Justice Department closes investigation of Samsung patent activity

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Samsung was being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department because of suspicions that the company was using a special class of patents to attack rivals— the investigation will now come to a close, the the Department will continue to monitor the company in terms of patent regulation.

The news comes in the midst of a series of patent infringement complaints filed by both Apple and Samsung, with the most recent filed against Apple— Samsung won, and some older iPhone and iPad models were banned from being sold in the US.

Legal issues were determined to not require any kind of investigation, so the Justice Department has stopped looking into the matter.

Source: Reuters

Roughly 40% of iPads sold on Black Friday were to Android users

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Android users sure want to take a bite out of that Apple. According to more than 90,000 Black Friday receipts from Android and iOS users collected by InfoScout, about 40% of them were Android smartphone owners that bought an iPad. This means that about 36,000 Android users bought an iPad. This is an interesting figure because it shows that although Android is an excellent experience on a smartphone, those consumers aren’t feeling the same way about it on tablets. And with the launch of the new iPad Air, consumers are certainly going to be driven to buy something new with excellent specifications.

Google, on the other hand, has yet to announce their plans for a new Nexus 10 or even a Nexus 8. While some would say it is really up to OEMs to produce great tablets, I would argue that Google needs to shape the tablet experience into something fresh with their Nexus devices. The Nexus line is nowhere near as popular as Samsung’s Galaxy brand, but it certainly is evolving into something mainstream.

Source: InfoScout Blog
Via: Cult of Android

Photos leak of upcoming white Nexus 5, iPad 5, iPad mini 2

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Incoming news from China this afternoon— some press images of a white Nexus 5, the iPad 5, and the iPad mini 2. It is expected that Apple announces the upcoming tablets on October 22nd.

If you’re interested, it looks like the iPad 5 will have the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, while the iPad mini 2 will not— the mini will also not feature a Retina display.

You can find the iPad photo after the break.

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Dutch Supreme Court rules that Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 design doesn’t infringe upon iPad

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The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled this week that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1′s design doesn’t infringe on design elements of the Apple iPad. This stalls Apple’s plans of trying to get the Galaxy Tab 10.1′s off the shelves in the Netherlands. Apple says that Samsung infringed on the registration of a 2004 “community design” of the iPad. A “community design” in the European Union is a form of intellectual property right that prevents businesses from copying the aesthetics of products.

The court dismissed the case, explaining that while Apple’s design patents were valid, there isn’t much of a case to be made against the Galaxy Tab since numerous other products have also implemented similar designs. The court also noted that the Galaxy Tab is different enough from the iPad to be unique in the eyes of an informed consumer.  Samsung responded to the ruling with a zinger, stating “Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners.”

Source: PC World

Smaller tablets becoming all the rage and expected to grow worldwide, so sez the IDC

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As we see more and more 8-inch or under tablets produced for all sorts of demographics, the overall demand for those tablets will grow in the coming years. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the 2013 forecast for the worldwide tablet market has increased to 190.9 million units, which is up from its previous 172.4 million units. In fact, research analyst Jitesh Ubrani believes that “one in every two tablets shipped this quarter was below 8 inches in screen size. And in terms of shipments, we expect smaller tablets to continue growing in 2013 and beyond” .

Naturally Android manufacturers were quick to realize the unique niche market and are currently leading the way in terms of overall market share compared to competitors. The IDC believes that Android-based tablets will reach a peak market share of 48.8% for 2013, followed by Apple at 46% and Windows RT-based tablets after that. Of course as the years go by, both Android and Apple-based tablets will see their market shares drop slightly to 46% and 43.5% in 2017, respectively; while Windows-based tablets are expected to grow to 7.4% in 2017 which is significant and all– but probably not going to worry too many people very much.

source: IDC

Facebook’s Mobile User Count Reveals Android And iOS Users Are Neck And Neck… But Android Is Growing At A Faster Rate

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It’s no secret that more and more users of mobile devices prefer Android over everything else, but it also appears that more of us use Facebook on our devices compared to well… everyone else. I know you’re all slightly perplexed at where I am going, so let me explain— the Facebook app is no doubt a mainstay on mobile devices everywhere… regardless of what mobile OS the app is on. However— it appears there are more Facebook for Android users than Facebook for iPhone users. In fact– research indicates Facebook’s Android user count is growing much faster than its iPhone user base, despite the Facebook app being found on a lower percentage of Android devices. Through some raw data compiled by Benedict Evans, data shows that since September 2011, Facebook for Android had a 66 million monthly active user count (MAU) and Facebook for iPhone had a 91 million MAU. Moving to November 2012, Android had grown to a 192.8 million MAU while iPhone only had a 147.2 million MAU. The data shows that Facebook’s Android users helped Facebook reach a total of 604 million mobile users by the end of Q3 2012, which is tremendous.

As exciting as the findings are, there are some things to note. While there are more Facebook Android users than iPhone users, there are more Facebook iOS users overall when the iPad user base is taken into account. As it stands, there is a 48 million MAU for iPad users, which brings the total to 195.2 million MAU, just slightly more than the overall Android user base. In addition, the study could not take into account the integration that may not have been taken advantage of with iOS6 users, so the number could very well dwarf the number of Android users.

Still, the fact that Android users are not only adopting Facebook mobile at a faster rate, but are also contributing Facebook’s overall growth is certainly nothing to sneeze at. It will be interesting to see how the numbers grow as Facebook continues to get better and better for the Android platform.

source: TechCrunch

Tablets slightly edges out smartphone activation’s during this past Christmas

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With tablets and smartphones now becoming regular household items in this day in age, it wasn’t surprising that millions were purchased this past holiday season for Christmas gifts. This year however, tablets slightly edged out smartphones as the top seller out of the two with about 51% as opposed to 49% for smartphones when it came to activation’s on the day of Christmas.

Tablets have really becomes popular this past year with Apple’s iPad sales. Android has also gotten a huge boost of popularity in the tablet department with the releases of the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire series.

What did you guys get this past Christmas, a phone or tablet? We’d love to know!

source: Flurry

Archos announces 97 Premium tablet, unquestionably mimics Apple’s iPad

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French electronics powerhouse, Archos, has long proven that it can consistently build quality Android tablets at affordable prices, but this time around it appears as though the company has gone too far. The manufacturer  announced today a brand new entrant into its luscious tablet offering, effectively bringing its portfolio full circle.

Despite just being announced, the Archos 97 Premium is nothing new. The device’s sole purpose is undoubtedly to compete head-to-head with Apple’s popular iPad. And while competition is a good thing, the 97 Premium is almost a direct copy of Cupertino’s slate, something you could only expect from a Chinese manufacturer selling $50 tablets on eBay. » Read the rest

Apple Offers Another Apology… Well Statement Highlighting Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Did Not Infringe On The iPad

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Apple got away with giving a half-assed apology before online and it has done the same in print publications. After the courts telling it to give its attempt at an apology another try online, Apple went ahead and created another version of its apology in the famed UK print publication The Guardian. As you can see above, Apple clearly outlines the facts that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab did not infringe on the iPad— though Apple doesn’t say sorry anywhere in its statement. Naturally we’re all expecting to see a real apology—- you know the one where you actually say sorry— to appear soon, very soon on Apple’s website, so the courts and/or Sammy shouldn’t be too disgruntled we suppose.

source: Gizmodo UK

The iPad Mini is upon us, how does it match up against the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD?

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The impossible has happened. The 7-inch iPad that Steve Jobs himself spoke against has come to the world in the form of the iPad Mini. In a world where price is ultimately king, can Apple persuade you into buying it’s option for over 50% more than its competition? Lets take a look at the specs and see how they stack up.

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