Samsung begins arguments, Shows how Apple stole from LaunchTile and DiamondTouch table

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Apple closed their case so it’s Samsung’s turn to be a little offensive, and to kick things off, they decided to show a couple of early 2000s gesture technologies, LaunchTile and DiamondTouch.

LaunchTile was co-created by Benjamin Bederson who took the stand as a “fact witness” for Samsung. It was for Microsoft’s PocketPC devices and became available in 2004. It helped users access a lot of information and it featured thumbnails that users could zoom in on to access information. Bederson demoed it by showing three different zoom levels. Here’s a look:

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Apple makes it easy for us to see which Samsung phones and tablets supposedly infringe on which patents

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Well thank you so much Apple for providing a nice, and shall I say gigantic, chart showing us just where Samsung infringed on your wonderful patents. Yes that was sarcasm, but I will say that this is helpful in understanding where Apple is really attacking Samsung, and whether it’s the design of the hardware (Patents D087, D677, and D899) or software icons (D305).

Apple showed this chart to the court yesterday when they closed their arguments. It was introduced as evidence, but shortly after, three phones from the chart were eliminated after Samsung argued that they weren’t sold here in the U.S, so therefore shouldn’t be part of the case. Those phones were the international versions of the Galaxy S (GT-i9000) and Galaxy S II (GT-i9100) as well as the Galaxy Ace.

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Samsung Convinces Judge To Remove 3 Devices Named In Trial, Apple Rests Its Case Otherwise

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The Apple vs. Samsung saga is about to be over here in the States at least. Apple wrapped up its case yesterday by calling in a financial expert to testify on behalf of AppleCPA Terry Musika used his time to highlight Apple lost 2 million iPad and iPhone sales because of infringement, while also showing how much Samsung was able to benefit by its sales and more importantly, its profits. Musika shared with the courtroom 3 major items on his agenda: the profits Samsung made with the accused products, the reasonable royalty fees for the allegedly-infringed patents and the profits Apple itself may have lost. He believes Samsung was able to gain $8.16 billion in revenue generated from devices and after going through the company’s financials, he estimated that Samsung made $2.241 billion in profit— while also coming up with unusual ways to increase profits (i.e. avoiding taxes). When its all settled and done, Musika believes Apple can legitimately ask between $2.5 billion and $2.75 billion in damages.

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Supposed Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Photo Leaks, Looks Awfully Similar To The Galaxy S III In Design

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So much for all that mystery and uncertainty surrounding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (N7100) smartphone. Our friends at GSMArena obtained a supposed leaked photo which highlights the device’s front panel. While it’s not certain if the photo is real or not, the device you see pretty much matches up with earlier rumors indicating the Galaxy Note 2 would channel its inner Galaxy S III. Moreover, GSMArena reports its source included some Galaxy Note 2 features which also lines up with what we’ve reported before. The Galaxy Note 2 will feature a 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED RGB display on a 5.5-inch screen, 1.5GHz quad-core Exynos processor and Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. And speaking of Ice Cream Sandwich– it’s also of note that Samsung just about has its Jelly Bean update ready and will release the update for the Galaxy S III alongside the Galaxy Note 2 announcement on August 29th.

source: GSMArena

Ex-Motorola employee claims it was harder to work with Google after acquisition

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The acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google sent shock waves throughout not just the mobile industry, but the tech industry as a whole. The purchase raised numerous questions regarding the effect that this would have on Google’s other Android vendors such as Samsung and HTC. Many were concerned that this would most certainly give Motorola “special” privileges when it came to Android considering they now belonged to Google. To my surprise, and probably to most others, that’s far from the truth.

According to an ex-Motorola employee, ever since they were acquired by Google it was harder to work with them as Google didn’t want it to seem like they were giving Motorola “preferable treatment.”  This all actually makes sense because Google knows that they are now walking a thin line and has to be careful to not anger their other big Android vendors.

In time things could very well change, after all there is an ever going rumor that Google will someday follow in suit of Apple and manufacture their own phone. If Google were to actually do that, then imagine the position they’re putting their Android partners such as Samsung and HTC.

Do you guys think Google should pull an Apple and use Motorola to manufacture their own Android phones? Or do you all like the way things are with Google’s strong and ongoing relationship with Samsung, HTC, LG and others?

source: Business Insider

T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Receiving ICS Via Kies On August 14th

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Starting August 14th, the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will have an optional upgrade to Android 4.0.5 Ice Cream Sandwich. I say optional because the update will be through Samsung Kies and not via an OTA update. The update will bring the software to T869UVLG7 can only be completed by tethering the tablet to the computer via USB and using Samsung Kies to upload the new software to the tablet.

Head over to the source link for further instructions once the update becomes available!

source: T-Mobile

U.S owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi receiving Ice Cream Sandwich update now

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It has been a long wait, but it looks like Samsung finally came through with the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi-only version for U.S. owners. This is the same update that hit Europe a couple of weeks ago and it brings you to version IMM76D and it’s Android version 4.0.4.

Right now you can download it through the Samsung Kies sfotware, but it’s expected to be available as over-the-air update soon. If you don’t want to deal with Kies, just hit settings/about tablet/software update periodically on your tab to see if it’s ready for you to download.

source: phandroid

Judge Lucy Koh Orders Key Samsung Designer To Zip It, Bans Her From Testifying In Apple Vs. Samsung Suit

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As the Apple vs. Samsung saga continues on, the courts continue to lay the smackdown on Samsung. Judge Lucy Koh recently signed a document which bars Samsung designer Hyong Shin Park from testifying in the courtroom. Park is quoted as saying Samsung’s phones were inspired by a “bowl of water” as opposed to the iPhone. Samsung adds by explaining Park’s design patent dates back to December 2006, which is well-before when Apple launched its first iPhone. Apple on the other hand, countered by arguing her project, the F700, isn’t in the list of accused phones (i.e. the Galaxy S), and that Park’s testimony isn’t relevant to the case. In addition, the Cupertino giant has also argued that her testimony isn’t relevant because she didn’t design any of the products it says copied the iPhone’s look and feel.

Despite the major setback for Samsung, the lawsuit continues on today. As the epic trial comes to a close, the hope is that there will be some sort of resolution or compromise so the two companies can finally move on.

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Frustrated Judge Lucy Koh Ordered Samsung and Apple Counsel to Meet on Sunday

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I wonder how many Judges in America get to a point in a case where they want to throw up their arms and yell “I’m sick of this!” Well it wasn’t as dramatic, but U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who is presiding over the Samsung vs. Apple case, has apparently grown weary of the quibbling attorneys and had asked them to meet in person yesterday (Sunday). Judge Koh reportedly said in her order yesterday “The Court is disappointed by the parties’ respective reports regarding their meet and confer efforts on final jury instructions. Lead trial counsel shall meet and confer in person today and file joint and disputed final jury instructions by Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8 a.m.” » Read the rest

Samsung drops ICS source code for Note 10.1, Tab 10.1 and Tab 7 plus

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It always brings a smile to my face when source drops for any Android device. While it has of no use to me or the average Joe, it will be put to good use by many independent developers. After all, source code means more stable custom ROM’s for us rooted users. Today Samsung has released the Ice Cream Sandwich source codes (GPL portions)  for the Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 7 Plus.

If you’re interested in the source codes for your personal needs then head on over to the source link!

source: Samsung Open Source Release Center