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Friday
Mar222013

Sources: Google Working on Smartwatch, Too

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The year of the smartwatch is upon us. According to rumors, Apple has a team of 100 working on a watch that works with the iPhone, and Samsung has confirmed that it is working on a watch of its own. And now sources tell The Financial Times that Google is developing a watch to work “as an extension to the smartphones using [Android].”

According to a “person briefed on the project,” Google’s Android team is developing the smartwatch. The source also said that “the [Android] project is separate from Samsung’s efforts.”

When asked about the smartwatch rumor, a Google spokesperson told ABC News that the company “doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation.”

The watch, like other smartwatches, will likely pair with an Android phone and allow one to view messages and incoming call notifications right on the watch’s display. Google did file for a patent describing a “smart-watch including flip up display” in 2011. This patent was approved late last year.

The wearable gadget space seems to be drawing the interest of many companies. Pebble, the smartwatch that works with the iPhone and Android, beat all the odds on Kickstarter, receiving more than 85,000 orders for the watch and more than $10 million from people who wanted to back the company. Many companies have also joined the fitness tracker market, including Nike, Motorola and Jawbone.

Of course, Google is no stranger to wearable computing items right now. Google Glass, those futuristic, Internet-connected eyeglasses that show digital data right before your eyes, is now undergoing testing, and Google plans to release a version by the end of the year. Google is expected to talk more about its Glass project and its next versions of Android at its annual Google I/O conference in May.

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Thursday
Dec062012

Patent War Resumes: Apple and Samsung Head Back to Court

SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- The long $1 billion patent fight between Apple and Samsung resumes on Thursday.  The two companies will square off again in a federal courtroom in San Jose, Calif.

Samsung wants to overturn a jury verdict reached in August.  Jurors then found the Korean company guilty of infringing on a number of Apple software patents for the iPad and iPhone. 

Among the copied features was one that allows users to tap their screen to zoom in and out of an image.  Another was a scrolling "bounce back" feature.

The jury recommended that Samsung pay Apple more than $1 billion in damages.  Now, Apple is seeking to add $500 million more to that amount.

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Tuesday
Oct022012

Samsung Files Patent-Infringement Complaints Against Apple

Apple(NEW YORK) – The patent war between Samsung and Apple continues to escalate, as the South Korean technology manufacturer is accusing Apple of copyright infringement.

According to Bloomberg, Samsung added a complaint to an already standing lawsuit between the two companies, claiming that Apple infringed on seven different Samsung patents in creating the iPhone 5.

The suit, which could shift the balance of power in the $219 billion market, is scheduled for 2014.

Apple won a $1.05 billion settlement from Samsung, the world’s largest mobile phone seller, in a different patent case back in August.  However, the Cupertino, California company recently lost a legal battle when a U.S. District Court judge rescinded a U.S. ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. 

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Friday
Aug312012

Japanese Judge Rules Samsung Didn't Infringe Apple's Patent

SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TOKYO) -- A week after Samsung was ordered to pay over $1 billion to Apple for copyright infringement in the U.S., a decision on Friday in a similar, but much smaller, case in Japan didn't end in Apple's favor.

Apple sued Samsung in Japan for $1.3 million in damages last year, claiming Samsung's smart phones and tablet computers infringed a patent on an Apple invention that synced up the devices with servers.

But on Friday, the Japanese judge ruled in favor of Samsung, saying the South Korean company did nothing wrong.

Samsung welcomed the Tokyo court's decision, saying in a statement Friday that it "confirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple's intellectual property."

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Wednesday
Aug292012

Samsung Introduces the Galaxy Note 2

Samsung(NEW YORK) -- Samsung has not had an easy week, with a federal court jury finding it guilty of willful patent infringement against Apple. But the electronics manufacturer is continuing with business as usual. It's moving on to bigger things -- literally.

Wednesday in Berlin at the IFA technology trade show, Samsung announced its newest Android smartphone: the Galaxy Note 2.

The Android 4.1-powered Galaxy Note 2 is the successor to Samsung's original Galaxy Note, which was introduced close to a year ago. Except this time, the phone -- if you can even call it that -- is bigger and thinner.

While it is hard to believe that the phone -- or phablet (a portmanteau of the words phone and tablet) -- could get any bigger, the 5.3-inch screen has been taken up a few notches to 5.5 inches. It is closer in size to a 7-inch tablet than the iPhone, which currently has a 3.5-inch screen. The device is all screen, and it's a nice screen at that: it has Samsung's 1280 x 720-resoltuion, Super AMOLED panel.

Samsung says that even though the screen is bigger the actual gadget isn't any wider. It's actually narrower -- Samsung reduced the frame around the screen to make it smaller than the previous version.

But there's an accessory that goes along with that screen that pops out of the edge of the device -- a stylus called the S Pen. The pen, which comes with all the other Galaxy Note devices like the Galaxy Note 10.1, uses special touch technology from Wacom to be more precise than styluses for the iPad or iPhone. Samsung is also including the same pen in its new Windows 8 Series 7 tablet.

Samsung has improved the software to go along with the S Pen too. You can now hover over an email with the pen and see the first sentence of the message, customize what app pops up when you start writing on the screen, and still use Samsung's S Note, a combo note-taking and sketching application.

And if you're worried you'd lose the pen, Samsung's come up with a solution for that. The phone will alert you with an alarm sound if the pen has been left behind somewhere.

Beyond the stylus, Samsung has made some improvements to its Android 4.1 operating system, nicknamed Jelly Bean. As with the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy S3, you can look at two apps side by side, and you can now resize the box which houses one of the apps. Samsung also has its AllShare Play and S Beam features for easily sharing photos, music, and videos among different devices. S Beam uses NFC (Near Field Communications) so you can tap two Samsung Android devices together and transfer large files.

Like the Galaxy S 3 phone, which was released in June, the Galaxy Note 2 has a quad-core processor, a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel camera on its back.

The Galaxy Note 2 will be available in the U.S. later this year. Samsung is not releasing pricing or carrier information today.

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Monday
Aug272012

Apple Seeks a Ban on Eight Samsung Smartphones

PARK JI-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- After its big court win on Friday, Apple, as anticipated, is seeking an injunction on the sale of eight Samsung smartphones.  In a court filing, Apple requested a ban on the sale of eight of the 28 Samsung phones and tablets that were discussed in the trial.

The products include the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 (AT&T), Galaxy S2 (Skyrocket), Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile), Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge, and Galaxy Prevail.

Since the law moves slowly, though, some of the products in question aren’t on the market anymore. The Galaxy S 2 is still on shelves at some stores, but it has primarily been replaced by the Galaxy S 3 and Galaxy Nexus. Those two phones  hadn’t been released yet when the suit was filed, and were not considered in the case.

The verdict “will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices,” said Samsung in a statement on Friday. “It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies.”

A hearing on the request for injunction is set for Sept. 20.

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Monday
Aug272012

Apple v. Samsung: What the Verdict Means for You and the Tech Industry

SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The verdict in the landmark Apple v. Samsung case was a major win for Apple -- the jury finding that many of Samsung's phones and tablets copied Apple's iPhone and iPad, and recommended that Samsung pay Apple over $1 billion in damages.

But it's not just Samsung that is going to pay and it's certainly not just about money (although Samsung's stock price has dropped over the past few days). The impact could ripple out from the company to the rest of the mobile industry, and ultimately to the technology you buy or own.

There's one thing many industry analysts agree on in the wake of the verdict: there's going to have to be more innovation in mobile devices. Plain and simple: products will have to start to look different from the iPhone and iPad.

"The jury reaffirmed Apple's claim that the design may be obvious when you see it but it takes work, vision and refinement to make it all come together as an experience. At the moment the only handset vendors that probably aren't concerned long term are Nokia and RIM," Michael Gartenberg, research director at the market research firm Gartner, told ABC News.

"With Apple patents being upheld, this will force the larger industry toward greater innovation and differentiation. If you're a CE [consumer electronics] vendor thinking of 'borrowing' any aspect of Apple design, you might want to think twice."

Nilay Patel, a former patent attorney and managing editor of The Verge, a technology publication, has said the same, and points out that Apple's competitors have already begun to change their new products to protect themselves.

"I think Apple's proven that its case about copying is very strong; we are already seeing software features change," Patel told ABC News. "I am sure we are going to see other software changes. I also believe we are going to see a highly differentiated hardware design."

During the trial, Apple's lawyers pointed to phones made by Nokia -- the Lumia 900 in particular -- to illustrate its point that not all phones had to be made to look like the iPhone.

Google's Android operating system was a center point in this trial. It is used in more mobile devices than any other, including all the Samsung products in dispute in this case. A number of Android features, including the way users have to move their fingers to zoom in or out on their screens, were found to infringe on Apple's patents.

"I think Apple's ultimate target is not just Samsung but the Android ecosystem. They view Google as their ultimate competitor, this is a setback for all of Android," Mark Lemley, a law professor at Stanford University, told ABC News.

With that in mind, some analysts believe that could be a major boon for Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system.

"The Samsung-Apple verdict was good for Microsoft's Windows Phone," said Patrick Moorhead, president of Moor Insights, in an interview with ABC News. "Not only is Microsoft free and clear of legal encumbrances, the once 'free' Android is looking more expensive every day when you add the Microsoft license fee plus a potential Apple license fee."

Microsoft employees even tweeted that reaction after the verdict was announced. "Windows Phone is looking gooooood right now," Bill Cox,  Sr. Director of Marketing Communications for the Windows Phone, tweeted after the verdict. Microsoft's next version of Windows Phone -- Windows Phone 8 -- is expected to hit in the next couple of weeks. Popular Android handset makers, including Samsung and HTC, already sell Windows Phone devices.

Google, on the other hand, said it doesn't believe the verdict will have far-reaching impact on its operating system. "The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the U.S. Patent Office," Google said in a statement.

But those are longer-term changes. More immediately, there is a good chance that Samsung products that infringed on Apple's patents will be pulled from store shelves as Apple has been seeking an injunction against their sale.

Since the law moves slowly, though, many of the products in question aren't on the market anymore. Today Apple announced it is seeking a ban on the following Samsung phones: Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 (AT&T), Galaxy S2 (Skyrocket), Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile), Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and the Galaxy Prevail. The Galaxy S2 phone is no longer available at many carriers; the new Galaxy S III and Galaxy Nexus hadn't been released yet when the suit was filed, and were not considered in this case.

That said, Lemley believes Apple will attempt to go after those newer handsets in the injunction. "Is it limited just to these products or does it prevent Samsung from implementing it into other products?" Lemley said.

Samsung could also be forced to make software updates to existing products to alter some of the features cited in the suit. Samsung was forced to issue an update on its Galaxy Nexus phone earlier this summer for similar reasons.

But if you have a Samsung phone, don't toss it just yet. Before all of this happens, Samsung is expected to appeal the decision.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Aug242012

Apple v. Samsung: Jury Rules for Apple, Recommends Over $1 Billion in Damages

Hemera/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- After just three days of deliberation, the jury in the Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement has found Samsung guilty of infringing on a number of Apple software patents, and recommended that Apple be awarded more than $1 billion in damages.

The jury found that the majority of Samsung smartphones violate patents held by Apple. It included features such as one that allows users to tap their screen to zoom in and out of an image, and a scrolling "bounce back" feature.

The jury also said that in a number of cases it believed Samsung's infringement was willful. It said Samsung should not be awarded any damages in its countersuit against Apple.

The jurors were given a 109-page document with instructions about the case, and eventually arrived at a unanimous verdict.

Apple sued Samsung last year for copying the essential features of its iPad and iPhone, and sought $2 billion in damages. Samsung wanted just over $500 million in a countersuit.

During the trial, Apple argued that Samsung copied numerous aspects of its smartphone and tablet designs, including touch screen gestures, icon design, and overall hardware aesthetic. In the process, Apple had to reveal secrets about the design of its products, including never-before-seen prototypes of iPhones and iPads.

Samsung's closing argument listed ways its products were different from Apple's. "Apple [is trying] to prevent its largest competitor from giving consumers what they want: smartphones with big screens," Samsung's lead attorney, Charles Verhoeven, said in closing arguments.

Samsung and Apple refused to settle out of court, even though, with so much at stake to be decided by a jury of non-experts, Judge Lucy Koh urged the two companies to come to an agreement. At one point in the case she even asked Apple's lawyers if they were "smoking crack" after they presented a 75-page briefing.

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Wednesday
Aug222012

Apple, Samsung Patent Lawsuit Goes to Jury

DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After a three week trial, the futures of two of the world's largest technology companies now sit in the hands of a jury. Apple and Samsung spent two days delivering closing arguments in their giant intellectual property battle before the case was finally handed over to ten jurors on Tuesday.

Apple sued Samsung last year for copying the essential features of its iPad and iPhone. Samsung responded with a countersuit. Apple is seeking more than $2 billion in damages and Samsung just over $500 million. If Samsung is found guilty of patent infringement, some of its products could be banned in the U.S.

"Samsung's designs are so similar to the Apple designs that they are likely to cause Apple's designs to be viewed as less unique in the marketplace," Apple's attorney said during the closing argument to jurors.

Over the last couple of weeks Apple has argued that Samsung copied numerous aspects of its smartphone and tablet designs, including touch screen gestures, icon design, and overall hardware aesthetic. In the process, Apple has revealed secrets about the design of its products, including never-before-seen prototypes of iPhones and iPads.

Samsung's closing argument listed ways its products are different from Apple's. "Apple [is trying] to prevent its largest competitor from giving consumers what they want: smartphones with big screens," Samsung's attorney said in the courtroom.

Samsung and Apple have refused to settle over the last couple of months. Apple and Samsung CEOs even met late last week, but couldn't come to an agreement. With so much at stake, Judge Lucy Koh urged the two companies to settle, and at one point in the case even asked Apple's lawyers if they were "smoking crack" in their refusal to compromise.

The jury must come to a unanimous verdict. Jurors were given a 109-page document with instructions about the case. Beyond the millions or billions of dollars on the table, Samsung could face an injunction against selling its products in the U.S. if the jury finds Samsung guilty of patent infringement. Judge Koh banned sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus last month while the case was being fought.

"If you find that Apple has suffered injury to its business or property, you must determine whether Apple has proven that it is entitled to damages for such injury," the jurors' instructions say in closing. "The amount of any such damages is the amount of damages that Apple has proven at trial with reasonable certainty."

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Wednesday
Aug152012

Samsung Debuts Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet

Samsung(NEW YORK) -- With the Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung has stepped firmly into tablet territory.  The company announced its latest offering Wednesday in New York.

Like the Galaxy Note, Samsung's smartphone-tablet hybrid, this newest product includes a stylus, or what Samsung refers to as the "S Pen."  The original Galaxy Note was known for its unconventional dimensions, which struck some people as a too-big smartphone and others as a too-small tablet.

Now, Samsung has decided to go the larger route again.  Indeed, aside from the dedicated slot used to store the S Pen, the Galaxy Note 10.1 looks virtually identical to Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.

The tablet measures 10.3 x 7.1 inches, with a 10.1-inch display and a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.  It's available with either 16 or 32 GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot to add up to 64 GB more.  The processor is Samsung's most powerful for a tablet, a 1.4 GHz quad core.

At 1.32 lbs., even though the Galaxy Note 10.1 is technically lighter than Apple's iPad, it feels slightly heavier in hand.  The device will run Android's 4.0 operating system ("Ice Cream Sandwich"), which Samsung says will be upgraded to version 4.1 ("Jelly Bean") later this year.  Three connectivity options will be available to consumers: a Wi-Fi-only version, Wi-Fi-and-3G HSPA-Plus and Wi-Fi-and-LTE.

Like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, the Galaxy Note 10.1 offers AllShare Play, a feature that allows users to sling content from the tablet to Samsung HD TVs, tablets, laptops and other devices on the same network.  A built-in infrared blaster allows the tablet to be used as a universal remote control too, a feature that is also offered on the Galaxy Tab 2.

So what's different?  With the Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung is banking on consumers who favor having a stylus as a digital extension of real pen and paper.

"History has shown that taking notes, capturing ideas immediately, and sketching to realize them is the most personal and natural way to be more productive and creative," said J.K Shin, president of Samsung's IT & Mobile Communications Division.

To that end, the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes pre-loaded with applications that take advantage of its S Pen, like S Note, a combo note-taking and sketching application.  Another app, Adobe's Photoshop Touch, allows users to edit photos and images using the stylus.

And as in real life, where ideas can suddenly come from what's happening in front of your eyes, the Galaxy Note 10.1's multi-screen feature allows users to see two different applications side-by-side at the same time, just in case that online video inspires a quick sketch of your next big idea.

Samsung says the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available nationwide starting Thursday, and will retail for $499 with 16 GB of memory, $549 for 32 GB.

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