Galaxy Tab 7.7 Banned From Being Sold In 27 European Countries

    July 25, 2012
    Chris Crum
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has been banned from being sold in Europe, following a ruling in a German court. That’s certainly not good news for Samsung, nor is it good news for Google, who is trying to gain ground in the tablet market with its Android operating system.

Apple announced yesterday that it sold 17 million iPads last quarter.

The ruling came as the result of an Apple win in a patent battle with Samsung. CNET shares a statement from Samsung, saying it’s “disappointed with the court’s ruling” and it “will continue…to protect our intellectual property rights and defend against Apple’s claims to ensure our products remain available to consumers throughout the European Union”.

Slate put together this video report about the ordeal:

The ban applies to all 27 member states of the European Union, and marks a very significant blow for the product, and for Android. Apparently the Galaxy Tab 10.1 can still be sold, as its design is different enough from the iPad to avoid such a ban. The court just didn’t feel the same way about the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

It’s certainly a bigger blow to Samsung that it is to Google, as Android is available on plenty of other tablets, but having more choices for Android is what has gotten the operating system where it is today. Not having to rely one specific device, and being available for a multitude of feature sets and price ranges has been key for Android’s increased market share.

Samsung touts the Galaxy Tab 7.7 as the world’s first tablet to feature “the brilliant Super AMOLED Plus display”.

  • m

    REDICULOUS!!!! This is the reason I will NEVER buy an Apple product!! Whats next? Should Ford sue Mercedes for selling a product that resembles theirs??? Because it has 4 wheels and an engine…

    • artur

      We all know that ford doesn’t resemble to mercedez as much as copycat samsung does to apple both inside and outside. its not a fair competition, those guys really steal, copy and produce it first, making it look like they were the ones who came up with the technology.

  • Nadeem Amin Moughal

    this only professional jealousy, but nothing.
    They afraid that samsung will get intention of whole market.

  • Robin Window

    I wish paronoid Apple would get their head out of their asses and sell their own products on their own merits rather than trying to stop anyone else selling theirs.After all, all Android tablets are much of a muchness I am sure Samsungs aren’t that much different then anyone elses so why keep picking on them.Getting a bit fed up hearing all this Apple crap all the time after all they only try and rip the public off all the time.Apple, do us all a favour and piss off.
    Obviously scared of competition!

  • http://www.snakeman.com.au Snakeman

    Well I won’t comment on the merits of the Apple/Tablet cases but sitting on my own intellectual property I can tell you I don’t take kindly to people ripping off my work and ideas that have taken 50 years to perfect.
    We have had issues with people ripping off our trademarks for the only hands-on reptile kids parties in Melbourne for birthdays. In the end it comes down to dollars and sense. A lot of IP bootleggers are too lazy to do their own work and instead rip off the clients of others by misleading conduct, which is both unethical and illegal.

  • http://www.malapascua-island.com Mike

    No more APPLE, never in my life. I dont want to finance a company who has stolen ideas from SONY and itself striking wars against other companies. I am starting to HATE Apple for that, for the rest of my life.

  • http://www.malapascua-island.com Mike

    APPLE simply has stolen the design of IPOD and IPHONE from ordinary PLAYING CARDS. How can they say it is their own design ? And the Judges who banned the SAMSUNG 7 tablet must be stupid and blind for that. Even Apple has no 7 inch tablet (Steve Jobs called that a “tablet for the toilet”!!!)on the market , so why ban a SAMSUNG 7 inch tablet????

    The biggest Joke is, that Apples technology is made from SAMSUNG !!!!!