Although the LG G5 debuted on the same day and in the same city as the Galaxy S7, Samsung’s biggest competitor is Apple and its iPhone 6S. The two companies having fighting over dominance in the mobile industry for years, partially because Samsung can keep its devices flashy and then spend big to promote them in front of massive audiences. Apple, on the other hand, has positioned the iPhone as perennial high quality option that “just works.”
Comparing the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6S is inevitable. Millions of people will be deciding between the two phones this year, and choosing the wrong one can be a $700 irreversible mistake. The first comparison in the area of cameras is being done by Safwan Ahmedmia, a YouTube creator who calls himself the United Kingdom’s “largest tech reviewer” with over 270,000 subscribers.
Samsung finally got a win in its ongoing patent battle with Apple when a panel of three federal appeals court judges overturned a $120 million jury verdict against the South Korean manufacturer.
Sundar Pichai recently publicly tweeted in support of Apple’s stance against the FBI in the ongoing encryption debate between the government and the iPhone maker. Now he’s taking it step further, and Google as a company is filing a legal brief to support Apple in this standoff. Read more
As some of you may have heard, there’s a big battle going on between Apple and U.S. authorities right now over device encryption. Verizon’s Chief Executive Lowell McAdam just stated that Verizon favors “strong encryption with no backdoors.”
In case you haven’t seen it yet, Tim Cook publicly released a letter against the FBI’s request for Apple to create software that would allow a backdoor into iPhones for national security reasons. Needless to say, that letter has sparked a ton of conversation around the encryption debate, and it’s bringing some other big names into the mix. Read more
Tablet sales seem to get lower and lower each year, but last quarter was the worst yet. In Q4 of 2015, global tablet sales were down 13.8% compared to last year’s Q4. Although, it was a 23.9% increase from Q3 2015.
Immersion, a company that owns several patents related to haptic technology, has filed several actions directed at Apple alleging patent infringement related to Apple’s implementation of 3D Touch and Force Touch technology. The complaints allege violations of Immersion patents in the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S Plus and in various versions of the Apple Watch. In particular, Immersion says Apple’s features involving vibration feedback for different touches and the feature that uses light touches to display previews of actions infringe on their intellectual property. Read more
The Sonos Controller for Android app in its latest update received support for streaming Apple Music.
A new study has revealed that less than one third of Android phone owners make use of Google Now’s voice recognition software. Read more
Update (2/9/16): In the hours following our post, Apple CEO Tim Cook pulled the tweet that included the blurry photo. Justin Herrick, EIC of Talk Android, noticed Cook’s sly move when checking a tweet of his own that linked to the Apple CEO’s.
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