Samsung Ready to Strip Galaxy Tab Features in Australia

Samsung is offering to cut features from its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia as part of a deal with Apple so it can sell its iPad competitor in the country, according to the BBC. The two companies have been locked in a patent infringement legal battle in the country over mobile device patents.

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Samsung agreed to delay the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country until the beginning of October while a judge reviewed the case, but faced the potential of an court-ordered ban on its tablets thanks to a request from Apple for an injunction blocking the sale of the company’s multimedia tablet. The company said last week that it wants to swing a deal with Apple to avoid a court battle, too.

Apple and Samsung have been locked in a legal battle over patent infringement claims for several months. Both companies have alleged that the other’s mobile devices use patented technologies without proper licensing, and have filed lawsuits against each other in the U.S. and other countries.

A German court recently upheld an injunction blocking the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the country. Samsung has filed an appeal in hopes of overturning that ruling. Apple was also awarded a temporary injunction through a Dutch court blocking the sale of some Galaxy devices in the European Union.

There isn’t any word yet on which features Samsung is ready to axe, of if the company would consider stripping the same functionality from its tablet in other countries, too.