Today’s mobile news roundup features a UK judge declaring the Samsung Galaxy Tab “not as cool” as the iPad, RIM customers doubling up on their contingency plan, and a start-up Jolla with plans to revive Nokia’s software.
Samsung tablet deemed “not cool”
Though Samsung had a rough couple of weeks because two of their devices, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Nexus, were banned from the US after the injunction filed by Apple was granted, they received some good news from the UK.
Judge Colin Birss of a UK court ruled that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 did not infringe Apple’s iPad stating that it’s highly unlikely that consumers could mix the two tablets up since the Samsung tablet wasn’t as cool as the iPad.
The Galaxy tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” Birss said. “They are not as cool.”
Though this may be a bitter pill to swallow for Samsung, it’s still a win. They can still sell their non-infringing tablet in the UK.
“Should Apple continue to make excessive legal claims in other countries based on such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be harmed and consumer choice unduly limited,” Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung said.
Apple has 21 days to appeal the court’s decision.
In other Samsung news, the South Korean company is said to be working with Microsoft Corp. in creating a Windows RT-based tablet which will be released when Windows 8 becomes available in the market. If you can still remember, during the Windows BUILD conference last year, Samsung already unveiled a tablet that runs on Windows 8. So this really isn’t such a big surprise.
RIM customers prepare for the worst
Research in Motion might face a major lawsuit from investors because of the delay in releasing BlackBerry 10 devices. It’s bad enough that their stocks have fallen 95% since their peak in 2008. What’s worse is that RIM’s new CEO, Thorsten Heins, keeps telling everyone that there’s nothing wrong with the company.
“They’re going to get sued and they should get sued because I think a closer look at the record is likely to unearth knowing and willful misrepresentation,” said Jean-Louis Gassée, the former president of Apple’s products division and the founder of the software maker Be, who is now a venture capitalist and blogger in Palo Alto, Calif. “When the C.E.O. says there’s nothing wrong with the company as it is, it’s not cautious, it doesn’t make sense.”
Because of this “carefree” attitude by RIM’s CEO, their customers are now working on their contingency plan if the company’s service ceases to exist. RIM’s customers such as GoDaddy Group Inc. and asset manager Thames River Capital UK Ltd. are preparing in case the BlackBerry service, which their employees use for communication, suddenly disappears.
“In the past three months there’s been a lot of concern that the BlackBerry platform won’t be around in the future,” said Maribel Lopez, founder of Lopez Research, a wireless- industry consultant based in San Francisco. “It’s not unheard of for a large phone manufacturer to go out of business.”
Jolla to revive Nokia’s Meego
Jussi Humola, Jolla Ltd.’s CEO, announced that the company is in talks with various hardware companies in the hopes of launching a smartphone based on Nokia’s abandoned MeeGo operating system.
“We are seriously making a smartphone here,” Humola said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “But we definitely can’t do it alone.”
The company is looking for investors to be able to raise about €10 million ($12.3 million) in order to produce the said smartphone. And if the smartphone gets released, Jolla needs to sell between 50,000 to 100,000 devices to break even.
Humola believes that there’s a sizable amount of Meego lovers to make the said smartphone a success, but there’s more than enough competition in the current market for an OS that’s no longer supported by its parent company.