Samsung: Two Steps Back And One Step Forward In The Tablet Game


A mixed bag of news for Samsung today that underscores the ups and downs it has faced in its bid to overtake Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and the iPad in the tablet market. On the same day that the Korea-based mobile device maker announced a new LTE-powered tablet, it found out that it has to concede another month of sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, as Apple continues to fight it in the country’s courts. The news comes as the company faces an ongoing stall in sales of the 10.1-inch tablet in Germany.

In Australia, Samsung has agreed to refrain from promoting or selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 until the end of September—the second time it has agreed to hold off its release in the country—after Apple noted in court today that the devices planned to be sold there still violates two Apple patents.

As we mentioned in a story on the case last week, Apple claims the device infringes on several design patents covering areas like slide-to-lock and pinch/zoom gestures.

The 10.1 Tab was originally meant for release in early August.

Today’s meeting comes after a strange run of events starting in the beginning of August, when Samsung was first served an injunction over the device. At the time, Samsung said that Apple’s claims were based on a U.S. version of the device—and that the tablet it was planning to sell in Australia was in fact different. It then sent Apple a couple of tablets for further assessment. This latest development is based on Apple’s look at this Australian edition of the 10.1-inch Tab.

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