirmware have managed to get their hands on the Android 2.3.4 firmware for two popular Galaxy S series phone in the United States Sprint’s Epic 4G and the T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G.

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The EG22 Android 2.3.4 firmware for the Epic 4G brings an overall improvement in performance and stability of the phone. The usual lag’ associated with the Galaxy S phones are pretty much absent in this firmware. However, the GPS performance on this new firmware is wonky at best. Users reported that they were able to lock to only 2 satellites even under clear skies.

The KG4 firmware for the Galaxy S 4G also brings overall improvement in performance and stability of the phone. Sadly, both the firmware for the handsets does not include the video chat capable version of GTalk.

The sources of SamFirmware are also reporting that apparently Samsung has stopped working on firmware updates for the T-Mobile Vibrant.

The leaked firmware for the Galaxy S 4G and the Epic 4G can be downloaded from here.