While you see a wireless carrier or two continue their commitment to offering shared data plans while wiping out those coveted unlimited data plans, it turns out consumers should be just fine with shared data plans. According to a study done by NPD Group, information collected from 1,000 Android smartphone users through an app that tracks data usage shows the vast majority of customers on a Big 4 network (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile) generally use less than 2GB of data per month. In another not-so-surprising fact, NPD also revealed that users with unlimited data plans didn’t even take advantage of being able to use unlimited data because those same users utilize WiFi networks more often than not.
In addition, not all customers of wireless carriers are the same. According to the findings, T-Mobile has the most data-hungry customers as 11% of customers use more than 3GB per month compared to 4% on AT&T/Sprint and 3% on Verizon. The reasoning? Analyst Eddie Hold believes: “T-Mobile consumers tend to be younger. Younger demographics are the ones we find hit the network harder by doing a little video and music streaming”.
All in all, the article sounds about right and confirms both Verizon’s and AT&T’s reasoning for introducing the tiered data plans. How about you all? Do you agree with the study or not? We’d certainly love to hear your thoughts of your usage or of the findings from the recent study.
With the jury’s official verdict of $1 billion already known, lawyers have shifted their focus to the aftermath. Both companies have issued official statements regarding today’s court ruling. Apple is claiming satisfaction with the jury’s decision, supporting the idea of original design and innovation. The Cupertino-based company hopes its statement sends “a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.” On the other side of things, Samsung fears the verdict hurts consumers, leaving them with “fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices.”
Now that the trial is over, Apple is seeking a preliminary injunction on Samsung’s infringing products. The initial hearing is slated for September 20th, though Apple will have until the 29th to file the motion, giving Samsung 14 days to respond. As expected, it’s been confirmed that Samsung will be appealing today’s ruling, but in the meantime you can read official statements from both companies after the break.
Folks in Cupertino and Apple fans around the world are surely in a good mood going into this weekend with the recently announced results of the Apple v Samsung trial in which Apple has prevailed (at least for now). More good news for Apple came out of the ITC today in determining that Apple had not violated a Motorola patent on some wifi technology. The ITC commission also exonerated Apple with regard to two other patents.
An ITC judge had originally ruled in Motorola’s favor and Apple was facing a ban of their devices had the commission’s review not gone in their favor. The possibility of a ban still exists as the case has been sent back to the original judge for a new review regarding the possibility that Apple violated a non-standards-based patent. This will effectively “reset” the case, so it will likely drag on for at least another year. In the meantime, Motorola has started a new action against Apple alleging more patent violations.
The verdict is officially in folks— Apple has officially claimed victory over Samsung. Based off extensive review and hours of deliberation, the jury believes Samsung not only violated numerous Apple patents, but also Apple has not infringed on any of Samsung’s patents. Here’s a quick rundown of each verdict:
- Jury finds Samsung infringement of Apple utility, design patents for some (though not all) products
- Jury upholds Apple utility, design patents
- Jury upholds Apple trade dress ‘983
- Jury finds Samsung “diluted” Apple’s registered iPhone, iPhone 3 and “Combination iPhone” trade dress on some products, not on others
- No Apple infringement of Samsung utility patents
- Jury found Samsung violated antitrust law by monopolizing markets related to the UMTS standard
As a result of the jury’s decision, Samsung is also ordered to pay a king’s ransom in damages— all to the tune of $1.05 billion, while no damages are assessed to Apple in Samsung’s countersuit.
source: CNet Live Blog
With the Nexus 7 hot on its heels, the Kindle Fire will need every advantage it can get. Amazon announced today that they will add hundreds of popular TV episodes for Kindle Fire owners through an expanded Prime Instant Video agreement with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution. Included in the expanded video content are episodes from shows like Friday Night Lights (YES!), Parks and Recreation, Heroes, and Battlestar Galactica. This could prove to be a nice shot in the arm for the Kindle Fire. Hit the break for the full press release from Amazon:
Recognized game developer, Glu Mobile, has just dropped the first teaser for it’s newest game. The new title, Blood and Glory: Legend, will serve as the sequel to the company’s wildly successful freemium Blood and Glory. Little is explained in the short video, but we do get a good look at some of the stunning visuals and vicious action players have come to expect from the franchise. The 30-second trailer shows a gladiator preparing to fight to the death in what is likely an ancient roman stadium filled with tens of thousands of eager spectators.
We now have news of a new mid-range Samsung phone called the Galaxy Stellar that is headed to Verizon’s 4G LTE network. According to a leaked screenshot from Droid Life, the phone will cost $99 and include a few noteworthy features. For starters it’s listed as having a “Starter Mode”, which could be tied to the new Basic and Easy home screen modes in the Jelly Bean Galaxy SIII update. The more intriguing part is that this could be the first Android smartphone pre-loaded with the Amazon Appstore rather than the Play Store.
What do you think about all this? Are you intrigued as much as we are? Hit up the comments and let us know what you think.
We’ve seen Android serve as the basis for so many innovative ventures, but NASA’s latest project could top them all. A team from NASA’s Ames Research center in California has began construction on a group of miniature satellites composed entirely of Nexus smartphones. The project, properly titled “PhoneSat” is just a small part of the larger Small Spacecraft Technology Program (SSTP) that aims to build nanosatellites by using small consumer electronics.
NASA has confirmed that the team has already built two nanosatellite prototype models. PhoneSat 1.0 is the first of the two, and offers limited functionality. The goal for this model is to simply observe and determine if a mini-satellite with a consumer smartphone can survive a short period of time in space. However, one of the most important aspects in determining success is if the satellite can actually send back actual health and picture data from space. In addition to sporting a Nexus One, the body of the satellite will include an array of batteries, a watchdog circuit to monitor the system (and reboot the phone, if necessary) and an external radio beacon.
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.