Apple vs Samsung fight in court(0)
Apple’s request to ban Samsung phones which supposedly infringe upon its patents has been denied by the court. This relates to eight Samsung phones, including Samsung Galaxy S II, which would not be removed from the market because there is no evidence that users are specifically seeking those features on these phones which are copied.
Previously, the court asked Samsung to pay $1.05 billion to Apple in terms of damages. However, Apple’s demand that these phones be banned from the market was denied by judge because of the lack of evidence from Apple to prove that the features used on these phones have resulted in the loss of iPhone sales. Apple said that Samsung phones have made iPhone lost its market share and hence these phones should be banned from the market. It also said that these phones have also rendered damage to Apple devices as well as software. However, this argument was not bought by the judge. But Apple seems adamant and might appeal later.
Judge Koh wrote in her order that “Though evidence that Samsung attempted to copy certain Apple features may offer some limited support for Apple’s theory, it does not establish that those features actually drove consumer demand.” Apple was hoping to get eight out of 21 Samsung devices banned. Many of these devices are still being sold in the market, even though they are more than a year old. However, Apple is also trying to add latest devices from Samsung in the injunction, including Galaxy S III, which happens to be the most popular smartphone from Samsung. Samsung, on the other hand, said that it is pleased with the decision made by Judge Koh.
There are several matters that are yet to be decided regarding the decision. For instance, Judge Koh is yet to rule on other post-trial proceedings such as whether the entire amount of $1 billion should be withheld. Besides, it is also yet to be decided whether the copying of the alleged features was intentional, in which case Apple would receive increased amount in damages.
Samsung previously requested for a new trial, stating that jury foreman, Velvin Hogan, had a prejudice against Samsung since he was sued by Seagate, an associate of Samsung. Judge Koh, however, denied the request for a new trial. In a related matter, Samsung announced that is dropping injunction requests against Apple in several European countries. Although it is suing Apple, it no longer seeks a ban on iPhone in order to protect the interest of the consumers. Samsung is also facing an antitrust investigation in Europe, investigating whether Samsung illegally prevented competitors from licensing patents essential for wireless communications.
Samsung would probably release two different versions of tablets during MWC(0)
Although it seems quite unlikely that anyone would beat Apple in the market of tablets in near future, retaining the top position in market would certainly become tougher with the passage of time. Till now, no one has been seriously able to threat the monopoly of Apple over the tablets and ever since the introduction of iPad, Apple has been the undisputed winner of the industry. Now the news about the release of the next model of iPad is circulating which would probably be released in March. But in the other news, Samsung is also gearing up for the competition. According to some resources, Samsung has been planning to release two different versions of its tablet which would most probably be released during the Mobile World Congress this month. Apparently these two mysterious devices have already gone through all the production phases and are almost ready to be announced. The model numbers of these two devices happen to be GT-P3100 and GT-P5100 and both have already got the WiFi certifications by the WiFi Alliance. There is, however, not a complete confirmation about these devices being tablets or smart phones. But the GT-P that has been used for these devices has been used for Samsung’s Android based tablet line up. So we cannot be completely sure about the actual identity of these devices before the event but speculations and rumors suggest that these devices are actually tablets. Previously, there have also been rumors about the giant upcoming version of Galaxy Tab which would be an 11.6 inch version of Samsung Galaxy Tab. This huge device would also be equipped with a quad-core Exynos processor and showcase a fine resolution of 2560 x 1600. Samsung might also be considering releasing something as a response to Amazon’s Kindle Fire since Kindle Fire has proven to be an immensely successful tablet.
We can’t say what other products Samsung would be releasing during the WMC this month but we can expect the release of at least one tablet, whether it is the upcoming giant version of Samsung Galaxy Tab or simply some new tablet. And if we do get a tablet, this would certainly increase the competition for Apple considerably. However, it would still need something extraordinary to come close to Apple in the arena of tablets and this seems quite unlikely in near future.
Samsung will launch flexible screens for phones and tablets(0)
Another noteworthy news form Samsung is the development of smart phones and tablets with flexible screens which would allow you to roll the device and put it in your pocket. This would also mean that the device would be pretty much immune to fall and shock. This is certainly a landmark and would help in resolving certain issues that are, at present, associated with the tablets. For example, it is not easy to carry a 10 inch or even a 7 inch tablet over long distance, particularly if you don’t have private transport. Flexible screen, on the other hand, would resolve this problem and there won’t be any more transportation issues since you can just roll the screen and insert it in your pocket. However, it would take some time before such flexible devices are introduced in the mainstream market. We should probably expect a wait of more than a year. Not only Samsung, there are also rumors about Nokia considering to embark on such a development through which it would be offering bendable Kinetic screen. Let’s just hope that we see flexible devices in the market soon and that they actually do turn out to be useful.
Samsung tablet running with Microsoft Windows 8(0)
Samsung has already earned high respect and repute in the market of tablet devices. After successfully releasing a couple of tablet devices in various sizes, Samsung now intends to release another innovative tablet device running Microsoft’s Windows 8. Previous tablets released by Samsung were running on Android. According to the reports, this latest device would be displayed in the next week’s Microsoft’s BUILD developers conference. This would be quite an event since in past, there was been no example of collaboration between Samsung and Microsoft on a tech project.
This collaboration would be good for both Samsung and Microsoft, particularly Microsoft would reap huge benefits in collaboration with a firm that is not only one of the technology giants of the world, but has also attained high position in the market of tablet devices and smartphones in quite a limited time. Although Samsung has mainly released tablets and smartphones running various versions of Android OS, it has also utilized other platforms such as Windows Phone 7 as well as its own Bada OS. But needless to say, Android has been the most successful of these all. It appears that Samsung is planning to give more and more support to other platforms since recently Google has purchased Motorola worth $12.5 billion.
Microsoft has very recently released its Windows 8 which is famously considered a blend of a tablet OS and a common desktop OS. Microsoft was in a terrible need to have some hardware partner to support the OS on the devices. Samsung has finally come to the rescue of Microsoft and this seems to be a huge advantage for Microsoft. Previously, there were news that Microsoft might be releasing its own version of a tablet device running Windows 8 which would be a competitor of iPad2, but now it is expected that this new device would be a Samsung device running Windows 8. Microsoft has given a short demonstration of Windows 8 and it appears that this OS would be containing a Metro UI which was also the part of Windows Phone 7. With the move of collaborating with Samsung and releasing Windows 8, Microsoft is certainly gearing up for the competition. But final word can be said only after the device is released and tested by the experts.
This tablet device from Samsung running Windows 8 is still in production phase and would most probably be released in the fall of next year.
Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch postponed in Australia(0)
The legal battle over the intellectual property that had commenced between Apple and Samsung a few months ago has now intensified. The newest episode in this regard is that Samsung has decided to postpone the release of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Originally, the event to launch the product was decided to be on 11th of August, 2011. But after some consideration, Samsung authorities decided to postpone the event for the time being. Not only this, most probably the other product which was to be released on the same day, GalTab 10.1 would also be postponed. According to the latest resources, GalTab 10.1 would be released in near future now, but the exact date of the release has not yet been announced.
What the resources revealed more is that Samsung has recently reached an agreement with Apple by which Samsung would not release its Galaxy Tab in Australia. But to Apple’s utter chagrin, Samsung found the other way round and decided to release another product in close resemblance with Galaxy Tab. Although this was not the direct breach of the agreement, it certainly was a move that annoyed Apple. So after some more argument, Samsung has, for the time being, delayed the release of any of its tablet products in Australia. What happens in near future is yet to be decided. The battle started when Samsung released its Tablet earlier this year and especially, after the cover for the tablet was released which was exactly like iPad2’s cover in design. Although Samsung denies any allegations of copying, there is some close resemblance between iPad2 and Galaxy Tab when it comes to the technical specifications. In fact, in certain aspects such as camera, memory and display etc., Galaxy Tab has an edge over iPad2. Both products have almost similar prices so in the same price range it seems that Galaxy Tab has more to offer to the customers as compared to iPad2.
Although the event for the release was cancelled, it by no means signifies that the release of the product has totally been cancelled. The release has merely been postponed and the product would most probably be released later this year. By then, the legal battle between Apple and Samsung would also, most probably, wither away and customers all over the world would be able to take a sigh of relief. For now, anticipating Australian fans would have to keep their fingers crossed for some time, probably not more than a few months.
Second RIM top management leave to Samsung(0)
Ryan Biden was a senior product manager at RIM who had the responsibility for PlayBook tablet computer. After leaving RIM, he joined Samsung as a director of product marketing. This was announced on Biden’s LinkedIn profile. RIM has refused to comment on this latest development, although they acknowledged the fact. Biden was perhaps the most renowned personality in relation to PlayBook, RIM’s device which faces stiff competition from Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1.
According to the marketing experts of the electronics industry, RIM seems to be going through a phase of serious operational as well as marketing reconstruction. Biden’s farewell to RIM was the second of its type in one month, followed by the departure of Brian Wallace who was the head of RIM’s digital marketing efforts. He also left RIM to take a job at Samsung.
RIM’s earning for this years have considerably declined, which according to RIM is due to the ‘arms race’ prevailing in North America. RIM acknowledged that Biden and Wallace were under pressure due to the tough competition from Apple and Samsung. Situation for RIM was further stiffened when Apple announced the sale of 20 million iPhones and 9 million iPads in the last quarter, other than gaining considerable growth in the international market which was the strong point of RIM. It seems that Apple is gaining weight over RIM in places like Latin America and Middle East, where previously RIM’s position was quite strong. According to the Toronto Stock Exchange, RIM’s stock was down 0.7 percent at C$25.27.
RIM released its PlayBook in April which was the first RIM tablet to run QNX-based operating system. According to The Waterloo, some 500,000 units of this product were shipped in the first six weeks. Plus during the last quarter, some 13.2 million BlackBerrys were sold as well. RIM is considering cutting a considerable number of jobs in order to regain its lost position in the race of smartphones. RIM has also been facing criticism due to its inability to compete with Apple and Samsung in the aforementioned race.
Several other noteworthy personnel from RIM are also absent, among them chief operations officer Don Morrison who took a medical leave this June and is expected to return later this year. Amidst this entire touch situation, RIM would certainly need a lot of effort to regain the lost glory.
Apple vs Samsung court battle, intensifies(0)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the recently launched Tablet PC from Samsung Corp., is now being included in the amended complaint filed by Apple against Samsung. As we all know, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 holds the title “world’s thinnest tablet”, resulting to higher expectations that it really has the edge of taking over of the leadership of Apple iPad 2. And with Apple knocking off Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, there is much more to see and discover why Apple would hit this Samsung slate directly.
With Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 technical specifications, this gadget has its own ability to outdo iPad2’s market leadership. Aside from being run by the latest Google Android Honeycomb 3.0, sleek style and actual design are also big factors in outselling a product. The rounded corners of Apple iPhone product is being claimed to be copied by Samsung’s smartphones. Whether this is true or not, both parties to the case left the matter to the court.
Is Apple’s fear of Samsung’s power and ability reached to the level that court’s intervention has been put on to the scene? Apple’s action has been vehemently done to protect patent rights that Apple applied for its products. As soon as the products of Samsung surfaced in the market, Samsung has been accused of copying the design and almost overall physical appearance of Apple’s iPhone and iPad2. From the point of view of Apple, Samsung produces products that are based on Apple’s idea. Samsung is just improving or adding some features that would make their product unique to Samsung. As Apple put it, “Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.”
On the other hand, Samsung responded accordingly to the allegations set out by Apple. Samsung further filed complaints on the same matter across other countries such as Korea, Japan and Germany. Such strategy is viewed as a good move from Samsung and this intensifies Samsung’s spirit that they could win against Apple.
Samsung never loses heart that they could win against Apple. Samsung is one of the major suppliers of Apple’s parts for manufacturing. But Apple COO assured that the business relationship between these two major companies will not be tarnished and will remain as it is where it should be. Rumors about amicable settlement involving talks between executives also surfaced after Apple amended its original complaint. Apple has been headlined recently for losing into Nokia lawsuit and Apple paid for the damages and claims sought by Nokia. Will this Nokia fate turn into Samsung as well? Let’s all wait and see, keep on browsing Tablets For You for further updates.
Samsung: Claiming Justice(0)
This is what Samsung is basically doing today – saving the repute of the upcoming Droid Charge and Galaxy Tab 10.1 from the possibility that it might have some similarities with the upcoming iPhone5 and iPad3 technical specifications.
Samsung has actually filed a motion on May 26 asking Apple to turn their iPhone 5 and iPad 3 as part of the ongoing dispute between the two. It required the sample final commercial version of iPhone 5 and iPad 3 along with its packaging. Samsung wants to see to it that their tablets would not contain any match with the Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPad 3 especially that they both have the same disclosure date. The negotiation has been a standstill until now. Note that the lawyers were restricted from access on both sides, but Samsung’s reason for the motion is to prepare for any probable legal actions from Apple in case of similarities.
Samsung had already been sued by Apple’s lawsuit on April 15 in the U.S. District Court of Northern California, asserting that Samsung has copied Apple products look, design, packaging and user interface; hence violating its patents and trademarks. The lawsuit then showed a side-by-side comparison of the Apple iPhone 3Gs model and Galaxy S 19000 model. When viewed both devices strikes some similarities; however, when comprehensively compared, the Samsung Galaxy S 19000 is said to have 3 times the speed of iPhone 3G. Moreover, Samsung Galaxy S 1900 technical specifications include 5MP camera and an Android OD v2.1 operating system which is really different from the Apple iPhone 3G’s 3.15 MP camera and an iPhone OS 3.0 Operating System. Surely, Samsung does not want the same thing to happen again.
Remember that Samsung is one of Apple’s chief suppliers for its own iOS-based devices, with Samsung manufacturing the Apple’s A4 and A5 system, LCD displays, flash memory, and other components. However, feud had set a distance between the two. By then, tablet savvies should be affected by this feud while no decision is wrong whether to buy Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or buy iPad 3 in addition to the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 s price is rest assured not to change by the time it is set to launch.
Samsung Tablets technical specifications(0)
World′s Thinnest Tablets – Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9(8)
Launched today at the CTIA, the two Samsung Tablets, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1″ and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9″ share quite a few similarities., the most notable of all, at first glance, is how thin they both are. To be more accurate, the new Samsung tablets are just .33-inches thick, which really puts the .34 -inch iPad in a less favorable light if you compare the two by their dimensions. Samsung really pushed it to be present today and present their new tablets, although incomplete, which explains why neither could even be powered on. Samsung officials state however that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will weigh 1.31 pounds, while Galaxy Tab 8.9 won’t be more than 1.03 pounds. According to specs, Samsung tablets 10.1 and 8.9 have microSD slots, 3.5mm headphone jacks, and SIM slots, even if they will both feature a WiFi version as well. Another similarity is in terms of camera characteristics, namely a 3 megapixel shooter with an LED flash on the back and a 2 megapixel lens on the front.
That’s about it on the exterior. As for internal features, Galaxy Tabs will pack 1GHz dual-core processors – very likely Tegra 2 since all the Honeycomb tablets so far have used NVIDIA’s silicon, however this is a mere assumption, not to have been confirmed yet. One other aspect we learned about Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is sold with a 16GB or 32GB storage and a 6000mAH battery, while the 10.1 will be available also with both16GB and 32GB and with a 6860mAH cell. Updated: In the press release Samsung included also 64GB model for both tablets.
Both tablets should provide 10 hours of video playback, according to producer.
A video containing hands on the new Samsung Galaxy tablets, here:
and images in the footage below.
Technical Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9