We already know that Samsung is appealing the big decision that landed in August involving Apple patents, and we already had an idea that they would go after the jury foreman, but now we have a clearer picture. Samsung has a dozen exhibits involving jury foreman, Velvin Hogan, and his public statements. He made himself available for several interviews after the trial and it seems as though he made a lot of misstatements. For example, he said design patents are based on “look and feel” and that prior art must be “interchangeable” in order to invalidate a patent. “These incorrect and extraneous legal standards had no place in the jury room,” wrote Samsung in its brief.
Well it’s not too early to start the Galaxy S IV rumors is it? The first rumor was about a possible announcement at next year’s Mobile World Congress, which was quickly denied by Samsung. Now we have reports that a 13MP camera module for the Galaxy S IV was spotted, which isn’t anything earth-shattering. We actually thought the Galaxy S III and/or the Galaxy Note II would have a 13MP shooter, and interestingly enough, this lens was actually intended for those devices. For whatever reason, it was scrapped in favor of the current 8MP shooters.
I never thought sales of the Galaxy S III would suffer dramatically, but honestly, I thought that they would have slowed right after the Apple vs. Samsung verdict and right after the announcement of the iPhone 5, but neither did. If anything, they helped. The above chart is from Localytics, and it shows an average weekly growth of 9% from July 31 through October 1.
What’s most interesting is the two biggest spikes. The first one was a 16 percent jump during the period of August 21 to August 27 (Tuesday to Monday). On August 24, the verdict came down in the famous Apple vs. Samsung case, and you can clearly see it was the best week. The second example was during the period of September 11 to September 17, which showed 15 percent growth. It was on September 12 that Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5, but growth was the second biggest.
Smartwatches don’t seem to be as popular as I thought they would be, but I still think there’s going to be a lot of growth in this area. It looks like Google might be thinking the same thing. A Nexus smartwatch just might create the excitement to get mainstream consumers to jump in. It so happens that in October 2011 a patent for a smartwatch was filed by James Brooks Miller and Richard Carl Gossweiler III on behalf of Google. What makes this smartwatch a little more interesting is that it would feature a transparent flip-up display. This flip-up display could be used to get information on buildings or landmarks that it sees or even to get directions.
This patent was just approved, and although this doesn’t mean that Google will ever work on a Nexus smartwatch, I’m hopeful they will. Hit the break for the abstract.
HTC made the One X+ official yesterday and promised an October release in Europe. Clove just announced that they will offer the new HTC flagship starting October 22 for £395 or £474 with VAT. To give you an idea in U.S. dollars, that comes to $630 without VAT. Certainly not cheap, but still cheaper than the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy S III. They are taking pre-orders now so if you want to jump in, just hit the source link.
Amtrak just released a much needed app in the Google Play Store. With the Amtrak app you will be able to plan and book your trip via any of Amtrak’s trains or buses and check the arrival and departure status. It can display your eTicket on your display, so it’s one less thing you have to remember to bring on your excursion. It even integrates with your calendar by adding your trips or you can also share any of your trips with your contacts.
- Plan and book travel throughout Amtrak’s nationwide system of trains and buses
- Check the arrival and departure status of trains
- Display your eTicket from right in the app. Leave paper behind. eTickets are available nationwide. See Amtrak.com/eTicketing for more details.
- Modify your reservations or upgrade your seat.
- Search stations for location, building amenities and hours of operation. Amtrak links you to Google for maps, streetview and turn-by-turn directions
- Connect to your Amtrak Guest Rewards account
If you’re a frequent Amtrak traveler you need to download this app today. Just hit one of the download links below to get started.
When it comes to Android, one of the hottest topics has always been how fast updates are. It has been a problem for a while now and there’s no question that Google recognizes that. At last year’s I/O, they announced a new agreement with OEMs that would make them commit to updates over an 18-month period. That didn’t seem to do much, so at this past June’s I/O, they announced the PDK. which is the hardware equivalent of the SDK. It gives manufacturers of hardware and chipsets early access to Android builds so they can get a jump start on current and upcoming devices. It’s still too soon to judge if this will help or not, but I really have to point out that things are going in the wrong direction in a major way.
Earlier HTC announced the One X+ as their newest flagship phone, but said that a separate announcement would take place for the U.S. Well AT&T didn’t take long to announce their intent to carry the quad-core beast as well as another phone called the One VX.
The One X+ (pictured above) will be the first quad-core phone in the U.S. with LTE capability thanks to the latest 1.7GHz Tegra 3 chipset. The rest of the specs are the same which include a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display, 1GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 8MP rear camera with ImageSense, 1.6MP front camera, 2100mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and Sense 4+. They didn’t announce pricing or when it will launch, but hopefully by the end of the month.
Earlier today HTC announced their newest flagship, the One X+, which will come pre-loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sense 4+. We originally thought the latest version of Sense would be version 4.5, but either way it’s an updated version. As we expected, HTC will also upgrade the One X, the One S, and the One XL to both Jelly Bean and Sense 4+. They will start with the international unlocked versions this month, followed by the carrier branded versions. How long it will take for the carriers to approve and deploy the update is anyone’s guess. Those of you in the U.S. with the AT&T One X and the T-Mobile One S will eventually receive it, but again it’s going to be up to both of those carriers. I’m hopeful that all devices will receive it by the end of the year.
If you own a One V, unfortunately it wasn’t mentioned as receiving the upgrade, which isn’t good news at all. I guess that’s going to be a trait for all economy phones moving forward. Manufacturers just aren’t going to put the time into them as they assume those customers aren’t as concerned with those that buy mid to upper tier phones.
HTC finally took the wraps off of the One X+, and as expected, it’s going to have more speed, more storage, and more battery life. There’s nothing shocking about the specs only because most of the rumors came true. It will sport a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3 AP37 processor, 1GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 8MP rear camera with ImageSense, 1.6MP front camera, a 2100mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and Sense 4+. Originally the rumors showed an 1800mAh battery, but we heard it would actually be larger so that’s a good thing. As far as RAM, nobody was ever sure, but we were hoping for 2GB. I guess HTC feels that 1GB will be enough to handle Sense 4+ on top of stock Jelly Bean.
The One X+ will launch in Europe and North Asia in early October and South Asia in November. We fully expect it to arrive in North America as well, but nothing was mentioned other than a separate announcement will take place. No pricing was specified, so we will have to wait till the carriers post something.
Full press release after the break: