It seems like it will never end. Patent wars between Samsung and Apple are set to continue, with the second trial between the two companies beginning tomorrow. The end of the first trial saw Apple winning $928.8 million from Samsung, which is $450 million less than the original amount. Both companies are appealing that decision.
This next trial will likely have more on the line because the devices involved will also include newer models. According to Apple, the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Tab 2 also violate five patents each. These patents include “slide-to-unlock” and universal search.
The new Samsung Galaxy S 5 has a number of great new features, including a heart rate sensor and a fingerprint scanner. But that’s not all that the new device is set to include. Now we know that the Galaxy S 5 will also include a baby monitor, alerting the parent when their child starts crying.
This new feature isn’t exactly being advertised, and is actually kind of hidden inside the “accessibility menu” of the device. Essentially, the device emits vibrating alerts on a Galaxy Gear that’s paired with the device. According to Samsung, the feature works best when the S5 is within 1 meter of the baby and there’s no background noise.
While we only saw the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 picture leak a few days ago, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 picture has leaked, courtesy of Twitter leaker @evleaks.
The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is the follow up to last years Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, and like the Tab 4 7.0, it comes in two colors, black and white. It will come with Android 4.4 out of the box, and also makes use of a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Because the features aren’t really that groundbreaking, the device should have a relatively low price tag. Hit the break for one more picture, in black!
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has an international release date of April 11, but a Russian website, Ferra, managed to get their hands on one and tear it down.
According to the site, it will be very difficult to remove the screen from the device because of a special adhesive that Samsung is using. After getting the display off the device, the teardown is apparently a little easier, but the entire operation will still take over an hour.
A recent study done by Crittercism surveyed 106 mobile operating systems on over 2500 different devices to try to figure out which OS was the most stable. It was a pretty massive experiment that found some very interesting details.
Out of all of the different things they measured, Crittercism found that Android 4.4 KitKat was the most stable mobile operating system available with a crash rate of just 0.7%. That’s significantly better than the crash rate of Android 2.3, which found that Gingerbread crashed roughly 1.7% of the time. For comparison, Apple’s own iOS 7.1 had a crash rate of 1.6%, just slightly better than Gingerbread. Older versions of iOS saw even higher crash rates, peaking at 2.5% for iOS 5. Good news for Android and Android developers, right? » Read the rest
The other day, information surfaced that Samsung was working on a new Galaxy tablet that had a 10.5 inch display. Today we’re seeing evidence of that and a 10.1 inch tablet dropping by the FCC. Both the SM-T801 and SM-T805 have made an appearance.
There isn’t much in terms of information in the FCC documents, but the devices have a display diagonal size of 267.5 mm which equates to about 10.5 inches. The devices are about 9.7 inches by 6.94 inches. Batteries are rated at 30.02 Wh at 4.35 volts or about 6900 mAh.
While HTC certainly does make some nice phones, Samsung‘s sales have always been higher than HTC’s. Because of the fact that both companies have new flagship devices launching at almost the same time, there is quite a bit of competition between them, which is perhaps why HTC president Jason Mackenzie wasn’t too reserved about his opinions on Samsung’s new flagship, the Galaxy S5.
Mackenzie critiqued Samsung, saying that they don’t invest in customers, but instead invest in advertising. This is a common critique of the company. He then went on to say that Samsung’s device was made out of cheap plastic, and that HTC is aiming for customers who “want the best”.
Thanks to a system dump leak, the new Samsung Galaxy S5 (international version) has been rooted well before its official release. Thanks to a well known developer on XDA by the name of Chainfire, you can use his CF-Auto-Root tool to root your S5 once you have it. Will you root your S5 once you get your hands on it? Hit up the source link for more information!
AT&T and Sprint are now rolling out the KitKat update to both the Galaxy Note 3 and the HTC One Max, respectively.
AT&T is now rolling out the KitKat update to its Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which will bring an improved user interface, ability to choose the default messaging app, improved GPS functionality, direct camera access from the lockscreen and much more. You can check the full changelog below: » Read the rest
In a very smart move, Google is mandating that Android manufacturers use “Powered by Android” branding on their devices. The HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S 5 are the first devices to do this. This “Powered by Android” branding will appear during the boot sequence in both phones, and we suspect all future Android phones. At least the ones that use Google Play Services.
I’m surprised Google didn’t mandate this from the very beginning. If you think about it, with all the manufacturer custom UIs such as TouchWiz and Sense, mainstream consumers have no idea that their own phone is running Android. Most people probably think these manufacturers are using their own proprietary software much like Apple is with iOS. Well in a way, they are, but at least they will know there are other options out there, even though the experience might not be identical.