As 2012 is over, we’ve been reflecting on how smartphone manufacturers fared over the past year. Interestingly, ChangeWave has published its quarterly consumer smartphone report, which gives us insight into the demand for Apple and Samsung smartphones in North America.
Everywhere you looked some huge tech company was suing another or purchasing a company for its patents in 2012. While Apple vs. Samsung was the biggest story, it may not prove to be the most important.
The Samsung vs Apple battle continues on, much to the surprise of no one. In recent court news, the Judge denied Samsung’s request to keep their sales figures a secret. Samsung now must make public all of their sales records for a number of devices.
Apple and Samsung’s long-time battles have caused a lot of question as to whether or not they will continue their somewhat friendly chip partnership. Now, the questions seem to be answered.
Samsung strikes back – a Korean news portal reported today that “Samsung Electronics has brought a lawsuit against Apple in a court in South Korea over its ‘Notification Center’ patent infringement.”
Samsung sees its global tablet market share rise to 18.1%, while Apple’s share plummets to 52.9%.
Sources close to Samsung posit that the Korean electronics giant has no plans to meet Apple halfway in its ongoing disputes and is further bolstering its legal resources to bring the fight to the next level. According to the Korea Times, the two smartphone giants will continue their battles over patent lawsuits for the foreseeable future, despite an example of compromise arising in recent days.
If you’ve been following us over the past few weeks, you might know that the once rosy relationship between Samsung and Apple is slowly turning sour.Now news broke that Samsung will no longer sell batteries for tablets and laptops to Apple, and that the American company has switched to two Chinese manufacturers for future battery orders.
After seeing the iPhone 5 included to the list of allegedly infringing Apple products last week, we’re now hearing about other new devices added to that list. Those are the new fourth-generation iPad, the latest iPod Touch and the iPad mini, so basically Apple now has to defend on its entire 2012 product line-up.
We are all familiar with Apple’s and Samsung’s legal battles. Today, some new progress emerges as both companies have been granted permission to include new products produced by the other party in their respective patent-based cases.