The entire tech world is waiting for the final decision from the jury in the Apple vs. Samsung trial, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer as the jury is still in deliberations and has made a request to extend discussions by an hour before the trial takes a break for the weekend. The general idea is this likely indicates the group is either not so close to reaching a consensus or the jury wants to ensure it has all of the important facts correct and will leave no room for any sort of doubt once making the decision (hopefully by today). Oh and don’t forget either— the jurors have a hefty-sized notebook to go through in order to help decide what damages can be given to either Samsung or Apple.
There is still the hope that a verdict will be reached by 4:30pm PST today. Fingers crossed we’ll hear some news soon.
After seeing some ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 owners get some Jelly Bean love last week, it now appears owners of the device in the UK are now getting some love too. According to the ASUS Facebook page, owners will be treated to new features and functions, along with improvements to pre-installed apps, new power saving options and global file search. All this means is that yet more Android owners will get to have that smooth and buttery experience… and who doesn’t love that?
source: ASUS Facebook
Not long after a Jelly Bean build leaked for the international Samsung Galaxy SIII, a build has surfaced for the T-Mobile version, compliments of XDA-Forums member LuffarJoh. To flash this ROM you need to do the following:
- Download and Install the stock firmware (from Samsung)
- Download the OTA update and apply it (from Samsung)
- Download the .zip (XDA forum)
The actual OTA update is rumored to start rolling out later this month, but if you’re feeling brave head over to XDA and follow the instructions. But it’s always wise to take a backup before proceeding. Happy flashing!
We have some more news for you all regarding the whole T-Mobile Galaxy Note saga. After previously seeing the device would be cancelled until further notice, we now see Costco has the device on closeout. This is despite the device being available at “select T-Mobile retailers“, according to T-Mobile. The irony of this latest development is neither T-Mobile, nor the partner retailers have given any sort of explanation of this ever-growing story.
Of course this story is just begging us to ask: does T-Mobile plan on releasing the Galaxy Note 2 on its network instead of the original?
Fans of Words With Friends , the popular Scrabble based game from Zynga, may be glad to hear a new update for the Android app was released yesterday. Taking Words With Friends up to version 5.0, the newest release includes a revamped user interface, improvements to the chat function, and some bug and crash fixes. If you are a Words With Friends player on Android or you are interested in trying out the new version of the app, hit one of the download links below.
Google Play Download Link
While the tech world has its sights set on the most talked about trial in tech history, Samsung just opened a new Samsung Experience store in Sydney, Australia.
Samsung’s being accused (by Apple) of being a copycat, but that is yet to be decided on by the jury. If there’s one way Samsung could, and should, copy Apple it would be in designing retail stores. After all Apple does have the most profitable retail business in the world, so that begs the question: why not copy them in this case?
Whatever you do Sammy, just don’t copy their TV ads!
I know there are a lot of Twitter apps out there, but here’s another one to throw into the mix. Bobbit for Twitter, created by Sparky Mobile, is a thematic live wallpaper that features your Twitter feed. Bobbit offers 6 different themes: city, night, show, forest, farm, and green. Each wallpaper features a scenery that many would find attractive even without the Twitter feed. Tweets are shown individually in a caption style along with a bird that flies in and out of your home screen. For example, in the city theme, the bird flies in and lands on a tree with each tweet. Tweets are displayed for about 5 seconds, then the bird flies off, and of course flies back with the very next tweet. If the tweet includes a link, you will see another bird flying overhead with a browser globe hanging by a rope. All you have to do is swipe down on the globe, and the link will open via your browser of choice.
Apps World takes place October 2nd and 3rd in Earl’s Court 2, London and part of that will be what’s called Droid World. This is where leading Android developers, Google Android representatives, handset manufacturers and operators will deliver valuable developer advice via free workshops on ideas covering design, build, architecture, interface, and monetization issues. These workshops will be interactive in that attendees will be encouraged to suggest discussion topics, debate, and collaborate.
Ian Johnson, MD of Six Degrees who organized Apps World said “We are pleased to be offering this 2 day free to attend Android track at Apps World, we plan to cover a variety of issues across the Android ecosystem such as; monetisation, testing and security whilst also offering developers advice on PR and marketing their apps. Android is offering lots of new possibilities right now, with new evolving interfaces including voice and 3D, it’s great to see these exciting developers who are making it happen being brought together.”
As reported a couple of days ago, Samsung will release the Jelly Bean update for international Galaxy S III’s shortly after the Unpacked Event on August 29th. We already saw a build leak last week, but a second build just leaked. This build is XXDLH7, and obviously it should be more stable than the previous one. Although some are claiming that it might actually be the final build, we have no idea if that’s true. Most likely it isn’t, but if you want to give it a try, just hit up the source link below. Again, this is for the international version (GT-i9300) only.
The Seoul Central District Court in Korea has ruled that Samsung and Apple violated each other’s patents. The end result is that both companies are banned from selling the infringed devices in South Korea including the iPhone 4, iPad 2, the Samsung Galaxy S2, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1. Both companies were rewarded punitive damages.
Apple is accusing Samsung for creating consumer confusion and being a copycat. The judge noted despite similarities in physical design, the devices between the two companies have distinct logos, making it difficult for consumers to mix them up. In addition to logos, the judge also noted Samsung’s products differentiate from Apple’s with its three buttons in the front and differently adopted designs for the camera and sides. The judge also considered the fact that buyers look at other options when purchasing a new device such as price, brand, applications, services and operating systems.
The court ruled Apple violated two of Samsung’s wireless technology patents, while Samsung violated one of Apple’s for bounce-back technology. Apple must pay Samsung a punitive of $17,650 in damages for each violated patent, while Samsung must pay Apple $22,000 respectively.