Samsung sues Apple, alleging patent infringements

Samsung Electronics has launched a legal counterattack against Apple, filing lawsuits in three countries in which it claims that Apple infringed on Samsung patents on smartphone technologies. Last week, Apple had sued Samsung, claiming that features in its Galaxy smartphone and Galaxy Tab tablet PC were copied from Apple’s iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone.

On Thursday, the South Korean electronics giant filed suits against Apple in three cities: Seoul, where it charged Apple with five patent infringements; Tokyo, where it charged Apple with two patent infringements; and Manheim, Germany, where it charged Apple with three patent infringements.
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Apple sues Samsung over its Galaxy phones and tablets [UPDATED]

Apple and Samsung may be business partners, with the former using some of the latter’s processors in its products, but that hasn’t stopped Apple from suing the South Korean electronics company. Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung last Friday, alleging that Sammy’s Galaxy devices, like the Galaxy S, Epic 4G, and various Galaxy Tabs, “copy” the iPhone and iPad. The following statement is an excerpt from the suit:

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.”
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HTC ThunderBolt vs. Samsung Galaxy S 4G Dogfight Pt. 1&2

The ThunderBolt is taking on the Galaxy! Aaron referees a dogfight battle between the HTC ThunderBolt and the Samsung Galaxy S 4G. The ThunderBolt is Verizon’s first 4G LTE device and it offers a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, 4.3-inch display, 8-megapixel camera, front-facing lens, and Android 2.2 with HTC Sense 2.0. The Galaxy S 4G has a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 5-megapixel camera, front-facing camera, and HSPA+ connectivity (up to 21 Mbps).

They’re not dramatically different in the specs department, but there are a few hardware, software, and carrier differences. Which one should come out on top? It’s dogfight time!

Via: phonedog

Samsung Galaxy Prevail launches on Boost Mobile for $179 (update: hands-on!)


The new Samsung Galaxy Prevail combines all the features of Android with Boost Mobile’s $50 Monthly Unlimited plan, which includes nationwide talk, text, Web, e-mail and payments that shrink

Boost Mobile, the top carrier in the recent 2011 J.D. Power and Associates Wireless Non-Contract Customer Satisfaction Index Study (SM), unlocks the power of Android with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Prevail™, available exclusively with Boost Mobile on the Nationwide Sprint Network. As the first CDMA Android device on Boost Mobile, the Galaxy Prevail is designed to provide an uncompromised Android experience while maintaining the great value of Boost’s $50 Monthly Unlimited plan with no hidden fees and no contracts required.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4G Review Pt. 1&2


Thanks to Aaron at PhoneDog.com for the review videos.

The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is a minor upgrade to the Samsung Vibrant. It features a larger 1,650 mAh battery, a new battery cover, Android 2.2 (Froyo), support for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 21 Mbps network, and a front-facing camera for video calling. The form factor is exactly the same as the Vibrant, and save for an updated version of Android, the software interface is almost identical as well. It offers a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, and a 5-megapixel camera. T-Mobile has also included “Inception” for your viewing pleasure. Aaron takes it outside to test the camera, network speeds, and more.

Samsung Galaxy Indulge Unboxing & First Impressions by Sydney


Downloaded from PhoneDog.com by Sydney Arnold

Alright, this is the last time I’m pointing out that prepaid carriers are on the rise and that they no longer carry the stigma of having only “crappy” phones. From now on I’m treating them just like every other carrier. It’s only fair. I mean, MetroPCS goes from having these horrible commercials that contain so many elements that only seem to solidify the misconception that they are not a technologically advanced company (please take note of that comment Metro) to now having the very first 4G LTE Android smartphone available on the market. Granted, we’ll still have to live with the badly-designed commercials, but the phone itself is impressive.The Samsung Galaxy Indulge is a pretty cool phone. Four months ago it would have been the envy of gadget freaks everywhere, but now it’s just a really awesome phone. It’s packed with the same 1 GHz Hummingbird processor that you’ll find in all of the Galaxy S devices and a physical keyboard that’s similar to the Epic’s physical keyboard, only smaller. Oh, and it’s a 4G LTE device with Android 2.2. So, what do I think about it? Well, I’ve only had it for a day, but so far, I’m really digging this phone. Let’s run through some first impression notes:

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Sprint: Samsung Epic 4G Android 2.2 update begins February 21st

Yesterday we heard more rumors about the Samsung Epic 4G’s Froyo update and its supposed February 21st arrival, and today Sprint has stepped in and made everything nice and official. As you can see above, Sprint announced on its community forums that the Epic 4G will finally be upgraded to Android 2.2 beginning Monday, February 21st. The EB13 update should be rolled out to all Epics by Feb. 25th. There’s been no mention of the Zio’s update coming on the 21st as well, but considering that the Epic’s rumored Froyo launch date has been proven to be legit, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Zio’s was, as well.
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MWC 2011: Samsung Revisits the Galaxies

BARCELONA — Mobile World Congress 2011 — Samsung Corp. unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab II — its follow-ups to the popular series of Galaxy phones and tablet — at a press conference here Sunday before Mobile World Congress opened its doors.

Samsung spent most of its time touting the face-lift given to the Galaxy II that makes it well-suited for the enterprise. The vendor has teamed with Sybase Inc. for security features that take Android into BlackBerry’s turf, such as remote mobile device management and secure controls down to the app level. It’s also working with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) to bring voice over Wi-Fi, WebEx and VPN support.

Other notable features of the devices are listed below.

Samsung Galaxy S II

* Near-field communications (NFC) chip for contactless payments
* Samsung’s 1GHz dual-core Central Processing Unit (CPU)
* Four Samsung Mobile Widget Hubs: readers hub, game hub, music hub, social hub
* Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread operating system
* Larger screen, but thinnest and lightest design ever
* HSPA+ up to 21 Mbit/s
* Cordless synchronization with any Wi-Fi-enabled device, including TVs and netbooks
* Vlingo-powered voice commands and control
* 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus (Super Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode Plus) display

“The screen is wider, clearer and definitely easier on the eyes,” said Thomas Richter, head of portfolio management at Samsung Telecommunications Europe. “It’s a delight to look at,” he added objectively.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

* Weighs 21 ounces
* 10.9 mm thin
* 10.1-inch touch screen
* Nvidia Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA)’s dual-core Tegra CPU
* 16GB or 32GB of storage
* Android 3.0 Honeycomb
* 2-megapixel front-facing camera and 8-megapixel camera in back

Samsung is hoping to build on the momentum it gained with the original versions in 2010 when it became the leading Android manufacturer. It sold 10 million Galaxy S smartphones and 2 million Galaxy Tabs last year. (See OS Watch: Samsung Tabulates a Record Quarter.)

The phones were buoyed by their relationship with all four Tier 1 U.S. wireless operators, although a Samsung spokesman said there are no plans to bring either of the follow-ups to North America at this point. (See Sprint’s Galaxy Tab in a Subsidy Orbit, Device Watch: T-Mobile Gets Galaxy Tab Sans HSPA+, 4G World: Verizon Picks Up the Tab, Samsung’s US Galaxy Quest and Samsung Gets Epic With WiMax Smarty for Sprint.)

Both devices will be launched in Europe and Asia/Pacific, although pricing was unannounced. Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) will carry the Tab 10.1 in March. And, rest assured, we haven’t seen the last of the Galaxy refreshes, Andrew Coughlin, head of account from Samsung Telecommunications Europe, told the media.

“This isn’t the end of the evolution,” Coughlin says. “In fact, it’s only the beginning. Samsung won’t stop.”

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4G Hands-On Video

Download from Noah Kravitz with TechnoBuffalo.com

A US-only phone launch at a trade show in Europe? Sounds odd, but it’s true. Samsung had the Galaxy S 4G on hand at their media happy hour last night, and I got my mitts on one for a few minutes. It’s basically a Galaxy S with the additions of a front-facing camera, HSPA+ radio capable of download speeds up to 21 Mbps, and a nifty new battery cover done up in a glimmering grey pattern.

This one will be available on February 23 for $149.99 on contract.

MetroPCS launches LTE smart phone

Prepaid carrier MetroPCS has landed a smartphone from Samsung’s Galaxy S lineup to support its new LTE services.

The Samsung Galaxy Indulge is the first LTE-capable Android smartphone to hit the market. The device comes equipped with Android 2.2 Froyo, a 1GHz processor, 3-megapixel camera and a 4GB microSD card preloaded with the action flick Ironman 2.

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