The International Trade Commission ruled in favor of Apple yesterday in regards to Samsung infringing on Apple patents. With this ruling, a ban on importing some older Samsung devices will go into effect. Of course there is a 60 day time frame where President Obama has the chance to veto such a decision. Some of the devices in question include:
- The Galaxy S 4G
- Galaxy Tab
- Galaxy Tab 10.1
Other devices released in 2010 and 2011 fall into this category as well. Each device is said to violate scrolling behaviors and another patent involving the headphone jack. While Samsung’s import ban request on Apple was vetoed by the President it’s highly unlikely that he will do the same with this case. The reason for this is that these patents are considering non-essential. Both companies released a response to this decision:
It wasn’t a huge win for Samsung, but at least it was something. Back in June, the U.S. International Trade Commission awarded Samsung a sales ban on AT&T models of the iPhone, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G, and iPad 2 3G. Yes, I know these are older devices, but it was one of the very few wins for Samsung.
Apparently the Obama Administration seems to be fans of the Romper Room style iOS because they just vetoed the ban. Hit the break for the full text.
Remember the Mac vs PC commercials that used to run on TV? Well, Samsung has been airing their own commercials to take jabs at the iPhone, and the latest one is pretty good. It takes place in an airplane, and it features an S4 user showing off features like Easy Mode, Smart Switch, and Smart Stay to convince an iPhone user that the S4 is the better device.
You can check out the commercial after the break.
Apple continued to see erosion of its previously successful claims of patent infringement against Samsung after the US Patent Office rejected Apple patent claims included in the “pinch to zoom” patent. U.S. Patent No. 7,844,915 (the 915 patent) was one of the patents included in Apple’s big lawsuit against Samsung last year in which Apple was initially awarded $1.05 Billion in damages. The 915 patent included 21 claims, all of which were rejected by the USPTO which determined the claims were anticipated by previous patents or unpatentable.
Just a heads up, part of this information is going to be the same thing we’ve been hearing for months. According to IDC data, Samsung accounted for the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, shipping 72.4 million units in Q2 of 2013, up from 50.3 million in 2012. This accounted for 30.4% of global marketshare, which was actually a slight dip in market share from last year but still a huge jump ahead of the next dog in the pile, Apple. Apple shipped 31.2 million devices and accounted for 13.1% of market share this past quarter.
The impressive part of this information concerns LG’s and Lenovo’s market share, however. They both increased their phone shipments year-over-year by over 100%, which is a very impressive feat. LG shipped 12.1 million devices accounting for 5.1% of the market, while Lenovo shipped 11.3 million, accounting for 4.7% of the market. It’s not enough to compete with the top two manufacturers, but they’re slowly and steadily gaining ground. ZTE filled out the pack by increasing shipments 57.8% year-over-year, which isn’t as great as LG and Lenovo, but still a bit better percentage-wise than Samsung and Apple.
This is all information we’ve been hearing a lot lately; smartphone growth is still booming pretty loudly, and although there’s two companies at the top of the heap, there’s a handful of other aggressive manufacturers that are doing a great job making a name for themselves.
In a recent research study by Harris Interactive it appears that Apple is top dog, even with Samsung’s devices selling like hotcakes. According to the research that polled over 38,000 people, Apple was the best brand. HTC edged over larger rival Samsung to take second. The results are as follows:
- Apple iPhone – 2013 Mobile Phone Brand of the Year (second year running)
Apple stole the show with its iPad as well. Google placed in the top three with their Nexus line but Amazon’s Kindle Fire took second place. The standings are:
- Apple iPad Series – 2013 Tablet Brand of the Year
- Kindle Fire Series
- Google Nexus Series
- Samsung Galaxy Series
- HP Slate Series
In a not so surprising conclusion Verizon beat out AT&T in best mobile network as well as best pre-paid network. AT&T did beat out TracFone in prepaid but I don’t know how much a win that actually is. We have the full presser after the break. With the debut of the new Nexus 7 and the hints of a new 10 inch version we may see these rankings change a bit next year. Only time will tell.
There are internet trolls that will swear by the Apple brand for their entire lives, there are people that own literally nothing but Apple products in their homes, and then there are the fanboys like 25-year-old Travis Montgomery Snider.
Mr. Snider is not only guilty of being an Apple fanboy, but of being a disguised Apple fanboy. The gentleman stands accused of a smash and grab robbery, breaking the display case of a Springfield, VA wireless retailer, and running off with a bunch of brand spankin’ new iPhones. But here’s the kicker— it looks like the device he was sporting around before, his Samsung Galaxy phone, was left at the crime scene. After he successfully pulled off the exchange, it’s clear that his “Android-loving” days were all a hoax. Disappointing…
Whether it’s his uncontrollable desire for iPhones or the fact that he left pretty obvious evidence at the scene of the crime, it’s pretty clear that Mr. Snider is a darn fool. The authorities have since tracked him down (duh!) and arrested him on Monday.
Source: Washington Post
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 Wilking, a 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.”
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.
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.