Eric Schmidt reveals Moto X while talking about Google’s relationship with Apple [Updated]

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Eric Schmidt was at the Allen and Co media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho yesterday and a couple of interesting things came out of it. The first is that although the Moto X hasn’t officially come out of hiding, he wasn’t shy about taking a phone call with it. Rick Wilkinga Reuters photographer, was able to grab the image above. Ironically this image isn’t visible on the Reuters website at present. Instead, they opted to show the photo below, which doesn’t show the phone as much.

Other than taking phone calls, the Google Executive Chairman spoke about Google’s relationship with Apple. He said it has improved over the past year and they are conducting “lots and lots” of meetings. What they are discussing at these meetings, we have no idea, but the companies are in “constant business discussions on a long list of issues.”

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Apple tops customer satisfaction survey results in “Samsung territory”

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A bit of irony for your Saturday night— in a recent customer satisfaction survey carried out by a Korean-language news site, Apple stood atop the standings with a 52% satisfaction rating. The Korea-based Samsung fell a bit short of their main competitor, with a 50% satisfaction rating. LG was able to manage a 46% rating. The poll surveyed over 44,000 smartphone owners, so its definitely a large sample size. The companies were also graded on a point scale, in which Apple managed 711 points, Samsung garnered 695 points, and LG was able to pick up 682 points.

Source: Naver

Icelandic Samsung commercial takes a not-so-subtle jab at Apple

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Samsung and Apple are already fighting in numerous court battles, and Samsung is adding a little fire to the flame. A new Icelandic Samsung commercial takes a huge jab at Apple by using, well, an actual apple.

The character in the TV spot can be seen trying to make calls on a red apple, obviously a symbol for the iPhone, to no avail. However, once he gets a Galaxy S 4 in his hands, his problems are fixed and his life is perfect – complete with dancing burglars and sheep.  To finish it all off, he takes a bite out of the apple. and the sheep is pleased.

Foreign commercials can be confusing, but this one was easy to figure out. Check out the commercial after the break. » Read the rest

Samsung found to have higher device subsidies than Apple, HTC

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When most people buy a new smartphone, part of the equation that helps make it affordable to put a small computer in their pocket is the subsidy provided by the carrier. A new analysis of device subsidies by ABI Research shows that Samsung was the highest in terms of percentage when compared to HTC and Apple. Clocking in at 84%, Samsung topped HTC’s implied rate of 80% and Apple’s 74%. This may be surprising to some who have heard carriers are not especially enamored with Apple’s devices due to the squeeze Apple puts on their profits. While Samsung and HTC are worse for carriers from a percentage standpoint, Apple still leads the way with a higher $110 average subsidy cost in actual value. » Read the rest

Apple’s bid to include Galaxy S 4 in lawsuit against Samsung rejected

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Apple had submitted a bid to include the Galaxy S 4 in their current lawsuit with Samsung, and it seems as though U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal has since turned it down. The argument to include Samsung’s newest flagship was apparently not persuasive enough, and would create “undue prejudice” for Samsung.

Here’s what Grewal had to say:

Throughout the hearing, Apple warned that excluding the Galaxy S4 would result in yet another case with more claims of infringement and would require Apple to continue to play, in counsel’s words, ‘whack-a-mole’ with Samsung. Apple presented the exact same argument to Judge Koh during an April 23, 2013 hearing during which she required them to set a schedule to drop products and patents. Judge Koh was not persuaded by this argument and neither is the undersigned.

Apple already needs to dismiss without prejudice several products from this case and so a new trial would be likely regardless. Given the likely undue prejudice to Samsung and Judge Koh’s directives regarding the management and progression of this case, the court DENIES Apple’s request to add the Galaxy S4 to its contentions.

This news comes in the wake of U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh requesting that Apple reduce the number of devices on their list of infringing devices. She later decided that the Galaxy S 4 should not be included in the list because it was too new to the market and Samsung shouldn’t be expected to deliver all of the required information in time for upcoming hearings.

Source: CNET

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