German Court to rule that seven Samsung devices copied Apple

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apple_Vs_samsungThe latest round of disputes between Apple and Samsung looks to be heading towards an Apple victory. According to FOSS Patents, the Federal Patent Court in Germany has invalidated what Samsung had deemed an essential patent for the UMTS 3G standard. Basically, the German court is planning to rule in favor of Apple over allegations that Samsung copied Apple for 7 of their devices.

Apple said that these seven devices - the Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy S Plus, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Galaxy R, Samsung Galaxy Wave M, and Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 – exploit Apple’s reputation by creating “competitive harm” by confusing users. These devices aren’t even available to consumers anymore, but that didn’t stop Apple from filing, and apparently winning.

Stay tuned for more developments in the Apple/Samsung war. We’re surely not even close to the end of this.

Source: FOSS Patents

 

Samsung Galaxy S 4 named ‘fastest smartphone’ by Which? magazine, iPhone 5 the slowest

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In a recent report by Which? magazine, Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 flagship was named the fastest smartphone on the market. The group of tests evaluated processing power and graphics capabilities. The device’s rating nearly doubled that of the iPhone 5′s.

Lets do some comparing: the Galaxy S 4 packs a 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, while the iPhone 5 only has a 1.2GHz dual-core A6 processor. The iPhone 5 also has 1GB of RAM, while the Galaxy S 4 has 2x that, standing tall with 2GB RAM. In total points, Samsung’s flagship racked up 3,188 points, while the iPhone 5 received only 1,664 points. Check out the complete standings from the report after the break:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S4
  2. HTC One
  3. Sony Xperia Z
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  6. BlackBerry Z10
  7. Apple iPhone 5

Source: Cult of Android

Tokyo court rules Samsung infringed on Apple’s “bounce-back” patent

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Apple and Samsung’s legal warzone has quieted down in the past few months, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a few battles going on in courts across the globe. The latest ruling comes from a court in Tokyo that has ruled Samsung infringed on Apple’s bounce-back patent. You know, that elastic effect that would happen whenever you scroll past a group of items. Apparently Apple still thinks tons of consumers bought Samsung devices strictly because of that, and the court in Tokyo agrees with them.

Samsung has generally removed the bounce-back effect in most of their newer devices, so this ruling is only going to affect a handful of older models. The court is set to release more information on the ruling later today.

source: Reuters

Apple officially dumps Google in Siri… wants Bing and Siri to be cozy instead

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, you’re probably well-aware that Apple currently has its always-exciting WWDC event underway. While most folks out there walked away largely impressed (or for some of you, thankful that Apple has finally decided to catch up to the Android platform in some regards), there is something noteworthy that no doubt an eye-opener: Apple’s decision to roll with Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine, instead of Google for the forthcoming iOS 7 update. Despite the public’s overwhelming preference for Google as a search engine (it holds a stunning 66.5% share in the U.S. according to comScore), Bing will be integrated into Siri searches instead… despite its ho-hum 17.3% share web search share. There is a minor workaround to this as Siri users also can still utilize Google for search results by asking Siri to “search Google” for a unique request. But yes friends, Apple is just about finished with Anything that can be perceived as a threat to its brand (Samsung, Apple, etc.)…

… Yet despite Bing being the default search engine when used with Siri, Apple hasn’t quite lost its senses just yet as Google will remain the default web search engine in the Safari Web browser for iOS devices. So at least all is not quite lost for the minority of Apple + Android users out there.

source: Wall Street Journal Blog

Washington Post poll results: Google favored over Apple and Facebook

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In a recent poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News by telephone, it was found that as a company, Google is favored by consumers over Apple and Facebook. Overall, 83% found Google favorable, while 10% found it unfavorable, and 7% had no opinion. 72% found Apple favorable, while 16% found it unfavorable, and 12% had no opinion. Surprisingly, only 60% found Facebook favorable, while 30% found it unfavorable, and 10% had no opinion.

The poll used a sample of 1,007 adults, using both conventional and cellular phones, and was conducted from May 29 to June 2, 2013.

Are any of you surprised by these results? Not surprised? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Source: Washington Post

Samsung outsells Apple for the first time since iPhone 5 launch

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We already knew Samsung was selling the Galaxy S 4 by the truckload, but more numbers have come in that solidify Samsung’s place in the smartphone market. According to Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley, Samsung outsold Apple in the month of May, thanks largely to the Galaxy S 4. On three of the four major carriers, (Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile) The S 4 was the top selling smartphone for the month. On AT&T, it was still outsold by the iPhone 5, but three out of four isn’t bad, right? Those numbers are also fairly impressive because Verizon didn’t even offer the S 4 until late May.

According to Walkley, strong marketing, as well as support from the SIII and Note II, helped bump Samsung up to the number one spot. This marks the first time Samsung has taken that spot since Apple debuted their iPhone 5 at the end of last year.

source: Business Insider

The latest comScore results are in folks, Android platform still reigns supreme, but Apple continues it’s quiet upward trend

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It’s the first week of June gang— so it’s time for us to go through the latest comScore report with you all. Based off the the latest data, Apple continues to hold steady as the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer with a 39% market share (a minor increase from the previous month-end period), followed by Samsung at 22% and HTC at 8.9% (a 0.8% decline from the previous period). Despite Apple’s cemented status as the top dog in smartphone manufacturing king, it’s the Android platform that is still the overwhelming leader in the mobile world. Google’s popular platform currently holds over half of the overall smartphone market with a comfortable 52% share, followed by Apple (with a 1.4% increase in the market) at a 39.2% share and Blackberry at 5.1%.

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Samsung wins U.S. sales ban of several older Apple devices

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Samsung scored a point today in their ongoing legal volleys with Apple as the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Apple violated a Samsung patent. In prevailing, the ITC awarded Samsung an import and sales ban on AT&T models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G. You may recall a while back when ads were running showing Apple device owners using their iOS powered devices performing several functions at one time, like talking on the phone will placing an online order via the web browser. It was this ability to stream multiple data streams that triggered Samsung’s action. » Read the rest

Dutch Supreme Court rules that Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 design doesn’t infringe upon iPad

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The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled this week that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1′s design doesn’t infringe on design elements of the Apple iPad. This stalls Apple’s plans of trying to get the Galaxy Tab 10.1′s off the shelves in the Netherlands. Apple says that Samsung infringed on the registration of a 2004 “community design” of the iPad. A “community design” in the European Union is a form of intellectual property right that prevents businesses from copying the aesthetics of products.

The court dismissed the case, explaining that while Apple’s design patents were valid, there isn’t much of a case to be made against the Galaxy Tab since numerous other products have also implemented similar designs. The court also noted that the Galaxy Tab is different enough from the iPad to be unique in the eyes of an informed consumer.  Samsung responded to the ruling with a zinger, stating “Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners.”

Source: PC World

Tim Cook on Android’s dominating market share: ‘Winning has never been about making the most’

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Apple head Tim Cook was interviewed yesterday at the D11 Conference and he had some interesting things to say about their main competition. The explosive growth of Android came up, and he doesn’t seem worried. He said, “Winning has never been about making the most” which if you’re reading between the lines, that means quality is more important than quantity. To further clarify, he said, “Arguably, we make the best PC, but we don’t make the most.” On the other hand, he said that they made the best music player and did make the most, but it wasn’t that way from the start.

Cook went on to explain that things aren’t always the way they seem. For example, tablet market share might be fairly close, but when it comes to the web market share there’s no contest, at least for North America. The iPad controls 80% of the web traffic and if you look at worldwide data from both smartphones and tablets, iOS controls nearly 60% of the market.

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