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Samsung admits Apple's multitouch software is better than Android's

In bid to avoid Netherlands sales ban
Mon Sep 10 2012, 10:58
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KOREAN PHONE GIANT Samsung has admitted that Apple's multitouch software is much better than Google's, in a bid to avoid a sales ban in the Netherlands.

In the latest patent squabble between the two companies, Apple is claiming that Samsung's Android powered Galaxy models should be banned in the Netherlands for infringing its multitouch patents. In particular, Apple claims that Samsung infringes its "touch event model" patent, which refers to a method that stops users from accidentally pressing two buttons at the same time.

This latest argument could see a EU wide ban on all of Samsung's devices running Android 2.3 and above, because Samsung's distribution center is located in the Netherlands.

In a bizarre twist, however, Samsung has sheepishly admitted that Android's multitouch software is simply not on par with Apple's efforts, calling the feature a "very nice invention", Macworld reports.

Apple, unsurprisingly, disputed the claims from Samsung's lawyers, saying, "They [Samsung] suggest that they have a lesser solution, but that is simply not true."

Samsung might be a fan of Apple's multitouch software, but the firm's lawyers went on to argue that the company's patent is invalid because it is very similar to other technology. A ruling in this case is expected on 24 October.

Neither Apple nor Samsung were available for comment at the time of publication. µ

 

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