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Apple wins European sales ban on Samsung Galaxy smartphones

The ruling by a district court in the Hague upheld Apple’s claim concerning one specific patent – EP 2059868 – which outlines an interface for viewing and navigating photographs on a touchscreen phone.¬† It does not cover the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which faces similar patent litigation from Apple in a German court.

Samsung now has seven weeks until mid-October to cease sales of the phones after the court decided the devices may have violated Apple touch screen patents. However, the time lapse gives Samsung time to modify its software before the ban is enforced. It is not yet clear whether this will impact the UK market.

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New announcements from Samsung and Sony

The first press conferences of MWC saw Samsung and Sony confirm new products for 2011.

Samsung released more detail on the Galaxy S II, which features a 4.3-inch super amoled plus display. This display, claim Samsung, is the best display technology in the world. The processor is also claimed to be the most powerful processor in a phone today – dual-core with 1 GB of RAM.

Other features include 1080p video recording and playback have been confirmed and Adobe Flash 10.1 for full web-browsing experience. Finally, the 3-axis Gyroscope and Accelerometer sensors are confirmed as well.

Samsung have provided the Galaxy S II with it’s own user interface which is quite different from the standard Android experience. It is fully customisable and features 4 hubs – the Reader, the Game, the Music and the Social ones. The Reader hub gives you access to Books, Magazines and Newspapers. The Social hub gives you the opportunity to connect to the people in your life via various ways – Mail, chat, video chat, all incorporated into a single app.

Security is improved too. You can find your handset on a map, remote lock, remote wipe and remotely control your phone including blacklisting certain apps you don’t want the thieves to have access to.

At their press conference Sony Ericsson announced the XPERIA Neo and the XPERIA Pro. The XPERIA Play was uncovered too. The Neo and the Pro are like smaller-screen versions of the Arc but the Pro includes a QWERTY keyboard.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play has a 4″ FWVGA display and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread which has been a customized to improve the gaming experience. It measures 119x62x16mm and weighs 175 grams. It also features a 5MP camera and comes with an 8GB microSD card.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play is the first PlayStation Certified device and will have access to content from publishers like Sony Computer Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Namco and more.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo is much like the XPERIA Arc. It features a smaller 3.7″ FWVGA display, but still a Reality Display with Bravia Mobile engine. It’s also¬†covered with a scratch-resistant surface.

The XPERIA Neo camera is an 8MP Exmor R unit capable of HD video recording. The onboard HDMI port can be used to display what you’ve captured on an HDTV display. The Neo is powered by the same single-core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor as the Arc and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Pro uses an Exmor R sensor (probably 8MP but that is not confirmed yet), it has an HDMI port, DLNA and an 8GB microSD card. As mentioned earlier it also has a QWERTY keyboard.

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