Google IO 2015 Coverage

Judge Declines To Take Further Action Of Samsung’s Leaked Info Against Apple, Apple Still Cries Foul

 

As Apple and Samsung continue to go back and forth in their respectful disagreements with one another, Apple was dealt an irrelevant small setback. If you recall, Apple and Judge Lucy Koh weren’t too pleased that Sammy released confidential court information to the media and both wouldn’t allow Sammy to use clever movie clips either. As a result, Apple requested Judge Koh lay the smackdown on Sammy— which Judge Koh seriously considered. However, after some deliberations and interviewing jury members to see if they were affected by the leaked information, Judge Koh decided to abstain from any further action regarding this. Apparently four jurors saw the leaked info and claimed it wasn’t a problem at all with themselves. Still, Judge Koh expressed her desire for all the jurors to not read any further information about the leaks and she is quoted as saying this for her reasoning:

 

“Those remedies are not warranted by the current record. I will not let any theatrics or sideshow distract us from what we are here to do.”

 

Despite all that, Apple still claims that the leaked information as well as the subsequent Samsung devices has affected the company as a whole. Apple’s marketing lead Phil Schiller claims Samsung’s design thefts has hurt Apple’s overall profits:

 

“I was pretty shocked at the appearance of the Galaxy S phone and the extent to which it copied (Apple products,)… I absolutely believe it’s had an impact on our sales.”

 

Not sure of what to make of this latest development, but just when you all think it can’t get any messier— it gets a little messier folks.

source: The Register UK

Apple Gets Ban Of Galaxy Tab 7.7 Throughout European Union

 

Apple successfully obtained a sales ban of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 throughout the European Union (EU), at the order of a German court. While the sales ban of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is to be in effect, the same court denied Apple a ban of the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N— which ironically, the German courts cleared previously. The appeals court in Dusseldorf found the Galaxy Tab 7.7 infringes Apple patents that date from 2004. While the court ruling now applies to the EU, it’s not certain where countries will choose to follow or ignore the ruling and still sell the Galaxy Tab 7.7 anyways. After all, there are places like the U.K. that respectfully disagree with Apple and will sell Samsung devices regardless.

Meanwhile, Samsung offered its quick thoughts on the recent ruling by adding:

“Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted”.

 

 

source: TheNextWeb

CyanogenMod 9 reaches RC2, now supports several Samsung Galaxy devices

A little less than a month ago CyanogenMod 9 RC1 (Release Candidate 1) was released with a lot of excitement, but now with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean being all the rave I can see an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM release being easily overlooked. Nonetheless, this is CM and their legions of fans will be happy to know that CM9 RC2 is now available for download including support for several new Samsung Galaxy devices:

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Smart App Challenge offering $4 million in prizes from Samsung

Are you a developer looking for ways to expand the exposure of your app? Do you want to show what you are capable of developing? If so, you might want to check out the Samsung Smart App Challenge. The competition is a way for Samsung to find new, innovative applications for the Android ecosystem, especially those that may take advantage of capabilities found on the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Tab products. Samsung indicates they are especially interested in apps that make use of the S Pen on the Note. The full press release is available after the break. Read more

Android OS is top dog according to Millennial Media’s Mobile Mix Report

Mobile advertising platform company Millennial Media has just released their Mobile Mix Report for Q1 that includes data on mobile devices, manufacturers and operating systems as well as global technological trends. According to the report, Android is the leading operating system today. This news comes as no surprise given the fact that the Android OS comprises of 59% of smartphone market share.

What is also interesting is that the original Samsung Galaxy Tab appears to have the number two spot in tablets, beating out Amazon’s Kindle Fire and coming in behind Apple’s iPad. The report appears to be measuring advertisement activity within the devices to assess trends among each category. Being that Google is the king of ads, we can see how the Galaxy Tab, having been around for a good bit, would be at the top of the tablet category.

Other honorable mentions include Samsung being the number two manufacturer and mobile gaming saw an increase of 10% from last year. Hit the source link below for more details on this unique collection of data.

source: millennialmedia

Apple seeks to ban the Galaxy Tab in the US (again)

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This invaluable proverb has been motivating children in the UK for over 200 years now and I was fairly certain that I’d never find a scenario where it doesn’t fit… until now.

In its eternal battle to ban pretty much everything ever invented that doesn’t have an Apple logo on it, Apple hauled Samsung through the US courts last summer with a view to banning the original Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple’s bid didn’t prove fruitful on that occasion however news from Foss Patents surfaced today suggesting that Apple is back in for a second bite at the cherry and that perhaps this time it might just succeed.

Florian Muller from Foss Patents had the following to say on their website: “Apple’s motion is fairly likely to succeed. If and when it does, there will be formal U.S. bans in place against all three of the leading Android device makers. Also on Friday, the ITC ordered a U.S. import ban against Motorola’s Android-based devices (to the extent those infringe a particular Microsoft patent), and in December, the U.S. trade agency also banned HTC’s products that infringe a particular Apple patent — as a result, two HTC product rollouts just got delayed.”

With Apple and Samsung due in court later in the week with a view to attempting to put an end to this nonsense, this writer will certainly be hoping not to write another article on litigation any time soon. Seriously Apple; save the money for your R&D department, it needs it way more.

 

Source: Foss Patents

Samsung Putting Up $4 Million In Effort To Motivate App Development For Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab (Video)

How do you get developers to start developing good quality applications for your product?  You toss out big numbers like $4 million dollars, that’s how.  Samsung has set aside a whopping $4,080,000 in award money for developers willing to create good quality and highly popular applications for its Galaxy Tab and Note line of devices.  If this doesn’t encourage developers to start coding for these products I don’t if anything will.  The Smart App Challenge 2012 will run from now until September 30th and those apps will be judged by popularity according to their downloads.  The company is also offering the opportunity with its S-Pen device but winners will be selected by a panel of judges.  Monetary awards range from $200,000 to as little as $30,000 for those interested.  In addition, if your application is popular Samsung is offering “mega marketing support” for the app, promising to mention it during company press releases, TV spots and various social media outlets.  So, does this change your mind regarding the old saying, “there’s no such thing as making  a quick buck?”  Damn, I wish I knew how to write code!  See the source link for more details and don’t forget to check out the quick video spot as well.

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source: Samsung Smart App Challenge 2012

Samsung Shares Which Devices Will Receive Android 4.0 In The U.S.

 

Yes Samsung started updating many of its devices to ICS around the world, but what about us here in the States? For the most mart, we had an idea of which existing Samsung devices here in the U.S. would get the coveted ICS update (see exhibit A), though Samsung felt it was finally necessary to give a thorough breakdown for which of its devices would be getting the update. As it stands, specific AT&T, Verizon or Sprint-branded variations of both the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab are slated for the anticipated update.  In addition, the Galaxy Note is all set for the Android 4.0 update, though again– you probably knew that already. There’s one thing to note though, T-Mobile is missing from the list, why? Well, Sammy provides this response:

“We are in close communication with T-Mobile to ensure that eligible devices are upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months and will provide updates as we have additional details to share”. 

So there you have it folks. Be sure to keep in mind that Sammy stops just short of saying when exactly the updates will arrive for the devices, so it may be a while before it becomes a reality. Let’s just hope it’s not too much longer of a wait before we see updated software to those devices.

source: Samsung Facebook | Samsung

Samsung’s New Galaxy Devices Receive Pricing And Availability

Samsung is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to launching handsets and Galaxy players despite how huge their lineup already is.  Samsung’s aim and goal is to reach a wide array of customers by offering as many options as possible to the consumer.  This is includes a wide variety of price ranges as well.  Check out the devices and full specs below and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

Galaxy Player 3.6

  • Available at Best Buy
  • 3.65-inch HVGA display
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU
  • 2 meg rear facing camera
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • expandable to 40GB’s
  • Gingerbread 2.3
  • WiFi Only
  • $149.99 price tag   Read more