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.
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 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.
As the Android platform continues to grow in consumer’s eyes, so does the number of devices out there such as tablets. According to Strategy Analytics, Android tablets achieved an estimated 7.3 million sales for Q2 2012, which brings it to a market share of 29.3 percent and helps the platform to maintain its position as the 2nd leading type of tablet in the market. The first? Apple’s iPad which achieved 17 million sales for the quarter and gained a market share of 68.3 percent. Analyst Neil Mawston offered some insights on the iPad’s dominance over Android tablets:
“Despite high expectations for companies like Amazon, Samsung, Acer and Asus, the Android community has yet to make a serious dent in Apple’s dominance of the tablet market. Unspectacular hardware designs, limited uptake of cellular models and a modest number of tablet-optimized services have been among some of the main reasons for Android’s mixed performance so far.”
While it’s exciting to see the growth of Android tablets, it’s insights like the one above that demonstrate Android tablets have a whole lot of catching up to do.
Apple haters get ready to scream, “In your face!” Remember when we reported last week that a U.K. judge ruled that Samsung didn’t copy Apple’s iPad design? Well you’re going to love this. Apparently Judge Colin Birss said that Apple must publish a notice saying that Samsung didn’t copy their registered designs, and this must be done on Apple’s U.K. website for six months and published in several newspapers and magazines. The reason is to obviously correct any damaging impression that consumers might have that Samsung simply copied Apple.
I think this is awesome news. In a sense Apple will be “advertising” Samsung’s tablets with these announcements. All I can say is, “What goes around comes around baby.”
On Tuesday, a German court ruled the Motorola Xoom, made by Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility, does not infringe on Apple’s iPad. In addition, Motorola had claimed the iPad’s design patent was invalid which was denied by the court.
Apple’s main goal was to have the device banned across Europe, claiming the design of the Xoom infringed upon three iPad designs. Even though the judges ruled against Apple’s claim, they denied Motorola’s counterclaim that the iPad design patent was invalid. The court ultimately rejected both parties and Apple was required to pay two-thirds of the costs and Motorola to pay one-third.
In two previous hearings, Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann indicated that the court was leaning in Motorola’s favor, saying the design of the tablet was sufficient enough to give it individual character.
Ritchies Room has taken a video of the two current hottest tablets on the market and uploaded the results to YouTube for our viewing pleasure. The results will likely surprise very few and upset very many. Apple and Asus top dogs were put through four sets of benchmarks in order to measure general performance, browser speeds, java scripting and graphics.
For the full facts and figures you can check out the video below, just try not to look so smug when you show it to your iPad toting friends.
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.
When it comes to smartphones, Android competes very well with the iPhone. In fact, I think it’s a much better experience, but when it comes to tablets, I hate to admit it, Android is losing. The problem has never been the hardware, it’s the availability of quality apps. Automatically the assumption is that fragmentation is the problem, but fragmentation is an issue with phones, and yet quality apps aren’t a major issue. so why hasn’t developer support transferred to tablets? Well lets first start with a little history.
Back in late 2009, Android phones seemed far behind the iPhone, but then things changed in a hurry. Even though Android’s first phone, the G1, was introduced in 2008, things didn’t get cooking until the DROID debuted on Verizon in late 2009. From that point forward the Android world really started to multiply by numbers even I couldn’t imagine. I remember when I bought my DROID, people would say there aren’t any apps available on Android to speak of. Things changed dramatically, and by the end of 2010, the iPhone didn’t have much of an advantage when it came to apps.
It doesn’t appear that Android tablets are enjoying the same kind of success. Although the Motorola XOOM, technically wasn’t the first Android tablet, it was what really started a wave of tablets with the OS about this time last year. One could argue that it’s only been one year, and look what happened to Android phones in its second year. The problem with that theory is that the success of Android phones was actually an advantage for tablets to get a better kick-start. Actually in terms of sales, Android isn’t doing so bad. According to the IDC, Android tablet market share for the 4th quarter of 2011 was 44.6%. That’s actually very good, but somehow things don’t seem that close.
And the never ending war continues. In recent news Apple is accusing Samsung of not following orders issued by a judge to turn over all necessary source code to be analyzed by the Cupertino based company. According to Apple, Samsung had “only partially complied with” the court order which mandated that Sammy hand over the goods including 4G handsets and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Samsung had until December 31st to supply the code which they willingly offered by producing one version of code for each of the products accused of a patent violation, but withholding source code for other versions. And with the new trial coming up in late August, Apple is claiming that there’s not enough time to seriously analyze any new source code that Samsung would provide so late in the game. Apple states:
“At this point in the case, it is too late for Apple to make meaningful use of any late produced source code.”
Apple is now requesting that the court not allow Samsung to use any of the “undelivered” source code in their defense against Apple’s patent claims. Apple is actually taking it one step further and requesting that Samsung’s undelivered code be “representative of all versions of that product.” Stay tuned as we closely follow the two tech giants in their quest to dominate over the other. So far, the two companies have filed 30 suits against one another on four different continents since last April. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.