Wall Street Journal: Google Plans an Online Site For Direct Sales Of Google Branded Tablets

It appears that Google wants to get back into the direct sales department. They reported plan is an online store for Google branded tablets. If you remember, Google tried to sell to the masses with the Nexus One. It had lackluster sales and wasn’t embraced by many. According the WSJ, “people close to the matter” have said that Google plans to try it again. Only this time it’s going to be with tablets.

Google is desperately trying to cut into Apple’s share of the tablet market. They haven’t had much success, as they currently only control 20% of the market share. Google has been gaining on Apple, but not at a rate to make Apple worry. Back to the story at hand. The “people close to the matter” also claim that Samsung and Asus are going to be big players in the hardware department. This all sounds familiar, as Asus is rumored to be making the first Google branded tablet this year. Also they report that we may even see Jelly Been by the middle of the year, maybe even on the rumored Asus tablet. Read more

Apple Says Samsung Is Not Complying With Judge’s Orders

And the never ending war continues.  In recent news Apple is accusing Samsung of not following orders issued by a judge to turn over all necessary source code to be analyzed by the Cupertino based company.  According to Apple, Samsung had “only partially complied with” the court order which mandated that Sammy hand over the goods including 4G handsets and the Galaxy Tab 10.1.  Samsung had until December 31st to supply the code which they willingly offered by producing one version of code for each of the products accused of a patent violation, but withholding source code for other versions.  And with the new trial coming up in late August, Apple is claiming that there’s not enough time to seriously analyze any new source code that Samsung would provide so late in the game.  Apple states:

“At this point in the case, it is too late for Apple to make meaningful use of any late produced source code.”

Apple is now requesting that the court not allow Samsung to use any of the “undelivered” source code in their defense against Apple’s patent claims.  Apple is actually taking it one step further and requesting that Samsung’s undelivered code be “representative of all versions of that product.”  Stay tuned as we closely follow the two tech giants in their quest to dominate over the other.  So far, the two companies have filed 30 suits against one another on four different continents since last April.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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source: Bloomberg

Samsung outselling Apple by three to one in China

Here at TalkAndroid we’d be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy seeing Apple taking a spanking every once in a while and that’s exactly what’s happening in the Far East right now. Where Android remains the most popular Operating System across the world, the iPhone is generally the top selling individual smartphone in most countries. Most countries except for China, which just happens to be one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world. A recent report from Bloomberg shows Apple holding a 7.5% share of Chinese smartphone sales which actually places it as the fifth most popular manufacturer. Samsung is sitting pretty at number one with a healthy 24.3% share.

All gloating aside, much of the success is down to the backing of the major Chinese mobile carriers. Samsung has used all three of the major networks for the past 4 years including China Mobile (655 million subscribers), China Unicom (200 million subscribers) and China Telecom (129 million subscribers). Apple initially only sold the iPhone through China Unicom and only recently added China Telecom, China Mobile is likely to remain a huge omission due to Apple’s unwillingness to adopt the 3G standard that the network operates on.

It will be interesting to see if Samsung can hold on to such a big percentage of the market share. The launches of both the Galaxy SIII and the iPhone 5 (New iPhone, iPhone 4.5s?) will certainly shake up the market worldwide.


source : phoneArena

CPU Wars: NVIDIA questions Apple’s claim on the A5X vs the Tegra 3

Whenever Apple announces a new product, immediately the infographic comparisons and/or questions about what Apple said come out. Yesterday, Apple announced the new iPad 3, and we already showed you comparisons against the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, but now NVIDIA is questioning Apple’s claim that their A5X processor is 4 times faster than the NVIDIA Tegra 3 in terms of graphics performance.

Ken Brown, a spokesman for NVIDIA thought it was “certainly flattering” that Apple called them out, but the lack of any data to backup their claim is “sketchy.” He went on to say, “We don’t have the benchmark information. We have to understand what the application was that was used. Was it one or a variety of applications? What drivers were used? There are so many issues to get into with benchmark.”

Since it’s highly unlikely Apple will provide any benchmarks, you can expect NVIDIA to prove or disprove Apple’s claims by purchasing the new iPad and conducting their own tests.

So what do you guys think? Is Apple right or are they playing their usual games?

source: zdnet


U.S. Senator Asks FTC To Look Into Apple And Android Over Concerns About Private Information

U.S. senator Charles Schumer has requested that the Federal Trade Commision investigate reports that applications on both iOS and Android platforms are able to steal private photos and contacts and export them to their servers – without the user’s consent. Schumer is concerned about a New York Times report that iOS and Android apps can obtain access to the user’s private photos and contacts.

The senator says that it’s his understanding that the uses in question violate the terms of service of both Apple and Google platforms. “These uses go well beyond what a reasonable user understands himself to be consenting to when he allows an app to access data on the phone for purposes of the app’s functionality,” Schumer said in a letter to the FTC. Schumer also suggests that “smartphone makers should be required to put in place safety measures to ensure third party applications are not able to violate a user’s personal privacy by stealing photographs or data that the user did not consciously decide to make public”, and that phone manufacturers have an obligation to protect the private content of their customers.

This is an interesting allegation, and it’s definitely a little worrisome. Whether or not this holds a severe case I’m sure we’ll find out in the coming days and weeks. It’s common sense that only what the application needs or what you consent to relinquish to the application should be accessed and used, and only according to how you agree for that content to be used.

source: reuters

Samsung goes after Apple again with a new lawsuit filed in South Korea

The battle between Samsung and Apple doesn’t appear to be losing any steam as Samsung filed another lawsuit in South Korea claiming the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 infringes on three of its patents. The three patents are utility-based and involves methods of displaying data, the user interface, and short text messages.

If you’re into stats, so far Samsung and Apple’s battle royal has made it’s way to 10 different countries with over 30 cases. Pretty amazing when you consider Apple is a customer of Samsung.

source: reuters


ComScore Reveals Samsung Is Top OEM Manufacturer, Android Is Top OS

It’s Wednesday kids and that means it’s time for a follow-up to the previous ComScore stats we saw last month. In the newest study, ol’ Sammy continues to lead all manufacturers with a nice 25.4% market share. While Samsung is tops among all device manufacturers, there’s a bigger picture for the Android platform. The Android OS is the top OS by accounting for 48.6% of all smartphone subscribers. Read on for specific details of their latest study. Read more

Apple May Be Willing To Settle, For Up To $15 Per Handset

Another day another lawsuit, although this time it is a bit different. For once, Apple seems willing to settle, but of course on their terms. Needless to say, the terms aren’t going to be appreciated by Android vendors. So far Apple has proposed settlements to Samsung and Motorola. The proposed deal has each Android vendors paying Apple $5 – $15 per handset. If the report is true, it marks a slight shift in Apple’s strategy: previously that of the late Steve Job who famously decreed,

I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong, I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.

We’ll see how Android vendors respond to these steep fees, many of which are already paying  royalties to Microsoft.

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