Wednesday, 10 August 2011 11:03

Ze Germans haf banned ze Samsung Galaxy 10.1: Nein!


Neeeeiiiiiin! Ze Germans haf banned ze Galaxy in ze country of Germany und ze rest of ze European Union except for ze Nezzerlands, und Samsung ist very annoyed while Apple ist happien. Achtung!

Well, it looks like Apple has 'vays' of making Samsung's Galaxy 10.1 talk no more, or at least, stop any launch on a temporary basis in the European Union.

Samsung has complained that the German court did not give Samsung the opportunity to defend itself or its Honeycomb-powered tablet, but instead gave Apple everything it wanted - namely, an injunction preventing Samsung from selling its iPad 2-esque tablet in Europe.

The Netherlands is excluded from the injunction, whereas the UK has already been selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for a while, making the whole thing a bit messy.

Honestly, Samsung needs to stand up for itself in a more proactive manner and push Apple back as hard as Apple is pushing Samsung, instead of looking like Apple's whipping boy, but as I'm no lawyer, God only knows the machinations that the legal profession gets up to when these kinds of things are decided.

In a statement quoted by Reuters, Samsung said: 'The request for injunction was filed with no notice to Samsung, and the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung.

"We will take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung's innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers in Europe and around the world.'

Well, when Samsung starts selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia and the rest of Europe, then maybe I'll start believing that Samsung is taking 'all necessary measures', because for now, it looks like Samsung is talking 'all necessary' beatings from Apple instead.

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Google's not helping much, either. Samsung is Google's favourite at the moment, what with the Google Nexus having been taken away from HTC and reborn as the Nexus S made by Samsung.

At this rate Apple is going to win simply because all the other tablets are either too thick, too crappy or too expensive to compete against Apple, while the best looking Android tablet languishes in warehouses somewhere.

Just as it took some years before anyone else could offer multi-touch besides Apple, it looks like it might take far longer than anyone expected for a company to dare to sell a tablet thinner and lighter than Apple's.

Well, that's not quite true: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is on sale in various parts of the world. Just not everywhere, and not because consumers aren't interested, but because Apple is helping to have its devices 'banned' from sale.

Doesn't Apple know that having something banned only increases the banned item's popularity?

Look, I'm all for Apple standing up for its rights, but I'm all for Samsung standing up for its rights, too.

Right now, the only rights being truly enjoyed are those of the legal profession to scrape large sums of cash out of Apple and Samsung's bank balances due to their own ineptitudes in either letting competitors get so close in either design or in the legal upper hand without either side having done something before that time to avoid the situation we're in now.

Google: hurry up with that Ice Cream Sandwich Android update, and Apple - haven't you got an iPhone 5 to be launching? Or an OS X 10.7.1 Lion update to be delivering to your patiently waiting customers?

Apple, save your fireworks for consumers, and stop using them to light up courtrooms. Samsung: be smarter in how you design stuff in the first place so Apple never has a leg to stand on!



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