The fallout from one of the major legal conflicts between Samsung and Apple has come to a somewhat anticlimactic conclusion. The U.S. Justice Department is closing its investigation into Samsung’s use of standards-essential patents to attack rival Apple in a 2013 case that saw some Apple devices temporarily banned from sales in the U.S.
According to the latest market data, Samsung Electronics is quickly catching up with Apple Inc in the global tablet market, and has already overtaken its rival in emerging regions.
Global smartphone shipments surpassed the one billion unit milestone last year. Surprisingly, Lenovo, LG, and Huawei were some of the best performing manufacturers, while Apple failed to keep the pace.
While the outlook for Android in general is positive, there is less impressive news for some handset manufacturers.
In pretrial motions before the March 31 court date, Judge Lucy Koh dismissed one of Samsung’s claims and ruled in favour of Apple’s autocomplete patent.
According to a new report from the Korea Times, Samsung and Apple are currently in ‘talks’ about the possibility of reaching a cross-licensing agreement that could see an end to the Apple-Samsung patent war.
New forecast data about the number of microprocessors shipments show that the global market for processors will rise to 1.50 billion chips by the end of this year, up from 1.21 billion in 2012. In the face of declining PC sales, the growth is due to smartphone and tablet sales.
A new Reuters report says that Samsung will spend $14 billion on ads and marketing for Galaxy mobile devices and other products it sells to consumers.
This week in your world of Android, KitKat hit a Verizon phone before a Nexus, Cyanogen teased a new partner, news of a smart new Camera API surfaced, we heard rumors of Galaxy S5’s processor, Google updated several of its apps, and Samsung got slapped with a $290 million fine.
Samsung was ordered to pay approximately $290 million for infringing five of Apple’s patents, including one that referred to the design of the original iPhone. The new verdict brings the award that Samsung will have to pay (if it loses the upcoming appeals) to a grand total of $890 million.