Apple is apparently attempting to ban the Samsung Galaxy S3 from being sold in countries such as Australia, the U.S. and parts of Europe.
Apple filed a lawsuit this week that requests a sales ban of the Galaxy S3 in those countries. Its goal is to stop U.S. and Australian carriers from offering it based on the Apple's claim that Samsung has infringed on its user interface patents and other hardware related patents with the Galaxy S3.
Apple's current CEO Tim Cook recently met with the head of Samsung in a court session aimed at settling their ongoing smartphone war that Apple began last year.
The two companies are currently tangled in about 30 patent litigation suits in 10 different countries, according to The Wall Street Journal.
In other Galaxy S3 news, the Pebble Blue version of the handset is now back in stock again and has started to ship in Europe, according to a recent report from YouMobile.org.
This is great news for customers who anticipated purchasing the Pebble Blue variant and were disappointed after 600,000 back covers for the device were destroyed because they did not match up to Samsung's high standards, causing shortages for this particular model globally.
Some of the covers that were destroyed displayed white blotches that could be seen while looking at the component from a specific angle.
Samsung announced its plans to launch the Samsung Galaxy S3 on the five largest network service providers in the U.S. yesterday, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and Verizon.
The U.S. version of the device will launch for both 4G LTE and HSPA+ 42 networks. Prices will vary from carrier to carrier with the minimum being $199.
Samsung also will replace its Exynos quad-core processor with Qualcomm's dual-core s4 chip in the U.S. variant of the smartphone.