Well folks, we have more bad news to present the world of Android today from the fruit company we all know plenty about. In another dubious move by Apple it looks like Samsung’s new Galaxy S III could be facing some problems in the coming weeks. Apple has just filed the same preliminary injunction against the Galaxy S III as it did the Nexus in February — and is hoping to get it banned before launching in the US.
The story goes like all the others we’ve heard recently with Apple and HTC, including another filing we mentioned earlier today. Apple has TONS of patents for just about everything, and are leveraging them against the competition. This time around Apple is taking aim with their “universal search technology” Siri, and using that against Samsung’s S-Voice counterpart, as well as the same data tapping (link long press) type actions that we use on virtually every Android device.
The image above while shown on an HTC device from the June 4th filing, is the same patent that Apple is using to attack Samsung today. Apple’s “data tapping” IP is described as a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data,” which is their background technology that powers the menu options like you see in Gmail, and the picture above. Between that and S-Voice Apple might have a pretty good chance at getting “some” judges to rule in their favor.
Late last month they got a temporary ban that stopped all shipments of HTC’s new One X, and EVO 4G LTE that was later dropped by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) after a short week or so delay. If a judge manages to pass off this latest attempt by Apple we could see the highly highly popular and extremely anticipated Galaxy S III delayed. I sure hope not, but you never know. Time to get out the pitchforks guys because this is getting old![via BGR]