Most entry-level phones advertise 8 GB or 16 GB of available memory, but none of them actually give you that much space to use. According to a new study done by Which, Apple’s phones offer some of the highest percentages of actual usable space, while Samsung’s numbers are paltry, with the Galaxy S4 landing in dead last. (more…)
Android is not usually the hottest topic for conversation within Apple communities, but it is still important to keep an eye on what competitors like Samsung are working on behind closed doors. In the midst of rumors that Apple is planning to release larger-screen iPhones at some point this year, a new report from the Korean Herald (via GSMArena) suggests that its South Korean rival has been preparing a new device of its own — the Galaxy S5.
It is far from the first time that we’ve heard about the oft-rumored Galaxy S5, which would eventually replace the existing S4 model as Samsung’s flagship device in its smartphone lineup. Just a few weeks ago, it was speculated that the Galaxy S5 would arrive in April with the possibility of an Iris scanner and powerful specifications; among the components, a 64-bit eight-core Exynos processor was listed… (more…)
Apple’s share of the US smartphone market grew in 2013, from 35% to 42%, according to research and marketshare analytics firm NPD. That increase is greater than any other smartphone manufacturer. Both Samsung and LG experienced gains in marketshare, though they grew at 3% and 1%, respectively.
Thanks to the relatively high price of the iPhone, Apple’s device tends to do better in developed markets. The United States also has a history of carrier-subsidized devices, which makes the iPhone much cheaper than in other markets.
Apple and Samsung, two companies that have a history of duking it out in the courtroom over patents, have decided to try mediation instead for their latest patent case. The report comes by way of Reuters, and was confirmed by both CEOs.
Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics have agreed to attend a mediation session to be held on or before February 19, as they prepare to clash in court in March over smartphone patents.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon will attend the session with in-house lawyers only, according to a Wednesday court filing. Their legal teams had met on January 6 to “discuss settlement opportunities,” the filing read.
Samsung has built a reputation for releasing both confusing and controversial commercials, but its latest TV ad for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch is downright awkward. Watch above for yourself, as a man introduces himself to a girl on a ski lift and begins taking 64 pictures of her merely seconds after. If you make it through the entire two-minute spot without cringing once, that is commendable.
Meet Richard Wygand. When his Galaxy S4 suddenly caught fire while charging, he reached out to Samsung to get his smartphone replaced. As you might expect, the South Korean company respectfully asked for proof of the incident. Fair enough. But when Richard followed up on that request, posting video evidence of the melted Galaxy S4 on YouTube, Samsung responded with legal jargon that attempted to sweep the issue under the rug.
In return for agreeing to replace the Galaxy S4 with a “similar model,” Samsung explicitly demanded that Richard remove the above YouTube video from his channel. The document also prohibited him from making any future videos or statements about the burnt smartphone, in addition to releasing the consumer electronics maker from holding any liability for the situation. So what did Richard do? He posted another video, alongside a full copy of the legal document Samsung wanted him to sign.
Checkmate, Samsung. The second video, in which Richard vents about the company mishandling an important safety issue, has gone on to accumulate close to 500,000 views in just four days — about four times the number of views on the first video. If Samsung didn’t know what the Streisand effect is before, they certainly do now. And just when we thought Samsung was doing marketing right.
Another jury has found that Samsung did indeed violate various patents, according to reporters who were on scene at the courtroom when the verdict was reached.
The verdict isn’t particularly surprising, as most of the evidence was exactly the same as that presented last year, where the jury again sided with Apple and found Samsung guilty of patent infringement. The difference is that this jury only demanded $290 million from Samsung, which was less than Apple recommended, but also far more than Samsung advised they owed.
This brings the total damages that Samsung owes to Apple up to $890 million. As always, the legal process is both complex and long, so things may well change. However, it seems that many juries are finding in favor of Apple over Samsung.
Apple’s advertising has long been some of the best in the industry, and the rule of “quality over quantity” definitely applies in Apple’s case. They don’t need much of a budget for it to be wildly effective. Horace Dediu of Asymco posted a chart on his Twitter account late last week showing the difference between Apple’s advertising budget and other major companies.
I find this interesting because unlike companies like HP and Dell, I can actually remember Apple’s advertising campaigns. It may be less true for Samsung and Microsoft than for the others, but it’s clear that, overall, Apple’s competition is lacking in memorable advertising. There are some iconic Samsung commercials, but you’d think the general populace would be more familiar with its advertising considering how much more is spent on them in comparison to Apple.
The potential benefit of this screen technology isn’t quite clear yet, but Samsung is touting a new feature called “Round Interaction,” which allows you to look at information such as missed calls, battery life, and the date and time when you tilt it on a flat surface with the screen off. Samsung also claims that switching between home screens will feel like one continuous transition, and has worked on new tilt- and tap-based interactions for the music and photos apps.
Samsung yesterday unveiled the Galaxy Round, one of the world’s first–if not the first–smartphones with a curved OLED display. What do you think of the device? BGR was especially harsh, saying “The curved shape of the phone adds nothing of value to the user experience and once again, Samsung didn’t even attempt to add any useful new functionality to the device. It’s a gimmick.”