It’s been a good year for Samsung, and there’s more new good news for the world’s top smartphone manufacturer. According to research conducted by Millennial Media, Samsung have doubled their share of the Android market in the last 12 months.
Apple has obtained another victory against Google-owned Motorola, as an ITC judge found in a preliminary ruling that the iPhone maker is not violating a Motorola proximity sensor patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,246,862).
Every year in the world of mobile tech there are a few eyebrow-raising moments. So what were the big shocks this year? Join us as we remember the unexpected twists and turns of 2012.
As if being some of the most well-equipped Android-powered handsets ever wasn’t reason enough, Verizon has now decided to take $50 off the prices of both the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and the DROID RAZR MAXX HD, making them more wallet-friendly than ever before. The DROID RAZR HD is now available for $149.99 while the DROID RAZR MAXX HD goes for $249.99.
We talked about the Jelly Bean soak test for AT&T’s Motorola Atrix HD a few weeks back. It looks like the beta test went smoothly, as AT&T has announced on its website that the Android 4.1 software upgrade for the phone is now ready to be served for all.
Since the arrival of Jelly Bean on the Motorola Droid Razr HD in the States earlier in the month, those who own the non-Droid variant of the phone in Australia have been waiting for the good news to travel south of the equator. It looks like you’ll be getting what you wish for a few weeks before Christmas comes.
After announcing back in September that it’s readying a dual-band variant of the Motorola Defy XT that’s compatible to run on both 800 MHz and 1900 MHz frequencies, the rugged phone is finally shipping out to customers.
Qualcomm is not pulling its punches over the FRAND argument that Apple is currently engaged in with Samsung and Motorola. When it comes to standard-essential patents Qualcomm stated that “Apple should be embarrassed” and that its anti-injunction argument is “a total sham”.
Sometimes, OEMs go after one another to help boost sales. Usually, it’s Samsung and Apple going after each other in advertisements but this time, Motorola pokes at the Galaxy S III in a recent Facebook advertisement.
According to the data gathered by Strategy Analytics, Samsung took the biggest chunk of the LTE smartphone market, with its LTE-enabled devices accounting for 40% of total unit sales. This number is actually lower than its record last quarter, which reached 50.9% at its peak. But it’s still a good deal greater than the share of other phone makers like LG, Motorola, and Apple.