The latest news from Apple and Samsung’s never-ending court battles has to do with Apple’s hefty legal fees. Apple wanted Samsung to pay for the $16 million in attorney fees that Apple spent during four trade dress claims against Samsung relating to the iPhone, iPad, and iPad 2.
Legally, Apple would have only been reimbursed if the court found the case “exceptional.” Since Judge Lucy Koh decided that some of Samsung’s patent infringement was based on function, it wasn’t an “exceptional” case, and refused to make Samsung pay for Apple’s fees. She did, however, release Apple’s $2.6 million bond that was pending from a sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
We are just under 2 weeks away from the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 4, and we have some info regarding the camera. First of all, Samsung is finally going to implement optical image stabilization (OIS) as part of a 16 MP Sony IMX240 sensor. This same sensor appeared on the Korean Galaxy S 5 LTE-A, but it did lack OIS. This sensor will also be able to shoot UHD video (3840 x 2160) at 30 FPS. Samsung will also upgrade the front-facing camera to 3.7 MP, which is still lower than many flagships.
Another day, another Galaxy S flagship variant. Samsung has announced a new Galaxy S 5 this morning for Singapore. The Galaxy S 5+ will be available starting Saturday. Aug. 23 and will support SingTel’s brand spankin’ new LTE-A network launching that very same day.
Samsung and Barnes & Noble launched the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook earlier today at a New York City event. As expected, it is a Galaxy Tab 4 repackaged with Nook-only software in addition to what Samsung traditionally offers. There are no hardware differences between this device and the original.
The software is the difference maker here as Barnes & Noble has included what it calls the Nook Advantage to create a better value. The specific Galaxy Tab 4 Nook features that are exclusive include Nook Today, Nook Shop, and a quick access button on the bottom left of the home screen to jump right into whatever reading content — books, magazines, newspapers — you left off with. There are also traditional hubs for newspaper/magazine and video content. If you are not satisfied, breathe easy as the Play Store is pre-loaded on the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook (unlike Amazon’s devices).
Hit the break for images of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook’s flip cover and our hands on video with the tablet.
Barnes & Noble had limited success with the nook tablets so they decided to outsource them with Samsung. Today marks the first tablet from their partnership, the Galaxy Tab 4 nook.
You guessed it…..it’s essentially a Galaxy Tab 4 with Barnes & Noble’s software instead of TouchWiz. However, it will include some of the features found on Samsung devices such as Multi Window for running two apps at the same time. Customers will find over 3 million books (including the best children’s books), an expansive newsstand, and many TV shows and movies. Users will also get daily recommendations based on their habits.
If you’re looking for a small and sleek Bluetooth speaker, you might want to check out the latest from Samsung. The Level Box mini offers high-quality sound in a compact metallic body.
It includes a 55mm stereo speaker along with a passive radiator. It’s compatible with all phones, but if you have the Samsung Level App, you will get Volume Control, Text-to-Speech, S Voice, and SoundAlive.
With every new phone comes new accessories, and the Galaxy Note 4 won’t be alone. It appears Samsung is working on an ultrasonic cover that could be utilized for those that have vision-related disabilities.
According to SamMobile, the cover will detect nearby objects from its ultrasonic sensor and provide feedback. Users will also be able to choose between three different levels: short, middle, and long.
An insider with a Note 4 prototype sent in the complete description from the accessory, of which you can see after the break.
Samsung is no stranger to filing patent applications for smartphone devices taking a variety of form factors including those with flexible displays. The latest patent filing spotted at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office shows a smartphone device that could be folded in half like a wallet or a tent card. The ability to hold a position once bent is one of the key details that Samsung describes in their application. This could make it easier for the device to double as something like an alarm clock.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 isn’t supposed to be a specs-beast, but will be a very serviceable midrange phablet for those in the market for one.
Lucky for buyers, its impending announcement seems closer than ever before, as the device’s firmware, SM-G750 (same model number as the device) has shown up online.
Samsung and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have extended their partnership through the year 2020. This keeps Samsung around as a top sponsor for the Olympics. As a top sponsor, the two have been partners since the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan; however, Samsung was a local sponsor for the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea. The role as top sponsor “directly supports the staging of every Olympic Games, as well as every one of the National Olympic Committees, enabling athletes from all over the world to prepare for and compete at each Games,” according to the IOC’s president Thomas Bach.
To celebrate the extension, Thomas Bach and Samsung vice chairman Jay Y. Lee wrote their signatures on the company’s Galaxy Note Pro tablet.
Hit the break for the full press release.