Article first published as Samsung Tablets are Stopped on the Eve of Australian Release on Technorati.
Apple has been protecting its name and patents in several cases now. From the confrontation with Amazon about the use of the phrase “App Store” to now stopping Samsung from distributing its Galaxy Tablet in Australia.
When comparing both tablets, they look dangerously alike. However, Samsung defends its position in the US by saying that the device has been selling normally without infringing any patent agreements. Nevertheless, as mentioned on Ausdroid why isn’t Samsung defending the Galaxy Tab in Australia as it is back in the United States if it’s the same device?
Out of the top ten tablets sold in the international market, the top two are Apple’s and Samsung’s which don’t seem to have any commonalities with the other eight in the list. Perhaps it was just too tempting to copy the number 1 tablet, or did they copy at all?
In the verge of this situation turning into a “he said, the he said” ordeal, it makes us wonder why Samsung backed off so quickly without a fight. Perhaps to avoid a pricy fight, or perhaps because indeed they are copying too many elements.
But what about those other eight tablets that were mentioned previously? Motorola Xoom is also an Android carrier but doesn’t have these hardware copy issues. Anyway, it looks like it’s “back to the drawing board” for Samsung if they want to enter the Australian market with the Galaxy Tab. In the meantime, Apple can breathe a little easier.