Nov 22

No surprise here – a new report from The Korea Herald says that Samsung is — yep, pretty shamelessly — planning to introduce a more “glossy” black version of its Galaxy S7 flagship for launch at some point in the next month. That just hppens to the be the best-selling colour of the Apple iPhone 7. In the UK the base iPhone 7 sells for £599 with the larger 7 Plus selling for £719. The largest capaity units are still on a two weeks availablity.

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But as much as this could be perceived as a direct copy of Apple, it also makes sense in light of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle. That phone was available in a “Coral Blue” that Samsung recently decided to bring to the Galaxy S7 line, presumably in an effort to make up for lost sales. Introducing yet another special color just in time for the holidays makes sense.

Similar to the iPhone 7 line, Samsung’s introduction of a glossier black color for the Galaxy S7 would mean two different black colors available for the phone. An “onyx” black has been available since the Galaxy S7 launched earlier this year. Although this black version that is available now is much more glossy than the iPhone 7’s Matte Black.

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The black model of the Galaxy S7 that’s available now is already pretty glossy since it’s glass on both the front and back. Perhaps Samsung is simply planning to launch the truer black color of the Galaxy Note 7 (which included a black metal frame as well) as part of the Galaxy S7 line — much the same as it did with “Coral Blue”.

While this strategy of adding new color options seems to be reigniting demand for the Galaxy S7, a new poll from Reuters this morning suggests that Samsung, going forward, should be fine regardless. In that poll, 27% of people who were aware of the Note 7 recall said they would first consider Samsung when buying a new device, while 25% of those who didn’t know about the recall said the same.

Samsung even after the Billion dollar IP infringement are still at heart just a copying machine.

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Aug 28

Reuters reports:

A U.S. judge rejected Apple Inc’s latest bid for a permanent injunction against Samsung in another sign of the diminishing impact of the smartphone patent wars.

apple v samsung Apple won a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung earlier this year over three Apple patents. However, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, on Wednesday denied Apple’s request to stop Samsung from selling infringing features on its smartphones related to those patents.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. In a statement, Samsung said it welcomed the ruling. “We remain committed to providing American consumers with a wide choice of innovative products,” Samsung said.

Until this year, the two leaders in mobile technology had been engaged in global patent litigation over Samsung’s phones that use Google’s Android operating system. However, Apple and Samsung agreed earlier this month to drop all patent lawsuits outside the United States.

In her ruling on Monday, Koh ruled that Apple’s reputation as an innovator “has proved extremely robust” despite Samsung’s patent infringement.

“Apple has not demonstrated that it will suffer irreparable harm to its reputation or goodwill as an innovator without an injunction,” Koh wrote.

Samsung is still appealing the result of a blockbuster 2012 trial over a separate batch of patents, with Samsung seeking to undo $930 million in damages. And while Apple says those damages should stand, the iPhone maker is no longer asking an appeals court to revive its bid for a permanent sales ban against several older Samsung phones.

The legal battles drone on in the US while for the moment non US battles are in a truce. The real results will be found in the sales volumes of iPhone and Galaxy products. With an iPhone 6 announcement pending this could impact global volumes.

 

May 01

Famous Tennis Player Tweets About How Much He Loves His Samsung Galaxy S4…From His iPhone

When you post a tweet or take a photo we know where you are and what device you are using. It’s called a Smart phone for a reason. When you use an Application on your phone it is under the control of the device and its operating system. You can tell either directly as it may include that information in the application or it may be hidden in some header code. Likewise when you snap a picture with a Smart phone and then upload. The picture contains your location and the type of device as well as the shutter settings.

It is surprising how many people fail to understand this. Tennis player David Ferrer is competing in the Samsung-sponsored Mutua Madrid Open this weekend.

In a presumably sponsored tweet before the event, Ferrer wrote about how much he loves Samsung’s new flagship phone, the Galaxy S4.

The tweet was sent from his iPhone.

Whoops!

We first spotted the news on Apple Insider, but apparently the tweet has been making its rounds on the Huffington Post’s Spanish site and Twitter.

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The Tweet has been deleted and reposted from another device.

The snafu is an increasingly common mistake from celebrities who endorse tech products. Singer Alicia Keys, BlackBerry’s new creative director, was caught tweeting from her iPhone a few months ago. Keys claimed she was hacked and deleted the tweet.

Last year, Oprah Winfrey used her iPad to tweet about how much she loved Microsoft’s new Surface tablet.

 

 

Mar 20

With all the talk about Samsung lately, you might think it has the most popular phone in the world. You would be dead wrong, though.

As this chart from Tavis McCourt at Raymond James shows, Apple’s iPhone line has outsold Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones every single quarter but one since the Galaxy line launched. The Galaxy line includes a line of phones — the Note, Note II, S II, and S III. The S4 is coming in April.

The only quarter Apple lost to the Galaxy was when people stopped buying iPhones to wait for the iPhone 5.

However, this chart makes it pretty clear that Apple’s dominance of Samsung is on the ropes. Last year, the Galaxy line closed the gap with the iPhone. McCourt expects the iPhone to beat the Galaxy this quarter and lose the quarter after that.

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Feb 07

We saw this piece covered in Electronista and the maths made us laugh.

Apple and Samsung take 103% of cell phone industry profits. The smart readers will notice this is more that 100%. How can this be? Breaking down the 2012 figure, Apple claimed 69 percent, while Samsung took 34. A total greater than 100 is possible because of operating losses at companies like BlackBerry, Motorola, and Nokia.

“We believe Apple’s value share of the handset market is even higher than our estimates…considering Apple’s dominant market share of the tablet market, as some Android OEMs such as Samsung and HTC include tablet sales in reported smartphone sales and profits,” writes Canaccord analyst Michael Walkley. “Given the current competitive dynamics, we believe Apple and Samsung will maintain dominant value share during Q1/13 with share gains for Samsung versus Apple expected in Q1/13.”

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Phone Market share and profit

Samsung has quickly become Apple’s main competitor, thanks to phones like the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Nexus, and Galaxy Note II. Apple, though, has filed numerous patent cases as a strategic weapon against Samsung and Google’s Android platform, on which most Samsung phones are based, viewing them as based on patent infringement and copied designs. Samsung and Google’s subsidiary Motorola have also gone this route, but mostly using standards-essential patents as legal weapons to hold some competitors hostage to high royalties. The latter approach has, so far, been less successful and resulted in a number of government investigations.

 

Feb 03

Apple iPhone becomes top mobile phone seller for the first time in the U.S.

A new Strategy Analytics report shows the Apple iPhone has become the top mobile phone seller for the first time in the U.S. during the Q4  2012, outshining Samsung and all others.

iPhone in chinaApple sold 17.7 million mobile phones in the U.S. during the fourth quarter, a 38 percent jump from a year earlier, research firm Strategy Analytics said today in a statement. That gave it 34 percent of the market, topping Samsung, which sold 16.8 million handsets for a 32 percent market share. Total shipments grew 4 percent in the quarter to 52 million phones.

Apple’s share of the U.S. mobile phone market, including feature phones and smartphones, jumped to 34 percent from 26 percent, while Samsung’s share grew to 32.3 percent from 31.8 percent, the research firm said.

Samsung had been the top mobile phone vendor in the US since 2008, the firm said. Indeed, for the full year, Samsung still held the crown for mobile phone sales; it had a 31.8 percent share of the U.S. market in 2012, against Apple’s 26.2 percent.

But in all of 2012, U.S. mobile phone shipments fell 11 percent to 166.9 million, Strategy Analytics said.

The U.S. market is a stronghold for Apple as it faces intensifying competition from Samsung and other smartphone makers using Google’s Android operating system. Samsung, which also makes cheaper handsets with less sophisticated functions, is the global leader in mobile phones with more than 100 million units sold last quarter.

“Apple’s success has been driven by its popular ecosystem of iPhones and App Store, generous carrier subsidies, and extensive marketing around the new iPhone 5 model,” said Neil Mawston, an analyst at Strategy Analytics in London. Thanks Neil, how about the product being a fundamentally great product.

Dec 29

Sanctions against Samsung in patent case before U.S. International Trade Commission would involve sales, import ban and posting of bond for 88 percent of value of smartphones at issue while potential bans were under review.

lawsuitDetails have been reports by Cnet about how Samsung might be affected by an October 24 ruling against it in an Apple patent case before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

A public, partially censored version of the presiding judge’s initial determination and recommendations in the case was published by the ITC yesterday, showing Judge Thomas Pender’s suggested sanctions, which include an import and sales ban on infringing products, and the posting of a bond for 88 percent of the value of the smartphones at issue in the case.

Pender ruled that Samsung is violating one of Apple’s iPhone design patents, as well as three software feature patents, but he gave the nod to Samsung in regard to two other Apple patents. The case involves older Samsung phones and tablets — not newer ones like the Galaxy S3 or Note (which are included as part of a separate complaint). Pender’s ruling must be approved by the ITC’s full, six-member commission, which has set February 19 as its target date for a final determination.

Pender’s suggested remedies, as spelled out by blog Foss Patents, include a cease-and-desist order against sales of any infringing devices in the U.S.; an import ban on infringing devices, which would take effect after a 60-day Presidential review period following the commission’s final determination; and the posting of a bond to cover sales occurring during the Presidential review period. The bond calls for 88 percent of the value of all smartphones, 37.6 percent of the value of all tablets, and 32.5 percent of the value of all media players. Samsung had argued for a much lower bond amount, Foss reports.

However, as Foss notes, Judge Pender has also approved “designarounds” by Samsung, with which it could tweak the devices in question so they no longer infringe. In that case, no sales bans would be necessary. Re-examinations of the patents can also be requested from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Recently, one of the patents at issue in the case, involving touch screens, was tentatively deemed invalid by the USPTO, pending the outcome of a potentially lengthy review and appeals process.

Dec 13

Store visits and interviews with smartphone and tablet shoppers in 10 cities around the world show Apple sales strong.

With tablets and other mobile devices the gadgets of choice this holiday season, Reuters canvassed over 70 shoppers and store employees across Sydney, Seattle, Palo Alto, Shanghai, Bangalore, Singapore, Paris, London, Mexico City and Boston for insight into what does and doesn’t beckon. We posted our own review of the options available to mobile consumers.

Apple stores and electronics retailers were bustling last week, in contrast to the Microsoft pop-up stores in the United States promoting Windows 8 and Surface tablets, which were far less crowded.

Apple and its rivals are duking it out in displays, buying advertising and mobilizing armies of employees to try to win over the swarm of shoppers who will hit malls across the globe in coming weeks.

Loyalty to Apple’s compelling orchard of products seemed to be a first line of defense for the Cupertino, California, company as shoppers in Europe, Asia and the United States weighed the pros and cons of switching to rival offerings.

Customers cited existing iTunes music and video libraries plus the traditional Apple virtues of simplicity and ease of use as reasons to stick with the iPhone and the iPad.

“I just taught my Persian grandmother how to use her new iPhone. She’s 77 and speaks no English,” said Soheil Arzang, a 27-year-old law student in Palo Alto, California. “With a Windows PC there are so many buttons, it’s confusing. I converted my parents officially to Apple iPhones, Macs and iPads.”

His father “used to go to Best Buy, but now he just says ‘let’s go to the Apple store,'” Arzang said at a store near company headquarters.

In Paris, Max Cevenne, a 62-year-old photographer whose iPad was recently stolen, grilled a sales clerk about how Samsung’s 10-inch Galaxy tablet would work with his PC at home.

“The Samsung appeals to me because it has an SD (digital memory) card and is more flexible in terms of software and hardware you can use with it,” he said at the FNAC electronics store near St Lazare train station. “But I may end up going back to the iPad since I already use other Apple products, and it might be simpler.”

Across the English Channel at a John Lewis department store in London, Joanna Sargent cast her eye over Amazon’s Kindle Fire, but since she’s bought three iPad Minis for her sons, she said she would probably stay with what’s familiar.

“I looked at going for another tablet, but although they are cheaper, you have to re-buy everything,” she said. “We’d have to buy all the music again, and you have to take that into account.”

Train engineer John Owen from Didcot, Oxfordshire, echoed: “Apple’s got me in now.”

WHAT’S HOT, AND WHAT’S NOT

Just three years after their inception, tablet computers are the indispensable item. In a U.S. Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters from December 8 to December 11, one in three of 1,330 people surveyed were thinking of buying one of the slim gadgets.

Of those predisposed, 42 % were leaning toward an iPad or iPad Mini, 16 % were considering the Kindle Fire, and 14 % a Samsung Galaxy. A mere 4 percent of respondents were drawn to Microsoft’s Surface.

Apple has led the mobile industry since it launched its first iPhone in 2007 and then the iPad in 2010. But rivals including Samsung, Google, Amazon and Microsoft are making gradual inroads. IPads accounted for 54 percent of the tablet market this year but are expected to dip to 50 percent by 2016 as competing tablets gain ground, according to market research firm IDC.

THE LAGGARDS

Since Amazon, Google and Microsoft sell most of their tablets online, their devices came up less often than Samsung’s and Apple’s in Reuters interviews with shoppers.

Those companies are building their own ecosystems, but none have neared Apple’s success at creating a simple-to-use, closed market of apps, music and content.

Microsoft, worried about declining PC sales, launched its foray into hardware with the Surface tablet in October to compete with the iPad.

The world’s largest software company has not revealed sales figures for the tablet, which has won mixed reviews and is only available in its own stores and online in certain countries. On Tuesday, Microsoft said it would sell the Surface through more retailers starting this month.

At a mall in Boston, one person wandered into a Microsoft store for every nine who visited a nearby Apple store on a weekday last week. In Palo Alto, 40-year-old Javier Sanchez returned his Surface.

“With the iPad, it’s one step, and with this (Surface), it’s two or three steps to do the same thing,” said Sanchez, who also uses a Mac and an iPhone. “You open (the iPad) and it’s ready for you.”

Things looked not much brighter on Microsoft’s home turf, in the greater Seattle area. A sales assistant at a Best Buy said he had been quizzed about sales of the Windows 8 device.

“A whole bunch of Microsoft guys basically interviewed me, asking me how well things were selling,” he said, without going into details.

Another assistant, asked if the same store had 32GB or 64GB Surface tablets in stock, said, laughing: “We got plenty of both!”

Read full article at http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/13/us-mobile-global-idUSBRE8BC00K20121213

 

Nov 11

The all knowing UK Legal system has forced Apple to make an Apple an apology to Samsung for accusing it of ripping  off Apple’s design.

Apple posted this so called apology.

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The apology is – er was up on  Apple’s website now. Hilariously, this is mostly just a bigger insult to Samsung than  anything else. The notice specifically says Samsung is “not as cool” as Apple.  And it talks about how Samsung has been found to steal Apple’s design elsewhere  in the world.

The UK court system is as confusing and slow as usual.

Apple recently won a convincing victory over Samsung in the US with a cool $1B payoff. Not that $1B is significant at all.

 

Nov 09

Oct 24th – As reported by Arstechnica – An ITC judge ruled that four Samsung phones infringed Apple patents. If the ruling holds, it most likely means some Samsung products will be banned from the US market. Kicking Samsung products off the market is the type of relief Apple is also seeking from the federal court trial it recently won in San Jose; however, it may or may not get such an order. The judge has yet to rule on those post-trial motions.

patent apple and samsungThe Apple patents deemed infringed include one design patent and three utility patents. The design patent, D618,678, includes a diagram of the exterior of an iPhone, and has Apple higher-ups like Jonathan Ives and Steve Jobs listed as co-inventors. Patent7,479,949 is related to multi-touch screen navigation, and also has Jobs listed as an inventor. PatentRE41,922 relates to how images are blended when more than one application runs at once; and patent 7,912,501 describes an audio plug that can tell if a microphone or non-microphone related device has been plugged in.

Samsung was found not to have violated design patent D558,757 or patent 7,789,697, which also describes a type of audio plug. Interestingly, Apple was found to not be practicing the ‘697 patent at all. (A patent holder doesn’t have to practice their patents in order to sue in district court—thus, patent trolls exist—but any company going to the ITC for relief has to, in theory at least, show that a “domestic industry” exists that uses their patents.)

It’s not immediately clear from the order what Samsung phones will be affected, but they will surely include some or all of the ones Apple mentioned in its initial complaint. Those phones include the Samsung Fascinate, Galaxy S 4G, Intercept, Transform, Captivate, and Infuse 4G. The Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1 were also accused.

The ITC order issued today is an “initial determination,” and the judge’s decision must still be affirmed by the full commission. That should occur in February. It’s not at all unusual for the full commission to undo some or all of an ITC judge’s ruling, so this is far from wrapped up for Apple. Finally, the decision by the full ITC can still be appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The judge is the one who saw the evidence at trial, and his determination counts for a great deal. Overall, this is a clear loss and another sign that Samsung is losing its global patent battle with Apple.

Samsung is also under investigation by the US Dept of Justice for its use in standard setting patents. In legal papers filed at the International Trade Commission recently uncovered and revealed by Apple, Samsung is being investigated by the Department of Justice over possible antitrust issues tied to the company’s use of standards-essential patents. That’s in addition to an investigation being conducted by European regulators, which was already revealed earlier this year.

Jobs will be smiling at this type of news.

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