Eight-inch Galaxy Tab 3 adds 'reading mode' display optimization
Samsung has revealed another two devices in the Galaxy Tab 3 range. The Tab 3 8.0 and Tab 3 10.1, offering an 8-inch and 10.1-inch display respectively, come just one month after the manufacturer launched its 7-inch version, with both shipping "globally" from the beginning of June, and later this year in the United Kingdom.
Should allow Galaxy Tab 10.1 to remain on sale in Netherlands
The Dutch Supreme Court has ruled that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn't infringe on the design of the Apple iPad, according to reports. Although Apple does hold a European design patent, the Court has limited the applicability of the patent based on prior art. The iPad has predecessors, such as a Knight Ridder concept tablet dating back well over a decade before Apple's product was released. The iPad may have a "unique character," the court adds, but the Galaxy Tab is sufficiently different that an informed person can tell.
Larger version of Samsung tablet appears weeks after 7-inch version launched
An eight-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has apparently surfaced, with rendered images accompanying a list of specifications. The alleged leaked details come after the company revealed the third generation of its popular line of tablets, though that uses a more conventional 7-inch display and smaller form factor than what has now appeared.
Galaxy Tab 3 boosts processor, storage, may be budget tablet
Samsung has unveiled an update to one of its successful lines of tablets, though it appears to be a mild upgrade rather than a complete product overhaul. The Galaxy Tab 3 houses an upgraded dual-core 1.2GHz processor, up from the 1GHz version used in the Galaxy Tab 2, along with options for 16GB of internal storage with extra microSD expansion.
Midsize tablet focuses on S Pen functionality
Samsung has introduced a new tablet, the Galaxy Note 8.0, that adds yet another display size to the company's tablet offerings. As part of the Note family, the eight-inch device bridges the gap between the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II and the full-size 10.1-inch tablet, though it appears to serve primarily as a successor to the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and the company's direct competitor to the iPad mini.
Android tablets reach 41 percent of ad impressions
Apple's dominance in the mobile industry became less pronounced in 2012, according to tracking data compiled by mobile ad network Millennial Media. Millennial notes, for instance, that while the iPhone continued to generate the most ad impressions amongst phones, growing 72 percent year-over-year to a 15.59 percent share, Samsung's Galaxy S series grew 182 percent to hit a 4.24 percent share, pushing BlackBerry Curve phones down to third place at 3.91 percent.
Kindle Fire, other tablets make slight gains
The iPad maintained an overwhelming control of US and Canadian tablet web usage during the holiday season, according to new tracking data from online ad network Chitika. The iPad started at nearly 90 percent in early December, but only slid to roughly 81 percent by the end of January, in spite of increased competition from Android tablets. The biggest shift is said to have happened around Christmas, when Apple briefly dipped to 79 percent while other tablets gained ground.
New update brings speed, additional features to products
Samsung Electronics America today announced the availability of updates to Android 4.1, also known as "Jelly Bean," for both its Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 10-inch and 7.1-inch devices. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 upgrade includes all the performance benefits of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as well as Premium Suite, a collection of new features that further upgrades multi-tasking and productivity. Android 4.1 was originally released in late June, and no explanation has been given for the seven-month delay.
Follows precedent set by British courts
Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets don't infringe on the design of the Apple iPad, a district court in The Hague has ruled. Reuters notes that the lawsuit involved the rounded corners of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, and Galaxy Tab 7.7, which Apple claimed were copying a signature trait of the iPad. "We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple's registered design features can be found in numerous examples," reads a Samsung statement in response to the court win.
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 now at Verizon
Verizon announced today that a 4G version of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was now available on its network. The 10.1-inch tablet sells for $500, and it is available with month-to-month wireless service on the carrier's 4G LTE network. Those plans run from $30 for 4GB of data to $60 for 10GB of data. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will be ready for shipping by the 26th of November.
Apple suffers second UK loss on Galaxy Tab 10.1 patent case
The UK High Court has upheld a previous ruling that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not infringe on the design patents that Apple holds on the iPad. Apple had appealed a ruling made by Judge Birss in July that not only does the Galaxy Tab 10.1 not have the “understated and extreme simplicity” of the iPad, it would be difficult for consumers to confuse the two tablets as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is “not as cool” as the iPad.
Matter now at appeals court, out of Judge Koh's jurisdiction
United States District Court for the Northern District of California Judge Lucy Koh has declined to lift the sales injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 she ordered earlier this year. The judge said in a ruling on Monday that it would not be appropriate to restart sales of the tablet, as the matter belongs to the appeals court now. She did note that Samsung's motion raises "substantial issues," given that the jury trial found the product to be not guilty of infringing on Apple's design patents.
Amazon Kindle Fire follows close behind
Apple has scored highest in a new JD Power customer satisfaction survey of tablet owners. The iPad has earned Apple a score of 848 -- above an industry average of 832 -- as well as five stars in JD Power's Power Circle ratings. Close behind with a 4/5 rating and a score of 841 is Amazon, which has so far only had one tablet computer, the 2011 model of the Kindle Fire. New Fires were recently announced.
Apple's December hearing unchanged, judge unmoved by plea
Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has denied Apple's recent motion for leave to file a motion for reconsideration of Samsung's request to end the preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The judge's order allows the September 20 hearing to be heard, and in addition, prevents Apple's request for additional injunctions to be heard earlier than its December date.
September 20 hearing now for Galaxy Tab 10.1 matters
Judge Lucy Koh, overseer of the contentious Apple versus Samsung smartphone patent trial, has set a December 6 court date to make a judgement on Apple's request for a permanent injunction against Samsung's devices found to be infringing. The previously-scheduled September 20 hearing will be used to discuss Samsung's request that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales injunction be lifted.
Jury found tablet not guilty of infringement
Samsung has asked the US District Court for the Northern District of California to reverse its preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and award damages to compensate for lost sales during the temporary ban. Although the Korean company lost all of its counterclaims against Apple, jurors did not find that the Galaxy Tab had infringed any of Apple's design patents.
Galaxy Tab with keyboard for $250
The previously leaked back-to-school offer for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has been officially announced. Samsung confirmed today that it will be offering its 7-inch tablet in a special Student Edition -- a white variant of the tablet with a keyboard dock and USB adapter in box -- for $250. Beginning August 19, consumers will be able to take advantage of the new offer, but it only runs until September 1.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 pitched at students
Samsung is pitching its Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 to students with a Student Edition of its tablet, according to an Engadget tipster. In addition to the tablet, the Student Edition will include a 'bonus' keyboard dock and a USB connector accessory. It is set to go on sale at Best Buy August 19.
Report could bolster or hinder Apple's claims by interpretation
According to a Samsung survey conducted at Best Buy locations in 2011 and released in the smartphone trial with Apple today, Apple's claims of customers returning Samsung products because the customer thought it was an iPad may be in doubt. The survey of Galaxy Tab returners found that market confusion accounted for only nine percent of returns, with the remainder for technical issues or device failures.
Apple's UK website to go unchanged pending appeal
Apple has won a small but significant court ruling in one of its legal battles with Samsung, Bloomberg reports. In the UK a London court has ruled that, at least temporarily, Apple won't have to post a notice on its UK website announcing an earlier ruling, in which the courts found that Samsung didn't copy the design of the iPad with the Galaxy Tab. Arguing against the notice, Apple had claimed that it didn't want to advertise for a rival company.
Galaxy Tab 7.7 banned in EU, 10.1N allowed to stay on the market
Apple has succeeded in winning an European Union-wide ban on the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, according to Reuters. The Duesseldorf Higher Court viewed the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the same light as the previously banned Galaxy Tab 10.1 and have made a preliminary ruling that it infringes Apple's design patents. However, the same court also upheld a ruling that the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N is sufficiently different in design that it should be allowed to continue sales.
Could hint that existing tablet design is finished
Samsung has lost two more motions in its attempt to undo a preliminary injunction of US Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales. Patent analyst Florian Mueller reports that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has blocked one motion to stay the injunction for the duration of the appeal proceedings, and another hoping to expedite the process. In effect, the motions mean that Samsung won't have another chance to overturn the injunction until sometime after July 30th, when Apple and Samsung are set to go to trial.
Disclaimers ordered into newspapers, UK website
A British judge has ordered Apple to publicly state that Samsung didn't copy the iPad, reports say. A notice will soon have to appear on the company's UK website, as well as in regional newspapers. The website notice, which has yet to go live, must stay in place for six months.
Retailers receiving letters instructing them to stop sales
Apple's lawyers have reportedly begun to contact Galaxy Tab 10.1 vendors and point to the recent injunction on the device, in an apparent effort to get them to stop selling the enjoined tablet. Letters related to the tablet injunction were mailed on June 28, and letters focusing on the Galaxy Nexus were sent on July 3, before the smartphone injunction was stayed. The order demands, at a minimum, cessation of Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales, but also requests that demonstrably similar products be discontinued as well.
Judge deems Galaxy Tab to be 'not as cool' as Apple designs
Samsung has won against Apple in a UK intellectual property case over the design of the Galaxy Tab. Judge Colin Birss of the High Court of Justice has ruled that consumers are unlikely to confuse the Galaxy Tab and the iPad, going so far as to call former "not as cool" as Apple's design.
Contest to build Galaxy Tab, Note, S Pen apps
Samsung is calling out for entries to its Smart App Challenge. The contest is running until the end of September and will distribute $4.08 million in cash and prizes to 80 apps built with the Galaxy Tab and Note in mind. The ultimate aim of the contest is for Samsung to bolster its App Store, with all entries to the competition required to use it.
Galaxy Nexus phone appeal in progress
US District Court Judge Lucy Koh rejected Samsung's attempt to lift the injunction against US sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 pending appeal. In the last week, the judge has blocked the sale of the tablet, similarly enjoined the Galaxy Nexus, cleared Apple of infringing a Samsing patent on a standards-essential UTMS technology, and denied Samsung's summary judgement motions summary judgement motions on all 12 of Apple's claims of infringement. Samsung only has (now) six claims left against Apple; Apple has (for now) 12 against Samsung. The injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is primarily based on the "unified search," or Siri patent.
Samsung already hoping to stay injunction
Apple posted a needed $2.6 million bond almost immediately after a preliminary injunction was granted against US Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales, according to FOSS Patents. The money ensures that Samsung can be compensated financially to a degree if the injunction is successfully appealed. Samsung has in fact already filed a motion to stay the injunction, pending an upcoming appeal; alternately, it may accept a stay pending the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's decision on the motion to stay.
Sales ban effective after Apple pays $2.6 million bond
Northern District of California Judge Lucy Koh has issued an injunction against Samsung to stop it from selling the the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the United States. The judge's order becomes effective once Apple posts a $2.6 million bond to protect Samsung against damages if the injunction is overturned.
Further reductions likely given Judge-ordered trial restrictions
[Update] Judge Koh suddenly opted to suspend sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the United States. Details to follow.
There are some new developments in the Apple versus Samsung "data tapping" patent battle. In a surprise move, Northern District of California Federal Appeals Court Judge Lucy Koh granted a preliminary sales injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet late today. Additionally, Apple has dropped an iPhone user interface design patent claim to help expedite the patent trial, which is scheduled for July 30.
Galaxy Tab 7.0 through 10.1 to receive update
Samsung's Galaxy Tab line of tablets is slated to receive an update to the newest version of Android in the coming weeks. A source familiar with Samsung's plans has revealed to SamMobile blog that the Android 4.0 updates will begin rolling out to the Galaxy Tab line in July. Another update on the Samsung Mobile Hong Kong Facebook page confirmed that the updates will be rolling out next month.
May use Cheech and Chong 'test' for infringement
The ITC judge overseeing Apple's ongoing patent infringement case against Samsung's Galaxy Tab and smartphone lines referred to a famous comedy routine by the comic duo Cheech and Chong as a test for infringement, a possible hint that the judge is favoring Apple's claims. The test refers to a straightforward way to identify a copy: "Does it look like it, feel like it, smell like it?" Apple has asserted that Samsung "slavishly copied" the look and feel of various Apple products.
Samsung releases open-source code for Galaxy Tab 2
Samsung has gone ahead and shared an 80-minute video of yesterday's presentation, where it unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S III, online for those who weren't able to attend. And at the same time, the South Korean hardware giant released the source code for its Galaxy Tab 2 tablets. This move will allow developers to customize the interface and likely introduce new features to the tablets, getting Samsung's blessing to do so.
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 due at Office Depot on May 13 for $400
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 may be less expensive than originally believed if the latest pre-order listing from the Office Depot is to be believed. While the pre-order page is likely encountering lots of traffic and couldn't be loaded at this time, Engadget did manage to share a page capture. While it reveals that the $400 price point remains, it's for a 16GB tablet rather than the 8GB one seen before.
Logitech releases Global Graffiti accessories
Logitech has released its Global Graffiti line of colorful computer accessories. The line covers the Logitech M310 and M325 wireless mice, as well as the K360 wireless keyboard. Customers will be able to choose from seven stylish patterns from international designers. Products in the line range from $30 to $40, depending on the model.
Samsung updates most Galaxy hardware
Samsung carried on its Android 4.0 updates by pushing them out to Canadians. The Galaxy S II and its LTE, HD LTE, and X variants should all start getting the new OS as of today. The Galaxy Note, as well as the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, 7.0, and 7.0 Plus, well get their update in a similar interval.
comScore shows Kindle Fire propping up Android
Amazon's Kindle Fire now makes up the absolute majority of the Android tablet platform in the US, comScore found in a fresh study. The e-reader and tablet crossover represented 54.4 percent of all Android tablets sold in the country. At second place, the entire Samsung Galaxy Tab lineup comprised just 15.4 percent of Android slates.
Samsung to upgrade most, but leasves T-Mo open
Samsung has posted an upgrade guide for the US that shows just which devices in the country will get an Android 4.0 update. Galaxy S II variants at AT&T, including the regular and Skyrocket versions as well as the Epic 4G Touch, are slated to get the new OS. The Galaxy Note also gets an update, while the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G either have or already are getting their upgrades.
Verizon to cut Nexus price to match Sprint
Verizon is planning to quickly follow up on the Sprint Galaxy Nexus launch with a steep price drop. A leaked minimum advertised price guide at Droid-Life has Samsung's Android 4.0 phone dropping to the same $200 on April 23, a day after Sprint stores get their examples. While it could be a storage cut ike the 16GB RAZR, it's more likely to remain the 32GB edition.
Samsung may have new Galaxy Tab to show at
Samsung may bring more than just a third-generation Galaxy phone to its upcoming May 3 event. As asserted by a source for CNET, the company would purportedly have a new 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab variant in store for the gathering. Other than a dual-core processor, the informant was short on details.
Apple gets one last chance at Samsung German ban
A court in Dusseldorf, Germany issued a ruling Friday that it would hear Apple's appeal over a denied Galaxy Tab 10.1N ban on June 5. The procedure will start decisions on whether or not a judge was wrong in February to decide that the slightly modified Android tablet didn't infringe Apple's design rights. A representative for the court, Ulrich Egger, didn't expect the June date to represent a final decision.
Galaxy S Aviator now at US Cellular for $200
As promised two months ago, US Cellular has started shipping its first LTE smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator. The handset sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen and is preloaded with Android 2.3.6 onboard. More importantly, however, it can access the carrier's 4G LTE network, offering significantly higher speeds than 3G networks.
Samsung tries Phones4U to showcase phones, tablets
Although previously clued earlier in the week, the once-mysterious Phones4U and Samsung event on Friday was revealed to be a Samsung store-within-a-store at the phone retailer's location on Oxford Street in London. As caught in a quick tour by Engadget, the store has slight traces of an Apple retail store, including dedicated tables with fully working samples and staff trained to answer detailed questions.
Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note first on list
Canadian wireless carrier Bell appears to have established an Android 4.0 update timetable for several of its handsets. A alleged internal memo posted by Mobilesyrup suggests the carrier has set June as a target for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 and HTC's Sensation and Raider smartphones.
Google to open own online tablet store
Google is expecting to start selling Android tablets directly, sources claimed Thursday night. It would run an online store that would carry third-party devices from companies like ASUS and Samsung, the Wall Street Journal said. Some of these would be Google co-branded, but that was a reference to regular third-party devices that had met the terms for the branding and not part of an official Google-designed tablet.
Developer brings Metro UI look to Android tablets
Owners of the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 got a unique take on the interface this week with a new modification from BroBot175 for a look inspired by Windows 8's Metro UI. The Android tablet needs to be rooted using the ClockworkMod recovery, and the project is in a beta stage. It will also work on the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer.
iPad 2012 defies battery, temperature expectations
Fresh tests of the new iPad have shown that concerns over its temperature have been overstated in light of competition. The range of Macworld tests showed that, despite the extra backlighting and larger processor demanded by the new screen, the current Apple tablet is within a few degrees of the lower-resolution, slower ASUS Transformer Prime and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE. In a few cases, such as under maximum load for over an hour, the Galaxy Tab was slightly hotter.
UK retailer hints possible March 30 Samsung intro
British retailer Phones4U has posted an uncharacteristic teaser for a Samsung event on March 30. At least its Oxford Street store in London is mostly blacking out windows with the exception of the Samsung logo behind theater curtains, one eyewitness for Eurodroid noticed. Other than a "coming" notice for the date, no clues exist of what the event is for.
Notice follows update for HTC Vivid
AT&T has published a list of several devices that are confirmed to be upgraded to Android 4.0. The carrier has already released an Ice Cream Sandwich update for HTC's Vivid, ahead of updates for LG's Nitro; Motorola's Atrix 2 and Atrix 4G; Pantech's Burst and Element; and Samsung's Captivate Glide, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and Galaxy Tab 8.9.
ASUS global VP said company wants to top tablets
ASUS' global vice president Xu Youjia, while speaking at conference in China earlier this week, revealed the company aims to be the top tablet maker, behind only Apple and its iPad. In order to do so, Youjia indicated the company will innovate rather than follow others, though any specifics, technical or otherwise, weren't shared by the China Times. The company's current flagship tablet is the quad-core Transformer Prime, which uses NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor.