Sunday Android News
1. Samsung Lebanon said on their Facebook page that Galaxy S4 is going to be released later than May. Most likely on their own event like S3. There is a leaked photo as well but let’s not believe it right now. It’s too early to tell.
2. Facebook “reserves” their Pages Manager app for Android on Google Play by setting up a sample app. Some people downloaded it and reviewed it as non-compatible to any device. Facebook has locked the download to every countries so nobody can test it anymore. Probably they will have an announcement soon.
3. Samsung Korea says there is a Jelly Bean update for Galaxy S2 in the work. No time given though. But expecting your S2 to have Google Now, Project Butter, new Camera functions, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play. Sweet, hah?
4. Google releases active Android versions usage last month: Jelly Bean kicking around 10% now. That’s quick, probably thanks to S3, Note 2, and Nexus 7. Some other devices out there are being updated and released as well but these three should have the leading sales. Gingerbread phones are now under 50%.
5. Talking about sales, some XDA members managed to find out the secret Nexus 4 sales: around 700,000. Not even a million. That is a disappointing sales number for LG because the Nexus 4 are being wanted everywhere thanks to its impressive specs and price tag. LG manufacturing speed is to blame. Christmas has already passed and people haven’t been able to even order a Nexus 4 yet (if you live outside the supported countries).
6. CES is coming. You know there will be a lot of things to talk about.
That’s it, folks. Have fun.
Apple vs. Samsung case August Round-up
Earlier last week, the Court of Seoul, South Korea ruled that Samsung and Apple violate each other patents. So violated devices will be banned from sales (they are not really on sale anymore, anyway) and pay fines. Apple has to pay $35,000 and Samsung pays $22,000. So, more or less a draw. Samsung pays a little less but it the gap isn’t really worth mentioning.
Friday, 24/8/2012, the patent wars came to finale of the most important battle: Apple vs. Samsung in the US. Apple won impressively. Samsung defeated, must pay damages up to 1.04 BILLION US DOLLARS.
The head juror said the “evidence was overwhelming” and Samsung has lost the battle since day 1.
This defeat was so fatal that it makes Samsung’s shares dropped 7.5% which transfers into $12 billion in market value. Meanwhile, Apple’s shares jump from $663 to $679. Big win, indeed.
Samsung management decided to write an internal memo to reassure their employees and customers.
Google then also decided to say something to state that the violation of Samsung phones doesn’t relate to the core of Android OS.
Samsung also says, this results should not be viewed as a win for Apple but a loss for US consumers. They have a point. These patents wars aren’t good for us as buyers. Apple laughed at that and says “stealing isn’t right”.
Apple goes on and wants the Court to ban 8 of Samsung smartphones:
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, however, wasn’t infringing Apple’s patents.
Samsung says they will definitely appeal this results with another preliminary injunction hearing, scheduled on September 20th. Apple will file its motion on August 29th and then Samsung legal team has 2 weeks to find a way to change the results.
So, let’s wait for 3 weeks and see what’ll happen.
Other analyses by industry experts:
Farhad Manjoo posted in Pandodaily an article that says Samsung’s decision to mimic Apple has paid off. Even though they will have to pay more than $1b fine to Apple, Samsung has now a much more impressive portfolio of touchscreen smartphones and the position of no.2 most profitable mobile company. Robert Scoble also has a post on his Google+ and other people must have similar opinions as well. Anita Li reports so on Mashable.
Another comment also points out about Microsoft and its Windows/WP OS may have better chance at getting a 33% market share against Android and iOS; but I’m not gonna mention that, just speculation.
So, see you in 3 weeks. Unless you want to drop in for the comments below.