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.
Earlier today, LG officially announces its 5.5-incher Korean version of the Optimus G Pro. It has also mentioned its plans of a newer version. Judging from the official photos, this new device looks sturdy and intriguing, and it also features a single home button at the bottom. It has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 and is built with a curved glass for a 2.5D effect that is according to LG. Design-wise, it kind of reminds us of Samsung Galaxy Note II but with that characteristically curved display and the patterned back, much like its Optimus G predecessor.
There is not much report on the specs as of yet but based on some LG hints, it looks to be a quad core, HD device. It might be introduced in Korea later this month and we might actually be able to experience it this coming Mobile World Congress (MWC) two weeks from now.
According to a popular South Korean website, Samsung will be bringing the Samsung Galaxy Premier to South Korea (Model: SHV-E220) with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor Exynos 4412, this was believed to be what was rumored to be called Samsung Galaxy Pop. Based on the facts that they have the same processor, and many other similiar features.
The Galaxy Premier uses a 4.65" HD Super AMOLED Display, Android 4.1.2 OS with new TouchWiz UI, 3G/LTE, DMB, 8 0r 16GB internal memory, 8MP and 2MP cameras and 2100mAh battery. The phone is expected to launch on SKT, KT and LG U+.
- Model: SHV-E220
- Code Name: Galaxy POP
- Display : 4.65 inch HD (1280*720) Super-Amoled
- CPU / GPU : Eynose4412 Quadcore 1.4Ghz / Mali
- OS : Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
- Launcher : Touchwiz 5.0
- Network : 3G / LTE
- RAM : 1GB
- ROM : 8G or 16G
- Battery : 2100mAh
With all the hype and pomp that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has created, one may think that it won't make much news anymore after the launch but to the contrary, it makes even more news from the features to the chips and the records it has broken. Tagged by many as the "Smartphone of the Year for 2013", it is also no secret that it comes in two different variants based on the type of processors used: the Exynos and the Snapdragon versions.
Now, FCC announces that the Korean variant uses an Exynos 5 Octa chip, clocking in at 1.8 GHz. Documents support this information and it couldn't come from a more reliable source. However, not everyone is happy that the Korean version sports a faster CPU than what most of the other S 4 customers will receive. The "Global" version will only run at 1.6 GHz.
Furthermore, the Korean S 4 will also support various bands of LTE. Some people have expressed disappointment over this, saying that everyone should have fair opportunity to get the faster variant, even if it means waiting for a longer period.