Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 delivers the best tablet display yet
As with its smartphones, Samsung has thrown everything it can at the wall when it comes to tablets to see what eventually sticks. However, even though Samsung holds the title as the largest single Android tablet maker, it hasn't made the same sort of inroads against Apple in the tablet space as it has with its Galaxy smartphones. It has launched tablets in all shapes and sizes, with multiple models and sizes targeting the low-end, middle and high-end segments making it a challenge for consumers to navigate. Its latest high-end model, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, however, looks as though the company may finally have its formula right in its never-ending battle with Apple.
Co-branded Samsung tablet adds Nook software features
Samsung and Barnes & Noble has released its first co-branded tablet, as the retailer migrates away from hardware production and into partnering with other manufacturers. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a rebranded version of Samsung's existing Tab 4 tablet, though while the hardware is the same as the original device, the software has been customized with some Nook-specific changes, including access to the Nook store.
Beginning of greater tablet support
Free voice, texting, and data service provider FreedomPop is extending its plans to tablets, starting with the Apple iPad mini and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, according to an announcement. In the case of Minis, subscribers will be given mic-equipped Apple headphones and a special app, allowing them to make calls through FreedomPop's VoIP platform. Each person will have a unique phone number, and associated features such as voicemail and the ability to port that number to a different device or carrier.
Samsung sees big setback
Since April, the shares of North American tablet web traffic from iPads and Kindle Fires has increased by 0.8 and 1.2 points, respectively, according to new data compiled by Chitika Insights. The figures put the iPad at 78 percent of traffic, and the Kindle Fire at 7.3 percent, the latter displacing Samsung tablets in aggregate (down to 6.3 percent). Google and Microsoft -- also generally considered prominent tablet makers -- managed shares of just 2.1 and 1.4 percent.
Galaxy Tab S believed to use AMOLED display, borrow Galaxy S5 features
Samsung could be preparing to show at least two devices at its Galaxy Premiere 2014 event on June 12th, according to reports. Support pages and feature details for what is believed to be the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 have surfaced, while a device with a seven-inch display has been certified by the FCC, one which could be called the Galaxy W in South Korea and form part of the Galaxy Mega range elsewhere.
Logitech announces new Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.0 10.1
Logitech has announced the expansion of its tablet accessories line-up with the new Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. A light, protective case with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard, the Folio features Android shortcuts and keys spaced for quick tablet typing.
Wi-Fi editions of Galaxy Tab 4 precede summer launch of LTE versions
Samsung will be bringing the latest incarnation of its Galaxy Tab range of tablets to the United States next month. The Wi-Fi versions of the Galaxy Tab 4 collection, including 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch variants, have been opened up for pre-order through Samsung and other retailers, with the tablets set to start shipping to customers from May 1st onwards.
Galaxy Tab 4 could have 2560x1600 resolution, AMOLED screens
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 range has allegedly surfaced, with the 7.0-inch upgrade to the Galaxy Tab 3 appearing leaked marketing image. The rumored tablet collection is thought to have a high-end specification and an AMOLED display, with an uncovered User Agent Profile on Samsung's own servers suggesting that the larger models will ship with a resolution of 2,560x1,600, the same resolution as the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 to be available for $650 through Galaxy Perks
Samsung has announced that beginning March 9, the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 will be available for $650 at major retailers. The Tab Pro 12.2 will include 32GB of internal storage, as well as over $850 worth of app and subscription content as part of Samsung's Galaxy Perks promotion, including three months of access to Hulu Plus, SiriusXM, and Audible, $25 in Google Play store credit, and more. The Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 can be purchased with the Galaxy Perks promotion from Samsung.com, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Tiger Direct, PC Richard and Sons, Fry's and Newegg.
Cut in price of smart watch by AT&T, Best Buy
The Samsung Galaxy Gear has received some cuts in price in the United States, with both Best Buy and AT&T discounting the smart watch. At the same time, more reports are claiming to confirm a successor to the wrist-based device will be revealed at Mobile World Congress later this month, alongside the Galaxy S5, and the Galaxy Tab 4.
Note Pro, smaller Tab Pro device pre-orders open today
Samsung is bringing the range of Pro tablets with 2560x1600 displays it launched at CES last month to the United States, with shipments to begin from February 13. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, as well as the 8.4-inch and 10.1-inch models in the Galaxy Tab Pro collection, are all available to pre-order through various retailers from today, as well as through Samsung itself, though it appears all the releases will only offer Wi-Fi and not a carrier connection.
Thinner, lighter tablet sacrifices battery, camera resolution
Samsung has launched it a version of its Galaxy Tab range that is claimed to be slimmer and more lightweight than the original version. The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite still manages to offer a 7-inch 1024x600 display within its smaller footprint, though at the same time, Samsung has decided to make a few minor reductions to some of the device's specifications.
Four Samsung tablets launched at CES with same 2560x1600 resolution
Samsung launched a total of four tablets at its CES press event, including one that appeared in an FCC filing late last year. Three Galaxy Tab Pro tablets, with 12.2-inch, 10.1-inch, and 8.4-inch displays, shared the stage with a stylus-equipped, 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, with the entire collection offering the same 2560x1600 resolution, regardless of the screen size.
Smaller tablet rumor follows similar Galaxy Note Pro report
Samsung is working on another tablet in the Pro line of Galaxy tablets, if rumors stemming from an FCC filing are to be believed. The SM-T320 in the filing is thought to be called the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, and though it will be in the same family as the rumored 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, the Tab aspect suggests it will not have the same stylus-based input of its Note counterparts.
'Weakens the view that the world has for Apple'
Samsung infringement of Apple patents made it harder to sell the iPhone and iPad, Apple's head of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, claimed earlier today in a second day of testimony at the Apple v. Samsung damages retrial. Asked by an Apple attorney what he thought when he first saw the Samsung Galaxy S, Schiller said: "I was quite shocked. They went and copied the iPhone." He went on to suggest that Samsung's past copying "weakens the view that the world has for Apple," and has caused people to "question our innovation and design skills in a way that people never used to."
Payment plans on T-Mobile for new iPads, Nexus 7 revealed
T-Mobile has clarified its free 200MB LTE Internet access offer, advising that it is for all tablets that work with the carrier's network, not just the new iPads. The carrier also revealed that it will be expanding its existing smartphone trade-in program to include tablets, as well as offering tablets under its Uncarrier initiative.
Black Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 due on Sprint in time for holidays
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is heading to Sprint at the end of this week, While it is not the first carrier to offer the tablet on its network, it hopes to encourage users to join its network or gain second lines, by undercutting AT&T's $100 price to $50, when bought alongside a newline on a two-year agreement, and with an appropriate data plan.
Logitech launches folios for Galaxy Tab 3 lineup, HTC outs BoomBass
Logitech has introduced a new range of folios for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 range. Currently, the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio is only available for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 though the Folio Protective Cases are available for the 10.1, 8, and 7 variants. Both folios utilize Logitech's water repellant materials, and give Galaxy Tab 3 devices protection for both the front and rear, while also offering auto on and off functions when the case is opened.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to receive update to enable T-Mobile 4G LTE
T-Mobile has revealed it is extending its range of mobile devices that will work on its 4G LTE network by three, at its Jump program launch today. The Sony Xperia Z and the Nokia Lumia 925 will both become available on the carrier in the future, while owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will also gain access in a software update.
Galaxy Tab 3 range appear in stores, Amazon, after pre-order period
Samsung has put its portfolio of Galaxy Tab 3 tablets on sale in the United States. The previously-announced Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 are all available to buy in stores, as well as through Amazon and Samsung itself, with both white and 'golden brown' color options popping up in retailer listings.
Pre-orders for new Samsung tablet range start now
Samsung has revealed it will be bringing the updated Galaxy Tab 3 range of devices to the United States on July 7th. The three tablets, available in 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch versions, will be available to pre-order from tomorrow onwards, and provide some slight revisions to previous Galaxy Tab iterations, including the addition of an IR transmitter for use as a TV remote control.
Eight-inch Galaxy Tab 3 adds 'reading mode' display optimization
Samsung has revealed another two devices in the Galaxy Tab 3 range. The Tab 3 8.0 and Tab 3 10.1, offering an 8-inch and 10.1-inch display respectively, come just one month after the manufacturer launched its 7-inch version, with both shipping "globally" from the beginning of June, and later this year in the United Kingdom.
Should allow Galaxy Tab 10.1 to remain on sale in Netherlands
The Dutch Supreme Court has ruled that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn't infringe on the design of the Apple iPad, according to reports. Although Apple does hold a European design patent, the Court has limited the applicability of the patent based on prior art. The iPad has predecessors, such as a Knight Ridder concept tablet dating back well over a decade before Apple's product was released. The iPad may have a "unique character," the court adds, but the Galaxy Tab is sufficiently different that an informed person can tell.
Larger version of Samsung tablet appears weeks after 7-inch version launched
An eight-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has apparently surfaced, with rendered images accompanying a list of specifications. The alleged leaked details come after the company revealed the third generation of its popular line of tablets, though that uses a more conventional 7-inch display and smaller form factor than what has now appeared.
Galaxy Tab 3 boosts processor, storage, may be budget tablet
Samsung has unveiled an update to one of its successful lines of tablets, though it appears to be a mild upgrade rather than a complete product overhaul. The Galaxy Tab 3 houses an upgraded dual-core 1.2GHz processor, up from the 1GHz version used in the Galaxy Tab 2, along with options for 16GB of internal storage with extra microSD expansion.
Midsize tablet focuses on S Pen functionality
Samsung has introduced a new tablet, the Galaxy Note 8.0, that adds yet another display size to the company's tablet offerings. As part of the Note family, the eight-inch device bridges the gap between the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II and the full-size 10.1-inch tablet, though it appears to serve primarily as a successor to the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and the company's direct competitor to the iPad mini.
Android tablets reach 41 percent of ad impressions
Apple's dominance in the mobile industry became less pronounced in 2012, according to tracking data compiled by mobile ad network Millennial Media. Millennial notes, for instance, that while the iPhone continued to generate the most ad impressions amongst phones, growing 72 percent year-over-year to a 15.59 percent share, Samsung's Galaxy S series grew 182 percent to hit a 4.24 percent share, pushing BlackBerry Curve phones down to third place at 3.91 percent.
Kindle Fire, other tablets make slight gains
The iPad maintained an overwhelming control of US and Canadian tablet web usage during the holiday season, according to new tracking data from online ad network Chitika. The iPad started at nearly 90 percent in early December, but only slid to roughly 81 percent by the end of January, in spite of increased competition from Android tablets. The biggest shift is said to have happened around Christmas, when Apple briefly dipped to 79 percent while other tablets gained ground.
New update brings speed, additional features to products
Samsung Electronics America today announced the availability of updates to Android 4.1, also known as "Jelly Bean," for both its Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 10-inch and 7.1-inch devices. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 upgrade includes all the performance benefits of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as well as Premium Suite, a collection of new features that further upgrades multi-tasking and productivity. Android 4.1 was originally released in late June, and no explanation has been given for the seven-month delay.
Follows precedent set by British courts
Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets don't infringe on the design of the Apple iPad, a district court in The Hague has ruled. Reuters notes that the lawsuit involved the rounded corners of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, and Galaxy Tab 7.7, which Apple claimed were copying a signature trait of the iPad. "We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple's registered design features can be found in numerous examples," reads a Samsung statement in response to the court win.
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 now at Verizon
Verizon announced today that a 4G version of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was now available on its network. The 10.1-inch tablet sells for $500, and it is available with month-to-month wireless service on the carrier's 4G LTE network. Those plans run from $30 for 4GB of data to $60 for 10GB of data. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will be ready for shipping by the 26th of November.
Apple suffers second UK loss on Galaxy Tab 10.1 patent case
The UK High Court has upheld a previous ruling that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not infringe on the design patents that Apple holds on the iPad. Apple had appealed a ruling made by Judge Birss in July that not only does the Galaxy Tab 10.1 not have the “understated and extreme simplicity” of the iPad, it would be difficult for consumers to confuse the two tablets as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is “not as cool” as the iPad.
Matter now at appeals court, out of Judge Koh's jurisdiction
United States District Court for the Northern District of California Judge Lucy Koh has declined to lift the sales injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 she ordered earlier this year. The judge said in a ruling on Monday that it would not be appropriate to restart sales of the tablet, as the matter belongs to the appeals court now. She did note that Samsung's motion raises "substantial issues," given that the jury trial found the product to be not guilty of infringing on Apple's design patents.
Amazon Kindle Fire follows close behind
Apple has scored highest in a new JD Power customer satisfaction survey of tablet owners. The iPad has earned Apple a score of 848 -- above an industry average of 832 -- as well as five stars in JD Power's Power Circle ratings. Close behind with a 4/5 rating and a score of 841 is Amazon, which has so far only had one tablet computer, the 2011 model of the Kindle Fire. New Fires were recently announced.
Apple's December hearing unchanged, judge unmoved by plea
Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has denied Apple's recent motion for leave to file a motion for reconsideration of Samsung's request to end the preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The judge's order allows the September 20 hearing to be heard, and in addition, prevents Apple's request for additional injunctions to be heard earlier than its December date.
September 20 hearing now for Galaxy Tab 10.1 matters
Judge Lucy Koh, overseer of the contentious Apple versus Samsung smartphone patent trial, has set a December 6 court date to make a judgement on Apple's request for a permanent injunction against Samsung's devices found to be infringing. The previously-scheduled September 20 hearing will be used to discuss Samsung's request that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales injunction be lifted.
Jury found tablet not guilty of infringement
Samsung has asked the US District Court for the Northern District of California to reverse its preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and award damages to compensate for lost sales during the temporary ban. Although the Korean company lost all of its counterclaims against Apple, jurors did not find that the Galaxy Tab had infringed any of Apple's design patents.
Galaxy Tab with keyboard for $250
The previously leaked back-to-school offer for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has been officially announced. Samsung confirmed today that it will be offering its 7-inch tablet in a special Student Edition -- a white variant of the tablet with a keyboard dock and USB adapter in box -- for $250. Beginning August 19, consumers will be able to take advantage of the new offer, but it only runs until September 1.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 pitched at students
Samsung is pitching its Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 to students with a Student Edition of its tablet, according to an Engadget tipster. In addition to the tablet, the Student Edition will include a 'bonus' keyboard dock and a USB connector accessory. It is set to go on sale at Best Buy August 19.
Report could bolster or hinder Apple's claims by interpretation
According to a Samsung survey conducted at Best Buy locations in 2011 and released in the smartphone trial with Apple today, Apple's claims of customers returning Samsung products because the customer thought it was an iPad may be in doubt. The survey of Galaxy Tab returners found that market confusion accounted for only nine percent of returns, with the remainder for technical issues or device failures.
Apple's UK website to go unchanged pending appeal
Apple has won a small but significant court ruling in one of its legal battles with Samsung, Bloomberg reports. In the UK a London court has ruled that, at least temporarily, Apple won't have to post a notice on its UK website announcing an earlier ruling, in which the courts found that Samsung didn't copy the design of the iPad with the Galaxy Tab. Arguing against the notice, Apple had claimed that it didn't want to advertise for a rival company.
Galaxy Tab 7.7 banned in EU, 10.1N allowed to stay on the market
Apple has succeeded in winning an European Union-wide ban on the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, according to Reuters. The Duesseldorf Higher Court viewed the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the same light as the previously banned Galaxy Tab 10.1 and have made a preliminary ruling that it infringes Apple's design patents. However, the same court also upheld a ruling that the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N is sufficiently different in design that it should be allowed to continue sales.
Could hint that existing tablet design is finished
Samsung has lost two more motions in its attempt to undo a preliminary injunction of US Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales. Patent analyst Florian Mueller reports that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has blocked one motion to stay the injunction for the duration of the appeal proceedings, and another hoping to expedite the process. In effect, the motions mean that Samsung won't have another chance to overturn the injunction until sometime after July 30th, when Apple and Samsung are set to go to trial.
Disclaimers ordered into newspapers, UK website
A British judge has ordered Apple to publicly state that Samsung didn't copy the iPad, reports say. A notice will soon have to appear on the company's UK website, as well as in regional newspapers. The website notice, which has yet to go live, must stay in place for six months.
Retailers receiving letters instructing them to stop sales
Apple's lawyers have reportedly begun to contact Galaxy Tab 10.1 vendors and point to the recent injunction on the device, in an apparent effort to get them to stop selling the enjoined tablet. Letters related to the tablet injunction were mailed on June 28, and letters focusing on the Galaxy Nexus were sent on July 3, before the smartphone injunction was stayed. The order demands, at a minimum, cessation of Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales, but also requests that demonstrably similar products be discontinued as well.
Judge deems Galaxy Tab to be 'not as cool' as Apple designs
Samsung has won against Apple in a UK intellectual property case over the design of the Galaxy Tab. Judge Colin Birss of the High Court of Justice has ruled that consumers are unlikely to confuse the Galaxy Tab and the iPad, going so far as to call former "not as cool" as Apple's design.
Contest to build Galaxy Tab, Note, S Pen apps
Samsung is calling out for entries to its Smart App Challenge. The contest is running until the end of September and will distribute $4.08 million in cash and prizes to 80 apps built with the Galaxy Tab and Note in mind. The ultimate aim of the contest is for Samsung to bolster its App Store, with all entries to the competition required to use it.
Galaxy Nexus phone appeal in progress
US District Court Judge Lucy Koh rejected Samsung's attempt to lift the injunction against US sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 pending appeal. In the last week, the judge has blocked the sale of the tablet, similarly enjoined the Galaxy Nexus, cleared Apple of infringing a Samsing patent on a standards-essential UTMS technology, and denied Samsung's summary judgement motions summary judgement motions on all 12 of Apple's claims of infringement. Samsung only has (now) six claims left against Apple; Apple has (for now) 12 against Samsung. The injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is primarily based on the "unified search," or Siri patent.
Samsung already hoping to stay injunction
Apple posted a needed $2.6 million bond almost immediately after a preliminary injunction was granted against US Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales, according to FOSS Patents. The money ensures that Samsung can be compensated financially to a degree if the injunction is successfully appealed. Samsung has in fact already filed a motion to stay the injunction, pending an upcoming appeal; alternately, it may accept a stay pending the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's decision on the motion to stay.
Sales ban effective after Apple pays $2.6 million bond
Northern District of California Judge Lucy Koh has issued an injunction against Samsung to stop it from selling the the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the United States. The judge's order becomes effective once Apple posts a $2.6 million bond to protect Samsung against damages if the injunction is overturned.