Apple continues to fight Samsung even after being awarded $599 million, and U.S District Judge Lucy Koh has refused to suspend a lawsuit against Samsung involving several patents relating to Siri. The case is scheduled for March 2014 and both companies have declined to comment. To make matters worse, Apple has also appealed Judge Lucy Koh’s decision to not implement a permanent sales ban on infringing Samsung devices. A ruling for that is not expected to be reached until September at the earliest.
Samsung has built a major part of its reputation with its line of Smart TVs, but has yet to fully dip its toes into Google TV — until now, that is. While not a part of its press conference, the company is showing off new Google TV hardware on the show floor of IFA 2012.
Details are scarce, but Samsung plans to utilize its Smart Hub as the central user interface for switching between television and apps. As expected, the company has already ported some of its own Smart TV apps to the Google TV unit. With these added tweaks, the company hopes to “enhance the Smart TV experience.”
Google TV has undoubtedly failed to catch on with consumers, but Samsung is hoping that it can make an impact with its prominent branding. Let’s just hope Samsung can actually bring this thing to market for a reasonable price. More on this story as it develops.
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Samsung’s flexible AMOLED displays, long demonstrated to slack-jawed journos at trade shows, could be about to find its place in an upcoming smartphone, if reports from South Korea are accurate. In a recent article on the latest AMOLED display innovations, the Korea IT Times reports that the Galaxy Note 2, due to be unveiled in Berlin on Aug. 29, will utilize the bendy display tech. In addition, Samsung’s new, thinner Unbreakable Plane (UBP) tech is also said to be used in the Note 2, freeing up space for extra battery capacity. That’s interesting given that just a month ago the Korean press was reporting that UBP was off the table for the Note 2.
These rumors, combined with recent reports of RGB AMOLED displays reaching pixel densities of 350ppi, make for encouraging reading, suggesting that Samsung’s upcoming stylus-toting smartphone may usher in a host new display technologies. In particular, the reported use of flexible AMOLED might suggest some sort of curved device encompassing a curved screen. Samsung has dabbled with curved glass in its phones before (in the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, to name a couple), so it’s possible the Note 2 might develop these ideas further by curving the AMOLED display beneath. (It should go without saying that the actual phone itself won’t bend.)
We still know almost nothing about the Galaxy Note 2, but rumored specs suggest it’ll sport a 5.5-inch, 16:9 display, up from the 5.3 inches of the original Note. Whatever form it takes, we’ll be live from Berlin on the 29th to bring you full coverage of the next Galaxy Note, so keep it locked to AC.
Source: Korea IT Times
Samsung is king of OLED and have gotten much praise over some of their displays, but OLED technology is difficult to make in the higher pixel densities that traditional LCDs can achieve.
But a story coming from Korean site etnews states that Samsung has perfected their techniques to produce OLED screens at up to 350 ppi (compared to the iPhone’s 326 ppi Retina displays). Higher pixel densities mean sharper text and images, which generally translates to better looking device displays.
Hopefully this will mean that Samsung phones will be coming with better screens later this year, and that makes us happy.
via: android central
Samsung seems to register new suffixes for it’s Galaxy range of phones every other month these days. Some of the names surface as regional variations of Samsung’s flagship devices and others are tacked on to the end of the entry level phones. Step up the Galaxy Stellar, a name that Samsung trademarked a couple of months ago and has recently appeared on the Verizon inventory. The question is, what exactly is it?
Could it be that the incoming SCH-I200 has an official name? Keep tuned in to TalkAndroid and we’ll be sure to keep you posted as further news arrives.
Source: Droid Life
We’ve reported that the Sprint and T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III’s were essentially being delayed for many due to a low number of inventory. Now the latest official confirmation coming from Sprint has the device arriving at Sprint on July 1st. Here is the official statement from Sprint:
Samsung Galaxy S III will be available at Sprint beginning on Sunday, July 1. It will be offered in a 16GB version for $199.99 and 32GB version for $249.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement at Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web Sales. The 32GB version will be available in Web Sales, Sprint Business Sales and Telesales.
Better late than never, right? Clearly both T-Mobile and Sprint have been overwhelmed with pre-orders and the general demand of this phone and have done their best to accommodate as many people as they can. Hopefully you all have been patient and eager to finally get your hands on this phone!
Source: Android Central
Earlier today we had reported that a supposed Verizon Galaxy S III model was spotted on the Bluetooth SIG website. Now a possible Sprint variant has also appeared under the model number SPH-L710, which closely resembles the model number to Sprint’s Galaxy S II, SPH-D710. I think all of us Sprint customers already assumed that we would be getting a GSIII this summer, but it’s nice to start getting some confirmation. With the Evo 4G LTE delays, is anyone considering waiting out for the GSIII?
Buzz around the Internet is that Samsung’s Galaxy S III took its design ques as a result of the ever ongoing battle with Apple’s patent infringement case. Samsung design VP, Chang Dong-hoon was asked earlier today to give his feedback on the matter to which he denied it being the case at all. According to reporters, at the 2012 Seoul Digital Forum, Dong-hoon claimed the following to clear the matter up:
“Our change in smartphone design is part of a five-year plan, not a sudden turn-around”
Dong-hoon was persistent in noting that the design of the GSIII’s curved shape was due in part to be the product of hundreds of different iterations and not the pressure of the battle against Apple. Either way, I’m very pleased with the design quality of the device, even though a literal brush metal would have been nice instead of a metal-”ish” material. What do you think?
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This invaluable proverb has been motivating children in the UK for over 200 years now and I was fairly certain that I’d never find a scenario where it doesn’t fit… until now.
In its eternal battle to ban pretty much everything ever invented that doesn’t have an Apple logo on it, Apple hauled Samsung through the US courts last summer with a view to banning the original Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple’s bid didn’t prove fruitful on that occasion however news from Foss Patents surfaced today suggesting that Apple is back in for a second bite at the cherry and that perhaps this time it might just succeed.
Florian Muller from Foss Patents had the following to say on their website: “Apple’s motion is fairly likely to succeed. If and when it does, there will be formal U.S. bans in place against all three of the leading Android device makers. Also on Friday, the ITC ordered a U.S. import ban against Motorola’s Android-based devices (to the extent those infringe a particular Microsoft patent), and in December, the U.S. trade agency also banned HTC’s products that infringe a particular Apple patent — as a result, two HTC product rollouts just got delayed.”
With Apple and Samsung due in court later in the week with a view to attempting to put an end to this nonsense, this writer will certainly be hoping not to write another article on litigation any time soon. Seriously Apple; save the money for your R&D department, it needs it way more.
Source: Foss Patents