And the Apple and Samsung news just continues to flow like water. In recent news the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court (an appeals court) is sticking to a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and also states that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 may be in jeopardy of violating similar patents. However, unlike the original file claim, the appeals court is basing this conclusion on a violation of a German unfair competition law, Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb, UWG (you’re going to have rely on Google Translate for that one folks). And the lower court’s ruling was based on a “Community Design” which is equivocation to a U.S. design patent. We initially saw the injunction issued in early August of last year where in the following September it was upheld and quickly appealed by Samsung to the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court. Read more
Samsung is among the most familiar brands around, that’s a gimme. In addition to being more familiar with the general consumer because of its great electronics and gadgets, it has a bit of a niche following too— considering it has some of the most popular devices in the game. Although it is one of the more popular brands among Android users, its brand is not as popular as a certain giant from Cupertino. That’s why Sammy wants to take the next step in its popularity and have consumers become not just intrigued with Samsung products, but it wants to consumers to become passionate fanatics… or even obsessed with the Samsung brand.
Sammy has made it clear of its intentions too. In a recent interview, marketing executive Younghee Lee stresses it is ready to “change people’s attention” because “people are obsessed with Apple”. Sounds ambitious, doesn’t it? Since Samsung has some of the more popular phones around and also has some clever ads to promote its capabilities recently, I’d say Samsung is off to a great start.
It looks like Sammy is ready to unleash an all-out attack for 2012 too. It is scheduled to air a commercial spot during this weekend’s Super Bowl for starters which will likely promote is uber-cool Galaxy Note phone. Don’t forget— Samsung has a sponsorship for this year’s Olympic games as well, so you can expect the brand to launch a major product… and we think we may know what that major product will likely be too. There’s no better 2-week stage to promote a superior device, don’t you think? This will be in addition to the additional barrage of other existing products.
You’ve already been Samsunged. You all ready to become Samsunged and obsessed?
source: Droid Life
As it seemed that almost every week in 2011 there was an announcement for a new Android device, consumers were overwhelmed with the amount of smartphones they had to choose from. While Motorola was the first to grasp this, it appears that other companies are starting to follow suit. HTC has announced that they will be pushing out less phones this year, and pushing out “hero” quality phones. The HTC UK chief Phil Roberson told Mobile Magazine that the manufacturer is going back a strategy that involves releasing a limited amount of high-spec devices this year but will have a focus on second quarter releases. As he put it:
“We have to get back to focusing on what made us great – amazing hardware and a great customer experience. We ended 2011 with far more products than we started out with. We tried to do too much.”
He continued: Read more
Motorola has added the iPhone 4S and iCloud to a legal battle going on in the Sunshine State of Florida. This battle is not a new one but rather just an add on to an existing case already in the system. However this one now adds the iPhone 4S and iCloud to the list of infringements that Motorola claims Apple committed.
Motorola claims six patents have been infringed upon by Apple, Read more
The Apple iPhone has taken over as the smartphone in highest demand in the U.S. According to research firm Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, the latest iPhone model helped Apple beat all phones using Google’s Android platform in the U.S. smartphone market in Q4 2011, according to data presented Wednesday. It states “Apple’s share of the U.S. market doubled from a year ago to 44.9 percent in the October to December period, just beating Google’s Android smartphones, which slipped to 44.8 percent from 50 percent”.
In addition, Kantar believes Apple gained strong momentum and it looks to overtake Android smartphones as the most popular among consumers moving forward. This is demonstrated by Apple phones outselling Android manufacturers such as Sony Ericsson, HTC and Motorola. According to global consumer insight director Dominic Sunnebo:
“Apple has continued its strong sales run in the U.S., UK and Australia over the Christmas period. Overall, Apple sales are now growing at a faster rate than Android across the nine countries we cover”.
Naturally, Kantar’s recent findings don’t come without question. We saw as recently as last week that established research and measurement firm Nielsen highlighted Android not only having the most market share, but it also holding a whopping 16 percent advantage over Apple phones in Q4 2011. It’ll be interesting to see how Kantar came up with its findings and what its methodologies were used for its research.
Kantar also includes some minor information for some of the less popular devices in its report as well. Kantar mentions how the Windows Phone share in all of the nine key markets it measured remained at less than 2 percent, despite the high-profile launch of the Lumia range from Nokia. Sunnebo adds “The Nokia Lumia 800 still needs to be joined by a number of other competitive Windows Phone handsets before we are likely to see the OS (operating system) providing any real challenge to the likes of Apple, Android and BlackBerry”. Guess the consensus among research firms is not many people are interested in Windows Phones just yet.
I’m sure you all may have a lot of questions or comments about Kantar’s findings, I know I do. Be sure to hit the Comments section, sound off and give your 2 cents.
Man, I hate Apple. Did I type that out loud? Sorry about that folks, there’s just something about a company who sues everything with a heartbeat because they’ve produced a slate device in the shape of a rectangle, has a touch screen, a power button and allows you to swipe things. It’s just downright getting annoying now. Well, it’s nice to see that a court in Hague has stuck it to Apple as they denied their request to ban the tab 10.1 in the Netherlands. The folks over at NU.nl have reported that late last year another Dutch court ruled similarly in which the Cupertino boys quickly appealed with the ridiculous notion that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab was too similar to the iPad 2. Today, the Hague court quickly determined that Apple had no leg to stand on here and that the two devices exhibited plenty of differences to compete in the market together. Stay tuned because as you know, the legal battle isn’t over. This is but one patent dispute among many between the two industry giants. However, today, Samsung gets to claim the small but righteous victory. Any thoughts? Feel free to plug away in the comments below.
[via NU.nl by Engadget]
It’s only the first round and already Apple has reportedly burned through $100 million on its legal battle with HTC, and the fact of the matter is, here lately they have had little to show for it. Newsweek’s Dan Lyons notes Apple’s onslaught of lawsuits around the world have yielded precious little while meaningful wins have been few and far between in its ongoing legal battles against Android vendors. Apple did manage a victory last month when the International Trade Commission banned the import of several HTC smartphones it deemed to be infringing on a patent, but HTC responded the same day and said a simple workaround was already set to be rolled out. How do you like them apples? No end in sight yet however, and if it comes down to cash, Apple certainly has the resources and drive to ruin HTC. Hopefully HTC can continue to rectify their disputes quickly and simply.
[via BGR through RealDan]
Ovum, those folks responsible for providing objective analysis to the masses, says Android will top iOS in development by the year 2013. According to and based off of a developer survey given, the company states that Android would become more important to dev’s than Apple’s iOS by the time the new year rings in. How so you say? According to the study they came to the conclusion based off of the rapid movement in the hardware dept. Ovum believes Apple may still remain a tight second while closely followed by companies like Blackberry and Windows Phone. We’d have to agree based on the fact that Android is spreading like a wild fire and has rapidly gained ground as the primary choice of OS. And while Google still has some hurdles to jump (fragmentation cough cough), we have high hopes that they’ll get their stuff together eventually. In addition and regardless of Android’s large market share, it’s been dully noted that when it comes to the Android Market, there is a serious issue with discoverability and piracy. We’ll certainly continue to follow trends and analysis like these as we’re sure there will be plenty of more. Any thoughts of your own? Feel free to plug away in the comments below.
I hate to say it and sound cocky while doing so but this post will come as no surprise to the Talk Android community. A recent study put out by the folks over at iGR shows pretty compelling data indicating that among all of the smartphone OS’s available today, Android is used on almost 50 percent of the handsets. In addition, the study further showed that among those Android users, preferences sided with a Samsung device as the manufacturer of choice. As a present day Galaxy S II user on T-Mobile Im highly inclined to agree. Im guessing it has something to do with the build quality, beautiful displays and awesome screen sizes for streaming video. After Samsung, manufacturers like Motorola, HTC and LG come in at a close second. In addition, the study reveals that 45 percent of Android users actually studied up on the OS before making their decision. Glad to see many didn’t just jump on the Apple Kook-Aid. Check out the presser below for more information and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the study. Read more
Apple is at it again. This time they have included the Galaxy Nexus in their onslaught of patent lawsuits. What’s the infringement you ask? Well it’s the slide-to-unlock utility model in Germany. That’s right Apple has added the Galaxy Nexus to it’s ongoing attack of Android devices and the manufactures that make them. Now we won’t get the courts decision until March 16,2012, so we will just have to wait and see if Apple wins this or if Samsung can walk away clean and clear.
We don’t have too much information on this one yet folks as it was just filed today. However we know how these things go. They take time to play out and could go either way. Samsung’s legal costs are all ready in the millions in Germany, so expect this to continue and we will have all the coverage of it as it unfolds. Are you sick of Apple’s lawsuits? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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