- Galaxy tab 10.1 banned from sale for patent infringment
- Bitter blow for Apple’s closest rival in tablet market
Samsung’s rival to iPad has been banned from sale in America, after a judge handed Apple a victory in the two companies’ long-running patent battle.
The ruling is a major blow for Samsung, whose Galaxy Tab tablets are the main rival to iPad.
The injunction prevents the Galaxy Tab 10.1 being sold in America – and is a bitter blow to Samsung, whose tablets have been gaining ground on Apple’s.
The two companies have been locked in a battle over several continents over Samsung’s Galaxy tablets and smartphones.
Apple has waged an international patent war since 2010 as it seeks to limit the growth of Google’s Android system, the world’s best-selling mobile operating platform.
Google is also preparing its own tablet offering, and Microsoft recently unveiled its own Surface tablet.
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE? APPLE’S iPAD VERSUS SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 10.1
The patent battle between Apple and Samsung has raged across several continents, and includes smartphones as well as tablets.
But the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the most obviously similar to competing Apple devices.
The screen is slightly larger – 10.1 inches to iPad’s 9.7 – but the black bezel, thin form factor and button layout are all very familiar.
Samsung’s machine lags behind the Retina screen of the latest iPad, but otherwise matches Apple’s machine technology for technology.
The setback is unlikely to unsettle Samsung too much, though – it offers several sizes of Galaxy Tab tablet, including the surprise hit Galaxy Note, and only one has been affected by this injunction.