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Apple Looks to Ban Eight Samsung Devices That Don’t Really Matter Anymore

Effects of the jury’s verdict from last week’s decision are beginning to show themselves. For starters, Apple has filed a notice with the courts as to which of Samsung’s infringing devices they want banned from being sold in the U.S. The list contains some devices that are no longer sold through any carriers, but some of them can still be found and are somewhat popular.

A few of the S2 devices on AT&T and Sprint did sell well apparently, but in comparison to the DROID Charge, it’s hard to say what a ban on all of these devices would do.

Devices on the chopping block:

  • Galaxy S 4G
  • Galaxy S2 (AT&T)
  • Galaxy S2 (Skyrocket)
  • Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile)
  • Galaxy S2 Epic 4G
  • Galaxy S Showcase
  • Droid Charge
  • Galaxy Prevail

Like we mentioned, do any of you think that the ban on these devices will really affect anybody? With the Galaxy S3 available on all of these carriers, no one should actually be thinking about picking up the older SGS2 variants. And as for the DROID Charge, Apple, you can have it. Sorry, Charge owners.

Via: The Verge

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.f.nichols John Nichols

    Here’s a question, if they are granted thier injunction against my galaxy SIII I just got will support be dropped for that handset? And if so am I going to be given a replacement phone of equal value that will have os improvements available to it???

  • http://www.facebook.com/claus.johnson Claus Johnson

    If my phone gets banned, does that mean my cell provider will have to stop letting me use it with their service?

  • http://twitter.com/dc5dugg Doug Cheung

    I wasn’t sure what the Galaxy Prevail was so I looked it up and it’s a smaller (3.2″ screen) phone running on Boost mobile. It comes with vanilla Android (not TouchWiz) and yet the jury found it to infringe on all of the utility patents and not the design patents or trade dress. Does this spell trouble for vanilla android devices and android in general or are these idiot jurors just awarding Apple for no reason?

  • Pear

    Apple is such garbage for this. How does the slide phone infringe again? What are they going to do next, patent any electronic device that resembles a rectangle? LETS SUE NINTENDO THAT GAME BOY LOOKS LIKE AN OLD IPHONE!

  • LeeLee.

    Damn I just got the atnt skyrocket…. :-/

  • r0lct

    I’m sure Samsung and the carriers were hoping to sell these “free on contract” for at least another year.

  • StopFlameBatePost

    DroidLife Looks to Post Another Lawsuit News That Don’t Really Matter Anymore

  • http://twitter.com/Agryx Big Al

    Apple can only cry wolf so many times before ppl stop caring and move on regardless of what they do or say.

  • Matthew Guan

    The thing is, can you listen to 109 pages of instructions understand it on the spot. Then spend 21 hours (1260 mins) on 700 questions which average about 1.8 minutes per question with “heated debate” on each and everyone of the devices. Now that i call is SuperMan speed combine with Einstein genius.

  • boost192

    I still have a charge on my account lol (the 12 year old has it) does this mean someone is buying me a new phone? Lmao

  • Mario Figeroux

    Definition for Apple.Inc:
    Arousing pity, esp. through vulnerability or sadness. No one wants iShit anymore

  • Nancy

    is the galaxy s3 32 ggb from sprint going to be banned. I just got mine from sprint.com and I love it. There are so many confusing stories.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sghetiya Savan Ghetiya

      nope..all galaxy S3s are safe ! :)

  • John Simonelli

    They can take the Droid Charge haha

  • http://twitter.com/iron_wilhelm Mike Duren

    Why ban the charge? Because Apple sees underpowered 2 year old tech as a threat to their new underpowered tech that costs 3X as much due to the magic pixy dust.

    • http://www.facebook.com/eeghwofobe Ejiroghene Eghwofobe

      haha. well said Mike, well said. : )

  • CeeEL6six

    I feel the banning of the galaxy s2 phones will hurt sales somewhat. With the gs3 on every major carrier, the us gs2 variants could make a killing on the straight talk, metro pcs, boost and other smaller carriers.

  • elemeno

    I wish this would let me get a refund on a Droid Charge.

  • chaosrv

    Some of the smaller carries or sprint resellers..like credo mobile could be Burt by this. Credo’s flagship phone right now is still the galaxy s 2.

  • http://twitter.com/Savini72 Ryan Savini

    Droid Charge was my favorite phone! -___-

    • http://www.facebook.com/sghetiya Savan Ghetiya

      really?

  • OneXorDIE

    For once, I’d actually like to see this list of Samsung devices get banned. It wouldn’t do any damage to Samsung; they have the Galaxy S III to take care of most of the devices, while the prepaid sector would be handled by the Galaxy Proclaim, which is a rebranded Illusion.

    Please, ban the Droid Charge. My sister has a broken one, but she won’t get a warranty replacement until it finally reaches EOL. Seriously, Verizon still sells (tries to sell?) the thing brand new!

  • Brandon White

    I think this will be good for android, people will be forced to buy newer phones and will have a better user experience.

  • Carlos

    Thats the way to do it, delay lawsuits in court until the device is no longer relevant. I guess since Apple only puts out one phone a year they think everyone else does the same. Two things I would like to see happen. Obama out of office and Apple out of business.

    • Guest99

      Best comment yet!

    • Melissa Goldman

      From your mouth to God’s ears.

  • Breezer23

    Oh no! Please don’t ban those devices they don’t really sell anymore. The Droid Charge should have been banned before it ever came out. I can’t figure how someone used that phone. I love my S III though!

  • http://www.facebook.com/troop.threeninetwo Troop Threeninetwo

    Come on Official JB release for my S3…….. before crapple comes after my phone too.

  • WickedToby741

    So now that Samsung can’t copy Apple, will the SGS4 look like the Lumia?

    Just kidding, but seriously I think we’ll see some good and bad come from this. It’s good Samsung will have to start doing their own thing and stop following Apple’s lead (S Voice? really?), but then again if pinch and tap to zoom stay valid, this could be very bad for Android as a whole and the whole ordeal certainly hasn’t helped Android’s image.

  • Keith Rusk

    It might affect me, a budget smartphone user. I don’t buy the absolute latest stuff because it’s beyond what I really want to pay. My wife is considering upgrading to a smartphone soon and this takes away a few of her options that would be less expensive than the most recent tech.

    • Jordan Webb

      Good thing there’s more manufacturers than just Samsung out there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bokfon Benjamin Chow

    I wonder how many of the jurors own i*hones vs Android devices…

    • frankandsimple

      only 2 of the jurors own smartphones.

    • eddieg28sp

      I dont believe just two had smartphones… If thats the case its because crApple owners dont see their phones as smartphones. lol. Thought that a few of them worked in the tech industry.

  • WickedToby741

    Lol. The funny part is that this might actually BOOST Galaxy S3 and Nexus sales.

  • http://gplus.to/boojay boo Jay

    I’m going to sue Apple. I’ve been taking sh*ts for years and their crap looks eerily similar to mine.

    • New_Guy

      AHHHHHHHHHHHahahahahahah!!! I just cracked up at my desk. Hysterical =D!

  • WalkerNA

    You all mocked us but I KNEW Apple was scared of our Droid Charge!

    • WickedToby741

      Apple isn’t scared of anybody, just greedy.

      • MonkeyWork

        They’re at what, half a dozen lawsuits between new phones. I’d say scared is just about right.

        At this rate the Apple crowd will get the iPhone 6 only when everyone else is out of business.

  • New_Guy

    what the hell is the showcase?

  • EC8CH

    Wait… What?

    The Droid Charge isn’t an i*hone?

    A product that $hitty must be an product of apple.

  • Like it is

    Do you guys even like Android? You rip every single device out there. Bionic, Xoom, Charge, Xyboard, etc..

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.aurin Mike Aurin

      An Android phone can either be a top tier, cream of the crop, god like phone (at least until something better comes out 3 weeks later) or it can be a complete flop. The 4 devices you just named happen to be in the latter category.

      • New_Guy

        I would disagree with the SII, but the 3 is already out som only small-time prepaid providers will care and not much of anyone else.

        • Michael Schnider

          Not Virgin Mobile!! They have the I*hone now!!! lol I started laughing when I seen that commercial

          • New_Guy

            Haha! hilarious =D

    • New_Guy

      These devices deserve to be ripped. They either suck (Charge), underperform (Xyboard), underdeliver (Xoom 3g/4g), or have the worst launch in tech history (Bionic). DL writers don’t hate Android, they hate crap that makes android look bad. Makes perfect sense to me…

      • ERIC REED

        And yet they hyped the Galaxy Nexus…

        • Guest

          At least it had AOSP

        • New_Guy

          At least the GNex could be easily customized into something pretty awesome. Of the four aforementioned, two had unlocked bootloaders, one takes ages to update, and the other is simply a POS. You decide which ones…

          • ERIC REED

            I agree the Roms available are nice, but they don’t fix the issues and short comings of the phone.

          • New_Guy

            As far as shortcomings are concerned, there aren’t many. The battery is one but custom roms CAN actually fix that. And the data connection could be another but that only seems to be a problem for some.

        • http://twitter.com/xyzyxx Zachary Parker

          Is there something wrong with the Galaxy Nexus?

          • Helmut Steinbeeg

            Besides the ability to obtain a decent voice or data connection, no.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Pengwnmastr Mitchell Johnson

          And what exactly is wrong with the Nexus? I’ve yet to have a single problem with the phone and I picked it up day one. Everything that people are comaining about can be easily fixed. Low sound? Install any volume app. Poor camera? Install one of the many camera apps. ROMs take care of everything that are plaguing stock devices due to carriers dragging out updates.

          Running the latest Bugless Beast. Pic below has screen time at 2 hours on with 40% battery remaining.

        • Shilamar

          I haven’t had a problem with my GNex at all, the phone is damn good. No volume problems, or data problems. It’s runnin that good ol JB, so I don’t know what the fuss is about.

      • David Partida

        Xyboard- under delivered?- haha! No one expected that crap to deliver at all! You must be one of the three people who purchased that device. Psssssssh nig*a please

        • New_Guy

          Ha! Puh leez!!! I got the TF300T my good man. Tasting some delicious Jelly Beans as we speak =)…

      • bfederspill

        Nothing wrong with the Bionic, my wife loves her’s.

        • New_Guy

          No, but there was everything wrong with the launch of that thing. The Razr litterally came out like a month later and then the Razr MAXX. The bionic was litterally outdated in about a month. Horrible.

    • WickedToby741

      They’re called opinions, and Android fans have different opinions among themselves. With choices in form factors, screen sizes, manufacturers, carriers, and other things, we can afford to have differing opinions unlike mindless herds of iSheep.

    • bakdroid

      Unless it is a Nexus, everyone here hates it. Unless it is a Verizon Nexus then they hate that too. This site hosts some of the biggest hypocrits in Android. Or should I say iAndroid…

  • digitalicecream

    They keep setting precedence, and we keep buckling… christ I wish they’d get it together already. All Samsung needs to do is change their icons and such to nullify all of this crap.

    • New_Guy

      Sammy…get rid of TouchWiz…fat chance, even after this -_-…

      • WickedToby741

        Funny thing is, what does this mean for Bada? It’s TouchWiz through and through.

        • Matthew Merrick

          If Bada is kill-it-with-fire’d by sammy, i will personally throw a party.

      • digitalicecream

        I suppose you’re right.

        • New_Guy

          Well…after today’s news, it appears I was wrong. Good call my man…

  • zepfloyd

    While I really hope this never happens, and should have never gotten here to begind with; if it does, it could actually help the Android ecosystem. The GS2 is cheap to free, if it’s eliminated through a ban it could allow other struggling OEMs like HTC and Moto to make up some ground. Just food for thought.

  • Destroythanet

    Good news for Samsung. They should just concentrate on their newer, better phones that bear no resemblance to the iPhone anyway. GSIII and the Galaxy Note 2 look like clear winners to me.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    Actually, I would think this may be good for Android. No one should be using a phone that old, they just make Android look bad. Banning the old crappy phones will force people to buy new Android phones and have a better experience with them. Too bad new phones aren’t all running JB yet.

  • John Davids

    Late last week, Verizon started a deal that gave you a Droid Charge for $0.00 with a 2 year contract. Deal is still going. Methinks VZW is trying to deplete their stock of this device before the ban goes into effect.

    • Timothy McGovern

      They’re not that smart

  • EvanTheGamer

    As long as that f’n horrible dreadful company isn’t looking to try to ban the Galaxy Nexus, I don’t give a flying f.

  • Treknologist

    Seems that things won’t be so easy for crApple, after all. Looks like a lot of opinions around are saying the verdict may be thrown out because of misconduct from the jurors.
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57500504-71/legal-analysts-suggest-apple-samsung-verdict-may-not-be-safe/

  • Bewara2009

    Oh man after apple knocks out all the Sam phones they will go after HTC :/

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      By then Google will have annihilated Apple into a once was company. I’m waiting for Google to get their patent for the notification bar! Thats when fiery hell will rain down on top of Apple.

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    This is what happens when you give a mouse a cookie! Apple won one battle, now they want to go after everyone.

  • http://twitter.com/tbaker007 Tanya Baker

    Well don’t a few MVNO carriers recently just start carrying the S2, so that could make a difference.

  • kwubba

    I’m not sure how they called the Charge a copy…I don’t think anybody was mistaking that for ICrap. The shape alone was differing in many ways.

    • Edwin M

      Please, I wish someone would have banned that and the Fascinate from Verizon stores. I almost bought a Fascinate way back when it came out. I would still be kicking myself.

      • PC_Tool

        I own 3 Fascinates. All but one of them are media players/alarm clocks right now, and all are now running Jellybean.

        Not bad for a crappy iPhone knock-off, eh?

        (…and yes, even I thought they were about the worst Android devices known to man…before jt1134 got them running AOSP, and once Team Glitch started making kernels for them…they suddenly became damn good devices.)

        • Edwin M

          Well you eventually had that benefit of modding it. Before that though, the device wasn’t good.

          • PC_Tool

            I agree completely. Slow as hell, bad GPS, just a complete mess. Hated them…

            Totally not kicking myself over them though, thanks to jt1134. :)

        • WickedToby741

          You thought the Fascinate was bad, you must have not owned an Eris.

          • PC_Tool

            Nope. Probably wouldn’t have minded the OG Droid though…

          • Tim Buchanan

            Ha, those were my two first Android devices. It’s a miracle I held on!

    • New_Guy

      A juror said that they literally went down the list of devices and if it had a bezel and a flat screen then they said “yes.” Just gross…

      • Allen Byrd

        LOL Wow. Fail. That’s the only word I can use to describe this now.

        • New_Guy

          Complete and utter…

          • michael arazan

            Also the 1 billion samsung has to pay apple is a drop in the hat for them too. I thought the 2,5 billion might affect them and then I read samsung has been doing amazingly well. So I hope it was worth it, basically paying a huge fine to jump to the front of the line and be first in android products.

          • New_Guy

            According to NBC News, the $1.04b represents a mere 1.5% of Samsungs annual revenue…

            Pfffffffft! Yeah, I think they’ll be fine =).

      • Tommy Thompson

        And that is why Samsung might have a chance with appeals. The Nexus S 4G isn’t flat, but it still “infringed”…

        • New_Guy

          Yeah, there’s no way in the world, of all their devices, the Nexus S infringed on anything. Stock android, curved face and bezel, hump on the back. And the word 4g thrown in there. It gets more rediculous the more we look at this verdict…

    • Tommy Thompson

      Or the Epic 4G that somehow infringed…

    • feztheforeigner

      Love Android and Sammy but the Charge was crap. It was very different from the iCrap but still crap nonetheless…

  • Butters619

    It could be worse. Still think it is a bit absurd and Samsung should really fight hard in the appeal. Although TouchWiz styled a bit like iOS (eveybody knows that is true), most of those phones look nothing like an iPhone. Different screen size, aspect ratio, camera location, build materials, display type, etc. Nobody in their right mind would confuse them.

    • kwubba

      Agree, it’s like Mercedes suing Ford for coming up with that wild and crazy idea of putting 4 wheels on a car…oh wait..Mercedes stole it from a horse and carriage maker…I mean really…there were smartphones before Crapple…they just improved on those previous designs.

      • Finire

        I think this is one of the best comparisons I have ever heard.

  • adtst3

    Excuse my ignorance on the legal ramifications of the possible banned devices, but if these devices were to be banned, would it have any effect on devices people already own? Or just the devices can no longer be sold?

    • Butters619

      That $1.05 billion is for the devices that were already sold.

    • S_T_R

      Yes, Apple iStrike teams will hunt you down and force you to give up your phone or take a bullet in the head. Give them the phone, for the love of God, as those people are not to be messed with. iStrikers are people you’d hire if you wanted to kill the people that killed Bin Laden.

      • JW

        ^ lol I love it ^ Now to really answer his question, No it will not have any effect on you if you already own it, You are safe from the iStrike

    • SolipsisticPsychologist

      No, if you own one of these wrongfully banned devices, it will not affect you in any way, but as of now and going forward people will not be able to purchase these phones new. Though I do wonder if it might affect you if you had to get a replacement if you owned one of these phones, and your’s malfunctioned and or it was damaged and covered under warranty or insurance. But I would also assume if the carrier did not have any refurbished phones to give as a replacement, that they would give you a phone of equal, or if you are lucky, better value.

    • jeesung

      Apple fanboi’s are allowed to punch you on the train during your commute

      • Droidzilla

        In fairness, those skinny-jean-clad hipsters are more likely to hurt their hand than your face.

  • Greg Morgan

    So if these are banned, does my wife’s Charge become a collectible?

    • John

      It already is a collectible.

      ;)

      • Greg Morgan

        ha! Touche!

      • New_Guy

        Boom! =)

  • Diablo81588

    Meh.