Yesterday Samsung added the iPhone 5 to the patent lawsuit against Apple as well as other manufacturers. This comes Apple was awarded $1 billion for Samsung's infringements. But sales of Samsung's flagship Samsung galaxy s III haven't been hurt and appearance to have been helped by the news. The powerhouse Android device saw average growth of 9% in new devices every week since August 1st, with huge spikes in Galaxy S III adoption occurring following your Apple lawsuit verdict and after the iPhone 5 announcement.
The first spike in weekly growth coincides with the exact same week that a jury awarded Apple $1 billion for Samsung infringing on Apple's patents. The deluge of post-litigation press coverage both drove general focus on Samsung and suggested that Samsung devices were similar enough to iPhones to be an option for many consumers.
The 2nd spike started the week of September 12, when Apple announced the brand new iPhone 5. Apple's announcement was quickly accompanied by hundreds of stories comparing the 2 phones, most of which again suggested these folks were similarly capable. That with the slowdown in new Galaxy S3 growth seen leading up to Apple's announcement (week-over-week new devices were the same as the previous week, leading to 0% growth) suggest that many consumers were waiting to listen to about the new iPhone prior to making a decision.
Note that the typical week-over-week growth of 9% means that weekly 9% more Galaxy S3 handsets were added compared to week before. This means that the growth effects are cumulative, so as the Samsung device's weekly new device growth slowed some weeks, it is still adding handsets at a remarkable rate.
Last year, Samsung introduced a few Android candybars that featured both touchscreens, and full QWERTY keyboards. One of them was the Galaxy M Pro GT-B7800 with Android Gingerbread on it, and now looks like we now have a successor to it.
The FCC certified GT-B7810, an Android-running QWERTY phone from Samsung images have been leaked. Apparently running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Samsung B7810 looks a lot like the older B7800 model.
Samsung GT-B7800 features HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, a landscape display with 480 x 360 pixels, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5mm headset jack, rear camera, 1,200 mAh battery, and MicroSD card support. We don't know how much internal memory the new smartphone has, and neither the speed of its processor. We will just have to wait and see.
The Galaxy Note III will flaunt a 5.68-inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 / octa-core Exynos processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of minimum built-in storage and a microSD slot, 13-megapixel rear camera, a 3,200mAh battery, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
According to SamMobile, which broke the news about the Gear smartwatch colors yesterday, the Samsung Galaxy Note III is planned to initially launch in black and white, as you would expect. But, apparently in late October there will be another color to be released: pink. Maybe that wouldn't be the most popular color with our readership, but there are very few devices offered in pink, so that would be quite an interesting choice.
- Week 36 - Black, white
- Week 43 - Pink
Google has just updated its Play Movies & TV app to include what it calls "Info Card" search, giving you information about the movie you're watching when you pause.
If you're using the app on a tablet, you can now pause movies. You'll also find that Google's Knowledge Graph has been added to the app with power of facial recognition. Now, instead of pulling up cards with information from the a movie's metadata, Google is using facial recognition to pull up info on actors and Sound Search to pull up the music played in a movie.
What's in this version:
- On tablets, press pause to discover actors, related films, and even what song is playing. Look for movies with the info cards badge. US only.
- Search across your library and the Play Store for movies & TV shows.
- Receive notifications for new TV show episodes if you've purchased the season.
- Select the "refresh" option in the overflow menu to checks for any updates to the library.
- Now available in India!
Finding a Facebook friend for a benefits-only rendezvous is now more convenient than ever with the hump day release of the Bang With Friends mobile apps for iPhone and Android.
Bang With Friends app help Facebook members discreetly facilitate hook-ups from their smartphones.
- 1. Sign in with Facebook: So you can see your friends (don't worry - it's discreet)!
- 2. Pick the friends you want to Bang: We will only show your friends that you're interested if they are too!
- 3. Message Each Other: Once we know you're both down, we'll send you both an email - when and where is up to you!
- 4. B-a-n-g: Yup, that's right. Slow, fast, rough, or soft you decide how it goes. Stay safe!
Link: Google Play Store