Apple’s lawsuits against Samsung has prompted Google to rethink their stance on patents

Google’s stance on patents has always been relaxed, as opposed to Apple’s much documented “war” style when it comes to defending their patents. Due to Apple’s constant bombardment of lawsuits against some of Android’s top manufacturers, mainly Samsung and HTC, Google has prompted themselves to change their stance on patents and how they plan on dealing with them. According to David Lawee, Google’s VP in corporate development:

“We actually didn’t invest in the patent ecosystem. We weren’t patenting things as aggressively as we should have been. We didn’t really believe rounded corners were patentable. We just didn’t buy into that notion of protecting your IP, and it (referring to Samsung’s landslide loss to Apple) was a wake-up call.”

While Google and Lawlee would much prefer peace than war, Apple has essentially given Google (or anyone for that matter) no choice but to strictly defend any patent they own. Lawlee also added:

“I’m hoping that we’re kinda over the hump in terms of how people value patents, and the ‘thermonuclear’ world is not the world we’re going to live in.”

It’s clear that Google and Lawlee wishes Apple would stop all of this nonsense, but at the same time realizes that it’s just wishful thinking when it comes to Apple and their patents. Let’s also not forget the power Google has with all of their patents, especially with the ones they acquired from the Motorola purchase.

It’s time for Google to take the gloves off and finally fight back against Apple. They can’t continue to let some of their most powerful vendors such as Samsung get clobbered in court battles. What do you guys think?

source: All Things D

 

Samsung confirms Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update arriving in October

Samsung hasn’t offered the most timely updates in the past, with some customers still waiting for Android 4.0 to hit their Galaxy S II handsets. This can’t be blamed entirely on ole’ Sammy, though, as carriers tend to be the ones who delay updates. However, in the spirit of keeping its customers happy, the Korean manufacturer announced today that “the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system will be available on the Galaxy S3 from October.”

Considering the news comes directly from Samsung, it’s most likely that the update will roll out to international handsets first. As always, individual carriers will have to approve the update before it is allowed to be sent out OTA. There’s no word on the exact day in October the update will be available, though that’s probably for the best seeing as Samsung has struggled to meet its deadlines more often than not.

This news comes after EE (Everything Everywhere) revealed that it would be bringing the Galaxy S III to its new 4G network. EE’s version of the device will come pre-loaded with Jelly Bean, so users won’t have to worry about waiting for a pesky update.

Source: CNET

Verizon Wireless Galaxy S III gets a ported TouchWiz Jelly Bean ROM

With the Jelly Bean update launching soon for the international Samsung Galaxy S III, it’s created envy for U.S. users. Thankfully XDA member remf4i posted a ported version for the Verizon version. It’s actually from a T-Mobile build, and it’s called ToUcHmYbEaNs RoM.

Of course with any ported ROM, there are always issues. For now the GPS is not showing directions and when setting the wallpaper by holding the homecreen, it force closes the gallery. However, you can set it by going directly into the gallery. We’ve seen a lot worse.

Just hit the source link below to get started.

source: xda

 

[Deal] Grab the Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III for $99 at Amazon Wireless

If you’re in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S III, then you might want to head over to Amazon Wireless because you can grab either the Verizon Wirlesss, AT&T, or the Sprint version for $99. Unfortunately that’s for new contracts or lines only, but if you happen to be upgrading, it will only be $50 more. Just hit the source link below to get started.

source: amazon wireless

T-Mobile Galaxy S Relay Will Be Released on September 19th

Last week T-Mobile said the Samsung Galaxy S Relay would be available in the coming weeks, and today they told us the official release date will be September 19th. The Galaxy S Relay has gone through a few delays and name changes to keep it from hitting the shelves for the targeted August date.

Although it resembles a Galaxy S III, the specs don’t quite match up. It sports a 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display, last year’s Snapdragon S3 dual-core clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, NFC, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It does have a QWERTY slide-out so if that’s what you desire, this might be the phone for you. It’s priced at $150 after rebate. Are any of you planning on getting this phone?

Source: TmoNews

Samsung Claims Android’s Multitouch Software Is Not As Good As Apple’s In Dutch Courts

 

Android’s multitouch software is not as good as Apple’s multitouch software? That’s what Samsung is claiming in order to avoid a recall and sales ban of its Android smartphones in a patent suit in the Dutch Court of Hague. In this round of the Apple vs. Samsung saga, Apple argues Samsung infringes on a certain multitouch patent called the “touch event model”— which prevents users from pushing two buttons at the same time on the screen. So as a result of the alleged infringement, Apple believes the Dutch courts should intervene and enact a sales ban of Galaxy products that operate on Android 2.3 or higher. Of course Samsung respectfully disagrees with Apple’s notions. Samsung lawyer Bas Berghuis van Woortman believes “the Android based method is more hierarchical the system is more complex and therefore harder for developers to use”. Apple respectfully disagrees as Apple lawyer Theo Blomme highlights Samsung’s claim of having a lesser solution “is simply not true“, while adding the technique that Android uses essentially makes its software the same as Apple’s.

Samsung is seemingly living on the defensive, isn’t it? After losing its epic battle Stateside, it is doing its best to try and try and have the upper hand on Apple this time around. There won’t be too long of a wait however— as the Hague court will deliver a judgement and ruling on October 24th regarding this matter.

source: PC World

China to Get Samsung Galaxy Note II With Dual SIM and Dual Standby

Samsung is going to release a special version of the Galaxy Note II for China. In the picture above you see a Galaxy Note II with three slots, two of which are going to be for SIM cards and the other for a microSD.

Having dual SIM cards allows users to essentially have two phone lines in one phone and be able to monitor both lines at the same time. These phones are more popular in China and this phone could be headed to their Unicom network. The rest of the specs look to be the same, and impressive, with the 1280×720 Super AMOLED HD screen and Exynos 4412 processor. The special attention to the Chinese market shows that Samsung is trying to go big with the Galaxy Note II.

Source: Unwired View

Carphone Warehouse UK Carrying Garnet Red Samsung Galaxy S III

We already heard that Samsung would be releasing more colors for the Galaxy S III. The Garnet Red version is now available exclusively at Carphone Warehouse in the UK and is available at the same price as other colors and on all the carriers that Carphone Warehouse serves. In the US, AT&T has been carrying the Garnet Red version for a little while, but this is the first we’ve seen it in Europe.

So if you’re in the UK and fancy a flashy red S III, hit the source link.

source: carphone warehouse

Anonymous Source Claims Samsung SCH-I605 Is Verizon’s Galaxy Note II, Also Claims Galaxy Note II Is Headed For U.S. Cellular

 

We know Samsung’s Galaxy Note II is headed to at least AT&T and Sprint, but now it looks like Verizon Wireless is all set to get in on the party too. Our friends at Brief Mobile got their hands on a screenshot that clearly highlights a Samsung device listed as model number SCH-I605, courtesy of their anonymous source. According to the source, this mysterious SCH-I605 smartphone will be Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy Note II and will feature a quad-core Exynos processor and 4G LTE service. In addition, the anonymous source claims Verizon’s version will be nearly identical to the international version, except the standard Verizon branding on the front and back of the device.

Brief Mobile doesn’t stop there as it also claims another major carrier will get the touted smartphone as well. It has confirmed that U.S. Cellular will get its own variant of the smartphone too for its ever-growing network as well. So all in all– the device is all but confirmed to launch on every major U.S. carrier. Of course, when the exact launch is for each carrier is anyone’s guess.

source: Brief Mobile

Files From Sprint Server Show New Samsung Device Believed To Be The Galaxy Note II

A major device may soon be destined for Sprint’s network. A leaked RDF file from Sprint’s servers show a device called the Samsung SPH-L900 that features a nice list of specs including: a Exynos 4412 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera and Android Jelly Bean running the device. Of course some of the specs we listed in this latest leaks are ones we expected since they match up with the leaked screenshots from AT&T’s Galaxy Note II.

The thing that was not in the file was the screen size. The larger screen was what made the Galaxy Note stand out from the crowd. The only listed specs about the screen was the 1280 x 720 display. So it is unclear if the smartphone is a bumped-up Galaxy S III smartphone or the Galaxy Note II as we suspect. Either way with all these features this phone will be able to compete with any other smartphone in the hardware department.

Samsung showed off the Galaxy Note 2 at IFA 2012 and it looks like a very strong sequel to the original. Samsung was focused on having the device available on more US wireless carriers. With all these features, the Galaxy Note II will have a highly anticipated launch sometime in the future Sprint and possibly a few others.

Source: Android Central