Here is a roundup of the latest news this week from the technology world.
Asus confirms Jelly Bean to arrive on Transformer tablets
Asus has revealed that the latest operating from Android will be available on a number of Transformer tablets. Jelly Bean 4.1 has been confirmed to arrive on only three devices so far - the Asus Transformed Pad, Asus Transformer Pad Prime and Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.
Asus did say they are looking into whether its older devices will be compatible with the new operating system.
Asus said in a statement, “We are pleased to announce that we will be updating many of our tablet products to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. The ASUS Transformer Pad, ASUS Transformer Pad Prime and ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity are all scheduled to receive an update to Jelly Bean in the coming months.”
It added, “We are still investigating Jelly Bean updates for other devices, but we are not in a position to confirm whether any other products will be eligible for an update at the moment.”
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 banned in Europe
Apple has been granted an injunction against Samsung and its Galaxy Tab 7.7, with the device now banned. It is another blow for Samsung in their patent battle with Apple as they were won the injunction to prevent the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from being on sale across the whole of Europe.
Apple has also been targeting other Samsung products including the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Nexus smartphone. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 had previously been banned in Germany but now with injunction across EU countries, Samsung will be facing huge fines if they do not removed the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the retailer’s shelves.
This month saw the UK courts announce that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 did not contravene Apple’s patents.
Florian Muller of Foss Patents spoke to Tech Radar about the continuing battle between Samsung and Apple, "If Samsung sells the 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab in the EU, Apple can go to the German courts and request sanctions against the Korean firm. The courts will then have the power to fine Samsung, and in a very extreme case, even imprison its management."
He added, "In the case of sales in Britain, the UK authorities will not take action against Samsung if it continues to sell the tablet, but the German courts could still issue fines as the Tab 7.7 is being sold in an EU country."
Samsung joins forces with Corning
Samsung and Corning have announced they are working together on opening a new manufacturing plant in China. The cost of this project will be $600 million and the building of the new factory will begin later this year in the China's Wuxi New District
Once the factory is opened, it will be manufacturing TFT-LCD glass screens that are seen mostly on laptops and LCD monitors. Samsung and Corning have a long standing partnership with each other as they both owned the company Samsung Corning Precision Materials Co Ltd, which has a factory in South Korea.
The reason behind this new manufacturing plant is to reduce the workload on the Korean factory. Corning is well known for producing its Gorilla Glass screens, which are used on smartphones and tablets.
It is unclear at the moment whether the manufacturing plant in China will be producing any Gorilla Glass screens.
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