Samsung Launches Redesigned Galaxy Tab in Germany to Circumvent Apple Injunction
Samsung debuted their redesigned (modified) Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the German market today.
The modified “Galaxy Tab 10.1N” adds a distinguishing “N” at the end of the product name so their is no confusing the device with the previous device which Apple won an injunction against in August. Apple’s injunction was held up again in September and the device pictured above is Samsung’s successful attempt at releasing a product without violating any Apple patents.
Honesty, the only difference between the new Galaxy Tab and the old Galaxy Tab appears is a larger metal band wrapping around the device and extending onto the front of the device. The redesign resembles a full admission of defeat on Samsung’s part in the ongoing litigation battle in the German courts. Foss Patents’ Florian Mueller commented that the redesigned tablet appears could be a cooperative effort between Samsung’s lawyers and design team to ensure the device wouldn’t violate the current injunction.
The differences appear minimal. Honestly, the new Galaxy Tab looks more like the original iPad now. If this is the design process of the future I fear for tablets of tomorrow. Either it will spur a flurry of innovation by every tablet maker in an effort to avoid any possible litigation, or it will result in a mosaic of beige with every tablet looking relatively the same with some odd distinction just so Apple wont sue them.
, Foss Patents