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Thursday, Mar 67:10 AM
Thursday, Mar 67:10 AM| 16 Comments
- Judge Lucy Koh has turned down a request from Apple (AAPL) to ban certain Samsung (SSNLF) mobile products in the U.S. because of patent infringements.
- However, Koh did complete a $929.8M damages award to Apple stemming from the companies' IP dispute.
- Apple and Samsung are due to face each other again this month in a trial over Apple patents different to those involved in the $929.8M award.
Monday, Feb 244:00 AM
Monday, Feb 244:00 AM| 1 Comment
- The World Mobile Congress has kicked off in Barcelona, with speakers such as Mark Zuckerberg and Jan Koum emphasizing the intersection of computing and mobile.
- Samsung (SSNLF) has already introduced the first two smartwatches that are based on its Tizen operating system rather than on Android.
- The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo devices are due to go on sale in April and are compatible with many of Samsung’s Android-based Galaxy smartphones.
- More on Mobile World Congress.
Sunday, Feb 232:11 AM
Sunday, Feb 232:11 AM| 5 Comments
- Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNGY) are set to face each other again in court at the end of March after the two companies failed to resolve their patent dispute in the U.S. during mediation that included Tim Cook and Samsung co-CEO J.K. Shin.
- The latest trial will involve Apple IP that Samsung allegedly breached in relatively recent products, including the Galaxy S III smartphone.
- Separately, Apple will issue a software update "very soon" to fix a security flaw in PCs running the company's Mac OS X operating system. The glitch leaves email, financial information and other sensitive data exposed.
- On Friday, Apple released a fix for mobile devices running iOS.
Tuesday, Jan 283:45 AM
Tuesday, Jan 283:45 AM| 8 Comments
- World smartphone shipments topped 1B for the first time in 2013, rising 38% to 1.004B units, research firm IDC estimates.
- Q4 shipments grew 24.2% to 284.4M.
- Total handset volume increased 4.8% in 2014 to 1.82B units. Q4 shipments +0.9% to 488.4M.
- "Among the top trends driving smartphone growth are large screen devices and low cost," IDC says. "Markets like China and India are quickly moving toward a point where sub-$150 smartphones are the majority of shipments."
- Smartphone vendor shipments in 2013: Samsung (SSNGY) +42.9% to 313.9M, market share 31.3%; Apple (AAPL) +12.9% to 153.4M, market share 15.3%; Huawei +67.5% to 48.8M, market share 4.9%. (PR)
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Wednesday, Oct 22013, 9:34 AM
Wednesday, Oct 22013, 9:34 AM| 3 Comments
- LG Electronics (LGEIY.OB) has lifted the wraps on a curved smartphone with a flexible OLED display called the LG Z, according to ZDNet Korea. The device is reportedly in mass production, will be announced in the immediate future, and has a release date set for later this month.
- The phone's 6" OLED display will "be rigid, much like [LG's] curved OLED televisions," LG tells The Inquirer.
- LG is in a race with Korean rival Samsung (SSNLF.PK), which has plans of its own for a smartphone with a curved display to be released in Oct. The Inquirer speculates Samsung's rendition would be a variant of the Galaxy Note 3.
Friday, Aug 302013, 10:13 AM
Friday, Aug 302013, 10:13 AM| 9 Comments
- Phablets overtook both tablets and portable PCs in the Asian market during Q2, according to IDC. 25.2M smartphones with 5"-7" screens were shipped during the quarter, compared to 12.6M tablets and 12.7M portable PCs. The rise in popularity of the phablet is breath-taking: shipments grew 100% Q/Q and 620% Y/Y.
- Phablet pioneer Samsung (SSNLF.PK) has lost its gargantuan grasp of the market. The Galaxy Note model held 90% of the market in Q4 2011. But the Note series accounted for less than 50% in Q2, as "low-cost local players ... have swooped in to offer big screens."
- Acer (ASIYF.PK) entered the phablet market in June with the Liquid S1, which sports a 5.7" display, an Android OS, and a Mediatek quad-core 1.5 GHz processor. Nokia (NOK) plans to launch its own 6" phablet in Sept.
- Although Asia is the front-runner in phablet adoption, Barclays sees global shipments climbing from 143M this year to 228M by 2015.
Monday, Aug 52013, 2:47 AM
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- Samsung's (SSNHY.OB) shares dropped 0.9% in Seoul following the American government's decision to overturn the International Trade Commission's (ITC) ban on the U.S. sale of some older Apple products for violating a Samsung (SSNHY.OB) patent.
- The focus is now on an ITC decision, due Friday, on whether to prohibit the importation of some older Galaxy phones and tablets into the U.S. for breaching Apple's intellectual property.
Sunday, Aug 42013, 1:34 AM
Sunday, Aug 42013, 1:34 AM| 12 Comments
- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has quashed a decision by the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the U.S. sale of some older Apple products for violating a Samsung (SSNHY.OB) patent that enables devices to transmit multiple services at the same time via 3G.
- The ITC had wanted to bar the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS, the iPad 3G and the iPad 2 3G that were designed for use on networks operated by AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) and two regional operators. The prohibition was due to come into effect this week.
- In a letter, Froman said he overturned the ban because it gave Samsung "undue leverage" to delay rivals' use of a standard-setting technology, although he noted that the South Korean company can appeal in the courts.
Wednesday, Apr 102013, 4:54 AMSouth Korean police have searched the offices of Samsung Display (SSNLF.PK) as part of a probe into the alleged theft of technology. The authorities are looking at whether partners of LG Display (LPL) leaked technology secrets and whether Samsung is involved. The companies have been the subject of investigations since last year. |Wednesday, Apr 102013, 4:54 AM| Comment!
Thursday, Dec 62012, 5:52 AMApple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF.PK) are due back before the long-suffering Judge Lucy Koh in Silicon Valley today as part of the follow-up to their trial earlier this year, when a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05B in damages for patent violations. Samsung wants a new trial due to alleged juror misconduct, and, failing that, for the award to be reduced. Apple wants more money and for Judge Koh to ban lots of Samsung devices from the U.S. |Thursday, Dec 62012, 5:52 AM| 2 Comments
Wednesday, Dec 52012, 4:26 AMSamsung Electronics (SSNLF.PK) appoints the son of Chairman Lee Kun-hee, Jay Y Lee, as Vice Chairman, putting him in line to eventually take over from his father in the top job. Jay Lee is already Samsung's COO and President, and is a main point of contact for the company's main customers and rivals. |Wednesday, Dec 52012, 4:26 AM| Comment!