Samsung Mobile Chief Open To Cross-Licensing Deal With Apple

Apple and Samsung are set to meet May 21st for settlement talks, and Samsung’s mobile head JK Shin is sounding optimistic that talks can be fruitful, though he does warn that there’s still a lot they are not seeing eye-to-eye on. At the Seoul airport on the way to the U.S. talks, Shin told reporters the following:

There is still a big gap in the patent war with Apple but we still have several negotiation options including cross-licensing.

This is definitely a softening of the language used by Shin in March when he promised “no compromise.” It’s hard to believe tomorrow’s talks will end in rainbows and unicorns.

When asked about the 4G chip shortage Samsung is currently experiencing, Shin said it was expected to continue until early in the fourth quarter of this year, meaning some time in October. This could be a big problem as the LTE-capable Galaxy S III is on the horizon in the United States and could be forced to use other vendors’ 4G chips to keep production numbers up.

source: reuters
via: engadget

Delaware Court Says Enough Fighting! Orders Apple And HTC To Discuss Lawsuit Settlement On August 28th

It looks as if the courts are fed up with the squabbling between Android manufacturers and Apple. The U.S. District of Delaware ordered HTC and Apple to meet face to face with the goal of discussing a potential settlement for the long-standing patent infringment suits— which of course has a direct effect on certain anticipated smartphones being released as of right now. Reports indicate the representatives who go to the mediation sessions must be able to make independent decisions, though it’s unclear if the CEOs for both companies will also attend as they are for similar hug it out mediations between Samsung and Apple. The meeting has been confirmed on August 28th and will be mediated by Magistrate Judge Sherry R. Fallon.

Let’s hope this meeting will be the beginning of the end of the silly spats we see between Apple vs. the World already. We know HTC is already trying to appease Apple already for its upcoming phones.

source: Court Order (PDF)
via: The Verge

U.S. Customs investigation delays launch of Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE

We have some bad news for those of you clamoring to get your hands on the new HTC EVO 4G LTE on Sprint. It was supposed to be released tomorrow, May 18, but due to the U.S. Customs holdup, it’s not going to happen. If you didn’t read about it, Apple is the culprit as they were granted an ITC exclusion order for hyperlinks in the messaging app and browser late last year. Shipment of the EVO 4G LTE along with the AT&T One X are being held up at U.S. Customs as a result.

Sprint did make a statement, but unfortunately there’s no timetable to speak of. It’s in the hands of the government, which could be really fast or really slow.

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AT&T HTC One X And Sprint EVO 4G LTE Imports Delayed By Customs

It looks like we’re about to have a major snafu in regards to the anticipated arrivals of the AT&T HTC One X and Sprint EVO 4G LTE smartphones. HTC recently confirmed the imports of both devices have been delayed at the U.S. border due to a “customs review”. The reason for this hints in the direction of none other than Apple. Apparently, the cause may come from the ITC exclusion order Apple was granted last December over hyperlinks in the messaging app and browser. HTC claims the issues raised by Apple in front of the ITC were more or less silly and would be removed from their various products. Unfortunately, customs must review the shipments coming in after the April 19 deadline set in place by the ITC whether HTC likes it or not. HTC added an official statement regarding the matter:

“The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible”. Read more

Apple Wins Appeal, Pursues Preliminary Injunction Against Samsung

Remember how Apple tried to obtain a preliminary injunction against Samsung to stop them from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (and some phones) from being sold in the U.S.? If you’ll recall, Samsung won that battle as the district court denied Apple’s request, questioning the validity of a couple of Apple’s patents. The court couldn’t see how Apple would be “irreparably harmed” if Samsung were to continue selling its products.

Apple, of course, appealed that decision. And it looks like the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has granted Apple another chance at getting that injunction. Three of the four patents in dispute were upheld by the CAFC, but they found fault with the lower court’s ruling that Apple’s tablet design patent was potentially invalid.

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Apple Loses Another Patent Infringement Claim, This Time Surrendering Victory To Motorola

 

Apple has taken yet another major blow in its neverending war against competition Android, this time seeing Motorola see sweet victory. Apparently federal judge Richard A. Posner has ruled that Apple’s “finger-swipe” patent infringement claim against MOTO was not the same as tapping an item on screen. His decision addresses Apple’s claim that six applications available on Motorola Mobility-made devices, including those used for browsing photographs, musical album covers and YouTube Inc. videos, infringe its touch-screen finger-tap functionality patent. Apparently, Posner didn’t want to hear any of it and shared the following:

 “Apple contends that the finger swipe is equivalent to a finger tap because the two gestures are interchangeable. If consumers distinguish between the two, they are not interchangeable”.

Another day, another frivolous claim tossed out the door. Here’s hoping this is another step towards seeing the end of ridiculous lawsuits from Apple.

source: Bloomberg

Samsung and Apple could settle their differences in May

Apple and Samsung have battled and battled, and yes, battled in the courtroom for a while now. It would be nice if they called a truce. Now with Tim Cook in charge I guess it’s a possibility now as he doesn’t feel like going thermonuclear war on Android the same way Steve Jobs did. According to Foss Patents, the two smartphone giants are scheduled to meet on May 21 and 22 for mediation to settle this war once and for all. Nothing is guaranteed, but this is a start. I say lets end this war and get on with innovation.

source: foss patents

Video Argues The Flexibility Of Android Over iOS, Makes iOS feel like a crutch

Been surfing on YouTube lately?  If you have, you may have come across a video series where user wicked4u2c has made up around 100 videos showing the flexibility of Google’s Android OS vs Apple’s iOS. The video below demonstrates several pieces of functionality that may cause you to perform more steps than is necessary when using Apple’s iPhone.  The videos were created to combat the notion that “The iPhone just works” and “the UI is much more simpler”.  While I may give them that that many applications for iOS are indeed “polished”, I believe it’s extremely far and beyond from being a “simpler” UI than Android.  I know due to the fragmentation of Android, not every version of the OS may be as intuiitive as we’d like, ICS included, however, that being said, the iPhone is nowhere near as easy to use when it comes to executing various functions than an Android device, as you’ll see in the segment below.  When it comes down to it, you can’t beat a good o’l fashion side by side comparison.  Check out the video below and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments.

After using an iPhone for 30 days, I realized that Android has a much more polished UI and more intuitive features. Things were much more difficult to do on the iPhone then they were on Android. This is the reason why I created this video series. I want to show the flexibility on Android compared to iOS.

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source: YouTube
via: Phandroid

 

 

 

 

 

HTC Partners With ST-Ericsson To Create Mobile Processors

HTC is looking to jump in on the chipmaking party by partnering with ST-Ericsson. According to the China Times, HTC:

“Will develop a dedicated application processor that will be incorporated into its low-end smartphones when production starts next year”.

There seems to be a few suggestions for why HTC is moving towards its own development of chips and processors. For starters, Apple and Samsung each have their own powerful line of processors with their A4/A5/A5X and Exynos chips which offer great performance and enhancements, while keeping the development in-house. HTC will likely look to follow the success of both manufacturers and create a top-quality chip for its own devices. In addtion, HTC will likely want to reduce its association with both Qualcomm and NVIDIA. An example is HTC’s own flagship One X smartphone which features the Tegra 3 in unlocked and European versions, but the Snapdragon S4 in the 4G LTE versions. Having its own in-house processor will avoid any compatibility problems currently plaguing the One X (i.e. not being able to have an integrated LTE modem on the Tegra 3 chip).

HTC is a reputable brand and is generally well-regarded when it comes to the development of the hardware in its devices, but you gotta admit— it is moving into unknown territory and you have to think that it may be getting ahead of itself. Hopefully the first line of chips will offer premium performance as the Exynos and A4/A5/A5X line of processors do.

source: The Next Web

Apple’s Phil Schiller Unhappy With Instagram’s Expansion, Believes App “Jumped The Shark When It Went To Android”

 

Instagram’s release for Android generated an enormous amount of enthusiasm, but also significant angst among iPhone users. Apparently among the people who were unhappy about Instagram’s recent expansion was Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller. 9to5Mac reported one of its readers reached out to Schiller after noticing that his Instagram account, under the name @schiller, had vanished suddenly. Schiller responded directly to the reader through Twitter highlighting Instagram “jumped the shark when it went to Android”. Ouch.

Oh there’s more too. Another 9to5Mac reader named Clayton Braasch asked Schiller to elaborate on his statement. Braasch shares in a post on his blog Schiller’s response. Schiller contends that Instagram is still a “great app and community”, but liked the fact it was limited to a small and select group of early adopters. Since the growth and expansion of Instagram, Schiller believes “the signal to noise ratio is different”. Looks like he would have rather seen all of those Instagram alternatives for Android users instead of Instagram being available for Android.

Thoughts?

source: 9to5Mac
via: The Verge