The Samsung Apple Rivalry Getting Bigger: The Former Gets iPhone And iPad Banned at AT&T


With the International Trade Commission (ITC), placing veto on import of older versions of the iPhone and iPad attuned with the AT&T wireless network, Samsung has won the stint against Apple. The barred Apple products comprise of AT&T compatible iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G along with iPad 3G and the iPad 2 3G .

The cutting-edge ITC verdict upturned an early determination of an administrative law judge in September that preferred Apple. Therefore, Samsung had filed for a review on October 2012.

The ITC decision specified, “Notice is hereby given that the U.S. ITC has found a violation of section 337 in this investigation, issuing limited exclusion order that prohibits Apple Inc. of Cupertino, California (“Apple”), from importing wireless devices, portable music and data processing devices and tablet computers that infringe claims 75-76 and 82-84 of U.S. Patent No. 7,706,348 .”

During an interview, Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet , said, “We are disenchanted that the Commission has reversed an earlier ruling so we plan to appeal. Today’s decision has no bearing on the accessibility of Apple products in the U.S thereby Samsung using a stratagem.”

In the same interview, Samsung tinted on the fact that how Apple took benefit of Samsung’s technological novelties, confirmed by ITC.  Besides appealing to the court, Apple can also hope that U.S. President will bar the directive post -White House review.… Read the rest

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Apple iPad Mini Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 3- Does Samsung Have Enough Nerve To Oust Apple?

Samsung is looking to give apple a run for its money. Wonder how? With the announcement of its latest kid—the 7-incher Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Samsung is confidently sharpening its lance to challenge Apple’s iPad Mini to a duel.

The battle of the smaller warriors is set to begin but we wonder if the Galaxy Tab 3 has enough in it to beat iPad Mini black and blue.

  • First things first—the Galaxy Tab 3 is powered by 1.2GHz dual-core processor against the dual-core A5 processor pumping life into the iPad Mini. If bigger means better, then the iPad Mini beats Galaxy Tab 3 with its 7.9-inch multi touch display. To spice up its appearance further, Apple has added LED-backlight with IPS technology on the iPad Mini. Against the Tab 3’s TFT display, this does emerge as a winning card at the outset. On digging deeper, we found that the 169 ppi pixel density of the Tab 3 punches out the Apple prodigy after all.
  • Moving away from the killer look story, we turn to the form factor story of the Tab 3 and the iPad Mini. The latter wins hands down with sexy dimension– 7.87 x 5.30 x 0.28 inches against Samsung’s 7.40 x 4.37 x 0.39 inches.
  • The lens story starts and ends with the Apple iPad Mini. With a 5-MP clicker on the rear only scares the Galaxy Tab 3’s 3-MP clicker into the corner. As a consolation, perhaps the 1.3 MP front camera earns Samsung some points over Apple iPad Mini’s1.2- MP front cam.

On the last page of the face-off story, we weigh Tab 3’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean against the iPad Mini’s iOS 6. The winner on this count is yet to be decided. As for the others——we want you to decide your camp.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Has A Class Appeal, Would The Class Apart Futuristic Apple iPhone 6 Connect With Samsung Enthusiasts ?

As good a year as 2012 was for Samsung, we can’t really say the same for its archrival Apple. Even though the two tech majors’ courtroom battle is nowhere nearing its end, in terms of sales and popularity however, Samsung did end up emerging as a clear winner. And 2013 also seems to be a promising year for Samsung, going by the way these past few months have been.

After the extremely successful launches of the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2, Samsung recently brought out its latest flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone which has captured a lot of media attention even before hitting the market. Of course, simultaneously, there have been a lot of expectant rumors around what Apple’s busy making in response to this latest gadget.

The iPhone 5 wasn’t received too well, and Apple has enough on its mind trying to ensure that it doesn’t end up losing precious market share when its successor comes out. But there’s also the iPad, which even though is still the most popular tablet in the world, is losing out to Android contenders that are offering much better specs at more reasonable rates.

While Apple’s immediate concern against Samsung is to bring out a good enough iPhone 6 which can possibly aim to try and compete with the Galaxy S4. And from the rumors we’ve heard, it’s going to be one hell of a fight between these two companies all over again. If the Galaxy S4 has eye tracking and floating touch features, the iPhone 6 is rumored to come with a wraparound display, making both these devices extremely futuristic. Against the more successful Galaxy Note 2, Apple’s planning to include a stylus-like accessory with its iPhone 6. But knowing Apple, the stylus can be expected to do a lot more than just be used as a pen for scribbling notes on the wraparound screen.

And then of course, there are rumors about the iWatch, which has been in the making for quite some time now. Of course, to make matters worse (yet again!) for Apple, Samsung has also decided to step into the game and has announced its intention to create a smart watch. Apple’s iWatch is expected to an iPhone that users can wear on their wrists and do everything and more than the iPhone. In addition to functioning as a smartphone, the iWatch is also expected to help monitor users’ health like other fitness wristbands in the market.

Sure, it sounds all fancy, but now that Samsung’s getting into this space, Apple better make the iWatch too extremely feature-packed to ensure that Samsung doesn’t steal the show again. Even though Samsung has had to shell out about $1 billion to Apple thanks to the patent infringement lawsuits, it has hit upon a winning formula – do what your competition’s doing, but better.

While Samsung’s got mass appeal, Apple’s always been considered a class apart. But maybe it’s time for Apple to step down from that high horse and connect with real people to increase their target market and make more sales. It’s not just about being innovative – make technology more accessible too. That’s where it has lost out to competitors so far.

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Is Apple Not Confident About Apple iPhone 5S? Fear Surfaces As Samsung Galaxy S4 Takes The World By Storm

 

Apple iPhone 5S is on the way but with Samsung Galaxy S4 making waves in the market, Apple is not happy with its success and is not taking it in positive stride. Direct comments of Apple’s head of marketing Phil Schiller on Samsung Galaxy S4 have surfaced the threat Apple is facing. Former Apple exec  Jean-Louis Gassée was not happy with the way Apple is showing its fear to the world.

Monsieur Gassée wrote in a column:

“Attacking competitors, pointing to their weaknesses, and trumpeting one’s achievements is better done by hired media assassins. A company, directly or through a PR firm, engages oft-quoted consultants who provide the required third-party stats, barbs, and encomiums. This isn’t theorizing, I once was a director at a company, one of many, that used such an arrangement to good effect”.

Gassée went on to say that Apple was “losing the war of words”, and that “others have seized the opportunity to drive the narrative.”… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs Apple iPhone 5: The Big Fat Entertaining Features Pushes To Take Hard Look At Apple

The recent launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 has captured the attention of the media and Smartphone lovers alike – taking the limelight away from the Apple iPhone 5 and the upcoming Apple iPhone 6

Apple—the core rival and competitor of the flagship products from the House of Samsung is taking the accolades with a pinch of salt. With the buzz focusing on the descriptions and pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S4—the Apple IPad and iPhone are certainly playing second fiddle in the world of gadgets and hi-tech wireless devices.

Well, the retaliation from Apple was predictable. A new page featured on its website proclaims—”There’s iPhone and then there’s everything else”. Well, the iPhone surely helps you do many things –in an easy and simple way. However, media releases from Apple are now bragging about the JD Power and Associates awards in its bag (ever since 2007) and the heights of customer satisfaction to its credit. With its well crafted design, Retina display, 4G LTE connectivity and 326ppi pixel density on the coveted Apple iPhone 5—it now wants to establish itself as the forerunner in the industry.

With Samsung expecting a whooping sales figure of over 100 million units of Samsung Galaxy S4 in the upcoming months—Apple is indeed feeling threatened.… Read the rest

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Apple iPhone 5 Seems Wary Of Losing Fan Base To Samsung Galaxy S III: Heat Is On

After Steve Jobs, perhaps another Steve is iconic in his association with Apple. We mean Steve Wozniak—for all those, yet unacquainted—he is the co-founder of the market giant Apple. Now when a statement comes from such an individual, it sure means serious business. Woznaiak was vocal in opining that Apple cannot take its fan base for granted and in the race for retaining its popularity and position, it indeed lags behind in terms of specs that define a smartphone.

With the Korean Samsung leaving no second whereby it is not pulling its ropes tight, Apple needs to take the value of sizzling up its products with innovation.

With Samsung Galaxy III innovations could not just be re-defined, but could well be refined. Multi-windows, no-sleep space for the phone and the sexy S-Beam, Samsung could indeed come out with another wonder kid on the block.

With competition in such style, Apple would indeed have to pump in more life to stop fans from taking the Samsung route.… Read the rest

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Apple iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Who Proves Its Prowess In The Smartphone Market?

 

 

The reports are out folks! The giants have indeed proved their prowess in the smartphone market. Simply put—Samsung and Apple have, in unison made 103 per cent of the net profits in the niche, for the year 2012. Apple grabbed a whopping 69 per cent profit share while Samsung got about 35 per cent share in the total profit kitty for the market.

 

Meanwhile, players like once-huge Nokia, HTC and Motorola saw dripping rates varying between the negative mark to 2 per cent.

 

Industry insiders have by now gauged that the game is yet to change anytime soon and with the tracks that Apple and Samsung has treaded on, they alone look to reign the race to the crown.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs Apple iPhone 6: It Is The Bendable Screen That Have The Apple Envious

Just when you thought innovation was Apple’s ballgame ( though are Apple iPhone 5 debacle we are not expecting much from iPhone 6), Samsung went ahead and unveiled its bendable screens during the CES 2013 last month, leaving everyone spellbound. They called it ‘Youm’, and these screens use organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology for their displays. Samsung has also claimed that these bendable screens are unbreakable – twist it any way you like.

For now, however, Samsung has only showcased the technology, but hasn’t yet incorporated it in any of its phones (How we wish it comes in Samsung Galaxy S4). But we’re guessing the day won’t be too far when the company actually brings out a smartphone featuring a bendable ‘Youm’ screen. The implications are massive for the smartphone industry, which is growing at a rapid pace since the past few years.

If ‘Youm’ is the future of smartphones, we can expect our phones of tomorrow to not just be unbreakable, but also able to be rolled up into a neat little package and pocketed away until it’s time to use them. These revolutionary screens were also extremely thin, which means the smartphone of the future could be exceptionally light and sleek in addition to being flexible.

But how far is this future that we conceive of? While there’s nothing really new about OLEDs, they are awfully unstable, especially in the presence of oxygen. These OLEDs need to be completely sealed off from air, making their mass production quite a complex affair. But since Samsung has managed to showcase their bendable screen, looks like this technology could very well become the mainstay in the coming few years. Is Apple listening?… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus In Dire Straits, Apple Again Asks For Ban

 

 

 

Even after U.S. Court gave a decision not to put ban on products Samsung Electronics Co, Apple argued that the Court should re-think its decision to knock over the pretrial sales ban on Samsung breach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lower court in California ordered a ban on sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smart phone but the .S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit annulled the ban.

Apple argued that this was inappropriate and asked for an “en banc review,” which means more judged would come forward to look at the decision.

The patent over which the companies are fighting is the one which allows the smartphone to search multiple data storage locations at once. For example, the smartphone could search the device’s memory as well as the Internet with a single query.

Apple argued that the sales ban should be reinstated because it uses the patent in question and competes with Samsung.

The three-judge panel had said that consumers are not getting attracted towards Samsung phone because of patent and thus sales ban was unsuitable.… Read the rest

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Apple iPad Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Note II: Deciding to Choose Between them

They’re among the hottest devices out in the market this time of the year, and needless to say, they’re both really impressive. They may primarily be different, one being a formidable competition in the tightly contested tablet arena, and the other a phablet – having created a category of its own. But, given that the iPad Mini and the Galaxy Note II are among the best creations of the two major, tech rivals, you can see why we decided to pit one against the other. So let’s dive in to see their similarities and differences.

The looks: This is the first thing that catches your eye about any gadget, so we decided to start from the outside and work our way in. The iPad Mini does have a larger screen of 7.9 inches against the Galaxy Note II’s 5.55 inch display. But that’s understandable – given that the iPad Mini will still be marketed within the tablet category, while the latter has a niche of its own in the phablet world. Apple has put an IPS LCD screen with a 1024X768 pixel resolution; however, the Note II has a higher resolution Super AMOLED display with 265 ppi resolution. The iPad Mini is available in black and white color options, while the Galaxy Note II sports either a blue or white casing.

Tech specs: Powering the iPad Mini is an Apple A5 dual-core 1 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM. The Galaxy Note II is far more powerful, with a Samsung Exynos 4 quad-core 1.6 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. We have to say that’s a lot of power packed into such a small package, but we’re mighty impressed! In terms of the OS, the iPad Mini runs iOS 6 while the Galaxy Note II runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We can’t really compare the two OS’s, because that becomes a lengthy discourse in itself. A sore point missing in the iPad Mini is the microSD card slot for memory expansion, which is a huge advantage the Note II has.

Camera power: Samsung has clearly put a lot of thought into making the Galaxy Note II so stellar. With an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1.9 MP front-facing camera, this one’s far more effective than the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini, on the other hand, has a 5 MP rear camera and 1.2 MP front-facing one. But, given that their functions are a little different since the Note II will be considered as a smartphone while the iPad Mini will function as just a tablet, the camera power seems adequate for them in their own leagues.

Connectivity: Like we mentioned before, the Galaxy Note II is essentially a smartphone (a really smart one at that!), while the iPad Mini is a tablet. Both devices support LTE networks as well as 3G. In addition, both have Bluetooth and WiFi as well.

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