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Apple likely bought AuthenTec to thwart Samsung

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 28, 2012

It’s increasingly obvious that the smartphone industry has turned into a two horse race. Samsung and Apple sold over 75 million smartphones in the past quarter combined, and made an overwhelming majority of the profits in the industry.

From underdog to world-leader in just two years, Samsung managed to take everyone by surprise, including Apple I’d say. The Koreans have outsold Apple by an impressive 2:1 ratio in Q2 2012, and it’s clear that Tim Cook feels the heat, hence the global legal war between the two companies.

But the war takes other forms as well. This week, it was revealed that Apple has acquired AuthenTec , a company specializing in mobile [...]

 
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Best Buy says some Galaxy Tab 10.1 buyers thought they purchased iPads, returned the Android tablets

by: Chris SmithJuly 27, 2012

Things continue to look not-so-good for Samsung in its complicated patent-based lawsuit against Apple. The two giants are going to face each other off in courts starting with July 30 in the U.S. case, the most important one of for both companies – and they’re fighting it out in over 50 cases in 10 countries.

Earlier today, we heard that Google warned Samsung that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looked too much like the iPad, which is what Apple was able to get apparently from Samsung documents.

Now we hear that the iPhone and iPad maker scored other similar documents that reveal internal Samsung discussions regarding similarities between its [...]

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Apple says Google told Samsung that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looked too much like the iPad

by: Chris SmithJuly 27, 2012

The Apple vs Samsung patent-based U.S. case is set to start on July 30, but until then we already have various tidbits to show you from the cases each company will try to prove in court in this legal clash of the titans – and they surely have a complex relationship.

The two companies are fighting for market share and profits in the smartphone and tablet business, but they are also bound by a multi-billion dollar component supply partnership. Also important is the fact that they are facing each other off in more than 50 cases spread across 10 countries, and they’re all mobile-related.

Apple argues that Samsung Galaxy-branded [...]

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Apple won’t have to bare the shame of acknowledging that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad. For now

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 27, 2012

As you might now, Apple suffered a humiliating defeat in court a couple of weeks back, when British judge Colin Birss ruled that Samsung has not infringed on the design of the iPad with the Samsung Galaxy Tab (apparently, the Tab is “not as cool”). Moreover, it was later revealed that Apple suffered an even more crushing blow, although this one would only affect its vanity.

Apple has been ordered by the court to publicly acknowledge that Samsung did not copy the iPad, by posting a notice on its website (and keeping if for six months) and paying for a similar advertisement in several British publications.

In other words, Apple was forced to admit failure, in a [...]

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Galaxy S3 universal search coming back in new update, at least in some markets

by: Chris SmithJuly 26, 2012

In a move meant to prevent potential legal actions from Apple, Samsung updated U.S. Galaxy S3 versions to remove the universal search feature – an Apple patented tech, found to be infringed by the Galaxy Nexus by a judge in a case involving the two companies in the States.

After Sprint, AT&T and Verizon rolled out that firmware update that dumbed down the search feature on the Galaxy S3, allowing users only to access web-based results in their search results, Samsung rolled out the update to international users including Canadian and UK Galaxy S3 buyers.

But it looks like Samsung made a mistake dumbing down the search of its [...]

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What Samsung will try to prove in the U.S. patent case against Apple

by: Chris SmithJuly 26, 2012

It looks like the summer will be very hot when it comes to patent disputes, with the main attraction of this circus show being the Apple vs Samsung battle that’s just about to start in the U.S., the largest market for mobile devices, and hence, the most important one for both parties.

Just a few days ago we heard that Apple is asking for $2.525 billion in damages and royalties from the South Korean company, although it would rather choose injunctions against infringing products. The same company is willing to pay just half a cent to Samsung for the alleged 3G patent violations from iPhone and iPad models that make use of the wireless [...]

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Apple wins “adverse inference jury instruction” in U.S. patent case against Samsung

by: Chris SmithJuly 26, 2012

In case you’re not aware of it, Apple and Samsung are embroiled in a complex legal patent-based battle that spans across four continents, in 10 markets. Of the over 50 cases between the two giants, two are of utmost importance right now, an Australian trial that has already started and – even more important for the mobile business – the U.S. trial that’s scheduled to begin on July 30.

So far it’s Apple that has won the most favorable verdicts in its conflict with the Android device maker, including two recent injunctions obtained in the U.S. against Galaxy-branded devices such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and the Galaxy Nexus [...]

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Apple Q3 FY2012: 26 million iPhones and 17 million iPads sales, $35 billion revenue and $8.8 billion profits

by: Chris SmithJuly 24, 2012

Apple on Tuesday announced its financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2012 – which corresponds to the second quarter of the year, ending on June 30 – and we’re looking at some record numbers for this period of the year, even some overall records (iPad sales).

The company has sold 26 million iPhones or 28% more than in Q3 FY2011 and 17 million iPads or 84% more than last year, and an all time record for quarterly iPad sales. Apple also sold 4 million Macs and 6.8 million iPods during the quarter – a 2% increase and 15% decrease, respectively, compared to last year.

These sales brought in $35 billion in revenue, out of [...]

 
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Apple wants $2.525 billion from Samsung in damages, but prefers injunctions against allegedly infringing products

by: Chris SmithJuly 24, 2012

It looks like it’s Super Tuesday today when it comes to legal matters here at Android Authority. We talked just earlier today about Apple’s and Samsung’s second mediation meeting that did not go that well, and then we heard that Apple obtained an EU-wide injunction against the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in Germany, but was denied one against the Galaxy Tab 10.1N in the same region.

Now we have one more rather important piece of legal news for you in this complex Apple vs Samsung and it concerns Apple’s financial requests in the American lawsuit that’s about to start –  you should expect more such updates, as the U.S. Apple vs Samsung case is set to [...]

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Apple, Samsung fail to reach common ground in new top execs mediation meeting

by: Chris SmithJuly 24, 2012

Whether you use their products or not, you surely must be aware of the gigantic legal conflict between Apple and Samsung, as the two companies are suing and countersuing each other in patent-based cases in 10 markets across four continents. One of the most important trials in this complex battle is the U.S. Apple vs Samsung case, as the American smartphone and tablet markets are very important for both companies.

With just a few days before this lawsuit starts (July 30), Apple and Samsung execs met in California for the second time in a matter of months, but they were not able to reach common grounds, for the second time in as many [...]

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