Galaxy owners can claim one free Kindle book from monthly selection
Samsung has entered into a partnership with Amazon to provide owners of its Galaxy smartphone and tablets free books. The Kindle for Samsung app, a custom-built version of Amazon's e-reader just for Galaxy devices, will provide not only access to the online retailer's collection of books and reading material, but will also give app users a free ebook every month.
Similar technique used to unlock iPhone 5s can be used on Galaxy S 5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is subject to the same fake fingerprint technique that the Apple iPhone 5s was, with an added danger -- users can attempt the fake finger on the fingerprint sensor as many times as possible for a success, with no passcode or two-factor authentication needed.
Public assumed to be worried about Apple's prospects
Samsung decided to launch its "Next Big Thing" campaign -- parodying Apple -- in the wake of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, according to an email trail exposed during the ongoing Apple v. Samsung patent trial. Samsung America's VP of US sales, Mike Pennington, described Jobs' death as "the best opportunity" to run a campaign targeting Apple, since people would be worried about whether Apple could continue to come up with great ideas minus Jobs' influence. "Sorry to continue to push this issue, but I have seen this far too long and I know this is our best opportunity to attack iPhone," Pennington is quoted as saying.
Tizen smartphones, Android-powered smart watch still on the way
Samsung is preparing to launch at least one Tizen-powered smartphone before the end of this year, according to an executive. Speaking in an interview about the Galaxy S5's sales figures, senior vice president for Samsung's product strategy team Yoon Han-kil advised that the first would be a "high-end model" launching around the end of the second quarter.
Smart watches usable with 12 smartphones, 8 tablets
Samsung has added more devices to the list that will work with the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit smart devices. A total of 20 Samsung mobile devices are now compatible with the smart watches, with the list of eight tablets and 12 smartphones including a large number of recent releases, as well as some of the more prominent best-sellers from the last few years.
String of Samsung witnesses find that Apple's patents are all invalid
Not only did Samsung not infringe on Apple's patents, a parade of witnesses for Samsung told the jury today in the Apple-Samsung trial, those patents aren't valid even if Samsung did copy them. With some help from Apple's very light cross-examination, Samsung again flew through a lengthy list of experts who testified on the relative worthlessness of Apple's patents for "data detectors" (also referred to as "quick links"), universal search, autocorrection and the "slide to unlock" concept.
Patent filing in South Korea shows display mounted by earpiece
Samsung may be working on a wearable display in a similar vein to Google Glass, based on patents uncovered at the Korean Patent Office. Described as an "Earphone" in the filing, the device appears to provide a small display in front of one eye, with the attached earpiece being used not only for sound, but also to hold the entire apparatus on the head by clipping around the ear.
Samsung offers Google engineers, but Samsung marketers in day of witnesses
Over the weekend, Judge Lucy Koh turned down Samsung's request for a summary judgement in the Samsung-Apple second patent trial, claiming that Apple had failed to prove its case during its presentation. Judge Koh rebuffed the claims and thus the trial continued on Monday, with Samsung still presenting its defense. Continuing its strategy of saying the case is about a dispute between Apple and Google rather than Samsung, the Galaxy smartphone maker put on a stunning seven witnesses -- most of them from the search and advertising giant.
Kapture the Moment invitation suggests use of K branding
Samsung will be launching a new device on April 29th, with invitations sent to an event in Singapore. The invitation asks to "Kapture the Moment," which could be related to a rumor that Samsung is not only looking to reveal the Zoom version of the Galaxy S5, but it could be offered as a new product line and under the name "Galaxy K" instead.
Tweet: 'Both sides relying on stories to sell jury, Samsung borrowing Google's'
At the end of the twelth day of the Apple-Samsung trial, and fifth day of testimony, Apple rested its case against Samsung following a detailed presentation from "microeconomist" and PhD Chris Vellturo in which he explained for the jury exactly how he calculated the $2.191 billion in damages Samsung should owe Apple for its infringement. Samsung, which has admitted in an earlier damages retrial that it copied from Apple, began presenting its defense -- by borrowing a Google software executive.
Company relies on conflation of sales with shipments to fool Wall Street, customers
A confidential report from Samsung dug up by Apple lawyers has -- for the second time in as many trials -- revealed that the Galaxy phone maker routinely misleads both investors and the public on its actual sales to end users, at least in the US market. The discrepancy can sometimes be large, and in Samsung's case it used those misleading figures to chip away at the iPad's "marketshare" when in fact it had not made even a modest dent.
Samsung begins its defense, downplays Apple patents, losses
Apple's presentation to the jury in the second Apple-Samsung patent trial is over, with attorneys for the iPhone maker resting their case as expected on Friday following the completion of damages expert Christopher Vellturo's detailed explanation of why Apple is asking for $2.191 billion in total from Samsung. Apple had one final witness on its list, but decided against calling him following Vellturo's testimony. Samsung has already begun its presentation, which seeks to minimize the value of Apple's royalties and calls the damages estimate "grossly inflated."
Flagship Samsung smartphone, smart watches go on sale today
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has gone on sale in 125 countries, as part of its global launch. Initially unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February, the flagship smartphone is being sold in stores and through carriers in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the majority of Asia, flanked by the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit smart watches.
Samsung Gear Solo may be smart watch with own cellular access
Samsung's smart watch with cellular connectivity is apparently called the Gear Solo, according to reports. Continuing earlier rumors, the device being worked on between the manufacturer and SK Telecom is said to have its own cellular radio, allowing it to work as a standalone device using its own SIM card instead of connecting to a smartphone.
Apple reveals total damages and royalties sought from Samsung
The fourth day of testimony in the second Apple vs. Samsung trial has ended, with various Apple-hired experts and employees going over the nature of the patents at stake in Apple's part of the case. The jury also got a dose of history borrowed from the first patent trial, details about Apple's manufacturing process, and finally heard the full, exact amount that Apple is seeking from Samsung in terms of both damages due to lost sales as well as what it owes in royalties for its infringement: $2.191 billion.
Tries to bounce back from successful Samsung efforts
The gap between Apple and Samsung's US advertising budgets narrowed during 2013, according to new data from Kantar Media. Apple's budget is said to have increased 5 percent year-over-year to $351 million. Samsung, conversely, actually cut its spending by 10 percent, but still ended spending more with a budget of $363 million. Most of Apple's cash is said to have gone toward TV commercials.
Apple allegedly aiming at 65 million iWatches by end of year
The Apple iWatch will ship in the third quarter of the year and be manufactured by Quanta Computer, claims Taiwan's Economic Daily News, as quoted by Digitimes. Two other companies, Richtek and TPK, will reportedly be supplying chips and sapphire touch panels. The watch's processor is expected to be developed by Apple, but manufactured by Samsung, which currently handles all iOS processor production. Apple is said to be aiming at having 65 million iWatches assembled by the end of 2014.
Apple's case continues with engineer Deniau, experts Mowry and Snoeren
Over the weekend, Apple filed a notice with the court that it could wrap up its main presentation by tomorrow at the earliest, but expects to be done no later than Friday, barring any changes to Samsung's pattern of cross-examination. On Monday, patent expert Andrew Cockburn from New Zealand was summoned back to the witness stand for a scant 16 minutes of light cross-examination, followed by testimony from Apple engineer Thomas Deniau and a pair of additional patent experts.
Marketing head rejected suggestions company needed scrutiny
In a series of early 2013 emails, Apple's marketing lead Phil Schiller delivered angry words to long-time Apple advertising partner TBWAChiatDay, and specifically its Apple-dedicated Media Arts Lab, according to documents exposed through the ongoing Apple v. Samsung trial. As was mentioned in court, Schiller was upset with a Wall Street Journal piece arguing that Apple had "lost its cool" to Samsung. He forwarded the story to TBWA, simply commenting that "we have a lot of work to do to turn this around."
Rumored Samsung tablet uses 2560x1600 resolution, Android KitKat
Details for two Samsung mobile devices have surfaced in two separate rumors. One device appears to be an Android tablet with a 10.5-inch AMOLED display with the model number SM-T800, while the second leak suggests there could be another Windows Phone device coming from the manufacturer after the recent ATIV SE launch.
Memo talks developing 'countermeasures'
An internal Samsung document from late 2011, obtained by AppleInsider, posits "beating Apple" as the company's top priority for the following year. The document discusses "lessons learned" from 2011, and says that the "threat from Apple is extremely real and urgent." It lays out various strategies the company was planning to implement; while some of these weren't directly targeted at Apple, the memo also refers trying to "understand why consumers buy Apple and develop countermeasures by carrier/retailer."
New details on competition emerge; lies told in court, says Apple
The second full day of the second Apple-Samsung patent trial is over, with Phil Schiller starting the day by continuing to submit to cross-examination by Samsung attorney Bill Price. Also on the stand on Friday was early iPhone engineer Greg Christie, and Apple-hired patent expert witness Dr. Andrew Cockburn. In the course of proceedings, some additional details about how buyers perceive the iPhone and its creation were revealed, and Judge Lucy Koh ruled against Apple on two objections.
Verizon-exclusive Windows Phone pre-orders begin, ships April 12
Verizon has quietly launched the Samsung ATIV SE on its network, and has started to accept pre-orders of the device. Just as previously rumored, the Verizon-exclusive smartphone will be shipping with Windows Phone 8 onboard instead of Windows Phone 8.1, though it is likely that Samsung will be providing an update to the newer operating system shortly after release.
Samsung attorneys claimed Apple doesn't practice patents on trial
Late on Thursday, District Court judge Lucy Koh denied an Apple motion regarding opening statements by Samsung in the ongoing Apple v. Samsung trial, reports say. A Samsung attorney was quoted as saying that "Apple admits that three of the five patent claims that it is suing on were not in that iPhone and have never been in any iPhone since. Apple doesn't consider it valuable enough to even use." In its motion, Apple insisted that it could show evidence it "has practiced and continues to practice the '414, '172, and '959 patents."
Verizon starts pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy S5, adds second device offer
Verizon is making the Samsung Galaxy S5 available to pre-order, ahead of the smartphone's April 11th global release. Priced at $200 up-front on a two-year contract, or alternatively for $25.55 per month under Verizon Edge or $600 off-contract, Phone Arena reports it can be bought as a "Buy One, Get One" offer, with a second Galaxy S5, an Ativ SE, or the HTC One M8 being offered free, also on a two-year contract.
Revamped HTC One M8 knocks Galaxy S4 from second at Verizon
The iPhone -- specifically, the iPhone 5s -- has been the top seller at all four major US carriers since its introduction, a trend that continued in March according to figures compiled by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley. The year-old Samsung Galaxy S4 took second place among three of the four carriers, though it was knocked out of second at Verizon by the new HTC One M8. The S4 took third at Verizon, with the company's Note 3 phablet taking third at AT&T and Sprint, while the LG G2 took third at T-Mobile.
Touch ID more reliable, but S5 swipe reader able to be used with more merchants
A new video posted to YouTube offers a head-to-head demonstration of the iPhone 5s' "Touch ID" fingerprint-recognition technology and the "swipe-style" fingerprint reader found in Samsung's Galaxy S5, its just-released latest flagship smartphone. Over the course of five minutes, the poster of the video makes clear that Touch ID, first introduced late last year, continues to offer a better overall experience. The clip covers the technical aspects of both companies' approaches.
Company insists it continues to practice certain patents
As a part of the ongoing second Apple v. Samsung trial, Apple has filed a motion asking to show evidence Samsung was deceptive in its opening statements. During those statements, lawyers repeated a view that Apple doesn't actually practice several of the asserted patents. Apple insists that it "has practiced and continues to practice the '414, '172, and '959 patents," and that it can show evidence that will "correct the false impressions created by Samsung's counsel."
Smaller version of Samsung Galaxy S5 to have 8-megapixel rear camera
Specifications for what could be the "mini" version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 have reportedly leaked, suggesting it to be a considerable improvement over the previous model. The smaller version of the Samsung flagship smartphone, previously hinted at via a user agent profile on a company server, will apparently have a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display at a 720p resolution, and will ship with Android 4.4 onboard.
India court alleges CEO personally responsible for supplier debt
An arrest warrant has been issued against Samsung Electronics CEO Lee Kun-hee in India. The executive must appear before a court in Ghaziabad within six weeks' time to answer charges alleged from a supplier. The executive has surrendered before the court, to answer the charges of willfully not paying the promissory note worth more than $1.4 million dollars for more than a decade.
Samsung attorney claims Apple's Phil Schiller was 'obsessed'
During Monday's opening statements in the second Apple v. Samsung trial, attorney John Quinn -- representing Samsung -- revealed that Apple marketing head Phil Schiller was deeply concerned about Samsung's "Next Big Thing" ad campaign. One email from Schiller to his team specifically addressed a January 2013 Wall Street Journal story with the headline "Has Apple Lost Its Cool to Samsung?" Schiller commented that "We have a lot of work to do to turn this around."
Samsung seeks $6 million for its purchased patents, two jurors excused
A bit of juror trouble was ironed out, last-minute issues decided, opening arguments heard and the first witness called on the opening day of the second Apple-Samsung patent trial, which began on Tuesday in San Francisco. Judge Lucy Koh, who oversaw the first trial, is again in charge as the two companies present their cases over a different set of patents -- five from Apple, two from Samsung -- that each says are being infringed by the other.
Largely repeats previous testimony to new jury, tells iPhone birth story
Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, took the stand on Tuesday in the second Apple-Samsung patent trial. His testimony following opening arguments, in which Apple asked the jury for more than $2 billion in damages against Samsung (and "reasonable" licensing fees for the copied patents), while Samsung's attorney characterized the amount as "gross overexaggeration," suggesting a $40 million figure and asking $6 million for its two disputed patents.
Software update after Samsung ATIV SE launch will reportedly occur
Samsung's next Windows Phone device will not come with Windows Phone 8.1 pre-installed, according to leaked specifications. The Verizon-bound ATIV SE, pictured in another leak last month with a Windows Phone 8.1 interface, will apparently launch with Windows Phone 8, instead receiving the newer mobile operating system as an update after its launch.
New tablet comes in three sizes, all with LTE optional
As expected, Samsung has launched a trio of Galaxy Tab 4 tablets for the entry-level market. The new line consists of the seven-inch Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, eight-inch Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 devices, all with thinner bezels and less weight than the previous similar models from the Korean manufacturer.
Republic Wireless offers Moto X via Moto Maker, wood backing offer
Republic Wireless is finally offering the Moto X through Moto Maker, from 12pm Eastern Time. The budget carrier will be selling the Motorola flagship off-contract in 16GB and 32GB variants for $350 and $400 respectively. As an incentive for launch, the carrier is offering a coupon to the first 2,000 people to visit a specific site from 11am Eastern and provide their e-mail address, for a free wooden cover upgrade worth $25.
Attorneys finding it challenging to find users uninfluenced by Apple, Samsung
[Update: jury finalized, Phil Schiller to be first witness] Jury selection is now in progress as part of the second Apple versus Samsung patent trial, this one covering a different set of patents than were covered in the first trial in 2012. Juror candidates -- some of them clearly eager to avoid serving -- are being questioned about any stock holdings in either company, whether they know anyone who works for Apple or Samsung (or their respective attorney's firms) and of course what brand of tablets, smartphones, computers and televisions they own.
New 1080p monitors from Samsung shipping in April
Samsung has revealed a trio of monitor models it will be bringing out in the coming weeks in the United States and other markets. The 1920x1080-resolution SD390 and SD590, each available in two different sizes, are accompanied by the premium UD590, a 28-inch monitor that includes support for 1 billion colors and can display an image at a resolution of 3,840x2,160.
Samsung says Google was already working on Apple-patented tech
Google's former Android head, Andy Rubin, may be asked to testify on behalf on Samsung during the second Apple v. Samsung patent trial beginning today, says the Wall Street Journal. Samsung is reportedly challenging Apple's assertion that the iPhone was completely groundbreaking by pointing out that Google was already working some of the contested technologies before the iPhone shipped. It notes that except for slide-to-unlock, all of the patents Apple is asserting -- related to hyperlinking, background sync, Siri's universal search functions, and auto-complete -- are Android features.
Jury will see instructional video on patent process that features Apple products
Ahead of the second patent trial between Apple and Samsung, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has overruled objections filed by Samsung over an instructional video on the US patent process that will be shown to jurors. Samsung's attorneys had complained that the video depicts a number of Apple products, in most cases used innocuously, and would be "highly prejudicial" to the jury.
Samsung adds baby monitoring feature to Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 can be used as a baby monitor, when used in conjunction with a Gear smart watch. SoyaCincau discovered the Samsung flagship includes a "Baby crying detector" feature that will send a vibrating alert to a paired Gear if it hears a nearby child makes a sound. Leaked screenshots note it will work best when the smartphone is placed within 1 meter (3 feet) of the child in a room with no background noise, followed by a large number of parental warnings and disclaimers.
Claims Apple products shown in video would be 'prejudicial'
Ahead of its second patent battle with Apple in a case set to open on Monday, Samsung is objecting to a US government video intended to instruct jurors on how patents are granted. The video, which has been updated since the first Apple-Samsung trial, now shows some Apple products -- leading Samsung attorneys to claim showing it would be "highly prejudicial," as it would leave jurors with the idea that Apple products are innovative enough to be patentable.
Swatch turning away partnership deals
Apple, Google, and Samsung are among the wearable tech developers trying to court help from Swiss watchmakers, says the Financial Times. One of the core targets has been Swatch, the world's biggest watchmaker. "We have been in discussions – not ever initiated by us – with practically all players in smart wearables up until today," says Swatch CEO Nick Hayek. "However, we see no reason why we should enter into any partnership agreement."
Whole-home automation capable with addition of ZigBee hub
Eschewing Wi-Fi connections used by some of its competitors, Samsung has debuted its own Bluetooth-connected LED Smart Bulb. Samsung's entry into device-controllable illumination can be either directly controlled by smartphone app, or be connected through a ZigBee Bluetooth hub for home automation. By installing an application, users can access and control of up to 64 Smart Bulbs with no additional equipment or set up required.
Carriers breach Galaxy S5 release early over 45-day sales suspension
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has gone on sale in South Korea, two weeks before is April 11 global release date. Carriers in the country are making the flagship smartphone available to buy now, with one doing so ahead of a 45-day new-subscriber suspension period imposed on carriers for providing smartphone subsidies deemed to be illegal.
Third major gas-related incident at Samsung facilities in 18-month period
Another employee at a Samsung manufacturing facility has died in an accident, following a gas leak by a malfunctioning safety system. An unnamed 52-year old worker at a plant owned by a Samsung manufacturing partner suffocated after the safety monitors wrongly detected a fire, releasing carbon dioxide into the local area to extinguish the non-existent flames.
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.
Government of Russia swaps iPads for customized, secure Samsung tablets
Russian government officials have opted to stop using iPads in official capacities, possible due to concerns about alleged "backdoors" that allowed for NSA monitoring (which Apple has denied). Instead the government has arranged a deal with Samsung that will see politicos using customized, secured tablets specifically designed to handle confidential information as legislators often need to have available. There was no detail on prices or the cost of dropping the iPads, and the move could be seen as part of an effort to stop supporting American companies, given the US opposition to Russia's policies in the Ukraine and Crimea. Russian officials have denied any such motivation, reports Business Insider.
PCIe-interface drive allows for maximum throughput
Samsung Electronics announced today that its 1.6 terabyte (TB) non-volatile memory express (NVMe) solid state drive has been released to manufacturing partners. Samsung is the first in the world to ship PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) SSDs using an NVMe protocol. The 1.6TB, 2.5-inch, SFF-8639 NVMe PCIe SSD provides a sequential read speed of three gigabits per second, while being able to process random read data at up to 750,000 IOPS (input output operations per second), which is more than three times as fast as conventional high-end SAS 12Gbps SSD storage options.
Samsung mulls appeal
Apple didn't infringe on Samsung data communications patents and won't have to pay any damages, a Tokyo District Court has ruled. Samsung had filed a lawsuit that brought Apple's iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2 into the crosshairs. "We are disappointed by the court's decision," an emailed statement from Samsung reads. "Upon a thorough review of the ruling, we will determine which measures to take, including an appeal."