Obama administration vetoed a U.S. trade panel's ban on the import and sale of some older iPhones and iPads, reversing a ruling that had favored South Korea's Samsung over Apple in their long-running patent battle. The move was vehemently criticized by the South Korean media as "protectionism."
"We express concerns about the negative impact that such a decision would have on the protection of patent rights," the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, said in a statement.
Apple and Samsung, the world's top two smartphones makers, have been waging a global patent war since 2011, filing multiple lawsuits against each other over the design, interface and technology of their devices.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in June banned the import and sale of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G distributed by AT&T Inc (T.N), saying the devices infringed on one patent owned by the South Korean electronics giant.
Samsung had also accused Apple of infringing on three other patents, but the ITC found that Apple did not infringe those. A Samsung spokesman said on Monday the electronics giant in July appealed the ITC decision on the three patents.
Having recently read this fantastic comparison between the ever-popular Windows phone and Apples new flagship iOS 8 it seems there are a lot of things that people don't know about iOS8. Throughout this article, we'll teach you everything we know about iOS 8 with some fantastic points which we're sure you've not come across yet!
Apple's exclusive mobile operating system is the powering force behind some of the world's favourite gadgets. It's most recent incarnation, iOS 8 has revolutionised mobile phones and upped the game in premium smartphone technology. Although the glass and aluminium design and unique aesthetic might be the first thing that comes to mind for most people when they think of the iPhone, the handset would be nothing without its ever-evolving operating system.
Here are some quick facts to get you fully up to date on all there is to know about iOS.
1. iOS Wasn't Always iOS
While the name iOS is now ubiquitous with Apple devices, there was a time in the not so distant past that there was no such thing as iOS. When it was first launched in January of 2007, Steve Jobs referred to the operating system as "iPhone runs OS X." The operating system was branded as "iPhone OS" in March 2008, and finally became iOS in 2010.
The brand "iOS" didn't originally belong to Apple- the tech company purchased the rights to the name from Cisco in 2010.
2. iOS Is Powered By Touch
The concept of Apple's operating system is driven by user interaction and "direct manipulation", meaning touch is at the heart of iOS. Although tapping and swiping are the primary means of control for the interface, the operating system introduced shaking as a means of gesture control, and rotation gestures can be used to turn the screen in different directions.
3. It's Not Just For Phones
Apple has been praised for the cohesion in style and function between its various devices. While design plays an important role in this consistency, it's iOS that makes moving between various Apple devices so simple and smooth. iOS doesn't just run on the iPhone, it also powers the world's most popular tablet, the iPad, and the iPod Touch.
4. A Future Of Integration
Apple's desktop operating system, OSX has functioned fairly independently of iOS in the past, but this is all changing with the newest generation of iOS- iOS 8. Users will be able to sync iOS 8 with their Apple desktop to send text messages and make phone calls from their computer. This should be confirmed when the full features of the upcoming OSX 10.10 Yosemite are announced.
5. Messaging For Free
Although many people associate free messaging within their phone's software with BlackBerry's BBM feature, Apple was also quick to the mark to introduce free messaging for iPhone users. Apple's iMessage service was launched all the way back on iOS5, allowing users to avoid using their allotted text messages while still chatting freely with friends.
6. Sharing Is Caring
iOS 8 has made life a lot easier for families running multiple iPhone and tablet devices at one time. It's now possible to share apps that have been purchased from the App Store, so parents can buy apps for their kids from their phone and share them over to other devices for the whole family to play. This feature also extends to calendars and notes, so family members can share itineraries and make plans through their mobile phones and tablets.
7. Call With No Signal
A really exciting new development on iOS 8 is the possibility to make phone calls even in an area with no network connection. iOS 8 allows for voice calls through Wi-FI, so if you're really stuck with no signal but find a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can make important phone call without waiting for your network connection to re-appear.
8. Touch Type No More
The iPhone has always been known for its touchscreen keyboard, which some people love and other people can't stand. Android introduced the Swype keyboard function on Android devices but until iOS 8, Apple users couldn't make the switch if they prefer this more fluid typing style. Now, Apple fans can enable QuickType to change the way they use their phones without having to move over to an Android phone.
9. Block Your Enemies
If there are people you really want to avoid, Apple's iOS makes it easy to ignore them until you're ready to talk again. iOS 7, launched in 2007, introduced Block This Caller, a feature that allows users to block phone calls, messages and FaceTime calls from anyone they don't want to hear from.
10. iOS Is Not The Most Popular
Apple fans might despair at this fact, but despite all of its strengths and innovations, iOS is no longer the world's most popular operating system. Thanks to its more widespread usage on various mobile devices across different manufacturers, Android holds massive 85% market share, while iOS trails behind at 11%. It's still far ahead of Windows Phone and BlackBerry, however, and the iPhone is still one of the most popular and sought after smartphones in the world.
If there ever was a time for HTC to be extremely timely with their products, now is it. But with the delay in shipment caused by issues with production, they are losing precious time in creating interest into HTC One because unless you have plenty of money to spend on marketing, you won't be able to capture people's attention without a unit.
Adding to the insult is that this might be HTC's last chance to save itself from the effects of bad internal decisions. With the sleek aluminum design of the HTC One, it is very hard not to like. Also, personally, HTC has created pretty good smartphones from the Nexus to the HD 2. However, they were not able to sustain it and it reflected on various aspects of their business.
If the HTC One does not get shipped this month and that the Company does not do all it can to come up with deadlines, then their flagship devices would have to deal with more scene stealers from Sony, Motorola, LG and even Apple, at worst, it could mean the demise for the formerly innovative company.
Source: Yahoo News
Google-owned Motorola Mobility has closed down its India website and is reducing headcount in the world's second largest mobile phone market in terms of subscribers amid rising operational cost.
The company will cut around 1,200 jobs across 13 countries, including India and China, in addition to 4,000 lay offs it announced last year.
When contacted, Motorola spokesperson said, "These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer. It's obviously very hard for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition."
Google bought the money-losing cellphone maker for $12.5 billion last year, its largest acquisition ever, aiming to use Motorola Mobility's armory of patents to fend off legal attacks on its Android mobile platform and expand beyond its software business.
Samsung is going to announce its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV, this week.
This is a really big moment for Samsung. It has successfully transitioned from being some boring phone maker to one of the premier brands in the world.
The S IV could be its peak, or it could be the next step on the path to world domination. It all depends on how good the phone is.
Since you're probably curious about what Samsung has in store, we've summed up just about everything you need to know about the phone in this post. And watch the accompany video for more analysis.
The screen is going to be really big
We can't answer this right now, but a 5-inch screen is really big. It's almost comical to make phone calls with a giant phone. But, Samsung sold a fair amount of the 5-inch Galaxy Note, so it thinks people want the bigger screen. Plus, we're mostly using our smartphones as computers so, bigger can be better.
A lot of people were hoping Samsung would splurge and use better materials for its new phone. According to various reports, the case will be plastic, which feels cheap compared to the iPhone or HTC's latest phone. Samsung is doing it because it's lighter, easier to make, and costs less.
Will it have a home button?
A leaked image of what the S IV is supposed to look like shows no home button for the phone. It's possible Samsung ditches the home button and makes the bottom part of the phone touch sensitive.
The screen is going to be LCD, not AMOLED, maybe ...
Samsung is the leading OLED display maker, but Samsung-focused blog Sam Mobile says its going with a LCD display for the S IV. Sam Mobile says it was struggling to make full HD AMOLED displays. However, Pocket Lint reported that it will have an AMOLED display. What's the difference? Samsung's AMOLED screen looks great, we're not sure what would happen with an LCD screen, but we assume it won't be bad.
It will probably be on all carriers
One the things that makes Samsung unique from other Android phone sellers is that it starts selling its phones on all carriers all at once in the U.S. We expect the same will happen with the S4.
The U.S. version is getting a quad-core processor, international is getting eight-cores.
A screen shot leak shows the U.S. version of the S IV getting a quad-core processor. The international version of the phone is said to have an eight-core processor. Don't get too worked up over cores. It's how you use the cores, and reports say Samsung is using its processor to be ridiculously fast.
Some sort of eye-tracking, or head tracking software
The only problem with any device that comes out after the HTC One is that they really need to look as good as or possibly even better than the HTC flagship smartphone. Rumor has it that the Galaxy Note 3's build quality is being improved after HTC One "rocked" Samsung's core and made them realized that they're using plastic their device needs a better build quality to top HTC One sales. Not that they can be compared, since these are two very different devices.
Case in point, HTC One's design is really fabulous. However, to each his own as some people may like plastic, while some will prefer anodized aluminum material but it cannot be denied that many are complaining about Samsung's polycarbonate plastic design and the company just might be contemplating about resolving this on their next device's release, for once.
Furthermore, the reason why Samsung uses plastic is because it is cheaper and quicker to mass produce, as opposed to metal units. It will be interesting to see if Samsung will actually shift to producing metal phones and tablets and how it will affect their pricing. As of now, the company enjoys pricing their products as expensively as devices that are considered to have better build quality.
Huawei is trying hard to get pass with the image that it only producing cheap and low-cost phones, which involving competing with established brands such as Samsung. Huawei Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate occupy the high-end phone market, the Ascend G520 is aimed at the more affordable scale, while still offering some of high end features.
The Ascend G520 also comes with an unspecified version of Android (but at least 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), a 4.5-inch IPS touchscreen of unknown resolution, a 5 MP rear camera, and 512 MB of RAM. That's a bit disappointing, sure. Then again - you are getting a quad-core phone for little over 200 dollars unlocked.
The G520 pictured above comes with China Mobile's logo on it, as you can see. And it's unclear at this point whether this device will ever make it to any other country.
The website that was established to try and reduce the effects of electronic devices on our environment. The effects of disposing these handheld devices is becoming tougher by the days as they cannot decompose. The aim of this website is to be environmentally conscious while at the same time creating a safe environment for both the buyers and sellers of mobile phones.
Here, phone buyers can find peace knowing that the devices bought are of good quality and have been checked by a very credible technical department and that quality is assured. Buyers are also able to search through the different mobile phones offered and be sure to choose the best that suits their needs.
The website accepts a number of different models of phones including: Apple, BlackBerry, Alcatel, Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, SHARP, LG just to name a few. With this array of mobile phone available, the customers are offered very good phone models which can cost them a fortune
at a very affordable.
For sellers who want to dispose of their old devices or who have kept with the trends and decided to buy the latest models every time they come into the market, SellMyPhone.co.uk is the website to use to keep off frauds and all the scams that are out there to cheat you out of your property.
To sell your phone to SellMyPhone.co.uk is very easy, and it only takes a few steps. You first need to create an account with them by clicking on the following link sell my phone, follow the steps and have your account in a matter of just minutes. Once you have the account, just type in the model of your phone, select the picture that matches the same.
Choose the description that best suites it, that is whether it is new, used or non- working. Follow the instructions and you will get an order number which will attach your device, including your name and address for verification. Now when that is done, it will only take 24hrs to for SellMyPhone.co.uk to check your device and afterwards you will be contacted by email on issues regarding payments.
The greatest thing to sell your phone to SellMyPhone.co.uk is that the offer is valid for approximately 14 days, which gives you an ample time though when met with a good offer, it is smart to accept it because of the competition , seeing that these kinds of devices are in great demand.
It is also very easy to contact them in case of any queries by either emailing them at [email protected] or sales@ SellMyPhone.co.uk. Buyers and sellers can also contact them by telephone by using the numbers found on their website. The website also only caters for people living within United Kingdom or the Northern Island.
Rush over to SellMyPhone.co.uk and recycle your old devices for money, while at the same time preserving the environment for future generations. It takes me and you, it takes all of us. Thank you, to SellMyPhone.co.uk.
Now that the changelog for the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is out, let us review some of the best improved things for this new OS version. Android fans will truly love the screen reader function and photo geeks will enjoy a new photo editor. But overall, according to Android, the 4.2 Jelly Bean will most definitely be fast and smooth. Another new feature will be the Gesture Typing keyboard.
The Android 4.2 also promises to simplify everything from accessibility, photo editing, connection and it will also feature group messaging support. You will find all the "new" stuff on their site and there are quite a number of modifications and improvements on the system, including the addition of Google Now. You can easily look for places to go to, events, book hotels, etc. with your Android phone. Gmail is also very much improved, so people on-the-go will truly appreciate the changes.
For some Google Nexus devices (4, 7 and 10), the standard browser would be Chrome. These are only some of the new additions and improvements for the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and there are more if you visit their site.
There were some significant changes in the percentage of devices running the different versions of Android. Just ten months ago Android 2.3.3+ was probably the most predominant Android version by using it running on about 50% of all active Android devices.
Because the historic milestone where Android 4.1 became the predominant version of Android, Jelly Bean continues its rise and last month Android 4.1 and 4.2 had a combined 45 percent share, but Android 4.3 was missing from Google's statistics. Finally after more than two months Android 4.3 has begun to make and impact. Its current share is 1.Five percent.
Android 4.3's adoption now appears to be inline, if not better, with the adoption rate of previous releases. For example, Android 4.2 was launched in mid-November 2012 and by December 3rd 2012 it registered a 0.8 percent share and by January 3rd single.2 percent share. 4.3's 1.Five percent share seems about right.
The Android 4.x versions (including 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3) now runs on over two thirds of Android devices. The data are generated by Google using data collected throughout a 7-day period ending on October 2, 2013. All Android versions over the age of Android 2.2 no longer figure in Google's numbers they do not support the new Google Play Store app, which is used as the way of measuring activity.
Gingerbread usage has become significantly within third and is heading towards getting used on a just a quarter of Android devices. The only real other versions of Android which come in Google's numbers are Android 2.2 Froyo, with a 2.2 percent share, and Honeycomb with a stubborn 0.1 percent share. Every time Google releases these numbers I expect Honeycomb to possess disappeared, but it always seems to manage a look and feel.
Samsung is planning to start its Android 4.3 rollout for that its Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 during October and upgrades already are happening for HTC One owners. This should mean that Android 4.3's share increases while Android 4.1 and 4.2 decrease. October should also see the release of Android 4.4 KitKat.
A developer on XDA website has written a guide/information page so we stop as soon as possible the discussions about how 8 cores are useless.
The Exynos Octa or Exynos 5410 is a big.LITTLE design engineered by ARM and is the first consumer implementation of this technology. Samsung was their lead partner in terms of bringing this to market first. Reneseas is the other current chip designer who has publicly announced a big.LITTLE design.
The point of the design is to meld the advantages of the A7 processor architectures, with its extreme power efficiency, with the A15 architecture, with extreme performance at a cost of power consumption. The A7 cores are slightly slower than an A9 equivalent, but using much less power. The A15 cores are in another ballpark in terms of performance but their power consumption is also extreme on this current manufacturing generation.
ARM's initial tests show that a big.LITTLE processor running in HMP mode is 10% faster than a big.LITTLE processor running in migration mode but with the same power efficiency.