They’re back at it again. Apple has requested the United States International Trade Commission to broaden the import ban on Samsung. If successful, it would include a larger amount of Samsung handsets banned. Currently, Samsung is able to workaround bans in order to sell certain phones in the U.S.; however, Apple wants the ITC to investigate three more patents after they found that Samsung was previously infringing upon two patents.
With the government just being brought back from the shutdown, Samsung is expected to file an appeal to Apple’s claim.
Source: ITC Notice of Appeal
LG is at it again with their interesting ad choices choices. This time around LG is going directly after their competitors. Their new banner ads will point out what they believe to be faults with other devices compared to the LG G2. If you’re on a Samsung phone, the ad will take a jab at the the Galaxy S 4’s Snapdragon S600 processor compared to the G2’s Snapdragon S800 processor. iPhone owners will see their phone ridiculed by the tiny screen. The G2 has a 5.2-inch screen while the iPhone is a measly 4-inches. And finally LG goes after HTC because the One’s battery is smaller than the G2’s. To check out the ads up close, hit the break for the gallery.
Stung by a recent ruling by the Obama administration that struck down a potential sales ban of some Apple devices in the U.S., Samsung is smarting even more after the Obama administration declined to strike down a sales ban of some Samsung devices as ordered by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The ITC previously ruled that Samsung had infringed on Apple patents related to detection of headphone jacks and on a multitouch feature. If there is any silver lining, it is the limited number of devices that will be impacted as newer Samsung devices incorporate different designs that get around the Apple patents.
Prior to 2013, Coca-Cola held the top spot in Interbrand’s list of most valuable brands in the world for 13 years. This year, the king of soft drinks fell to number 3 behind two major technology companies; Apple and Google. Apple took the top spot, valued at an incredible $98.3 billion, and Google grabbed second place with a close $93.2 billion valuation. Coca-Cola was valued at $79 billion, and that was with a 2% growth in valuation.
Microsoft stayed at the number 5 spot, and IBM fell slightly to number 4, so that means that 80% of the top 5 companies are technology companies. Not surprising, considering the types of companies that consistently make headlines and major profits. Also worth mentioning is Samsung. They climbed up a spot from last year and landed at number 8.
source: NY Times
Today we have a list from Boston Consulting Group: “2013’s Most Innovative Companies.”
It isn’t a surprise who’s first. Apple stands tall as it’s their ninth consecutive year at the top of the list, ahead of Samsung (2nd) and Google (3rd).
Samsung has surpassed Google this year, which was ranked 2nd every year since 2006. Samsung’s rise has been meteoric, just like its smartphone sales, as it was ranked 26th on the same list in 2008. Microsoft and IBM were also on the list, which have been top 10 every year since 2005.
The way that the list is compiled is a bit questionable, as is the case whenever you’re creating a list to rank things based on superlatives— “innovative” being the key word here.
A survey of 1,500 international senior executives ranks the companies every year, combined with financial results for the last three years including shareholder returns, revenue growth and margin gains also contribute to the list.
I’m not sure how any of these financial statistics and rankings (from iPhone-wielding executives, most likely) shows “innovation” whatsoever, but it’s really not up to me to decide.
You can interpret it any way you want, but this is just the way that it is.
Source: Korea Times
If there’s one thing Apple likes to jab Android for, it’s fragmentation. If you keep up with Android very well, you probably know that while Android does suffer from fragmentation, it’s not nearly as big of an issue as Steve Jobs and now Tim Cook make it out to be. There are devices that get abandoned on older versions of Android before their time, and there are some security issues that pop now and again, but security issues do receive patches outside of the operating system, thanks to some crafty Google Play services updates.
Tim Cook still apparently doesn’t agree, though. In his latest interview in Business Week, he took some time to talk about some of Android’s flaws, again, spending much of the time on fragmentation. He claims that most consumers end up using devices on software “three or four years old” before they upgrade to something newer. Following that logic, that means most consumer devices are running Gingerbread or earlier… which isn’t true. Is there room for improvement on updating Android devices? Absolutely. Is it a flaw in the platform that ruins Android as a whole? Absolutely not.
Even as an Android fan, it’s obvious Apple makes solid devices that consumers want, and it’s impossible to say that either iOS or Android is objectively a better OS or platform. But generally, it’s better for everyone when you make hardware and software to beat your competitors instead of down-talking the guys on the other side of the fence.
source: Business Week
The bell’s dinging and the last round has begun for HTC. They’re seemingly down for the count, but today they made an effort to come back swinging. Not by releasing some revolutionary product, or by getting all of their disgruntled employees to happily come back to work, or by quelling the rumors of a possible fire-sale of the company— HTC’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ben Ho, has made an all-out statement against Apple, making use of the tagline “Here’s To Confirmation” in a blog post on the company’s official website yesterday.
Yes, we are all well aware here that Apple is somehow able to “invent” revolutionary new features each year and jam-pack them into their new iOS devices. This isn’t news to us. But somehow, HTC felt it was right to point this out to the rest of us, and tell us why Apple isn’t doing a good job, and how HTC is.
In last year’s epic courtroom clash between Samsung and Apple, one of the patents in dispute was the ‘318 patent, commonly referred to as the “bounce-back” patent. Since winning in the initial trial, Apple has suffered several setbacks in their effort to collect over $1 Billion in damages. One might think the USPTO ruling the bounce-back patent as invalid might be one of those setbacks, especially since Apple was awarded damages for 18 Samsung devices that allegedly infringed on the patent. Judge Lucy Koh seems to think otherwise and has issued a ruling denying a Samsung motion for a new trial regarding the bounce-back patent.
The ruling came as part of a whole batch of orders issued by Judge Koh regarding a schedule and rules for an upcoming retrial on the amount of damages to be levied against Samsung. We will have to keep an eye on the proceedings themselves to see whether Samsung is allowed to argue the value of any damages must be zero since the patent was not valid.
Neither Samsung nor Apple have issued comments or a response to this latest ruling.
The war between Android and Apple or even Samsung and Apple will always be debated in many ways. Sometimes it’s just as simple as market share, but a new statistic came out showing that Apple actually steals three times more smartphone customers from Samsung than Samsung does from Apple.
According to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, LLC (CIRP), between July 2012 and June 2013, 33% of Apple’s sales came from Samsung customers switching to the iPhone, while only 11% of Samsung sales came from Apple customers switching to Android. On the other hand, Samsung has been able to grab more first-time smartphone buyers than Apple (37% vs 26%). Both companies do pretty well when it comes to their core business, 43% of Samsung customers were upgrading from Android, while 42% of Apple customers were upgrading from an older iPhone.
Is this something that Samsung needs to be concerned about?
We all know that Apple isn’t too fond of Samsung, and Samsung doesn’t like Apple either. Apparently, the first Samsung ad that made fun of Apple took the company to a whole new level. Samsung Australia’s chief marketing officer Arno Lenior revealed in an interview with AdNews that the first 2011 Samsung ad that ridiculed Apple fans for unquestionably loving everything about the iPhone actually marked a global tipping point for the brand.
Lenior says that the trouble in that is that Samsung’s success will provoke the same ridiculing ads against themselves, something they’ve already seen from Apple. Still, Lenior says that Samsung still considers themselves underdogs, and enjoys being thought of as a “challenger brand.”