Samsung Makes New 'Legal' Galaxy Tab In Germany

Posted: Nov 17 2011, 3:04pm CST | by , in News | Android

Samsung Makes New 'Legal' Galaxy Tab In Germany

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Company steps around Apple-induced tablet ban

All it took were a few minor tweaks and Samsung has been able to create a new version of the Galaxy Tab tablet that no longer infringes on Apple's copyrights.

The company announced that it would rework the device to make it 'street legal' in Germany after the ban was handed down by a court there.

Apple launched a worldwide cavalcade of lawsuits against the Galaxy Tab, arguing in part that Samsung's product was a blatant rip-off of the iPad.

In some countries, including the US, the legal system hasn't moved very swiftly in Apple's favor. But in other countries, including Germany - the strongest economic power in Europe - it did succeed.

As such, the Galaxy Tab has been banned in Germany for months. But all Samsung needed to do was make a few adjustments under the hood and to the device presentation in order to clear out all the issues Apple had.

Samsung confirmed the new model was created "to reflect Apple's claims."

Among the changes that are noticeable to users are speakers that appear on the front of the tablet instead of the side, and a new silver bezel.

The new version of the Galaxy Tab will be called the Galaxy Tab 10.1N (the previous version was simply the Galaxy Tab 10.1). It's unclear if Samsung plans to introduce the modified device in areas where the original hasn't been banned.

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