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.
Source: POSS Patents
BlackBerry recently shipped 1M units of Z10 devices to various key markets and has apparently sold most of the shipment, resulting in early profits this year. This is very unlike the typical earnings news by BlackBerry as they have posted a net loss of $125 million last year in the same quarter.
Aside from BlackBerry Z10 devices, they have also sold 370,000 units of their Playbook tablet as well as 5M units of earlier smartphones. However, the company saw a decline in the number of users from 79 last quarter of the previous fiscal year to 76 million at present.
According to Thorstein Heins, cost-cutting has been implemented to ensure that BlackBerry will not suffer from further losses. Looks like whatever it is they're doing is effective and that the Z10 is looking good, considering it's been only out since January in UK and February in Canada and the UAE.
Samsung, who owns half the smartphone market on the planet, claims 2013 will be the year when it separates itself from bitter rival Apple. The Korean technology giant is the world's largest maker of mobile phones and aims to ship a record 510 million handsets in 2013.
That would be around a 20% increase from the estimated 420 million devices this year, according to Korean Times, it shipped around 288 million handsets through the first nine months of the year and is expecting a global Christmas bump.
Aside of its Galaxy smartphones and tablets, which have emerged as the main competitors to Apple's iPhones and iPads, Samsung is planning to release a lineup of devices powered by Microsoft's Windows 8 mobile operating system. It will also push products that support TIZEN software, which Samsung jointly developed with semiconductor rival Intel.
The plan contrasts a previous outlook by leading market researcher Gartner, that predicted the Korean firm to sell between 250 million and 300 million smartphones next year. In 2011, Samsung sold 97.4 million smartphones, up from 23.9 million and 0.6 million in 2010 and 2009, respectively.
Analysis from HIS iSuppli, another research firm, noted that Samsung is set to seize the global mobile handset market's top ranking this year, ending the 14-year reign of Nokia. The report projects Samsung will account for 29 percent of worldwide mobile shipments, up from 24 percent in 2011, while Nokia's share will drop to 24 percent, down from 30 percent last year.
We want to congratulate Samsung for its continued success in the mobile devices market.
LG Electronics Inc. said Friday it has sold more than 1 million Optimus G smartphones worldwide since the flagship device's launch last year.
The milestone comes roughly four months after the South Korean handset manufacturer unveiled the 4.7-inch display phone that runs on Qualcomm Inc's Snapdragon S4 processor introduced two premium smartphones, the LG Optimus G and the LG Optimus Vu.
The company has released the Optimus G in Canada, Japan, South Korea and the United States and plans to release the device in China and in several European countries in the first quarter of this year.
In the third quarter, LG sold a record of 7 million smartphones globally, compared with its previous high of 6.2 million. Of the total, roughly 2.1 million were long-term evolution smartphones, according to the company.
Congrats to LG for the milestone.
Earlier this week there were rumors that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will not be unveiled at MWC 2013 next month in Spain. However, same rumors went around that it will arrive at a special media event that could take place in the U.S. in March, with pre-orders taken place around April 15th.
Current flagship model, Samsung Galaxy S3 passed 40 million sales recently, while the Galaxy S2 also topped 40 million units, but in a much longer period of time.
According to Money Today, a South Korean publication called Money Today, Samsung has plans to sell about 10 million Samsung Galaxy S4 units in each month following the release. It's not specified for how many months this is going to continue, though. Money Today claims it has obtained information that Samsung has ordered its subcontractors to produce about 10 million GS IV components each month.
The Galaxy S IV is rumored to be equipped with a high-end 4.99-inch 1080p full HD display, 1.8GHz 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor and a 13-megapixel rear camera. The smartphone is also expected to include 4G LTE connectivity, 2GB of RAM, a microSD slot, wireless charging capabilities and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Samsung has now officially been confirmed as top cell phone supplier of 2012. Three research companies have identical results in this matter. According to the strategy analytics, Samsung ended on shipping 213 million cell phones in 2012, with an increase of 21.6 percent in the handset sales and a whopping 213.8 percent increase in the Smartphone sells. In the last quarter of 2012, Samsung shipped 63 million phones; Samsung even beat the previous best record of Nokia with 100 million sales in a year.
According ABI research company, Samsung shipped over 60 million phones in 2012 and IDC reports 67 million. But, according to both of them Samsung ended on top of the shipped. Lastly, the research companies have also named top 3 cellular brand of this year but there is slight conflict in it. According to strategy analytics: Samsung, Apple and Nokia were the top 3 brands, whereas according to the other firms: Samsung, Apple and Huawei were the top three.
Samsung Asia, a subsidiary of the Samsung Electronics will buy a 5 percent stake Wacom, which translates to roughly $58.7 million dollars,, according to South Korea's news agency "yonhapnews". Wacom is the popular stylus maker and it's technology is used in both the first and second generation Galaxy Note.
The transaction, Wacom says, will allow Samsung to ensure "stable and timely access to Wacom's proprietary digital pen technology." Needless to say, this strategic partnership means expect more S Pen-enabled products in the future from Samsung.
Samsung will buy 20,996 common shares of Wacom on February 19th at a price of 255,510 Japanese yen per share. See official document here.
There is no question that Samsung is set to rake in a lot of profits from selling its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV. This, experts say, might put Apple in a precarious position, especially if Samsung is going to launch the Galaxy S IV way ahead of the next IPhone. Samsung is a major supplier of important parts for Apple and its plan of building 100 million units of its high-end device might drain resources away from Apple, as seen by an analyst.
According to a research written by Misek, the spectacular plan makes some suppliers think that Samsung will use up resources that are intended for the production of Apple parts.
Apple may be confronted with problems regarding manufacture of the next series of iPhone. As Misek stated earlier, Apple is having a hard time building a larger display for its iPhone 6 and this can potentially delay the launch of succeeding generations of the smartphone.
Samsung seeks to surpass the 60M-unit sales of the Galaxy S III with the launch of its S IV. On the other hand, Apple will release two new smartphone units this year, the iPhone 5 S and possibly a mini version.
Based on a report by DigiTimes, Samsung targets about 1 million sales a month for its 8-inch phablet. By saying this, the company assumes that it will surpass the success the Galaxy Note 5.0, which sold for an average of 900,000 units a month. Although this objective sounds feasible, we will still wait and see what consumers think about the 8-inch display, which many say is quite too big for a phablet.
Furthermore, although very few address this fact, Samsung devices may actually be competing with each other. People will more likely have to choose between a Galaxy Note II and a Galaxy Note 8.0. It is only very rarely that someone will buy both devices at once. If both devices become successful and Samsung reaches its goals for each, then it means different markets exist for the 5- and 8-inchers.
Finally, to achieve 1 million monthly sales, Samsung also has to consider if the future Galaxy Note III will affect sales of the Note 8.0. Only time will tell.
Samsung CEO JK Shin has recently announced that the Galaxy S III has breached its 50 million mark since it was introduced in May last year. This is an impressive feat that the Galaxy S IV now has to beat. The CEO announced it on the same day he appointed co-CEOs for its different business divisions. Also, during the conference, Samsung had nothing but praises for Android as well as Google, ubut announces that it will be phasing out its Ativ tablet because of lack of demand for Windows-based phones.
Weeks before the Galaxy S IV was unveiled in New York on March 14th, Samsung confidently puts the 100M sales objective for the new flagship device. If any of the rumors about what it can do are true, this might be a reasonable objective to have for the S IV.
Beating S III's sales of over 50 million is already an achievement in itself, all the more if the S IV breaches the 100 million mark. That will surely make the news.
Samsung Electronics is wants to reach 500 million in handset shipments sometime in 2013, according to industry supply chain sources.
Last year Samsung sold 420 million devices. Since a couple of years Samsung stopped with giving exact figures for its quarterly shipments. The information regarding sales numbers for this year came from the Taiwanese website DigiTimes. Samsung expects to sell the Galaxy S4 for 50 million times, so only the Galaxy S4 will bring Samsung shipment to 10% of the goal 500 million devices. Samsung uses their own AMOLED panels for there high-end models. Low and mid range devices uses LCD from sharp or from Samsung Display self.
Samsung also has panel supply for use in entry-level and midrange handsets from Tianma MIcro-electronics, Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), AU Optronics (AUO), as well as high-end panel technology from Sharp and Japan Display in addition to supply from Samsung Display, added the sources.
With Samsung Galaxy S4 is set to be shipped to 50 different countries, speculations have started going around as to the exact phones that will be sold. According to some insiders who work in the Samsung supply chain department, 10,000,000 Samsung Galaxy S4s will be shipped within the first month of release of the gadget in to the market. The same sources are predicting that 30,000,000 Samsung Galaxy S4s will have to be shipped to meet the expected demand by the 2nd quarter of 2013. These predictions are based on the growing positive reputation of Samsung in the market of smartphones. By the end of 2013, Samsung will launch Galaxy S4 in 155 countries. This launch is expected to take the sales even higher before the end of the year.
Samsung is a South Korean company and there have been worries that the tensions of the country with North Korea may affect the production and shipping of Galaxy S4. The good news is that the company has eight other manufacturing facilities in different places around the world. Therefore, even if production in the South Korean production plant was to be affected, the other locations can pick up the flop.
As you probably already know, Samsung Galaxy S4 quickly became the fastest-selling Android phone in history when Samsung announced that channel sales had reached 10 million units in under one month.
While it can't move at that speed forever, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue predicts sales will hit 80 million units this year.
"Galaxy S-4 demand in the first month of availability has been incrementally better than our estimate of 10M units. In comparison, the S-III took nearly 2 months (50 days) to achieve the 10M units mark. Our broad-based channel checks at U.S. stores indicate that demand for the 16G S-4 devices remains strong with 32G Black devices mostly sold-out and 32G White devices yet to make it to the stores.
"At this pace, the GS-4 is likely to cross 20M shipments in 2Q13, potentially reaching 80M S-4 unit shipments in CY13. We expect the new version of Samsung's Note (III) to hit retail shelves in September. We expect Apple to have an updated multi-device smartphone portfolio [sic] with the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and iPhone mini this year."
Mark Sue also see global smartphone shipments growing 26% to 870 million units in 2013, and then growing a further 20% in 2014 to just over 1 billion units.
Samsung announced just a few days ago it has shipped 10 million Galaxy S4 units globally. It is an impressive milestone achieved in less than a month.
According to RBC Captial Markets analyst Mark Sue, Galaxy S4 sales will reach 80 million units in 2013
"Galaxy S-4 demand in the first month of availability has been incrementally better than our estimate of 10M units," Sue wrote in a note to clients on Thursday. "In comparison, the S-III took nearly 2 months (50 days) to achieve the 10M units mark. Our broad-based channel checks at U.S. stores indicate that demand for the 16G S-4 devices remains strong with 32G Black devices mostly sold-out and 32G White devices yet to make it to the stores."
He continued, "At this pace, the GS-4 is likely to cross 20M shipments in 2Q13, potentially reaching 80M S-4 unit shipments in CY13. We expect the new version of Samsung's Note (III) to hit retail shelves in September. We expect Apple to have an updated multi-device smartphone portolio [sic] with the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and iPhone mini this year.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 momentum is far from over and Samsung is doing everything to maximize its potential. It has already announced the Galaxy S4 mini, but we expect the Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphones to join the lineup very soon.
Samsung's has now shipped more than 20 million Galaxy S4 phones since the device launched in late April, according to multiple reports from South Korea on Wednesday. The reports cite Samsung mobile chief J.K. Shin as confirming the number.
Samsung shipped 10 million units of the Galaxy S4 by late May. The company is said to have taken around two months for reaching the 20 million mark with their handset. This is certainly great news for the South Korean giant when considering that it took them 100 days to hit the same mark with the Galaxy S3.
Mark Newman, senior analyst at Sanford Bernstein in Hong Kong seemed to reject the rumours too, saying to the Korea Times, "From conversations we had with some of the key suppliers of the GS4, we remain convinced that the production is in line with their original schedule, and well on track to reach our target of 22 million in the second quarter."
The announcement of the remarkable achievement comes from Samsung Mobile Communications chief JK Shin, who also reckons that the recently announced Galaxy Note 3 will "surpass its predecessors". Shin expects the Galaxy Note 3 to sell well over 10 million units. The Samsung Galaxy Note I hit the market in the fourth quarter of 2011. One year later, the Note II landed. That means Samsung has been selling, on average, 4.75 million Notes a quarter since first introducing the world to the "phablet" product category.
The Samsung executive didn't break down the sales between the two devices. As a reference, the Samsung Galaxy Note II needed just two months to hit 5 million sales. Samsung's successful market performance is certainly in no smart part due to the wide availability of its devices.
Based on Samsung Boss JK Shin, the Galaxy S4, Samsung's first 1080p flagship, continues to be a significant success on the market, 40 million units sold. The development in sales has slowed down lower since that time, with around 5 million models been shipped in August.
That's quite a large number for any device that's been available on the market just for around six several weeks, and Samsung is most likely feeling quite happy about this. Obviously, that does not mean the organization has had simple to use, because it has released the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear, and also the Galaxy Round, the very first smartphone having a curved display, previously handful of several weeks, although it remains seen whether success from the Galaxy S4 could be duplicated.
Samsung sold about 40 million units of Gallaxy Note I and Galaxy Note 2 combined, so expectations regarding the new Galaxy Note 3 are high. And it looks like the device is meeting expectations, at least for the moment.
Launched around the world in September, Samsung has sold 5 million units of Galaxy Note 3 so far - according to Korean website Hankooki, which quotes Samsung Mobile CEO JK Shin.
Currently running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the Galaxy Note 3 will be updated to the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat. Unfortunately, there's no official word on when this will happen. But let's hope the update will be ready before the end of the year.
A cheaper version of the Galaxy Note 3 might be introduced sometime in November. Samsung's other flagship Android smartphone for this year, the Galaxy S4, is also a success - more than 40 million units have been shipped since April.
According to Samsung, it said it has sold 10 million Galaxy note 3 units so far. The phone was release 60 days ago, however, it couldn't beat the 10 million units of Galaxy S4 sold when it was on the market for 50 days.
"10 million global sales of Galaxy Note 3 and thanks to the support of customers around the world, and the future for the people on the basis of innovation and technology to consumers around the world to provide differentiated value will try more."
President & CEO, Samsung Electronics sinjonggyun.
Many tech sites reviewed the Galaxy Note 3 back in October and we called it the best smartphone Samsung has ever made.
Sony made a very good decision when they decided to launch the Xperia Z, their newest flagship phone. They got ahead of the competition literally by getting launched earlier than the others. When it went on sale, people did not really expect it to do so well, especially since the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has already been launched. Aside from the Galaxy S 4, its main rivals include, the HTC One, iPhone 5, Optimus G Pro, among others.
The Xperia Z is a waterproof design that many find vary useful. It can also be recalled that one of its marketing gimmicks in Prague involved a woman and a man showering and using the Xperia Z, while doing so. Furthermore, design-wise, it has a pretty sturdy build.
This phone is actually quite the underdog. Recently, reports have come out that the Xperia Z has already sold over 40 million from the time that it has been launched (40 days). Also, with Sony's dedication to retain this level of quality in their products, the company should already be proud of what the Xperia Z has achieved in a few weeks since it was launched.
As Andy Rubin steps down as Android Head, Google CEO Larry Page announces that Android has already 750 million activations so far, beating Apple by over 350 million individuals in the mobile operating system race. As Sundar Pichai steps in as head of Android, he inherits a rapidly growing market share and ever increasing applications on the Google Play Store.
Conservatively-speaking, only around 675 million of these users have access to Google's products and services, since not everybody will use a smartphone to its potential, especially those who do not have constant internet connection.
This is why Android continues to improve its services in the timeliest manner. Also, although Rubin is stepping down as Android CEO, he will still be around to head a different department for Google.
Smart watches have been around for years but they never really gained enough following to sustain the demand for them. However, this year is bound to be different. Almost all popular brands of smart devices have expressed their interest in launching high-tech smart watches and it's only a matter of who goes to launch first this year.
Furthermore, according to a forecast by ABI Research, an estimated 1.2 million units of smart watches will be sold this year and if this were true, then 2013 might be the year that sales for this interesting device will truly increase.
Also, customers who have smart devices tend to buy similar-brand gadgets and manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, LG and Google would like to bank on this theory and sell their very own smart watches. We think it's about time that the smart watch finally gets its accolades and that manufacturers step up their game and create watches that will shame James Bond's gadgets. If there are Google Glasses, why can't there be smart watches?
More Than One Million Smart Watches will be Shipped in 2013
London, United Kingdom - 16 Apr 2013 - Smart Watches have been around for the last decade. The wearable computing device has failed to take off for one reason or another: they looked ugly, were too bulky, had weak functionality, or the battery life was not good enough. However, over the last nine months a number of new smart watches have emerged that could change consumers' perceptions. Market intelligence firm ABI Research projects more than 1.2 million smart watches will be shipped in 2013.
"The strong potential emergence of smart watches can be attributed to several reasons," says senior analyst Joshua Flood. "Contributing factors include the high penetration of smartphones in many world markets, the wide availability and low cost of MEMS sensors, energy efficient connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth 4.0, and a flourishing app ecosystem."
The wearable computing device can be split into four categories: notification types, voice operational smart watches, hybrid smart watches, and completely independent smart watches. Notification type devices are the MetaWatch and Cookoo smart watches, for example, offering alerts for incoming calls, messages and other notifications. Voice operational smart watches enable users to conduct calls and speak some commands via the device such as Martian's smart watch.
Standalone smart watches with their own OS are moving beyond a smartphone accessory. With the potential to be purchased as a standalone product without the need for a smartphone, they offer high functionality and can connect to other consumer devices like audio speakers. A good example is the Italian smart watch maker, I'm Watch. Other good possible archetypes for this category could be Apple's hotly anticipated iWatch, Samsung's Galaxy Altius and Microsoft is also reportedly planning to release a new touch-enabled watch for its Windows-based smartphones and tablets. "Smart watches that replicate the functionality of a mobile handset or smartphone are not yet commercially feasible, though the technologies are certainly being prepared," adds Flood.
ABI Research's latest "Market Opportunities for Smart Watches" report analyzes and provides forecasts for the new wrist computing device. Regional device shipments and segmentation splits are also included in the report. It forms part of ABI Research's Mobile Device Technologies Research Service.
According to Symantec, a well know security software company, a man who has won about $1.5 million in poker tournaments has been arrested and charged with running an operation that uses Android malware, and a fake dating website to scam victims out of $3.9 million.
Kagawa was already under investigation while playing in that tournament. Symantec explains:
From our observations, the operation began around September 2012 and ended in April 2013 when authorities raided the company office. We confirmed around 150 domains were registered to host the malicious apps during this time span. According to media reports, the group was able to collect approximately 37 million e-mail addresses from around 810,000 Android devices. The company earned over 390 million yen (approximately 3.9 million US dollars) by running a fake online dating service called Sakura in the last five months of the spam operation. Spam used to lure victims to the dating site was sent to the addresses collected by the malware.
What makes this story so sensational is that Masaaki Kagawa was already a successful person. He was the president of an IT firm called Koei Planning and was a successful gambler. Since 2008, he's won $1.5 million in high stakes poker games and, according to Ars Technica, was actually under investigation while he was at his last tournament.
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BlueStacks App Player lets you run apps from your phone fast and fullscreen on Mac and Windows. The software basically allows you to run Android apps on AMD-powered desktops running Windows 7 or Windows 8. The software will even let you run Android apps on Mac OS X. In just over a year, the company has managed to get 10 million downloads of its free, still-in-beta software.
"When we launched the beta we all took bets on where we'd be in one year," BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma told AllThingsD. " No one said 10 million."
While there's no release date yet, there's no doubt that BlueStacks will get a lot more attention when it officially releases and becomes more widely available than constrained to certain specifications.
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