Saturday, December 10, 2011

Australia's High Court lifts injunction banning Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales

Pull out your wallet if you live in Australia. Australia's High Court on Friday lifted a ban on the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet.

It's another victory for Samsung, which has generally been on the losing end in its ongoing legal battle against Apple.

In late November, Samsung won an earlier victory when an Australian Federal Court unanimously decided to lift a lower court's preliminary injunction on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. However, Apple appealed the decision to the High Court, the final court of appeal. The ruling means Samsung will be able to offer the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in time for the holiday shopping season.

This latest court decision follows closely a U.S. court ruling that denied Apple's request for a preliminary injunction against Samsung Galaxy smarphones and tablets. Apple has appealed the U.S. decision, and continues to argue that Samsung has "slavishly copied" Apple products.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been banned from the Australian market since late July. Considered one of the best alternatives to Apple's iPad 2, although the Australian market isn't huge, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 victory is still huge for Samsung.

That said, Apple continues to dominate the tablet space, although Amazon.com's Kindle Fire is definitely making its presence felt, and Android tablets are beginning finally grab some reasonable amount of tablet market share.

Samsung is the world's top smartphone maker, but Amazon.com is expected to take a distant second to Apple in tablets once Q4 2011 results are tallied, early next year.



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