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Apple succeeds in EU-wide ban for Galaxy Tab 7.7

Samsung is hit with another ban that encompasses the whole of the EU. Apple has been vigilant at making sure no Samsung products get sold that look even remotely like an iPhone or an iPad.

Despite Samsung’s “victory” in the UK, forcing Apple to make advertisements stating that Samsung has not copied the iPad, it would seem that they are bound to lose more. The Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court in Germany has passed a preliminary ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, after Apple has proven its cause.

The cause of the ban is once again related to Apple’s look and feel patents, accusing Samsung of making products that blatantly copies the look and feel of the iPad with the Galaxy Tab series. There is no comment yet as to how it will affect the UK, in which the same Galaxy Tab 7.7 has passed to be non-infringing to Apple’s patents due to not being “cool enough”.

The EU-wide ban will stay in effect during the full blown patent trial that will ensue after the preliminary injunction. Samsung is understandably disappointed with the ruling, saying that they will fight this to the end, and prove their innocence in the matter. Fortunately for Samsung, the larger Galaxy Tab 10.1N has been ruled to have significant enough changes in its design, and no longer breaches Apple’s patents.

Many fans contest why the smaller tablet has even been banned when Apple doesn’t even make a 7-inch tablet. It should be noted that regardless of size, if the design is the same, it will still be in breach of Apple’s intellectual property. What they should contest, is that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 doesn’t even remotely look like an iPad. From back to front, the only thing you can consider resembling the design is the black border.

The front camera placement, the existence of the speaker for phone functionality, back markings, button placements, shape and dimensions all differ from the iPad. Many wonders if the glasses of these Judges need to be checked, and if they don’t have one, they should really get some.

While the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has indeed been banned temporarily, there is no word yet if its smaller counterpart, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, will suffer the same fate. The two slates have identical designs, so it might indeed be next in line to get a ban from the German court.

When it comes to these patent battles, we learn that you can’t win them all, despite it being the same exact battle for the same exact reasons. The personality and bias of every Judge will determine who wins.

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Apple’s iOS preferred by most app developers

Universally, Google’s Android is known to have the greater share on the smartphone market. But when we talk about having support from app developers, it is a different story.

According to data released by Flurry Analytics, seven out of ten apps that were created during the first quarter of this year were for the iOS platform. This is despite Android’s dominating the smartphone market, having 50.8% of the total smartphone market.

ComScore pegs Apple’s iOS share at 31.4%.

Steve Musil of CNET writes that Apple’s lead in this category is because of its dominance in the tablet market. Apple holds 88% of the tablet market during the first five months of 2012. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab only holds 9% followed by Amazon’s Kindle with 3%.

Flurry Analytics also noted that developers who create apps for Android earn four times more revenue than their Android counterparts.

Flurry said, “At the end of the day, developers run businesses, and businesses seek out markets where revenue opportunities are highest and the cost of building and distributing is lowest. In short, Android delivers less gain and more pain than iOS, which we believe is the key reason 7 out of every 10 apps built in the new economy are for iOS instead of Android.”

Is Google affected by this news?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Review

The Samsung galaxy tab 7.7 is the newest version from the Samsung brand. Is has received some favorable reviews from consumers who have experienced it.

It is the smallest tablet currently in the market. It is usable in both portrait and landscape modes. Its small size makes it fit in a pocket or a purse easily and is suitable for people who move a lot. This tab from Samsung is 7.7 inches thick and 0.3 inches tall. The tablet has five home screens that make it easier to navigate.

This Samsung tablet has a super amoled plus screen. This screen enables is very clear almost crystal clear. It also has 720p high definition display capabilities. The screen requires some protection from scratches and the direct glare. The tablet has a 3.2 camera in the rear and a 2.0 megapixels camera at the front. The front camera aids in chatting when using video such as Skype. The tablet can also shoot in 720p and has a 1080p HDMI output which allows connection to other high definition device for easy viewing.

The Samsung galaxy tab 7.7 runs in the android 3.2 honey comb operating system with Samsung touch wiz. It has a 1.4 GHz dual core processor. The storage is 16 GB in the tablet with an additional expandable memory of 32 GB.

This Samsung tablet is designed for the people who are constantly on the move and can be switched from a hand held device to a desktop with accessories such as keyboard to navigate through it with ease.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to be announced at MWC?

Is Samsung going to give us a big surprise in this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona?

Rumors have it that the company is going to launch its 10.1 version of their Galaxy Note phone and tablet hybrid in the convention. Reports have it that they are going to unveil a larger version of the 5.3 inch Android at the annual mobile expo.

The basis for the reports is the Galaxy Note 10.1 name is shown on a Samsung MWC Developer Day invitation and a casting call note requesting a “Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 user” for a commercial has emerged.

Samsung will boast excellent lines in the large tablet market as they already have the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Although the success of the device is still in doubt due to the lawsuits that Apple, Inc. has filed against the gadget that alleges that the Samsung phone was a replica of their iPad.

If the Galaxy Note is in trouble, would the company develop a new and a much more different device so as to avoid the lawsuits which they currently have? If that’s the case then this Galaxy Note would definitely be the answer since it isn’t only a tablet, it’s also a phone.

No Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S

Onto some not-so-good news for Samsung fans this holiday.

Users of Samsung Galaxy S smartphones or the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab won’t be able to experience the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS as the they wont be getting it.

The hugely popular Galaxy S has sold almost 20 million units since it was first launched in 2010. The Verge notes that this phone has similar hardware with the Nexus S which will be receiving the Ice Cream Sandwich updates so a lot are wondering why the latter has been left out.

Samsung however, explains that the “experience enhancing” TouchWiz operating system,  as well as other carrier-added software, might be too much on the phone’s hardware.

The company has just announced earlier this week that both Galaxy S II and Galaxy S Note will be receiving an Anroid 4.0 update slated next year.