User Satisfaction Survey Ranks iPhone 5 Well Behind Android Devices

The phone you we I love to hate  got its butt kicked in a user satisfaction survey. In the US, the iPhone 5 came in behind the Motorola Atrix HD, Droid RAZR M, HTC Rezound 4G  and Samsung Galaxy Note II. The survey found a correlation between high satisfaction ratings and 4G service. A less than level 4G-playing field, such as the UK with only a single 4G carrier,was still not enough of an advantage for the iPhone. The HTC One X was the UK’s top phone followed by the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III Mini (not a typo) and the Galaxy S III.

The survey, clearly good news for Motorola, HTC and, to a lesser extent, Samsung was not all bad news for Apple. It was still rated the top smartphone manufacturer in terms of satisfaction, just slightly ahead of Google. This may be a result of Android manufacturers producing mid-tier and budget phones along with their flagship devices as opposed to Apple, which focuses on the release of a single handset. On Device Research surveyed 320,000 mobile and tablet users in six countries for this report.

Source: On Device Research

Apple CEO Tim Cook says Steve Jobs overruled him on patent suits against Samsung

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Apple and Samsung have been in a patent war since 2011. Current CEO Tim Cook has been on record as saying that he does not like to participate in what he calls “patent litigation” and apparently he wasn’t lying. According to a lengthy article provided by Reuters, Cook claims that the late Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and former CEO, opposed and overruled him on the decision to go after Samsung in court for patent infringement.


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Judge denies Apple’s appeal against Samsung for sales ban on the Galaxy Nexus

Apple initially filed a request with the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in October asking the panel to revisit the rejected sales ban that was briefly placed on the Galaxy Nexus last year. Today the court has officially ruled on the matter, rejecting the Cupertino company’s request for an injunction. The reasoning behind the decision remains unclear as the court failed to include any sort of detailed documentation with the ruling.
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Judge Finds Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe Against Apple Patents, Still Owes Over $1 Billion In Damages

 

Chalk one up for Samsung in the epic (and ongoing) cat fight it has has against Apple. In a sudden turn of events, Judge Lucy Koh recently ruled that Sammy did not willfully infringe on various Apple patents in question, despite the original jury panel finding that seven patents were infringed in the landmark decision late last year. Judge Koh asserted that there was an “objectively high likelihood that its [Samsung's] actions constituted infringement of a valid patent“. Essentially what this means is that Samsung and its legal team had a reasonable understanding and belief that it could go into its legal fight against Apple knowing it hasn’t done anything wrong… at least willingly.

So what this means is that Apple won’t get any additional damages for the willful infringement, though it still does get its big prize in the form of a $1.049 billion check. Judge Koh’s decision only applies to the fact that Samsung did not infringe Apple patents willfully, the original patent infringement ruling still stays intact. Then again— on the flipside, Judge Koh could hypothetically reduce the damages that Sammy owes, though nothing has been said or decided at this time. Still— Samsung can’t help but be happy at this recent outcome as it looks to move past the issue and have unprecedented success to rub in Apple’s face and all.

source: The Verge

 

 

Mystery shoppers find Samsung recommended over Apple in U.K.

A recent mystery shopper survey conducted by Informa Telecoms and Media found Samsung Galaxy devices were the most likely smartphones to be recommended by major British retailers. Leading the pack as the most recommended phone is the Samsung Galaxy S III despite being one of the older phones on the market now. Another popular choice was the Samsung Galaxy Note II, with Apple’s iPhone 5 drawing a few recommendations and other manufacturer’s devices seeing little action.
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Google CEO Larry Page unscathed by Apple’s supposed “Thermonuclear War” against Android

In a recent interview conducted by The Wire on Google’s CEO Larry Page, he was asked to respond to the late Steve Jobs’ statement that Apple was going to have a “Thermonuclear War” against Android. Page simply replied with, “How’s that working out so far?”

It’s no secret that Android has been on a recent tear, especially this past year with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Nexus 7. With Android exponentially rising, this gives Page no reason to worry about Apple’s constant battle with their OS regardless of their recent court wins against Samsung and Android’s other vendors.

Page also added, “Android has been very successful, and we’re very excited about it.” We’re all very much excited about Android as well, especially for what it has to offer in this year.

Taking court battles aside, do you think Apple ever has a chance at bringing Android down? Or is it far too late for that now? Sound off in the comments!

source: The Wired

Dutch court rules Samsung tablets do not infringe on Apple’s design patents

The holidays have slowed down the news about Samsung and Apple trying to litigate each other out of existence, but now that we’ve got CES and Christmas out of the way, it’s sure to pick back up. The latest ruling comes from a Dutch court that ruled in Samsung’s favor; according to this ruling, Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s patented design of a rounded square shaped tablet. Samsung agreed with the ruling, naturally, saying “We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples.” At least we know common sense still exists somewhere.

source: Reuters

HTC claims new licensing agreement with Apple will benefit them in 2013 and beyond

In case you haven’t heard, Apple and HTC have reached an agreement that will finally end their ongoing patent battle. The new 10 year agreement will cover all current, pending and future patents. Upon the contract, it’s estimated that HTC will pay Apple between $6-$8 per Android device that they ship.

While that may look bad on paper, HTC China’s President Ray Yam believes the move could actually benefit the company in the future:

“The settlement with Apple will start to pay off next year, and the fourth quarter of this year is still going at a set pace. The biggest benefit to us is that we can put more energy into innovation, which is more important than anything else for a technology company.”

I can see where Yam is going with this. With the numerous patent fights against Apple finally behind them, HTC can now focus their resources on “innovating” and making a quality product rather than wasting time and money fighting against a losing battle against Apple. HTC is poised to make drastic changes in this coming year in how they market and create their products. With their over all market share quickly dwindling down and taken over by Samsung, I’m sure they need all the help they can get.

I for one would love for HTC to make a comeback and stay in the game, thus we’ll see how it turns out for them this year.

source: BGR

Final ITC ruling in Samsung v Apple patent case delayed until February

Back in September 2012, U.S. International Trade Commission Judge James Gildea issued a ruling in one of the many Samsung v Apple cases, finding Apple had not infringed on four Samsung patents being contested in the complaint. Judge Gildea also found Samsung had engaged in a pattern of patent abuse in using their FRAND patents to stifle competition by seeking sales injunctions as part of their legal strategy. Since then, Judge Gildea has been working on finalizing the ruling, including presenting it to the full commission for approval. Until recently, the date for that final action was thought to be January 14th. A notice from the ITC indicates the commission will not take up the matter until February 6th.
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Bad news for Samsung: Apple patent infringements may cost them 88% of profit from phone sales

The battle between Apple and Samsung has been going on for quite some time now, and we already know that Apple won a significant case against Samsung regarding patent infringements earlier this year. Well, recently a redacted document from the court case made its way to the public, and in it we find Judge Pender’s recommendations for punitive action against Samsung. Let’s just say it’s not looking pretty for the Korean company. According to FOSS Patents, an blog dedicated to software patent suits, Judge Pender made the following recommendations:


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