It’s time for another episode of the Samsung vs Apple war. If you remember, back in December, Apple asked Judge Lucy Koh for a permanent injunction againt Samsung that would ban the sale of over 20 phones and tablets in the U.S. This was after Apple was finally awarded a total of $930 million in damages from the original landmark verdict back in August 2012. Judge Koh denied the injunction, but the future doesn’t look all that bad for Apple.
The two giants will face each other in court again later this month, but it’s on a different set of patents that involve newer devices such as the Galaxy S III. Many industry experts think more damages will be awarded to Apple since these newer products were bigger sellers. Apple and Samsung did try to settle things with a mediator, but unsurprisingly, that didn’t go so well.
Will this war ever end?
Echoing earlier research, Gartner announced today that worldwide sales of tablets in 2013 totaled 195.4 million units with Android laying claim to 62% of the market. The big beneficiary of Android’s growth, driven by users snapping up smaller, lower-end devices, was Samsung who sold just over 37 million units. Meanwhile, Samsung’s biggest rival, Apple, saw their market share slide from almost 53% to only 36% despite selling 9 million more units compared to the prior year. The silver lining for Apple was that they continue to retain the title of largest tablet manufacturer. Although Samsung is closing the gap quickly, Apple still sold about twice as many tablets as Samsung.
Meanwhile, Asus, Amazon and Lenovo rounded out the top five manufacturers. Of those three, Lenovo saw unit sales increase by 198% to 6.5 million units. Microsoft managed to increase their tablet shipments from 1.2 million to 4 million units during 2013, continuing to hold 2.1% of the market.
Android handset manufacturers typically don’t only release one flagship device per year, which Sony recently told us all in pretty blunt terms. Sony releases Xperia Z successors pretty quickly, and that’s not counting things like the Xperia Z Ultra. Samsung tick tocks their product launches with a Galaxy S in the early part of the year and a Galaxy Note towards the end of the year. It’s a fairly common practice now.
However, one company that hasn’t bitten on that concept has been Apple. According to the Wall Street Journal, though, Apple may be looking into a way to launch multiple products per year (we’ve already seen them dabble in it with the launch of the 5C, anyway) to help boost their growth in Asian markets, specifically in China. To accomplish this, Apple has been hiring on tons of engineers in Asian markets, many of them from HTC. Some of these engineers are put to work with supply chain logistics as well as product development.
Samsung spent a serious amount of money during last night’s Academy Awards promoting everything from phones to TVs. It wasn’t even commercials because the host, Ellen DeGeneres, promoted them as well. She even took a selfie of herself and a few audience members using a Galaxy Note 3 that ended up being the most retweeted tweet in history. Some declared Samsung the victor, but something behind the scenes could give Apple a lot of ammunition.
Apparently Ellen uses an iPhone as her daily driver. She used the Note 3 out in the open, but she tweeted with her iPhone backstage. Now it’s far from shocking that a celebrity doesn’t always use everything they promote since it’s all about the money, but in this case, it has to be a slap in the face for Samsung. You would think that Samsung would have at least not allowed her to use the iPhone for the show itself, but hopefully it won’t get too much publicity.
LG’s Chul Bae Lee had plenty to say when being interviewed by a Russian technology site. Lee is the company’s leader over at the design center, so he is a pretty credible source to be saying all of this. On the subject of metal phones, Lee questions why HTC has not been very successful if metal is a huge demand. Also, he claims LG is considering the introduction of metal; however, no time frame is provided. Lee then switched gears to Apple and metal. He says that Apple’s iPhone has poor reception due to metal interfering with the wireless signal. And finally, Lee assures everyone that LG will not produce a very thin metal smartphone like Huawei since battery life would take a huge hit.
Lee also talked about the success of the LG G2′s design. In a pre-release survey, about 50% favored the placement of the volume and power buttons on the backside. In return, LG was very happy and continued to run with the design (as if they had a choice at that point). Lee also feels that reviews for the G2′s design have been respectable.
Via: Phone Arena
Just how admired are the world’s largest tech companies? According to Fortune, very much so. Unsurprisingly, Apple finished in first. I say unsurprisingly because Apple does consistently deliver products that ‘just work’ and rarely receive severe backlash from the media and consumers. Amazon rolled into second and Google earned bronze in third place. Samsung, however, was twenty-first. This, of course, should not be worrisome as the list is comprised of companies in any industry. For example, Costco was twelfth on the list.
Check out the source link below to see the full list that Fortune created.
Samsung used to spend a big part of their marketing budget knocking Apple’s iPhone, but got away from that with recent ads. Those were some of their best commercials, and they are finally getting back their swagger with two more commercials. The first one compares the Note 3 to the iPhone 5S with a little help from LeBron James highlight reels, and the second one brings a new battle for Samsung, the iPad Air. In this one, the TabPRO 10.1 shows its prowess along with a pencil. Both of these commercials will begin airing today.
It is expected that Samsung will put more of an emphasis on tablets this year, so expect them to go hard and heavy with more commercials against the iPad. Check out the 60-second spots after the break.
Although the original Flappy Bird app is no longer available through Google Play or Apple’s app store, players hoping to give the title a try have plenty of alternatives to choose from as developers rush in with spin-offs and mock-ups. As some developers have discovered, although the game is history the name lives on as Google and Apple allegedly are trying to police potential copyright issues for games with the word “Flappy” in the title.
According to reports out of Korea, Samsung CEO J.K. Shin met with Apple CEO Tim Cook last week. The subject matter was of course their ongoing intellectual property dispute. Reportedly nothing came out of the meeting and the companies will be heading right back to court in March.
Should anyone be surprised by this outcome? Not really. Both companies want to and will hold their ground while waiting for the other to budge. And as we have seen before, that just does not happen. Mediation yields almost nothing positive, thus relying upon the court system. In the meantime, have a look at what Tim Cook had to say about Google and Android last week.
Source: ZDNet Korea
Via: The Verge
IDC’s latest numbers are in, and 2013 was a pretty big year for smartphones. For the first time ever, smartphone shipments passed 1 billion total phones, which is an incredible achievement. Android smartphones accounted for just shy of 800 million devices. Android and iOS were (obviously) the two major forces behind driving this growth, as both operating systems accounted for 93.8% of smartphone shipments total last year.
For the fourth quarter, we saw some pretty positive growth, too. Android shipments grew 40.3% year-over year, second only to Windows Phone. However, in terms of pure numbers, Android shipping an incredible 226.1 million devices compared to Windows Phone’s 8.8 million. iOS actually saw some pretty slow growth year-over-year, coming in at around 6.7%.