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LG Optimus True HD LTE confirmed for Germany

Though the Optimus 4X HD is LG's current flagship, they aren't done rolling out the Optimus LTE to all of its destined markets yet. Germany will get the Optimus True HD LTE (so called to differentiate it from AMOLED phones with 720p Pentile screens) sometime in the near future. LG kept the details close to the vest, and didn't say when we'd see the Optimus True HD LTE, on which carriers, or for how much money.

HTC One series gets priced and dated in Austria, Germany and Switzerland

If you happen to live in central Europe, in one of those countries where the language has about three times as many consonants as it really needs, then you'll soon be able to pick up one one of HTC's shiny new consonant-themed smartphones. The HTC One X, One S and One V have been given proper release notes in Austria, Germany and Switzerland: all of them will be available unlocked starting on Monday, April 2nd. The One X will be €599 (about $795 or £500) The One S will be €499 ($663) and the One V will be €299 ($397).

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus N heads to Germany

The wave of Samsung Galaxy tablets continues today with yet another model hitting the shelves soon. Samsung has released a model for almost every size we can think of and today Samsung has outlined and priced their new Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus "N" model headed to Germany. It was announced back in January but now is coming soon. The difference over the current 7.0 Plus available today, is the N model has been changed to avoid the lawsuits and patent wars by Apple over in Germany.

HTC catches a break: Velocity likely to be first LTE Android phone in Europe

News from HTC has been mostly gloom and doom as of late, after some poor 2011 results and gloomy Q1 2012 predictions. But today the struggling manufacturer finally gets a bit of good PR: it'll be the first to launch an Android phone with an LTE connection in Europe. The Unwired reports that the HTC Velocity (better known to US Android enthusiasts as the Vivid) will launch on Vodafone Germany soon, making a milestone for the currently small LTE options on mainland Europe.

Apple up to its old tricks: calls for a ban on 10 Samsung phones in Germany

Stop me if you've heard this one before. After battling nearly every major Android OEM for the better part of 2011, Apple seems to be wasting no time in bringing its litigious streak into 2012. Bloomberg reports that it's petitioning German courts for an outright sales ban on 10 Samsung smartphones, including the popular Galaxy S II. Apple's objections have to do with its design patents, which won it an injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 last year.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus N announced

Well folks, Samsung has just announced another Galaxy Tab. And no it isn't another size to go along with their every size you can think of campaign as of late -- instead this is sadly an Apple patent-dodging tablet for the German market. I'm sure I don't need to explain but for those unaware Apple has been in an all out war with Samsung as of late, and this is the result.

HTC fights back against IPCom in harassment case

A month ago corporate patent troll intellectual property specialist IPCom won a major case against HTC in Germany, which seems to be a downright patent hotbed lately. The court ruled that IPCom's 3G technology patent was being illegally used in HTC's phones (and by extension, pretty much every cell phone in Europe) and and now a sales ban against HTC devices looms. But IPCom jumped the gun a bit on the ruling, and started harassing retailers for selling HTC phones immediately. HTC countersued and (wait for it) secured an injunction, keeping the trolls from further bothering retailers.

German court tells Apple to cool it, Galaxy Tab 10.1N injunction unlikely

When Apple's patent case against Samsung in Germany led to a total sales injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung released a revised version named the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. The updated hardware altered the design and branding of the tablet in order to avoid violating Apple's design patents, most notably with a set of front-facing speakers that flanked the screen. Apparently it wasn't good enough for Apple, and continuing in their worldwide crusade against all things Android they petitioned the court for yet another sales injunction in November. Reuters reports that the judge in the case has indicated that the updated hardware is sufficiency dissimilar to the iPad, and Apple's design patents are not being infringed.

Quid pro quo: Motorola granted injunction against Apple in Germany

There are all sorts of appropriately snarky comments one could place here. But we'll stick to the facts, ma'am, just the facts: FOSS Patents reports that Motorola Mobility has been granted a preliminary sales injunction against Apple in Germany, based on one of its wireless communications patents. Unless Apple can get the ruling overturned or stayed, it may face a sales ban on the iPhone and iPad in that country.

Galaxy Nexus arrives in Germany and on Vodafone UK, Verizon twiddles its thumbs

Good news, folks: there's one more place you can get the Galaxy Nexus that isn't America. Engadget reports that retailers across Germany have jumped the gun and started selling the Galaxy Nexus early. Availability is still a little shaky - it looks like some outlets are offering the unlocked GSM version and some aren't, though Media Mart is reportedly a reliable place to find it.
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