Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Ace banned in Europe

Apple have successfully blocked sales of the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Ace in Europe, according to the BBC.

Apple had attempted to block sales of the Galaxy Tab tablet in Europe too, following a similar ban in Germany.

Although the Netherlands court does not have the authority to block sales of the devices Europe-wide, it can effectively shut down distribution through Samsung's European distribution centre in Breda. It is possible for Samsung to change distribution channels to get round the ban, but that will take some time and add to the cost.

Apple's intention seems to be to shut down all of Samsung's sales for all smartphones and tablets in Europe. It's not as if Apple are struggling.. they have the tablet market to themselves and a very robust share of the smartphone market, but Apple's attempts to ban black slabby touchscreen phones in general is stupid.

The bitter irony of this matter is that Samsung are an extremely important supplier to Apple in processor and display components. What a crappy way to treat your business partners..

Florian Mueller has more analysis here.

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