According to a recent report from market research firm Canalys, smartphone shipments in China have doubled year over year, surpassing those in the US for the first time. China is now the biggest smartphone market in the world, accounting for 22% of global smartphone shipments, up from 16% last year. US smartphone shipments rose just 5% year on year, now accounting for 16% of global smartphone shipments, down from 22% last year. Worldwide, smartphone shipment levels have increased by 45% year over year.
Samsung, the new worldwide leader in smartphone sales, is the top manufacturer in China as well, with a market share of 22% of all smartphones sold in China in Q1 2012. [...]
The time-consuming, money-eating, resource-devouring legal war between Apple and Samsung, the world’s two most important smartphone manufacturers, could be gearing towards a surprising end in less than a month.
Court mandated mediation will take place on May 21 and 22, according to official information, and the whole technology world is hoping that the two giants will finally have the sense to discuss settling and put the ugly legal disputes of the past behind them.
We reported a while back that Lucy Koh, the judge presiding over several of the lawsuits between Apple and Samsung in the US, had “invited” the two companies’ CEOs to participate at a settlement [...]
Although I’m sure most of you know this by now, the corporate world is definitely not one bound to the rules of common sense. One of the numerous examples on the topic is ongoing patent dispute between the number one and number two smartphone manufacturers in the world, a litigation that continues despite the fact that Apple is currently one of Samsung’s biggest clients. According to recent rumors, the South Korean giant manufactures $8 billion worth of various components that end up inside the iPhone and the iPad, the two best selling (and most profitable overpriced) Apple devices. Meanwhile, Apple and Samsung are involved in extremely costly and resource intensive [...]
I know that a few of you out there honestly believe tablets are really all about the software and the tasks it makes easier to accomplish. But I definitely know more people that are interested more in the display than anything else. Independent on where you stand on the matter, you might have found out that the amazing Retina display of Apple’s new iPad is, in fact, manufactured by Samsung, the biggest competitor to Apple when it comes to the number of smartphones and tablets they sell. So, the question arises: why doesn’t Samsung release a competing Android tablet with the same high resolution display as the one found on the new iPad?
The thing is Samsung is not [...]
Bigger is better. That seems to be the conclusion of a recent survey that says the majority of smartphone owners want their next phone to have a bigger screen. While the 3.5-inch display of the iPhone was distinctive at the time of its introduction, which was five years ago, Apple seems adamant in keeping it, on the basis that a 3.5-inch display is the optimal size for operating your phone with one hand. Is Apple about to have a change of heart by introducing a bigger and sharper display for its iPhone 5? Welcome to another edition of the iPhone 5 rumor mill.
Reported by the Maeli Business Newspaper from South Korea, an anonymous industry source has [...]
Phew…the Apple hypesteria is starting to cool off. Just a few more days, the inevitable reports about people standing in endless lines to get the “new iPad”, and we’re done. For a while…
Anyway, the last days have brought unpleasant news for iFans, news that are, I must admit, music to my fanboyish ears.
First, some enterprising sports in Vietnam have got their hands on a new iPad and ran it through some benchmarks. And, the mother of all surprises, the new iPad, fitted with Apple’s new dual-core A5X chip, is only slightly better than the old iPad. True, the benchmark used, GeekBench, doesn’t test graphics performance, which is the strong suit that Apple [...]
In both the smartphones and the tablets market, Samsung is the de facto leader of the Android pack. Moreover, if you count out Amazon, with its Kindle Fire (which does run on Android, but in a heavily modified form), Samsung is the only manufacturer holding up the flag for Android in the tablet market. ASUS is making an impact too, which is likely to be more significant when the MeMo 370T is upon us, but, for now, its market share is still in single-digit territory.
So, now, when the Apple hype machine is spewing up countless articles, analyses, and posts that proclaim the everlasting supremacy of the iPad 3 (ugh, I mean, the new iPad), it’s time for Samsung to stand [...]
You gotta give some props to Samsung for the audacity it often shows, even during the most heated competition. Within hours of the launch of the new iPad by Tim Cook et al, greeted with much fanfare from the usual suspects, Samsung decided to throw a one-two punch at its biggest non-Android competitor. The Koreans released a list of comparisons between the new iPad and its own Galaxy Note 10.1, that (kind of) shows that the Note is ultimately the better option.
You can see from the comparison chart below that Samsung really wants to show off the Note’s multitasking skills — the capability to view and work with two apps at the same time. In fact, the list mostly [...]
Amidst the ongoing courtroom drama between Apple and a number of Android manufacturers, from Samsung to Motorola, Dow Jones Newswire reported that Cupertino is set to extend an olive branch to its patent rivals, which may just bring an end to the ongoing legal war of attrition.
An insider familiar with the case said that Apple is ready to make peace and cut some deals with Android OEMs, which will see Apple collecting a licensing fee of 1% to 2.4% from the net sales, for each Android device manufactured by Samsung and Motorola. Such a licensing agreement would put the royalties payment at approximately $5 -$15 per unit.
Since we don’t believe in unicorns, it is [...]