On Tuesday, June 27, a Washington D.C. judge ordered Samsung Electronics Co. to stop sales of two of its Android devices: the Galaxy 10.1 tab and the Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
Judge Lucy Koh took into consideration’s Apple’s complaint of patent infringements, and though she agreed that Samsung’s tab is very similar to Apple’s iPad, she hasn’t found yet the Korean tech giant guilty of patent infringement, thus, the court decided the ban of the two Android devices.
“Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products,” said Koh on Tuesday.
The rivalry between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics started a year ago when Apple filled a lawsuit accusing Samsung for stealing smartphone and tablet patents. The ruling of the Tuesday trial is provisory and it will be discussed again next month in San Hose. Until the next trial, the two Google and Samsung devices will have a little influence over the users, over the market and over the faith of other Android devices.
For example, the existing owners of a Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy Tab 10.1 will probably be affected by a new update that will cancel certain software features that are, obviously, similar to Apple’s software. The Galaxy Nexus remains on sale but only on Google’s Website, while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was withdrawn from the market, which may also be the consequence of the fact that it is an old model. Android may have lost two of the best devices, but it still has other HTC and Motorola smartphones to brag with.
Source: TIME Techland