This past weekend we were hit with an unexpected update in the Apple vs HTC legal battle, as the two parties announced they have settled out of court. Under the undisclosed terms of the settlement, Apple and HTC have signed a 10-year cross-licensing deal, with HTC rumored to pay the iPhone maker $6-8 per Android handset sold.
Gartner’s report on Q3 2012 reveals that worldwide smartphones sales are up nearly 50 percent on the same quarter last year. We all know who sold most of them right? Samsung and Apple account for 46.5 percent of the smartphone market and the Android platform claimed a 72.4 percent market share.
Android tablets have outpaced the growth of the iPad in six out of the eight previous quarters, and if this trend continues, Apple will not be able to claim absolute domination of the tablet market for much longer.
Google is famous for the “perks” that they give their employees. Things like gourmet free lunches, shuttle service to and from work, an on-campus laundromat, but their most recognized program is easily “20% time”. In case you haven’t heard of it by now, Google basically gives employees one day of the week to work on whatever it is they want. Apple has basically stolen this idea.
Thanks to the rather surprising weekend announcement, we found out that HTC is officially sleeping with the enemy now. The Taiwanese manufacturer has struck a 10-year patent cross-licensing deal with Apple, putting to an end years of hard-fought battles in the courtrooms between the two. An insider has confirmed that Apple will be getting some financial gains from HTC.
Now that Google has a product range in the form of the Nexus line is it time the company considered a retail strategy? We’ve all seen the success that Apple enjoys with bricks-and-mortar retail stores; does it make sense for Google to open its own chain?
Apple’s iPhone 5 is, without question, one of the most lusted after smartphones currently on the market. It’s the iPhone that finally shipped with a screen that’s larger than 3.5 inches diagonal, and it’s also the first iPhone with 4G LTE. One thing Apple didn’t count on was just how hard it would be to make their latest Jesus Phone. That “chamfered edge” has become a well documented nightmare.
Every iPhone or iPad or iPod touch that you see in the wild, they all have processors inside that were manufactured by Samsung. Samsung, knowing that Apple simply can’t call another company and ask them to make their chips, raised the prices of said chips by 20% according to MarketWatch.
Mobile Media Ideas, which is owned by Nokia and Sony, are taking Apple to court over a patent dealing with screen rotation. Despite Apple’s best efforts, the judge in Delaware told Apple that they wouldn’t be throwing out the case. Pretty soon, Apple will proceed to trial to defend itself against Mobile Media Ideas.
Apple and HTC have entered into a 10-year patent cross-licensing deal, but what’s behind the companies’ decision to settle rather than pursue litigation? We have some analysis, including market performance, HTC’s partnership with Microsoft, and Apple’s disdain for all things Android.