After reading today’s press release, we can give a hint what will go into Samsung’s high-end phones from now on. Don’t be surprised if the Galaxy S IV and the Note III have versions with super fast 64 GB of internal memory that takes 20% less space inside the phone than the current embedded NAND flash chips.
After posting a snarky “Apple products are cool” apology last week, Apple was told to remove the ad, apologize and follow the original court order. This morning, Apple’s UK website now is in full compliance including larger 14 point font. Apple is also running ads in UK papers with the same copy.
If you haven’t been following, Apple lost a bid to remove Samsung Galaxy Tabs from the UK based on trademarked design patents. Because of the negative publicity that Samsung received as a result of the accusations and trial, the court ordered that Apple clarify the situation both online and in newspapers.
Samsung has released three new commercials for its flagship Samsung Galaxy S III. Out of the trio of commerecials, only one takes a shot at the Apple iPhone. That commercial shows a guy and gal on a bus bench, both battling each other in some type of zombie-related game. When he loses, the guy starts complaining about the size of the screen on his Apple iPhone compared to the larger screen on his opponent’s Samsung Galaxy S III. “How can I win?,” asks the guy. “Your screen is like as big as my phone,” he says. When the girl answers that not everything is about winning, the guy responds by saying, “I like to win.” This elicits a response from the old lady on the end of the bench who has been observing the scene. She turns to him and say, “You like to whine.” Was this sit-com moment Sammy’s way of calling all Apple iPhone users whiny losers?
LG has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against fellow South Korean electronics giant Samsung over the latter’s use of advanced OLED display technology in smartphones and tablets, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.
The paper reports that alleged patent infringements include the design of OLED panels, driver circuitry and device design, and says LG intends to seek damages and a permanent injunction against the sale of accused devices in South Korea.
Devices accused of infringing LG’s patents include Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy SIII, along with the Galaxy Note phablet and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet.
Samsung has begun the rollout of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S3, and the first country to receive the latest version of Google’s mobile OS on Samsung’s latest flagship device is…Poland. The update commences today and introduces the Gs3 to such enhancements as Google Now and Project Butter as well as new TouchWiz elements including “pop-up play” (picture-in-picture) and something called Easy Mode. Samsung says a gradual rollout will have the update launching in other markets soon.
In a court filing late Friday night Apple has requested the court enhance the $1.05 billion in damages a jury awarded it from Samsung for their patent lawsuit in California. FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller has a breakdown of the figures, revealing that Apple has chosen to seek enhancement just on what the jury deemed “willful” patent infringement to the tune of $135 million (less than the 3x amount it could have pursued) plus an additional $572 million for infringement of trade dress. That adds up to $1,756,455,218 it’s now seeking from Samsung, plus, as Reuters reporter Dan Levine notes, the expected request for permanent injunctions. That could cover more than the products mentioned in the lawsuit, as Mueller also points out Apple is asking for an injunction against other products with similar features, which could extend to devices like the Galaxy S III.
After emitting an appropriate number of yawns and groans, staff at the federal court in San Jose have accepted a document from Samsung’s lawyers stating that the manufacturer “anticipates” adding theiPhone 5 to its list of ongoing patent grievances against Apple. Samsung did acknowledge that it needs to “analyze the device” before being certain of its devilry, but it also clearly remains undeterred by that separate billion dollar verdict in Apple’s favor.