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We know you must be sick and tired of the legal debacles between Android manufacturers and Apple by now. However, in the case between Samsung and Apple, the house of Jobs seem to have submitted doctored pictures, which makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 look more like the iPad 2. This is all according to Computerworld.
On page number 28 of the filed complaint by the Cupertino firm in the Netherlands, an image shows the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 together. At first glance, both slates definitely look the same. However, Webwereld.nl, a Dutch blog site, points out that the picture does not resemble the actual Tab 10.1.
It all has to do with aspect ratio. Apple shows its iPad 2 in an aspect ratio of 1.3, comparing it to the Tab in a supposed aspect ratio of 1.36. However, the aspect ratio of the 10.1 is actually close to 1.46. Was this intentionally done by Apple, or was it a simple mistake?
According to Apple, both tablets look strikingly similar, “because the Galaxy Tab 10.1 copies all distinctive elements of equipment of the iPad 2.”
Apple is waging legal wars left and right against major Android manufacturers. It has charged Taiwanese phone giant HTC for patent infringement, which it claims is Android’s core functions. It has successfully banned Samsung’s 10 inch tablet across Europe, with the exception of the Netherlands. It has also filed the same lawsuit against Motorola’s Xoom.
Since Apple and Microsoft seem to have joined forces in the legal bullying of Android, Google spent billions in the procurement of Motorola Mobility. Aside from getting into the hardware scene, the purchase means that Google is now armed with a vast patent portfolio that can be used in the upcoming legal battle against its rivals.
Do you think these legal debacles have gone too far? Let us know what you think.
Android’s biggest supporters have praised the latest $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola by Google. These major smartphone manufacturers all agree that the purchase will strengthen Android against its rival’s attacks.
By purchasing Motorola Mobility, Google does not only take advantage of the US-based company’s phone-making talent; it can also take advantage of the company’s vast patent portfolio containing 14,600 patents with 6,700 more patents pending approval. This will give Google’s Android the upper hand against Apple and Microsoft’s legal attack dogs. This comes after denouncing both companies’ patent-buying tactics as a “hostile, organized campaign against android”.
This strategic move by Google could put an end to its rival’s legal bullying tactics. Many of its supporters agree that this move is a wise move by the search giant.
Here’s what major Android manufacturers have to say about the acquisition:
Samsung Mobile CEO, JK Shin, said, “We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem.
HTC CEO, Peter Chou, said, “We welcome the news of today’s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.”
LG CEO and President, Jong-Seok Park, said, “We welcome Google’s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”
Sony Ericsson CEO and President, Bert Nordberg, said, “I welcome Google’s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”
All of these statements from Android major players can be found on the search giant’s press site.
In March of this year, Three’s lineup of products was leaked over the internet. There were a few who thought that the lineup was inaccurate. However, it did prove to be accurate despite a few dispelling the rumor. The list included the Nokia X7, the HTC Flyer, and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc, which eventually found its way to the network operator. However, there was one smartphone that did not make it to Three’s list of products. This was the Samsung Galaxy S2 Mini.
Let’s take a look at the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S2 Mini. The smartphone packs a 1.4 GHz processor, a 5 MP camera, and runs on the smartphone-optimized OS by Android, Gingerbread. This is strikingly similar to the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S Plus, which we heard about a few days back. Is this a simple case of mistaken identity?
Although the two smartphones share similar spec sheets, there are a few features that the two handsets do not share in common. An example is their displays. The S2 Mini sports a 3.7 inch touch screen, compared to the S Plus’ 4 inch touch screen.
Despite the discrepancies, this does not mean that it isn’t possible that Three will be including the Samsung Galaxy S Plus in its roster of products. Although Three was unwilling to comment on the said smartphone, Samsung did say that the S Plus was not going to be exclusive to Vodafone. This means that another network operator may have exclusive rights to the phone. The question is, which one? Could it be Three, or could it be someone else?