The jury in the Apple v. Samsung case is set to make a ruling (again) about whether Samsung infringed Apple’s patents and if Samsung really owes Apple 2 billion dollars in damages. To try to get some additional information before deciding, the jurors asked for more information about what Steve Jobs said when he decided to prosecute Samsung, as well as if Google was ever mentioned in his conversations. While Google isn’t directly involved in the case, one of the devices included in this trial (the Galaxy Nexus) ran stock Android software that was claimed to violate one of Apple’s patents, and Google has brought forward some employees to defend Samsung.
As we all know, Apple and Samsung have been in court for a couple of years now because Apple claims that Samsung has infringed on numerous mobile device patents. The device in question for this one is Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, which we all know is part of Google’s Nexus program. In a nutshell, Apple claims that Samsung has copied the iPhone and demands more than $2 billion in “damages,” while Samsung, on the other hand, claims Apple has infringed on no such thing. After Samsung concluded its defense, it even claimed that Apple themselves has infringed on Samsung’s patents.
Samsung’s main defense is also that the Galaxy Nexus employed Google’s Android OS and that they had nothing to do with the software side of the Galaxy Nexus device. Seems like we’re going to have these kind of court battles for more years to come at this rate, right? If you wish to look more into this trial, hit up the source link for more info and updates. Also, let us know your opinion on this matter, do you think Apple should be taking Google to court instead of Samsung considering it’s their OS that Apple is angry about?
Samsung has been the king of smartphones for the past four years, but have they peaked? For the first time in four years, Samsung showed a dip in their global market share. Not a huge dip, but a dip is a dip right?
Strategy Analytics released numbers for the first quarter 2014, and Samsung’s global market share was 31.2%, which is down from 32.4% a year earlier in the same period. Interestingly enough, Apple also suffered the same coming in at 15.3%, down from 17.5% a year earlier. Samsung doesn’t disclose how many phones they sell, but Strategy Analytics estimates they moved 89 million (up from 69.4 million last year) smartphones during the quarter, while Apple reported that they moved 43.7 million (up from 37.4 million last year). There were 285 million smartphones shipped from all manufacturers, which is up from last year’s 213 million for the same period.
The ongoing lawsuit between Apple and Samsung has hit yet another speed bump. This one will really slow things down. The jurors have 53 pages of instructions to analyze before reaching a verdict. At stake is the proof of damages and the amount being rewarded. Judge Lucy Koh made it clear to the jurors that “It is your duty to find the facts from all the evidence in the case.” Taking as much time as necessary to reach the proper verdict is the goal (as it is in any case).
Today the U.S. appeals court revived a patent lawsuit against Motorola Mobility which had been dismissed shortly before the trial began, allowing Apple to seek another sales band against the company. A patent claim that Motorola made against Apple was also revived, however Motorola will not be able to seek a sales band on Apple.
Despite a number of patent wars with different companies, Apple has yet to win a crippling injunction against a smartphone company while seeking a sales ban.
I have to admit, I am a little surprised by this news. Love or hate Apple products, their fans go crazy when a new iPhone or iPad launches. However, it doesn’t seem like they go as crazy as I thought they did.
iQmetrix specializes in retail management software for the wireless industry, so they have a good handle on the data from retail channels. According to them, during the launch weekend of April 11-13, the Galaxy S 5 snagged 25% and 18% of the smartphone market share in the USA and Canada respectively. One the other hand, the iPhone 5S was only able to snag 18% and 13% in the USA and Canada respectively for its launch weekend of September 20-22.
We have the full infographic after the break, which shows more info such as the breakdown by region and the sales performance for both companies leading up to their launches.
Android might dominate the mobile market share in terms of devices sold, but when it comes to mobile ad traffic and ad revenue, it has always lagged.
As reported by Opera Mediaworks, Android showed 42.8% of mobile ad impressions as compared to 38.2% for iOS devices during the first quarter 2014. However, Android still lags in ad revenue as iOS achieved 52% vs Android’s 33.5%. The good news is that Android did show a significant jump over the first quarter of 2013, which was 27%. Although this data is worldwide, the U.S. represents 50.6% of global market ad traffic.
It is safe to assume that Google’s best interest is to assist partners when they head into court, especially against Apple. That is exactly what the company is going to do with Apple going after Samsung. Not only will Google be defending Samsung and taking some blame, but Google is going to cover some of Samsung’s costs in the event Apple wins.
According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google have been offering promotional packages to developers in order to be the first to feature various games on their respective platforms. This promotional perk includes placing apps on hot spots on the app store page and features list.
The same report indicates that Apple previously offered Electronic Arts to promote its highly anticipated Plants vs. Zombies 2 on its App Store and in return, EA launched the popular title on the iOS platform 2 months before releasing it for Android. However, Gameloft, developer of Asphalt, refused to accept the deal offered by Apple, instead, it chose to launch the game on both Android and iOS at the same time.
In the Apple v. Samsung trial currently underway, one of the issues Samsung is arguing is that Apple has grossly over-exaggerated their damages claim. Apple is asking for more than $2 billion in damages based on the alleged violation of five patents. New York University professor Tulin Erdem was brought in late last week as an expert witness on Samsung’s behalf to counter Apple’s own expert regarding the amount of damages.