No time for pocket change when it comes to Apple and Samsung’s ongoing patent trial. Today, Apple has raised its claim for the jury to go in there favor and award them $2.19 billion in damages. Apple had originally wanted around $2 billion. » Read the rest
With the Samsung vs Apple patent war in full swing, sometimes the arguments can be a little funny. A slide from Samsung’s argument shows Samsung trying to identify itself amidst other big tech companies like Google, Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, and so on.
The title of the slide is “Communicating Our Samsung Personality”, and it shows a relaxed Google, an older, almost retired Nokia, and a laid back, cool looking Apple. Samsung is a stuffy looking businessman, and it’s clear that they’re trying to change their personality. Samsung has surely come a long way from that look, and many of their newer devices have a much more youthful feel.
Reports are surfacing today indicating the Download Booster feature on AT&T versions of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 is missing. The Download Booster, a feature that Samsung highlighted during their launch event, gives users the ability to combine WiFi and LTE connections when downloading files larger than 30 MB. The combination is supposed to give a boost to download speeds. It appears that consumers who have started to receive their devices from AT&T have discovered the feature is not enabled and the switches to turn it on are not even present in the settings or notification panel. » Read the rest
Samsung has started opening dedicated retail space today in locations throughout the U.K. Similar to Apple stores, the locations give consumers the ability to get some hands on time with a wide variety of Samsung devices. In a special treat, Samsung is making the new Samsung Galaxy S 5 and Samsung Gear devices available in the new “Samsung Experience” stores before the official launch on Friday. The stores are actually being operated by Carphone Warehouse, a Samsung partner in the U.K. Locations include London, Newcastle, Liverpool, Bradford, Bristol, Manchester, Bournemouth and Cardiff.
Samsung already ran a Galaxy S 5 teaser spot during the Academy Awards, but with the global launch just two days away, they just released their second commercial.
Those of you looking for Apple bashing will be disappointed though. This one is just a simple spot showing closeups of the phone along with some key specs including a heart rate monitor and a state-of-the-art camera.
Is this the beginning of meaningful innovation? Samsung seems to think so. I guess the consumers will decide starting this Friday. For now, hit the break for the quick 30 second spot.
We already had a chance to see a teardown of the Galaxy S 5, so now we turn our attention to the Gear 2. Famous for complete teardowns, iFixit did just that. Samsung never mentioned what processor was powering the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo, but thanks to this teardown, we now know it’s a dual-core 1GHz Exynos 3250.
iFixit also gave a repairability score of 8 out of 10, which isn’t too bad. They found that the watch band is “super easy to remove,” and the screws, clips, and spring contacts make the device easy to open. The battery can easily be removed and replaced. However, on the downside, the display assembly is a little difficult to deal with, not to mention costly. If you want to know more about the guts of the Gear 2, then hit the first source link below.
The Samsung Gear Fit was released only a few months ago, and many people consider it one of the best looking fitness bands available. Despite this, many people were frustrated that the device could only display information horizontally. Today, however, we found out that all that will soon change.
Essentially, the Gear Fit will now be abel to also display information vertically. The new feature was discovered and confirmed in an official Samsung store in South Korea. We still don’t know when the feature will be rolled out to the masses, but it will likely be soon after the device is released to the public on April 11.
According to a report from Korean news site Media Today, Samsung has filed a 300 million won ($285,000 USD) complaint against the Electronic Times regarding reporting on the camera in the Samsung Galaxy S 5. It appears Samsung took the unusual move of skipping a step that involves a press arbitration board in Korea and has gone straight to filing a lawsuit seeking damages. » Read the rest
We’ve seen a video come out earlier showing how well a Samsung Galaxy S 5 can survive drops and being run over by a Tesla Model S. A new video released by TechSmartt tests the waterproof capabilities of the Galaxy S 5. Samsung is releasing this model with IP67 rating for water resistance. This means the smartphone should be able to survive being submerged in water 1 meter deep for at least 30 minutes.
Despite the launch of its Galaxy S 5 smartphone being just days away, Samsung is forecasting a declining operating profit for the second consecutive quarter. By no means, though, is Samsung doing financially poor. It is just a sign that the company should move its focus to other areas aside from smartphones and a crowded field of tablets that are wildly overpriced. The estimate for the operating profit this quarter, the first of 2014, is $7.8 billion to $8 billion. A hindrance for Samsung may have been the issues releasing the device in South Korea due to carrier punishments, although one carrier jumped the gun regardless.
Later this month, Samsung will reveal its final earnings. That should be the true indicator for Samsung’s quarterly performance.
Source: The Wall Street Journal