Tablet Times for Google, Samsung


One tablet computer hit a roadblock today, just as another new tablet is coming to light. In the race to win over consumers, device manufacturers are not slowing down, and the speed at which they’re putting out new products shows how important the tablet market has become.

On Tuesday, a court granted Apple’s motion for a preliminary injunction on the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. Apple had contended the tablet’s design was too close to the iPad. The court (United States District Court, Northern District of California, San Jose Division) had previously said in December 2011 that although the tablet likely infringed on Apple’s patent, it was denying the preliminary injunction because the “patent was likely invalid based on several prior art references.” This refers to the fact that the tablet design was a standard way to design those devices.

Right now, the injunction against sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is temporary until the case goes to trial.

In other tablet news, Google took the wrappings off its upcoming Nexus 7 tablet. The device was announced at the company’s Google I/O developer conference. It will feature a 7-inch screen, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, 1.2 MP front-facing camera, and 8 GB internal storage. Nexus 7 will retail for $199 and is available for preorder via Google Play. Google says it should ship in mid-July.

The Nexus 7 comes to light just after Microsoft announced its Surface tablet, the price and availability of which is still unknown. Can the market handle all these tablets? The companies involved seem to think so. It seems tech firms can’t afford to not have a tablet in the game these days, as people flock to the handy connected devices.

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