Ahead of IFA 2012, Samsung Unrolls Galaxy Player 5.8

As everyone is getting geared up for IFA trade fair 2012, Samsung has already announced its latest and innovative devices. The Korean manufacturer has recently announced the launch of Galaxy Player 5.8, which is an innovative device with a big screen.

This player joins the rank of huge devices available in the market, marking to be the biggest amongst all.

Great for listening to music, watching videos, and playing Android games and apps, Samsung Galaxy Player 5.8 is the fifth in the series to be unveiled till now in the line-up of Galaxy Players, others being the Galaxy Player 3.6, 4.2, 4.0, and 5.0.

Galaxy Player 5.8 is believed to eliminate users’ need to hold a mobile device along with a music player, as it carries both. Be it talking on Skype with friends and family or taking pictures anywhere or playing your favorite music- this device lets you do everything!

The price or availability of the Player 5.8 has not yet been revealed.

This Android multimedia player holds 5.8-inch qHD 960 x 540p display, 2500mAh battery, 16/32GB internal storage, microSD slot, front-facing VGA camera, and Android 4.0 with TouchWiz.

Samsung Galaxy Player 5.8 also comes with Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, 1GB of RAM, and Play Store support.

It seems like Samsung is all prepared to offer a tough competition to Apple, which is also believed to unveil its iPad Mini sometime soon now. So will you buy Galaxy Player 5.8 or just wait for some more time to get a choice with Apple’s iPad Mini!… Read the rest

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Samsung Lost $12B Market Value After Apple Wins Patent Battle

Stocks of Samsung Electronics tumbled more than 7 percent today in the first full day of trading as Apple Inc. won the legal battle of patents related to infringing firm’s iPhone technology. The lost did raise concerns about the Korean giant’s smartphones and tablet business.

Samsung, which plans to contest the verdict, is asked to pay an amount of $1.05 billion to Apple. The decision was taken by a jury in San Jose, California.

Apple had accused Samsung of copying its iPhone design, which took the firm five years to design.

Following the lost, Samsung shares slumped $78.38 to $1,043.88. This decline was the biggest the Korean giant saw since October 2008. Samsung also announced a loss of $12 billion in the market value.

Samsung, however, called the verdict “a loss for the American consumer” and promised to appeal.

Apple reportedly is expected to file a case asking to ban Samsung’s products in the US market, which supposedly infringe the patents. In case, the jury decides in favor of Apple, sales of Samsung’s smartphones could take a big hit.

Samsung was reported to sell around 52 million smartphones in the second quarter.… Read the rest

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Google: Samsung Patent Loss Not Related to Android

Apple Inc.’s victory over Samsung can be a big blow to Google, whose Android technology powers over Samsung smartphones and tablets, which are proved to infringe Apple patents.

However, Google offered a hint indicating that it is unlikely to be affected by Samsung’s loss over patents related to the iPhone’s design.

Following the verdict, where Samsung will have to pay $1.05 billion to Apple, former’s stock took a hit today.

Google, however, states that the claims involved in the patent case are not related to the core software in any manner.

But it is also true that in case Samsung is forced to put a ban on the sale its smartphones and tablets in the US, as requested by Apple, the number of Android shipments could also suffer.

As per stated by Google, “The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don’t relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don’t want anything to limit that.”… Read the rest

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It’s a Heyday for Apple; Gets Awarded $1B in the Case Against Samsung

Ok. So it is decided. Apple triumph in the landmark patent dispute. The nine person jury agreed with Apple’s claims that Samsung has infringed Apple’s patent and copied the design of Apple products, wake to beat the popular iPad and iPhone. The jury decided against Samsung claims that Apple infringed Samsung’s patent.

Apple was awarded $1.05 billion, half of $2.5 billion that Apple requested. If the Jury ruling survives the appeal than Samsung business all over the world are likely to get affected.

Apple and Samsung both are key players in the Smartphone and the Tablet Market. Till now, the ruling has not affected the sales of the Samsung products but Apple has requested to ban the Samsung products, which have been copied from Apple.

“While a billion [dollars] is significant, Samsung has the balance sheet to cover it,” said Demetrios Anaipakos, a patent lawyer. “What’s more substantial is an injunction. If Samsung is required to pull devices off the market, that will be much more expensive.”

The jury found infringement by Samsung in six of seven patents raised by Apple in the suit. In five cases, the infringement was willful, the jury said.

After the victory, the Apple’s shares have taken a huge jump. “Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer,” Samsung said Friday night after the ruling. “It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies.”

According to Craig Timberg and Hayley Tsukayama of The Washington Post, the ruling could lead to higher licensing fees, which companies pay one another to use proprietary technology. Such higher costs could eventually raise consumer prices and send more profits to Apple should it choose to license its technology.

“Clearly Apple is the winner here in financial terms, with things coming from licensing down the road,” said Al Hilwa, a technology analyst with International Data Corp.

He predicted that the net effect would be price increases for consumers. “Someone has to swallow these licensing fees,” he said.… Read the rest

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Samsung Ultrabooks in Russia Offer 250 GB Free Storage on Yandex.Disk!

Yandex.Disk is a file storage service that’s free and accessible from any device that’s internet-enabled. A service offered by Yandex, a leading internet search company in Russia, Yandex.Disk is making all moves to rise further. As per the latest announcement by the company, anyone buying Samsung Series 5 range of Ultrabooks will get Yandex.Disk preloaded. For now, this offer is just available for Ultrabooks that consumers buy only from retailers in Russia. The Ultrabooks are marked to go on sale this week in Russia.

Not only this, Yandex also offers users free storage space of 250 GB on the Yandex.Disk service, which is quite exceptional as compared to free storage that the firm has ever offered to users since its launch in April. Yandex is also adding English-language support to the service, which seems to be a move by the company to go global.

There is a speculation that Google plans to follow suit and offer similar services with Google Drive and Chromebooks in future. However, this deal marks the first of its kind both for Samsung and Yandex to bundle cloud-storage services on a laptop, which is going to make storage so much easier for users.

According to the press release by the company, Anton Zabannykh, Head of Personalized services, Yandex said, “No other service offers this much storage space for free as we do for Samsung Ultrabook buyers. Files stored on Yandex.Disk will of course be accessible on any device, not just the Ultrabook — as long as there is an internet connection.”

The addition of English language support in Yandex.Disk is the first time the company is trying to reach out to international market. This mark Yandex’s first attempt into international business, which the company’s founders were not keen to try because of Google’s dominance in the world.

Earlier also, there have been partnerships of cloud storage providers with device vendors to reach out to more consumers. Dropbox merged with handset maker Samsung and HTC while Box collaborated with LG to bundle storage with the handset purchase.

So what makes Yandex’s deal different is the fact that it will involve a lifetime account for users, while these other offerings in the market usually last for one or two years.

Currently, Samsung accounts for one of the top suppliers of laptops in the Russian market, and through this deal, Yandex can see how its free service marks a blueprint among users before it sets off for the global market. Yandex hopes to grow its customer base via its free service, which the company would plan to monetize in other ways such as advertising.

Other media services that Yandex offers include Yandex.Music, which also relies on cloud storage services to work.

Yandex also offers a wide range of specialized search, personalized and location-based services, including Yandex.News, Yandex.Market, Yandex.Mail, and Yandex.Maps.… Read the rest

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Patent Trial of Apple, Samsung Set to Wrap Up

The epic patent trial of multibillion dollar between world’s two biggest smartphone makers is all set to wrap up. Tuesday marks the day, when lawyers of both sides will offer their closing arguments to the jury.

It was reported by the Wall Street Journal that on Tuesday, the panel of judges will settle on whether Samsung infringed on Apple patents, or Apple infringed on Samsung’s. Also the jury will decide as to what — if any, damages will have to be paid by the two companies.

Apple vs. Samsung has been a long and controversial trial that has hit the news worldwide. This trial in the US marks to be the latest battle between the two giants, who are also fighting in courts in Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Apple accused Samsung of ripping off its iPhone and iPad technology.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company recently saw a rise in its shares, which made the firm profitable at $621 billion.

Meanwhile, Samsung counterattacked and argued that Apple’s products were not innovative as the company claims them to be.

The judge in the case, however, made her own argument and said that Apple and Samsung should consider and come to an agreement on their own.

As per reported by Bloomberg, Kwon Oh Hyun, Chief Executive, Samsung and Tim Cook, Chief Executive, Apple are believed to speak via phone and come to a mutually agreeable solution prior to the jury’s decision. An unnamed person referred to the case and stated that the companies’ lawyers will report the phone call’s decision to Lucy Koh, the judge. The two men were believed to have met earlier relating to the same matter, but could not agree to a settlement.

The jury will consist of nine men and women, who will take the decision. The judge wanted the companies to agree on a settlement as the decision taken by the jury could lead to complicated implications for the smartphone and tablet markets.

Apple is seeking a permanent ban on all infringing products.

Samsung is so far the company’s fiercest competitor. Winning this case can give Apple a solid footing in the smartphone and tablet industry, whereas losing it can fill the market with similarly designed products.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Hits US Market for $499!

A market leader and winning producer of electronics, Samsung Electronics Co. announced the release of its much anticipated Galaxy Note 10.1 in the US market. A direct completion to Apple, Samsung has made this device with a digital pen and a faster processor. This tablet has added features and even more that the Apple offers with the same price tag!

Galaxy Note 10.1 hits the shelves across the US at authorized retailers August 16, 2012.

Currently, there will be only Wi-Fi version available with starting price offering of $499 for the basic model of 16GB and $549 for the 32GB model, expandable with an external memory card.

Apple’s latest iPad is also offered at the same price. But it is noteworthy that the Note 10.1 is built with some features that the iPad doesn’t have! Designed to unleash new levels of inspiration, this device marks to be Samsung’s first Android tablet that is equipped with a digital pen and two applications that can run side-by-side on a screen divided in half. However, it is also to be noted that the screen resolution of Note 10.1 is lower than that of iPad’s.

Features of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 that make it easy to handle without missing a beat include split screen, the quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. With this, taking notes while watching a video or surfing the Internet becomes a smooth task for users. Analysts believe this capability of the Note tablet aims to attract business and education customers, a strategy that could be more efficient against the iPad, which already dominates nearly 70 percent of the worldwide tablet market.

In the last two years, Samsung has come up with about half a dozen Android tablets under the Galaxy Tab series. However, none of those tablets were as popular as the iPad. Many analysts mark horde of applications and higher price to be the reason why Android tablets remain less successful.

The South Korean company aims to redefine users’ experience with the Note 10.1 that they believe targets corporations and schools despite the iPad’s rich pool of applications and sharper screen.

Samsung, however, is known to release plethora of products with variations in prices, sizes and hardware system every year as opposed to its competitor Apple, which makes one new model for the iPhone and iPad every year to meet consumer demands.

This strategy has definitely been a boon for Samsung in terms of its smartphone sales. But it hasn’t as yet paid off in the tablet area, probably because Samsung’s previous tablets were almost as same as iPad.

Samsung’s 2Q market shares in the global tablet market plunged to nine percent. And it was reported that nearly seven out of 10 tablets in the market were Apple’s.

However, it is also believed that innovative features such as multitasking, note-taking and other tasks using a digital pen can help users prefer the Galaxy Note 10.1 over the iPad. If smoothly carried out, these features can soon attract professional artists, educators and businesses.

Samsung’s hope to deliver functionality and precision of a pen and paper using S Pen that can mark its worth and unleash new levels of inspiration in the company’s tablet sector.

Around 30 applications for sketching and note taking along with Adobe Photoshop Touch come pre-loaded in Galaxy Note 10.1. The device also has games where S Pen is helpful as compared to touching the screen.

The firm also has plans to increase the list of applications that sustain multitasking, which is currently limited to six, reported a company’s official.

There are many other features in this tab that indicate that Samsung developed the product keeping the education and corporate markets in view. The updated S Note app can identify handwritten math formula, geometric shapes, English alphabets and Chinese characters, letting the digital pen to function as an input device in the absence of a physical keyboard.

Tim Baxter, President, Samsung Electronics, America said in a statement, “The S Pen offers both active content creation as well as passive content consumption.”

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, which is a Samsung Life Insurance and its affiliated insurance company, has started giving the Note 10.1 to sales people, who plan to switch to tablets instead of paper. The firm has recently given around 600 Note tablets to eight schools in South Korea for educational use. South Korea is currently working on to roll out a $2 billion project to encourage people to swap paper books with digital texts.


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Apple vs. Samsung: It is Now Time for Samsung’s Testimony

Dubbed as the patent trial of the century, the courtroom war between Apple and Samsung continues to remain just as nail-biting and exciting as it was when it first started out. As the trial now enters the third week, Apple has rested its case against Samsung, and it is now time for Samsung to present their side of the story to the jury, and to the rest of the world following the trial closely.

Samsung’s testimony in court began with Benjamin Bederson, a computer scientist who is also a professor at the University of Maryland, taking the stand to illustrate how some of Apple’s claimed patented technology were already prior art, existing well before they were patented by Apple. Bederson brought forward “Launch Tile”, an app developed by Microsoft in 2004, which could be used to zoom in and out of screens, including apps and webpages.

During cross-examination, however, Apple’s lawyers shot down the app’s features, as it did not feature the “rubber-banding” element of bouncing back when reaching the end of a list or page. Apple also termed Launch Tile’s zooming feature as a semantic zoom, where zooming-in provided more detailed information, as opposed to Apple’s “pinch-to-zoom” feature.

The next witness called to testify for Samsung was Adam Bogue, a researcher with the Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab, who spoke about “DiamondTouch” – a table-top computer developed in 2001. This device had a touch screen interface and the capability to sense finger movement, similar to the iPhone, and projected visuals from a computer onto a table surface. Bogue claimed that this technology was shown to Apple’s hardware engineers in 2003, and also mentioned that he was made to sign a document declaring that the information he demonstrated was not of a confidential kind.

Bogue then went on to show two applications, “fractal zoom” – an app that allowed users to zoom using multiple finger touches and “tablecloth” – an app that had some “rubber-banding” capability of bouncing back when the user reached the end of an image on the screen. However, Apple’s team countered that neither of these applications were shown to Apple’s engineers. Apple also noted that tablecloth bounced back to the original position of the image, as opposed to Apple’s method of bouncing back to the next closest part on the screen.

In what could even be seen as a minor victory for Samsung, during the trial, it managed to get three phones – the Galaxy Ace and international versions of Galaxy S and Galaxy S II, excluded from the trial, as its sales tallies were not of much consequence in terms of potential impact on Apple’s sales. However, the case continues to focus on the impact of the US versions of the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II.

As Samsung continues to testify to maintain its claims that none of Apple’s patented designs are unique to the company, and existed even before the iPhone and iPad, this case sure seems to be complete action-packed event.… Read the rest

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Samsung’s Best in the US: And the Winner is…

Even as the courtroom drama between Apple and Samsung rages on in the US, the latest statistics rolling in has been quite the big surprise. With every passing day, more and more details are coming into the public eye, the latest revealing just which phone of Samsung has been their bestseller in the US markets. Now Apple may be butting heads with Samsung to protest against how the Galaxy range of devices has been but a sheer copy of their successful iPhones and iPads, and how this has had a significant impact in Apple’s sales.

But Samsung’s surprise winner has been the Galaxy Prevail, a mid-range smartphone being sold as a prepaid phone by Boost Mobile. With over 21 million phones sold by Samsung in the US between June 2010 and June 2012, more than 10% has been cornered by the Galaxy Prevail. Close on the heels of this phone has been Samsung’s Epic 4G smartphone over Sprint.

A closer examination of these statistics reveal nothing quite surprising, considering that the Galaxy Prevail is among the more affordable smartphones out in the market currently, and being prepaid, becomes a more cost effective option for consumers. On the other hand, even though the Epic 4G came in second on the sales charts, it brought in $855 million worth of revenue to the South Korean manufacturer.

Public filings have even burst the bubble on Samsung’s claims of having sold over 2 million Galaxy Tabs during early 2011, as these documents show that from the last quarter of 2010 to the first quarter of 2011, Samsung managed to sell just under 339,000 units of the Galaxy Tab in the US markets. Even including sales in other countries, it seems highly unlikely that Samsung’s claims are correct.

When it comes to Apple, the filings do not provide much clarity on the sales beyond revealing that Apple managed to sell 85 million iPhones, 34 million iPads, and 46 million iPod Touch devices, raking in $50 billion, $19 billion, and $10.3 billion in revenues respectively during the same period in question.

Will the disclosure of these numbers manage to sway the jury either way? This is something we will all have to wait to find out. Until then, we continue to watch out and bring you the latest information about the mega trial between the two tech majors.… Read the rest

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Apple vs. Samsung: Apple Claims Samsung Copied iPhone Icon Designs

In an ongoing Samsung apple court trial, Apple Inc. put a new allegation on Samsung. According to Apple, Samsung Electronics Co. got inspired from Apple’s icons and copied the same. The claim was supported with an internal Samsung document, which was presented to jury in California.

It was in San Jose yesterday that Apple revealed the 2010 Samsung internal report. The reports clearly showed the side by side comparisons of the Samsung S3 icon designs with iPhone. The report stated that Samsung did away with those icons, which were not user-friendly but copied the others.

Susan Kare, a former Apple graphics designer paid $80,000 to be an expert witness, said  “The icons for the companies’ current competing products — both are square with round edges and displayed on the device in rows of four — are “confusingly similar.” Kare also told the jury Samsung Smartphone bore so many similarities to an iphone that she mistook the Samsung phone for an iPhone while visiting the office of Apple Lawerys.

“I would usually think of myself as someone who is pretty granular in looking at graphics and I mistook one for the other,” Kare said. “In addition to my formal analysis, I had the experience of being confused.”

Apple and Samsung are the largest manufacturers of consumer electronics and both are highly regarded in the market for their handheld devices which meet consumers’ daily phone and computing needs.

The patent battle has been waged on four continents for supremacy in the smartphone market valued by Bloomberg Industries at $219.1 billion.  Both the companies in their pursuit to win the battle are blaming each other of infringement of technology and design.… Read the rest

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