There’s yet another development of the epic saga between two of the biggest manufacturing giants in the world. In some newly released documents, FOSS Patents has uncovered what is a mind-boggling move by Apple in order to deter any continued activity from Samsung. As Apple continues to go on the offensive towards the Korean giant, it has also set its targets on retailers. Yes, you read that correctly— Apple is now applying the pressure on retailers regarding the various Samsung “infringements”. Many of you have a perplexed look on your face, so let me explain: as Apple continues to press for court-ordered injunctions of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales, Samsung believes Apple is acting in what looks to be an unlawful manner. Samsung notes in a recent filing that Apple was actually sending out letters to third parties— otherwise known as retailers— about the court-ordered injunctions. In short, Apple sent do-not-sell letters to the various carriers and retailers that carry Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1. The same letters sent by Apple include actual copies of the court-ordered injunction and a postscript suggesting that the same retailers or sellers are “acting in concert” with Samsung by selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus and effectively, must obey the court order.
Samsung wants the courts to see there is something significantly wrong with Apple’s latest tactics and goes so far as to call them “menacing”. More importantly– as long as there is no court ordered ban as of yet, Samsung believes the retailers should be able to sell the existing inventory of the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1 without any issue. While the various retailers are seemingly ignoring Apple’s warning, this is still a sad development in this ugly battle. Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse for both companies, it actually did.
You can see a sample transcript of Apple’s warning letters at the source links below.
Looks like Google may have hit a home run with the $199 Nexus 7 tablet (read our full review here). According to Reuters, retailers across the US are reporting their stock as being sold out. So far, GameStop, Staples, Sam’s Club, Office Depot, and Walmart have all run out of their pre-order allotments before the Nexus 7 even hit store shelves.
“We blew through the first two allotments,” a GameStop spokesperson stated. Their third allotment won’t arrive until August. GameStop would not say how many units comprise an allotment.
This brings up the question of just how many units have been made for the initial production run. A previous rumor pointed to only 600,000 tablets being made in June, which could account for the quick sell-outs. With the Nexus 7 getting highly-positive reviews praising its high-end specs and low price, 600,000 doesn’t seem like nearly enough.
Of course, prior Nexus devices haven’t been top sellers in the past, so perhaps Google simply underestimated the demand of a low-cost/high-performing tablet. I’d rather believe that over Google purposefully keeping the initial production numbers low to artificially drive up demand. The Nexus 7 is good enough to stand on its own and doesn’t need marketing tricks to make it look popular.
Who’s already ordered theirs, and have you gotten it yet?
Looks like Sprint pulled the curtain back a little early in Kansas City and switched on their 4G LTE service several days ahead of the scheduled July 15th rollout. Users are also reporting LTE signals in surrounding areas, including St. Joseph, Missouri and Manhattan, Kansas. The full rollout will also include Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio in the coming weeks.
I’m hoping the San Francisco Bay Area comes soon. My Evo 4G LTE is feeling a little pokey when on 3G.
The “3-ring style” clock widget from the Atrix HD has been pulled and made available for your device via the .apk file. The clock is broken up into 3 different parts and are all interactive, showing you time, weather in multiple cities, your battery and data plan percentages. Sadly, this widget is proprietary to the home launcher which means you have to install the Atrix HD’s home launcher in order for this widget to function. Instructions and a download link will be available after the break:
A “supposed” snapshot photo of a Best Buy computer screen has implied that the retailer could start selling the unlocked GSM Samsung Galaxy S III in stores. In the photo, the “model” is clearly shown as the I9300, which of course is the unlocked variant of the Galaxy S III. While I think it would be great if this were true, there’s several aspects of the photo that says otherwise. The “begin” date for the sale shows May 25th of this year, which of course has already passed. Also, in the “inventory” section everything is shown as “0″, even the “on order” is shown as 0, thus assuming that they’re not expecting any device units to be shipped to them.
Last but not least, the hefty price tag of $799.99 before taxes is far too steep when it’s cheaper on other online retailers. What do you guys think about this? Does this look valid or is it just “much ado about nothing?”
source: Android Central
Remember Google’s open sourced app called “My Tracks?” If you do not, we don’t blame you as the app hasn’t received an update in over a year! For those who are unfamiliar with the app, My Tracks is an application for your Android powered phone where you can record GPS tracks and visualize your hiking, running, biking or any other activity while watching live performance statistics. The app makes it easy to archive and save your training history with Google Docs and Google Maps, as well as share your activities with anyone you’d like anywhere in the world.
My Tracks is ideal for fitness junkies, or even for a casual walk around a city. After one long year, it has finally been updated with some really cool features including the ability to play back your tour directly on Google Earth. Other new features include:
- Major UI update (Holo UI)
- Simpler, faster user interface
- Improved flow for sharing a track
- Improved flow for inserting markers
- Option to use track location as the default track name
- Aggregation of statistics over time to show trends in your performance
- Improved charts and stats tables that are easier to read
- Bluetooth and ANT+ sensor bug fixes
For my outdoor fitness apps, I have always used Endomondo Pro. Although with these new enhancements, especially in the UI department, I’d definitely give My Tracks a shot! What’s your guys’ experience with this app? Hit up the dowbload link or QR code after the break for a free download in the Play Store!
Yesterday we reported that customers will be able to pre-order the Garnet Red Samsung Galaxy S III via AT&T starting July 15th and will be in stores by July 29th. The Garnet Red Galaxy S III will be an exclusive color for AT&T and there have been no reports whether the color will make its way to other carriers such as T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint. While the Galaxy S III comes in two great colors (Marble White and Pebble Blue), I had hoped that Samsung would pump out more colors such as this as time went by. Surprisingly, a Samsung UK spokesperson has released a statement regarding other colors for their Galaxy S III. According to the Samsung rep’s statement obtained by Pocket-Lint, “We will be announcing potential colour variants in due course.”
Sadly there’s no timetable on when this will happen, nor what colors Samsung is planning on releasing. I for one would love to see a black or gunmetal color, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. What color would you guys love to see on the Galaxy S III?
With the exception of those lucky Google I/O attendees, the rest of the world is waiting to get their hands on Google and Asus’ 7″ wonder-tablet. Today brings great news straight from the horses mouth as Google has announced that the Nexus 7 is winging it’s way to a doormat near you. The tablet is scheduled to arrive within 3 business days however you’ll know if your order is on the way as you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail as well as a tracker number, just try not to flood the couriers website by hitting that refresh button too many times!
Here’s the full message from Big G :
“We’re now shipping Nexus 7 pre-orders. The first wave of orders are going out today and all pre-orders are scheduled to ship within the next 3 business days. Once your order has shipped you will receive a confirmation email and tracking number. Though our agents are unable to provide a specific delivery date for individual pre-orders, please rest assured that our shipping team is working to fulfill all orders as quickly as possible.”
Those of you that decided to order your Nexus 7 through Gamestop are the lucky ones because you will be able to play with your new Nexus 7 before those that ordered it through Google Play. Gamestop is sending out texts and emails letting those who pre-ordered know that it’s in stock and ready for pick up.
Now if you didn’t pre-order, don’t plan on stopping by to snag one because they only received enough stock to cover pre-orders. The regular supply won’t hit stores until August 7.