According to Reuters, Apple's $1.05 billion victory against Samsun in a patent infringement case was cut almost in half by a judge who ordered a new trial for some Samsung products.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, today reduced the jury's damages award by $450.5 million and said Samsung deserves a new trial on infringement claims over its Galaxy Prevail and other smartphones. Koh rejected Apple's request to enhance the jury's award, saying the amount Samsung owed was heavily disputed and the jury wasn't bound to accept either side's damages estimate.
The iPhone maker convinced the jury that the Korean company, which in 2012 knocked Apple off its perch atop the global smartphone market, had infringed on its iPhone and iPad patents.
On Friday Koh, rejecting Apple's motion for an increase in the jury's damages award, ordered a new trial on damages for the 14 devices, which include the Samsung Galaxy S II. The jury's award to Apple for 14 other separate products, totaling almost $599 million, was maintained.
Their legal tussle has been viewed as a proxy war between Apple and Google Inc as Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphones and tablets run on Google's Android operating system.
Shares in Apple closed down 2.5% today.
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Samsung's Galaxy Camera will launch in a WiFi-only version later this month, it features a 16MP CMOS sensor, 21x optical zoom, and 4.8-inch LCD touchsreen will retail for $449.99. The device also features a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 8GB of internal storage. It is expected to launch with Android 4.1.2.
The Samsung GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) will be available later this month for $449.99 at www.samsung.com and authorized Samsung retailers. For more information on the Wi-Fi version of the Samsung GALAXY Camera and the full line of Samsung digital cameras, lenses and accessories, please visit www.samsung.com.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, today announced a Wi-Fi version of the Samsung GALAXY Camera, giving photo enthusiasts another option to further their creativity and sharing potential. Centered on the AndroidTM Jellybean 4.1 platform, the GALAXY Camera is a powerful point-and-shoot camera with a familiar, intuitive user interface and access to Android applications from the Google PlayTM market.
"The GALAXY Camera Wi-Fi blends cutting-edge digital imaging technology with Samsung's latest line of class-leading Android devices," said Ron Gazzola, Vice President, Marketing for Digital Imaging, Samsung Electronics America. "Focusing on features that simplify the user experience, the GALAXY Camera Wi-Fi offers an intuitive approach to feature-rich photography, without the need to be constantly connected."
Boasting a 21x optical zoom, 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor and class-leading 4.8-inch HD Super Clear Touch LCD, the GALAXY Camera makes it easier than ever before to capture breathtaking images, edit them with users' favorite apps and then share over Wi-Fi to family and friends.
The GALAXY Camera's photo interface blends the capabilities of an advanced camera with an easy-to-use touch interface, so users can learn and grow with their photography skills with each use. An innovative Smart Mode places camera settings at users' fingertips, letting them fine-tune and adjust settings like shutter speed, aperture and exposure by simply manipulating sliders on the screen. The GALAXY Camera also offers a selection of different scene modes to help users define the appropriate settings for a particular scenario, whether they want to capture flowing waterfalls, an action-packed sports event, and more.
Editing with Ease:
The GALAXY Camera integrates a new Photo Wizard tool, featuring a comprehensive set of 35 editing features, designed to take advantage of the camera's high-resolution touchscreen and make powerful enhancements on-the-go. Additionally, the Smart Content Manager offers innovative organizational tools for photos, with options to quickly and easily create folders and tags or suggest which photos can be deleted if they don't come out the way the user intended. Lastly, Samsung's Paper Artist app allows users to stylize and edit their photos with options to create new images that appear to be sketch-drawings or watercolor paintings.