Apple requests $700 million more from Samsung

Was the $1.05 billion damages award enough in the the Apple vs Samsung case? According to Apple, $1.76 billion or $1.91 billion is a little more appropriate. $535 million of the requested additions are due to both willful infringement and violation of US Trademark Law with the trade dress rulings in the case. Beyond that, Apple is hoping to further supplement their winnings with any damages sustained after June 30, the date which the previous calculations were based upon yet after which Samsung’s products continued to be sold.

In all of these cases, Apple has legitimate legal reasons for requesting further damages – however, this doesn’t mean that Samsung is taking things laying down. The Korean tech behemoth is contesting about $50 million in damages due to a seemingly arbitrary jury award for the Samsung Galaxy Prevail’s violations. That adjustment would push the total down beneath the landmark $1 billion figure, which could prove a marketing victory for the battered company.

As if that wasn’t enough, Apple is also requesting permanent injunction (halt of retail sales) against the following devices:

“Captivate, Continuum, Droid Charge, Epic 4G, Exhibit 4G, Fascinate, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Prevail, Galaxy S, Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S II (AT&T), Galaxy S II (i9000), Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Wi-fi), Gem, Indulge, Infuse, Mesmerize, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, Vibrant, Galaxy S II (T-Mobile), Transform, Galaxy S Showcase, Galaxy S II (Epic 4G Touch), Galaxy S II (Skyrocket)”

In addition, any products that Samsung makes that infringes the same patents ruled upon in this case would be subject to permanent injunction as well under this request.

Source: FOSS Patents (1, 2) | Image: Brett Levin (Flickr)

Apple wins trial against Samsung

After months of shots fired, weeks of arguments being made on the floor of a United States Circuit Court, and days of deliberation by the jury, the Apple vs Samsung case has finally come to a close. The verdict weighs heavily in Apple’s favor, as the only victories Samsung enjoyed were concerning accusations that their Galaxy Tab devices mimicked the iPad too closely.

To broadly cover the case, all of the patents that Apple brought to the table were ruled as valid and infringed by Samsung, not to mention that Samsung diluted Apple’s trade dress by designing their phones too similarly to the iPhone. Furthermore, the jury declared that Apple didn’t infringe any of Samsung’s patents brought in their countersuit.

The fallout of this case is sure to be widespread – many other Android manufacturers are likely infringing on the same patents and thus vulnerable to lawsuits, not to mention that Samsung still continues to sell various devices cited in the case that could be subject to injunction in other international suits. With so much success (read: ammunition) on the table, manufacturers like Motorola and HTC that are already engaged in legal battles with Apple will be much more eager to settle – a move that Google seems to be encouraging while also making changes to Android on a basic level to prevent future suits with these patents.

The collective response from the press has been fairly consistent – Apple deserved to win, but the widespread implications of this case are no doubt damaging to innovation in the space. The best that mobile enthusiasts can hope for is that the trade dress issue encourages some more creativity in a relatively homogeneous design arena.

Source: The Verge (storystream) | Image: Jöran Maaswinkel (Flickr)

Microsoft licenses Apple patents for Surface, third-party RT tablets on the way

Patent licensing is something that the technology industry has had to do with all to often in recent years, but Microsoft is taking the safe road with Surface, and in light of the ongoing Apple vs. Samsung litigation, it may have been a smart move.

Reuters reports that Microsoft has entered a design licensing agreement with Apple for features in Surface, the company’s forthcoming Window’s RT offering. This same licensing package was reportedly offered to Samsung in 2010 as well, and with Samsung’s refusal, the South Korean company is facing tough times in court.

There are are no details regarding what the licenses cover, but third parties don’t seem to be shying away from building their own Windows RT tablet variants with Samsung, Lenovo, and Dell committing to delivering Windows RT-based tablet as well.

If this licensing agreement between Microsoft and Apple is a blanket deal covering third party offerings, Windows RT could quickly become a safer tablet choice for manufacturers over Android.

Source: Reuters | Image: Gizmodo

Samsung Exynos 5 to be among first ARM Cortex A15 releases

Samsung Exynos line of chips have been strong performers for a while, and that trend it set to continue. Samsung has now announced that the Exynos 5 will be the next in the family of chips, and will offer some serious performance courtesy of its Cortex A15 variant brain.

Samsung’s first Exynos 5 release will be a 32nm dual-core chip running at 1.7 Ghz. It will support resolutions up to WQXGA (2560×1600), stereoscopic 3D, OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL 1.1, and even DirectX 11 (in Windows). Performance of the on-die GPU is said to be up to 5x that of previous Mali-based Exynos offering such as that Exynos 4 found in the Galaxy S III, while delivering even better battery performance.

No products have been announced as using the Exynos 5 as of yet, but various ARM Cortex A15 variants are slated to start hitting consumer channels by the end of the year.

Source: Samsung | Image: Phandroid

Preliminary injunction halts Galaxy Nexus sales in the U.S. (updated)

In an increasingly embroiled worldwide legal battle between Apple and Samsung over potential patent violations, Judge Lucy Koh has decided to grant a preliminary injunction that prevents the import and sale of Google’s flagship Android phone – the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This particular case concerns four different patents that Apple holds, the most notable of which deals with voice-recognition features popularized in the introduction of Siri in iOS5.

In this process, Apple will have to submit a $96 million bond to cover the potential impact of the sales ban, after which the Galaxy Nexus will be stricken from store shelves until the patent dispute can be settled. This comes as a second major blow against Samsung in the United States in a single week, considering the injunction granted against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Thursday for iPad-related patents.

Update: Like clockwork, Apple has posted the bond and Google has been forced to halt sales of the Galaxy Nexus on the Google Play store. Samsung has even made an attempt to stay the injunction, which was struck down by judge. Fortunately, Google says that they’re planning an OTA update that should fix the infringing content and resume sales of the Galaxy Nexus (now to be updated with Jelly Bean pre-installed) within a week. Unfortunately, the update will reduce the functionality of the search widget available on the homescreen and make it only search the web rather than both the web and the device in use.

Source: Washington Post

Android 4.0 Schedule Update

It’s been quite a while since the first wave of promises of Android 4.0 updates by various manufacturers and carriers. Things are finally starting to pick up this month, with plenty of updates that have already taken place and announced future dates that look to be solid. If you’ve got a Gingerbread phone or Honeycomb tablet sitting around looking sad, take a look at the following list and see if your device will be getting a facelift sometime soon:

  • Sony -
    • Tablet P – updated to Android 4.0.3 on June 16 [source]
    • Xperia S – updated to Android 4.0 on June 21 OTA [source]
  • Samsung -
    • Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Tab 7.7, Tab 8.9, Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi/3G – Android 4.0 (likely with TouchWiz skin) updates slated for July/August [source]
    • T-Mobile Galaxy S II – updated to Android 4.0.3 on June 11 via Samsung Kies software/not OTA [source]
    • AT&T Galaxy S II – updated to Android 4.0.3 on June 21 via Samsung Kies software/not OTA [source]
  • Motorola -
    • Droid Bionic – still not announced, but leaked 4.0.4 update available without needing root capability [source]
    • Droid RAZR + RAZR Maxx – updated to 4.0.4 with global GSM roaming capability on June 22 OTA [source]
  • Toshiba Thrive 7″ and 10″ tablets – scheduled “early this fall” [source]

In addition to Ice Cream Sandwich updates, the Google Play store has just leaked that the Galaxy Nexus will be the first device to receive the next big update to Android – codenamed “Jelly Bean” and numbered 4.1. The information appears when adding a GSM Galaxy Nexus to your cart on the Play Device store, so the source appears to be quite credible. Hopefully more devices will see an update to Android 4.0 before then, as Google’s fragmentation problem just seems to be getting worse as time goes on.

Source: The Verge, GigaOm (cited throughout article)

Samsung launches Series 5 Chromebook and Series 3 Chromebox

Chrome OS seems to be better than ever since the Aura update last month, so it’s appropriate that Samsung releases a new set of devices to take advantage. Enter the Series 5 Chromebook and Series 3 Chromebox, a laptop and Mac Mini-like desktop PC that deliver a browser-based OS experience in $449 and $329 packages (respectively).

Early impressions are quite positive, with The Verge’s David Pierce praising the Chromebook’s touchpad and 8+ hour battery life. GigaOm’s Om Malik called the laptop “screamingly fast” and highlighted a fairly reasonable app selection. The main issues remain with the core concept of the OS. While the Aura update made Chrome OS act more like a desktop operating system than a simple Chrome instance with better window management and a Windows/OSX taskbar, a browser simply can’t deliver the polished experience of native applications.

Source: The Verge | Image: The Verge (gallery)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 now available for preorder

The tablet space has changed a lot over the past year with the introduction of the Kindle Fire and the iPad 2 now available for $399. Android tablets have still not taken off in a big way, but Samsung is the biggest name in the space, and its second generation 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab is now available for preorder.

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will match the iPad 2′s standard setting $399 price point, and according to the preorder source, Office Depot, will be available starting May 11. According to previous reports the base model will only sport 8GB of internal storage, but it will be expandable, and sports a 1280 x 800 resolution display.

Source: Office Depot | Via: Engadget

Samsung Galaxy S III officially announced

There have been no shortage of rumors regarding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III (most of which were almost totally wrong), but now we finally have some concrete details from yesterday’s announcement in London. In comparison to competitors specs, it’s somewhat underwhelming – 720p 4.8″ Super AMOLED screen in a pentile arrangement, Android 4.0, and 8mp rear camera. In fact, the story is so consistent that Samsung is slotting in their new Exynos 4 Quad into the international version of the device and an alternate processor with integrated LTE baseband into local carrier-specific versions. This story sounds nearly the same as that of HTC’s flagship One X, which had a quad-core Tegra 3 chip in the international version and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 on AT&T’s version in the US.

Samsung’s big push with the GSIII is not hardware-focused in particular, however. They’re debuting a suite of software that seems to compete directly with the iPhone 4S, most notably the S Voice service that acts much in the same way that Siri does. They’re also expanding their AllShare media system, which allows for a Galaxy S III owner to beam their screen to a nearby compatible television much like the Apple TV. As a result, one thing is very clear – Samsung is not taking their market leading status sitting down, despite a relatively unexciting spec sheet.

The Galaxy S III is set to launch on May 29th in Europe and in the US/Japan in the summer. No pricing or US carriers have been announced yet, so keep an eye out for more developing news.

Source: The Verge

Samsung announces quad-core Exynos 4 mobile chip

Exynos 4

Samsung has been a force in the mobile chipset space, and the Korean tech giant announced yesterday that its next big chip is on the way.

The Exynos 4 is a quad-core ARM cpu built on the Cortex A9. Clocked at 1.4GHz, Samsung says that a combination of dynamic core frequency balancing and voltage scaling will allow the Exynos 4 to deliver huge performance improvements over other mobile chips, while keeping power consumption in check.

Samsung lists a number of tasks the Exynos 4 will handle, and 1080p 30fps video is among them. The Exynos 4 is set to be first introduced in the next Galaxy smartphone.

Source: Samsung