The world's two smartphone titans have apparently called a legal truce and abandoned litigation against each other, but only outside of the US, where the bitter war of claim and counterclaim appears to show no signs of stopping, with the two continuously alleging that the other has breached copyright rules and patents.
It's perhaps one of the most talked about disputes in the business world in recent times. In fact, so high profile was the back and forth dispute that it even spawned an urban legend that Samsung paid one settlement entirely in pennies sent to Apple's headquarter by a fleet of lorries.
The announcement of the end-of-an-era truce came from Samsung Australia, which stated that the two powerhouses have now agreed to drop all claims against each other in every country outside the US.
“Samsung and Apple have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States. This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts,” the statement said.
Bloggers are already starting to get excited over what this could mean for the future of the two companies, with many saying that it will make for huge savings for both. With neither having to pay out court costs or settlements to each other, it'll mean they have spare funding to throw at the sort of exciting projects that led to early smartphone innovations.
The news also comes as the two now prepare to go head-to-head in terms of sales in the next few months. At the end of September, Apple is likely to release the new iPhone 6, while it looks like Samsung's Galaxy Alpha will be good to go around the same time, starting a new battle in the right way.