According to a post by the Wall Street Journal, Samsung isn’t wasting any time on keeping the eight smartphones Apple is demanding injunctions against on store shelves. Nope, this isn’t about the appeal they were talking about either. This is about stripping them of features described in the infringing patents owned by Apple. Samsung is currently working with carriers such as AT&T to strip at least five of their phones of the features that have been described in some of the software patents that was deemed to be infringed upon as part of the ruling on Friday night from the Apple vs Samsung case. Some of these features being stripped include the scroll bounce back, tap to zoom, and the multitouch scrolling features.
There’s only one problem with this move from Samsung. It may not help their case at all. Apple is in their right and entitled to injunctive relief under the design patents that Samsung was also deemed to infringe upon. That said, these efforts may not work, but it is good to see that Samsung is working to do something in order to keep their devices selling in the United States. As you probably guessed, Samsung can’t possible work around design patents, it’s not like they can virtually alter the physical look of the phone. But, on the bright side of things, the eight devices that Apple is demanding bans on aren’t really going to do anything as they are older products from Samsung. That said, they aren’t exactly cutting-edge when it comes to technology either.
The only device from Samsung that could just possible escape the banishment by removing some of the software features is the Galaxy Prevail, which you probably haven’t heard of as it is a Boost Mobile budget device. For some of these handsets, this could mean some updates to slightly newer versions of the Android operating system (Samsung Electronics actually has none of these infringing features in their 2.3.5 Gingerbread builds). For other Samsung handsets, like the Galaxy S II, it means absolutely nothing at all. The Galaxy S II handsets and variants of the handset are already on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich build, which should have supposedly removed the infringing features (meaning that possibly Samsung knew about this infringement?). For a few device though, it’s going to mean some straight feature-stripping in order to save time so that they can keep the device (possibly) selling in the United States.
Hopefully Samsung Electronics finds a way to keep these devices in the States though. Sure they aren’t really cutting-edge, but it’s still unfortunate to see them have a ban put on them. If you’re looking for the devices that will be banned, see below:
- Galaxy S 4G
- Galaxy S2 (AT&T)
- Galaxy S2 (Skyrocket)
- Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile)
- Galaxy S2 Epic 4G
- Galaxy S Showcase
- Droid Charge
- Galaxy Prevail
Hopefully we’ll be seeing the update roll out within the next couple of weeks.
source: Android Police