Samsung’s latest Galaxy S II ad seems to have just hit YouTube. In it Samsung mocks those waiting in line for the latest Apple iPhone. It’s along the lines of what we saw from Motorola earlier this year. To be honest, after watching, I initially felt the ad was a bit in bad taste. Why bring Apple into their ad at all? Perhaps Samsung wasn’t so sure about it either, seeing as how this quite official looking ad is not uploaded to the official Samsung YouTube channel. Then, I got to thinking. Apple routinely pulls smear campaigns, perhaps most famous, “I’m a Mac & I’m a PC.” If they can do it why can’t another company. So right on Samsung! Take a bat to the hornets nest of iOwners. After all the hell Apple has put them through lately, I’m happy to see them still smug as ever.
To us Android fans, this one was a treat for sure, but as a potential TV spot, I don’t feel that Samsung highlighted their product as in depth as they usually do. It’s no secret that Apple is in the position they are today in no small part to mere marketing. That being said, how would you rate the effectiveness of this ad campaign? Is it going to appeal to new consumers and converts or is it just entertainment for Android fans? Check it out for yourself below and add your thoughts in the comments.
In recent news, the United States International Trade Commission has dismissed the S3 Graphics lawsuit, a company which is to be acquired by the Taiwanese giant, HTC. S3 accused Apple of infringing on its patents. Initially Apple Inc was found guilty of the infringement as it utilized several “DXT” image formats on their computers. On Sept 15th AMD and subsidiaries ATI Tech ULC and ATI Int. SRL filed motions to get involved and halt the investigation based on the claim that AMD currently owns the patents at hand and doesn’t want them included in the investigation. In addition, and subsequently, Apple filed a motion to terminate the investigation and the commission decided to extend the completion date to November 21st.
“Having examined the record of this investigation, including the ALJ’s final ID and the submissions of the parties and non-parties, the Commission has determined to reverse the ALJ’s finding of a violation of section 337 and find no violation,” Holbein said.
This year has been wrought with so-called “Facebook phones” popping up all along the way and ultimately, only giving its users a colorful designated button, a few easy sharing features… and not much more. Facebook itself has served as a mere collaborator in these unimpressive efforts that came with silly monikers like Cha Cha, Salsa and Status to name a few. But now, in an effort to create a better, more “deeply social” device, Facebook has chosen HTC (even over manufactures such as Samsung), as its partner in the development of what will be the “real” Facebook phone, code-named, “Buffy”. Yes, that’s right, named after the TV show and film character. Regarding the company’s mobile strategy, a spokesman recently told AllThingsD:
“Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social. We’re working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more people around the world.”
Staking their own claim of mobile control will be an uphill climb for Facebook, though undoubtedly a necessary one as its competitors, Google and Apple, are clearly the ones in control when it comes to their own operating systems. Further complicating matters is the recently launched Google+, a direct competition to its services and the fact that Apple is snuggling up with Twitter as its closest social partner.
Since Buffy is still in very early development, she isn’t expected to appear on your friendly neighborhood retailer’s shelves for as many as 12-18 months or more. When put into perspective though, the wave of innovations made over the next year could change the way we live and interact with people on a daily basis in a major way and on a grander scale, a real Facebook phone makes sense as the next step for “inherently social” mobile devices as Facebook CTO Bret Taylor recently called them.
For those in Germany disappointed at the lack of choice as far as tablets go and were forced to purchase an iPad due to an injunction issued back in August, we’ve got some good news for you. You no longer need to smuggle tabs over into your neck of the woods, as Samsung has fully complied with the court’s ruling, making some slight modifications to its popular tablet. What are they? No one knows just yet, however, it appears that there is a black bezel extending slightly towards the metal rim of the device now. In addition, the title of the tab has been slightly modified, as it’s now dubbed the “Galaxy Tab 10.1N”. The device is now on sale in Germany and touts a shipping time of two to four days. Here’s to hoping that Apple gives up and isn’t looking for something else to claim infringement upon. You know, like the power button or something.
Remember when we told you about how Android gaming was eating away at its competition? Well friends, it’s looking like it’s a bigger deal than we previously thought. Android and iOS are tag-teaming to beat down on the competition, by a long shot. Mobile analytics firm Flurry concluded Android and iOS will this year generate $500 million more in revenue from the sales of games than DS and PSP makers. Oh and that’s not even the most shocking statistic. Flurry highlights the “most striking trend is that iOS and Android games have tripled their market share from roughly 20% in 2009 to nearly 60% in just two years”.
The fact that Android is part of a trend eating away at mobile competition is nothing short of expected. I wonder if it has to do with the fact that people understand gaming is perhaps better on chipsets like the TI OMAP 4 or maybe that other upcoming NVIDIA chip people have been whispering about. Also, Android (and iOS) gamers can have their choice of gaming on their smartphones or tablets, adding for more variety. This study reveals that Sony and Nintendo will certainly have their work cut out for themselves. Take a gander at the pie chart detailing the specifics after the break. Read more
After much investigation it appears as though Amazon is looking to go head to head with Apple’s new Siri technology found on the iPhone 4S. How do we know this? Elementary my dear Watson. According to the folks over at All Things D, Amazon has yet to return calls for comment, but it looks as though Amazon has recently purchased Charlotte based Yap, a popular voice recognition software. Earlier today reports of the acquisition came to light on a Charlotte-based blog, CLT. They added up all the pieces after an SEC filing revealing that as of Sept 8th, Yap was now owned by Yarmuth Dion. Who? In any event, it was later discovered that the company’s address was none other than Amazon’s Seattle based headquarters. Read more
Things are really getting juicy between Apple and Samsung in Australia as Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett ruled that Apple must now provide Samsung with copies of contracts with Australian cellphone carriers.
If you wil remember, Samsung has sued Apple in Australia claiming that the iPhone and the iPad infringe on patents that the company holds for various wireless technologies. Samsung asserts that Apple forces carriers to subsidize iPhone sales and is requesting contracts from Vodafone, SingTel, and Telstra if the two mobile giants can’t come to an agreement on said accusation. Apple’s lawyer Andrew Fox told the judge that “We will resist any attempts by our friends to push us into a corner,” and “This is quite clearly a fishing expedition,” and that Apple will do its best to prove that this is just another way for Samsung to find other damaging evidence.
However, Apple has already managed to ban Australian sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the two continue ongoing lawsuits in Japan, Germany, france and the United States. Earlier this month, Samsung also requested the iPhone 4S source code and was given 220 pages of code, but was mysteriously missing one file.
Google’s chairman looks to be proclaiming Google’s humility by asserting Apple’s “competitive threat”. Apple Insider reports Eric Schmidt responded to questions from the senators after a hearing in September. Schmidt writes “even in the few weeks since the hearing, Apple has launched an entirely new approach to search technology with Siri, its voice-activated search and task-completion service built into the iPhone 4S”. When addressing his previous statement in September 2010 where he denies Apple and Facebook were a “competitive threat”, Schmidt goes on to say “my statement was clearly wrong… Apple’s Siri is a significant development– a voice-activated means of accessing answers through iPhones that demonstrates the innovations in search”. Read more
The international patent debacle got a little spicy yesterday when FOSS Patents reported that Motorola Mobility had actually won a German injunction against Apple that could potentially prevent them from selling Apple products in Germany. Apple has since issued a statement confirming the injunction, but before you go getting all excited, a little bit of research reveals the outcome may not actually be as it appears. Read more
Apple has just been beaten at its own game of bullying. The story initially begins last year as the Cupertino giant accused the small Android-based computer maker Nuevas Tecnologías y Energías Catalá (nt-k) of copying the iPad and sought out a customs ban. Spanish customs ultimately seized shipments from China containing nt-k’s Android-based tablets and Apple even went on to bring criminal charges against nt-k on December 9, 2010. Not fearful of Apple’s threats and treatment, nt-k decided to fight back by defending itself in the matter. nt-k filed an antitrust complaint with the Spanish competition regulator Comisión Nacional de la Competencia (CNC). Its defense was successful to say the least. The CNC is currently reviewing and has not dismissed nt-k’s complaint against Apple, while the judge overseeing Apple’s charges against nt-k has dismissed them completely, concluding there was no ‘sufficient justification’ for a criminal case against nt-k. Moreover, nt-k is now seeking damages from Apple for monetary damages, lost profits, and ‘moral damages’.
Kudos to nt-k for standing up for not only themselves, but other Android manufacturers who are at a seemingly constant battle with Apple over patent infringements and injunctions. We’re sure most of you are giving each other hi-fives all around. Be sure to let us know what you think about this victory in our Comments section.
[via FOSS Patents]