Ruling claims Apple's non-SEP lawsuits amount to 'first shot fired'
In a judgement that has bewildered international patent and legal analysts, the South Korean Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has rejected Apple's complaint against Samsung that the latter was using FRAND-pledged standards-essential patents (SEPs) for bargaining leverage and as threat of litigation in order to strike unjust licensing deals. The Korean FTC has essentially said that suing or seeking product injunctions over SEPs is perfectly okay -- if your company is based in South Korea.
Budget Galaxy Core Advance heading to US, Europe in coming months
Samsung will start to ship the Galaxy Core Advance in South Korea from tomorrow onwards, the company has revealed. Initially unveiled in late December, the follow-up to the Galaxy Core Plus and the Galaxy Core is a budget smartphone with a 4.7-inch, 800x480-resolution TFT display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and 1GB of RAM.
Rear-mounted buttons, Knock Code of LG G2 appear in G Pro 2
LG has revealed an upgraded version of last year's G Pro in South Korea, over a week before an expected reveal at Mobile World Congress. The LG G Pro 2 is fronted by a 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display with a 3.3mm bezel, giving it a screen-to-frame ratio of 77.2 percent, and just as rumored, it features the same rear-mounted buttons as the LG G2 first introduced.
Korean regulator fines Google over 2010 Street View car Wi-Fi data harvesting
Google has received yet another fine over the Wi-Fi data collection by its fleet of Street View vehicles. The fine of 210 million won ($196,000) from the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) of South Korea is accompanied by an order for Google to delete any and all personal information the Street View cars received while it mapped and photographed roads in the country in 2009 and 2010.
Users must be allowed to delete unwanted apps already installed on devices
Owners of smartphones in South Korea will be able to delete pre-installed apps from their devices in the future, the country's government has ruled. From April, carriers will be required to allow users to uninstall software placed onto the device before purchase, in an effort to let device owners make better use of a device's storage, as well as to improve its battery life.
5.5-inch 1080p display in new LG smartphone
LG has launched a new large-screen smartphone in a similar vein to the flagship G2 in South Korea. The LG Gx has a larger 5.5-inch IPS display with a 1920x1080 resolution, packed into a casing measuring 9.2mm thick and weighing in at 167 grams, though its internals appear to be taken from the LG Optimus G Pro rather than mimicking the G2.
Nokia Lumia 1520 pre-orders open in US, ships November 22nd
AT&T has opened up pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 1520, with the device shipping on November 22nd, later than first thought. Priced at $200 on a two-year contract, $585 off-contract, and $27 per month under AT&T Next, the Lumia 1520 offers a six-inch 1080p IPS display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 20-megapixel PureView camera on the back.
LG tablet with 1920x1700, 8.3-inch display released in home country
LG has put its G Pad 8.3 on sale in South Korea, ahead of its release to the rest of the world. The G Pad 8.3, launched early last month, sports a better-than 1080p 1920x1200 WUXGA display powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage.
Promotional image shows lack of side buttons on LG G2
The final appearance of the LG G2 may have been revealed, complete with rear-mounted buttons, ahead of its official launch later today. The promotional photograph of the smartphone has surfaced online, along with suggestions that the electronics producer may be aiming for a more rapid roll-out of the handset after launch.
Initial rollout expected in Korea followed by US, Europe, rest of world
LG will be launching the G2 smartphone on 100 carriers within months of its launch, according to a report. The electronics manufacturer could potentially have learned from its slow rollout of the preceding Optimus G Pro, which the company initially launched in South Korea in April and in the US in May, and later announcing a rollout to 40 more countries in the third quarter.
Initial broadcasts pave the way to commercialization in 2014
Broadcasters in South Korea are attempting to provide owners of Ultra HD televisions with suitable content for the high-resolution televisions. Five members of the Korean Cable Television and Telecommunications Association have started broadcasting a small group of channels with the 4K content, six months ahead of its original plan, and a year earlier than similar proposals in Japan.
One Samsung design center will accommodate 10,000 employees
Samsung is preparing to invest in five research and development centers in its native South Korea, say company officials. The investment, in the region of 5 trillion won ($4.5 billion) will cover the creation and operation of the new centers in the country over the next three years, in its efforts to create new products and technologies.
First iPhone, then iPad continues to rank high in customer satisfaction
Following on from an earlier report that found the iPhone beating both Samsung and other Android-based smartphones in Samsung's home court of South Korea, the National Consumer Satisfaction Index has also revealed that the iPad has also beaten Korean companies Samsung and LG in customer satisfaction for the third year running. The tablet survey was drawn from a sample of only 278 people rather than the more than 40,000 from the smartphone sample, and reflects Korea's small --but slowly growing -- tablet market.
Achievement embarrassing for locally-based Samsung, LG
A new survey of 44,168 smartphone owners in South Korea has revealed that in terms of customer satisfaction, their favorite smartphone is ... Apple's iPhone, reports local site Naver. The result, an acutely embarrassing loss for native Korean firm Samsung, saw Apple get the nod for the best after-sale support as well. The iPhone was also higher ranked for Apple's speed in fixing any devices that needed repairs, and the survey also noted that iPhones were the least likely to need repairs in the first place.
North attacked by Anonymous, South by unknown sources
Government websites in South and North Korea have been attacked by hackers, on the anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Websites, including a number of media servers and one for the presidential Blue House, were taken down in South Korea earlier today, but it is not clear what entity performed the attacks in the first place.
LG Optimus G Pro reaches 1 million South Korean sales in four months
LG is celebrating reaching one million sales of the Optimus G Pro in South Korea. The domestic sales milestone for the smartphone was reached within four months, three months quicker than its previous fastest-selling device, the Optimus LTE, and reached half a million sales within 40 days. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Note II managed to reach the one million sales barrier in the country within three months.
Free 2014 Evolution Kit voucher, cycling fitness app included
Samsung has revealed the prices and more release details for its 55-inch and 65-inch UHD TVs in South Korea. The manufacturer will be opening up its two 4K-capable HDTVs for pre-order between June 1st and June 30th through department stores, with shipments to customers expected to start shortly after the pre-order period ends.
Samsung becomes third-largest stakeholder in manufacturer
Samsung has bought a 10 percent stake in South Korea-based mobile producer Pantech. The purchase of shares in the country's third-largest smartphone manufacturer, reported to be worth 53 billion won ($47.6 million), will make Samsung the third-largest stake holder, just behind Qualcomm and the state-owned Korea Development Bank.
Investigation instigated by police, not LG
The headquarters of Samsung Display has been searched by police, as part of an investigation into possible OLED technology theft. Officers from the South Metropolitan Police Agency searched the offices in Asan, South Korea, for documents relating to the leak of secrets to LG, specifically anything that can show if Samsung itself is involved.
Refrigerator capacity fight reaches Seoul District Court
Samsung is suing LG over allegations it is tainting the value of Samsung's brand. The lawsuit, filed in the Seoul District Court in South Korea, sees Samsung demanding 50 billion won ($45 million) in compensation for "tarnishing its corporate image", and is the latest move in the ongoing feud between the two electronics manufacturers over its refrigerators.
New line in South Korean factory to produce TV panels
LG Display is planning to boost its organic light emitting diode (OLED) efforts with a 706 billion won ($657 million) investment. The boost of cash will go towards an eighth-generation OLED TV panel manufacturing line at its P9 plant in Paju, South Korea, expanding its current manufacturing processes by a considerable amount.
Court ruled legal protection in parliament does not extend online
A South Korean politician has lost his seat in parliament, due to methods used in exposing corruption within electronics giant Samsung. Roh Hoe-Chan, member of the Progressive Justice Party, had broken communication laws by publishing transcripts of conversations gained through wiretapping.
13-megapixel rear camera capable of 30-fps 1080p video
Pantech has revealed its first smartphone with a full HD display, succeeding the 5-inch Vega S5 the company unveiled in July. The Vega No. 6 phablet has a 1920x1080-resolution IPS screen measuring 5.9-inch diagonally, which is claimed by Pantech be the first in South Korea of it's size to be able to use an LTE data connection.
Apple calls plea 'insane' and 'ridiculous,' strongly refuses
Samsung has used a crafty legal maneuver in an attempt to gain access to Apple's iOS source code, claiming that -- after suing Apple in South Korea for allegedly infringing on one of its patents -- it will need to see the source code in order to verify that the infringement took place. While in most courts this would be called a "fishing expedition," Samsung is on home territory in South Korean courts, where it scored its only significant patent victory against Apple in its ongoing legal complaints.
Event set for January 25
Apple has formally announced this year's Lunar New Year sale throughout much of southeast Asia. The event, also known as "Red Friday," is scheduled for January 25, and will include discounts on Macs, iPads, iPods, and accessories, as well as free shipping. An official gift guide has been published to go with the event, but as usual Apple hasn't revealed what the exact discounts will be. Those should only be published on the 25th itself.
Ultra HD TV to be sold in limited quantities initially
Samsung's 85-inch ultra high-definition television has been priced ahead of its March release in South Korea. The S9 is available to pre-order in the country at a cost of 40 million won ($38,000), and though this is not necessarily the same as it will cost in the United States, the South Korean price far exceeds similar UHDTVs from other manufacturers.
Note successor on track for 10 million in five months
Samsung's Galaxy Note II continues to see strong sales in the manufacturer's native country, as well as around the world. The South Korean conglomerate announced today that its stylus-enabled handset has passed the one million unit mark in South Korea and continues to outpace its predecessor in terms of consumer adoption. The original Galaxy Note was released to respectable sales, moving 10 million units in the 10 months after its launch, but its successor is on pace to hit that mark in under half the time.