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Samsung Breaks own Record with Galaxy S II Sales

Posted by Wai-Lun Shing on July 4, 2011 at 4:27 PM Comments comments (0)

Samsung on Sunday crossed a company record by selling three million Galaxy S II phones in 55 days. The Android flagship hit its milestone 30 days faster than the original Galaxy S. At its peak, Galaxy S II phones have been selling at a rate of one every 1.5 seconds.


Much of that success comes from Europe, Samsung said. The dual-core device "dramatically increased' Samsung's phone market share in the continent. Austria and Switzerland were the highlights regardless of devices: at 30 percent and 36 percent of the smartphone market in each country, the Korean badge was out in front. Samsung has also been the top smartphone label in the UK for the past 17 weeks, although only a few of those could have been affected by the Galaxy S II.

The company now expects to get to the 10 million mark sooner than for the original Galaxy S. Its full hand also hasn't been played yet as the company is widely if unofficially known to be bringing the Galaxy S II to the US in the summer. A significant part of Samsung's international expansion for the phone also has yet to take root.


Unlike the Galaxy S launch, Samsung may face significant hurdles, most of which are in the US. It no longer has the safety of the iPhone being limited to AT&T and may see the iPhone reach Sprint and T-Mobile. Apple may also curb any S II release since it has expanded its complaints to factor in the phone and possibly ban its sale if the complaint is upheld.


At least in the early portion of the year, the iPhone blunted Android's US sales growth even with a wave of dual-core and 4G rivals on the market. Samsung's hardware might be capped at 3G on Sprint and Verizon and could have limited appeal.

The information above is according to the Electronista website source.

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Samsung drops lawsuit against Apple

Posted by Wai-Lun Shing on July 3, 2011 at 5:44 PM Comments comments (0)

According to a report from Bloomberg, Samsung has dropped its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple which had claimed that the latter had taken many of its ideas from Samsung while infringing on the Korean firm's patents. The suit was dropped on Thursday, according to Bloomberg, and company spokesman Nam Ki Yung said the action was taken in order to "streamline" the proceedings.


As we had told you, Apple had originally sued Samsung claiming that the Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets "slavishly" copies the Apple iPhone and iPad. Samsung countersued and both firms demanded to see each others products. While Apple was allowed to look at the already released Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1, the court denied the Korean manufacturers request to see the Apple iPhone 5 and iPad 3, both works in progress. Samsung wants to make sure that Apple is not infringing on any of its patents in the making of the two devices.


As we reported, just a couple of days ago Samsung filed a complaint against Apple with the U.S. ITC after the latter filed a suit against Samsung in Korean court. And while Apple remains one of Samsung's biggest customers, industry sources say that Apple is dropping the Korean firm as a manufacturer for its A6 chip and replacing the company with TSMC.


Samsung dropping the suit doesn't mean victory for Apple. Samsung says it will continue to fight for its patent rights through a counterclaim made against Apple in an earlier suit filed in San Jose.

The information above is according to the PhoneArena website source.

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Samsung sues Apple in UK!

Posted by Wai-Lun Shing on July 3, 2011 at 5:34 PM Comments comments (0)

Add another country in the list of lawsuits filed by Samsung against Apple. The Korean giant has filed a case in UK in the High Court in London and like the suits in other countries, it alleges Apple products like iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to infringe Samsung’s patents.

In addition to UK, Samsung has already sued Apple in four other countries including US, South Korea, Tokyo and Germany.

The information above is according to the SamsungHub website source.

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Apple VS Samsung: ''No iPhone and iPad for US!''

Posted by Wai-Lun Shing on July 3, 2011 at 4:59 PM Comments comments (0)

The lawsuit between Apple and Samsung has taken a rather nasty turn as Samsung have filed for an injunction against iPhone and iPad imports to the United States. It's a fairly bold move and part of the wider battle between the two over patent infringement.


For their part Apple have previously secured access to unreleased Samsung products as part of the legal dispute, whilst Samsung failed in an attempt to gain access to the next generation iPhone. Apple have also been busy filing a lawsuit in South Korea and there's tongues wagging that Apple are looking to wean themselves off Samsung components for their products and as such are looking for alternative suppliers.


Samsung's bid to restrict Apple device imports to America won't be decided overnight of course. The International Trade Commission will have to investigate the complaint and any decision is likely to take months if not longer to come about.

The information above is according to the SamFirmware website source.

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Apple Countersues Samsung in South Korea

Posted by Wai-Lun Shing on June 24, 2011 at 1:48 PM Comments comments (0)

It seems Apple is on the offensive after Samsung was denied access to iPhone 5 and iPad 3 in United States. The iPad maker has taken the courtroom battle to Samsung’s home turf by filing a lawsuit in South Korea claiming Samsung to infringe number of patents.

This is Apple’s first reply to Samsung outside United States as compared to Samsung who had already sued Apple in courts of Japan, Germany and South Korea.

The details about the infringed patents is not known.

The information above is according to the SamsungHub website source.

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Samsung In Talks with Apple for Patent Lawsuit

Posted by Wai-Lun Shing on June 24, 2011 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It seems Apple and Samsung executives are in talks for a potential settlement related to the ongoing patent lawsuit. When Federal Court Judge Lucy Koh asked if both companies can get along, Apple attorney replied the case has got some eyeballs from top executives in both the companies.

The attorney further said the execs are in fact meeting and talking but didn't confirm anything else. 

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Apple VS Samsung Continued

Posted by Wai-Lun Shing on June 23, 2011 at 8:19 AM Comments comments (0)

The courtroom battle between Apple and Samsung has escalated as Apple has amended the complaint against Samsung. To prove the copying claim and deny Samsung their hands on the upcoming iPhone and iPad devices as requested, Apple has carefully worded their complaint to clarify that the claim does not include future generations of iPhone and iPad.

The amended complaint has now added more devices to the lawsuit and if we look at it, Apple is targeting almost the complete Galaxy range.

The complaint now includes the Samsung Captivate, Continuum, Vibrant, Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Indulge, Mesmerize, Showcase, Fascinate, Nexus S, Gem, Transform, Intercept, Acclaim smart phones, Galaxy Tab, Droid Charge, Exhibit 4G, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Prevail, Galaxy S (i9000), Gravity, Infuse 4G, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, Sidekick, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S II.

Furthermore, Apple has removed and added some new patents in the lawsuit.



The information above is according to the SamsungHub website source.

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Samsung Demands To See the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 In Court

Posted by Wai-Lun Shing on May 29, 2011 at 3:27 PM Comments comments (0)

As part of the ongoing lawsuits between Apple and Samsung, started back in April when Apple sued Samsung over the “look and feel” of the Galaxy phones and tablets, This Is My Next points to an interesting piece of information that details how Samsung’s lawyers have asked Apple’s legal team to hand over “final, commercial versions” of the next-generation iPhone and iPad, whether they’ll be called iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad 3 or not. Samsung is also asking to see the retail packaging design of the devices to evaluate if their future products, like the Droid Charge and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, could share similar features with them and be subject to legal action from Apple — that is, assuming both Apple and Samsung products come out at the same time in the next months.

This move comes after a judge ruled Samsung should hand over prototypes of the Droid Charge, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Infuse 4G and Galaxy S 2 to Apple’s external legal team for evaluation in regards to the lawsuit. Similarly to Apple’s request, Samsung says only the company’s lawyers would be able to see the iPhone 5 and iPad 3, with no one else inside the company (hardware engineers, executives, and so forth) getting access to the units.

"Samsung’s asking for a court order requiring Apple to produce “the final, commercial versions” of the next-generation iPhone and iPad and their respective packaging by June 13, 2011, so it can evaluate whether there’ll be confusion between Samsung and Apple’s future products. If the final versions aren’t available, Samsung wants “the most current version of each to be produced instead.

Samsung says “fundamental fairness” requires Apple to give up its future products, since Samsung had to do the same. Tellingly, Samsung doesn’t reference any precedent or law to bolster this line of argument — it’s basically just asking the court to be nice."

Basing on “internet reports” and “Apple’s past practice”, Samsung believes new devices from Apple are in the works, and in order to avoid future confusion with their products they’re asking the court to apply the same procedure that granted Apple’s lawyers access to Samsung’s upcoming products. The obvious difference is that, while Samsung teased / demoed / announced / gave away some of these devices for free in the past (like the Galaxy Tabs at Google I/O), Apple’s usual veil of secrecy made sure there’s no official word yet of the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 — just rumors. But as Samsung says Apple will discontinue existing devices when the new ones come out, they want to see final versions of production units of iPhones and iPads coming out later this year or in 2012. As Nilay Patel at This Is My Next points out, this is kind of strange considering Apple usually keeps old devices available for sale on its website even if new ones are available (example: iPhone 3GS).

"So why is Samsung even pursuing this? I think it’s a calculated gamble for additional leverage. Apple and Samsung held negotiations for a year before giving up and heading to the courts, and I’m reliably informed that there haven’t been any substantive settlement discussions since Apple first filed its complaint. That means talks have been at a standstill for a long time now, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung was trying to put some additional heat on Apple to try and kick negotiations back into gear."

The full breakdown of Samsung’s latest request can be read over at This Is My Next. After Apple’s initial lawsuit, Samsung fired back with countersuits in Europe and Asia.

The information above is according to the MacStories website source.

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Samsung Galaxy S and other Galaxy Line Phones to be Receiving Android 2.3 Soon...

Posted by Wai-Lun Shing on May 17, 2011 at 4:42 PM Comments comments (1)

Samsung Galaxy S owners who've been impatiently waiting for the Android Gingerbread upgrade can rest a little easier now. This smartphone will finally be ready to accept Android 2.3 later this month.

Funnily enough, Samsung has kept pretty quiet about last month's failed upgrade attempt where Google pulled the plug at the last moments on the Galaxy S update due to "an issue".

UK users with the Galaxy S should be able to upgrade from "late May". Owners of other Galaxy phones, including the Galaxy Ace, Gio, Fit and Mini (as well as the Galaxy Tab), will have to wait a little longer as Samsung works on Gingerbread software updates for those devices. An exact timescale hasn't been given, and it's made all the slower because each network has its own software approval process.

When moving from Froyo (2.2) to Gingerbread, you should see a noticeable improvement in the performance of multimedia and 3D apps, thanks to a reduced load on the phone's CPU, and a faster, more intuitive user interface, including updated copy and paste. When ready, the upgrade can easily be put onto your Galaxy device via the Samsung Kies software.

While the hordes of Galaxy S 2 owners can rest easy knowing they're already hooked up to Gingerbread, other Galaxy users should no longer feel like poor relations.

The huge difference in upgrade timings across handsets and networks is one issue that Android Ice Cream Sandwich is being designed to address. A merging of the two variants of Android - Gingerbread for smart phones and Honeycomb for tablets, this should bring many benefits.

We're not convinced that future Android upgrades will go completely smoothly or roll out at exactly the same time, particularly as the fine details haven't yet been sorted out, but we live in hope. 

When your Galaxy device has been updated to Android 2.3, please share your comments about this update below.

The information above is according to the Cnet UK website source and has partly been edited by us.

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Desk Genie Non-Slip Charging Desk Stand Written Review

Posted by Wai-Lun Shing on May 8, 2011 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Today we'll be taking a look at something different, if you usually watch and read our video and written reviews, you will know that we review handsets, but today we'll be reviewing a must-have accessory. As the name suggests, this product is a desk stand, but not just any desk stand, this product features an 8 in 1 SD card reader, two USB ports and you can even charge your handset, these features can be used whenever this product is connected to a computer using the cable given.

The Desk Genie was kindly sent to us by MobileFun to review. This product was £14.99 but is now down to £11.95, MobileFun applies a small delievery charge (depending on the delievery option you select). Read through this article to find out more about the Desk Genie.

The Desk Genie came in a very colourful cardboard box. Inside the box you get the Desk Genie itself, a manual, a USB cable and a number of mobile chargers/adaptors that is intended to fit most handsets.

The manual was very informative with information on how to use the Desk Genie in general, how to use this product as a USB port(s) and card reader(s). Having said this, this manual was not very helpful on how to charge your handset using this product. You can take a look at this manual in full by clicking here.

The USB cable can be pluged into the back of the Desk Genie, and the other side into a computer. As soon as this USB cable is connected you will be able to use the USB port(s), SD reader(s) and the great charging abilities for your handset.

You'll also find yourself a plastic bag with different types of handset adaptors/chargers, they should fit a significant amount of phones available on the market today. For a whole list of handset adaptors/chargers, check out the list on the bottom part of the product page by clicking here. The cable at the bottom of this picture is to be connected to the handset adaptors/chargers, and then pluged into the back of the Desk Genie.

The stand itself is made from plastic and is in a fashionable design. The base holds two USB ports on one side and the card reader on the other. You can’t see it here because you will need to connect the USB cable, but the front of the stand has a blue LED, which lights up when charging. It measures 59 x 102 x 106mm and weighs 95g.

The back of the Desk Genie has a mini USB port and DC power jack. The USB port is connected to your PC and the power jack is connected to your mobile using the short cable described above.

The left side of the base holds the 8-in-1 card reader. There are 4 slots that allows you to transfer files from a number of different formats including SD, MMC, MicroSD and M2 cards.

The right side of the base holds two USB 2.0 ports that can be used as a hub for your PC. These ports can be used with USB memory sticks.

The Desk Genie is simply just a charging device only, it cannot be used to sync to your PC, which is the main disappointment. If you had been able to power your device whilst having access, it would been an even more bigger hit.

As a charging device it works excellently and the additional features of a USB hub and card reader is much more than a phone holder. The non-slip surface also works well, essentially you can place your mobile in almost any position and it won’t come off.

Overall, we were pleasantly surprised by the Desk Genie, if syncing to your PC isn’t a priority than it comes recommended. We give this product a 9 of 10 star rating.

Thanks to MobileFun who kindly sent this product for us to review.

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