When I finally got my hands on the Royole Flexpai, the world's first flexible smartphone, I couldn't stop obsessing about the rubber spine as I opened and closed it. I worried that I was going to break it, but the two halves snapped into place via magnets just fine. Watching the Android operating system flex and bend on the display kept me riveted.But then I tried using the phone. I tapped the screen, and nothing happened. When it finally did, another widget popped over the main menu. I folded out the display, and waited for the screen to reorient itself. And waited. Tap, tap, tap. Nothing, nothing, nothing. It was definitely not ready for prime time. Now playing: Watch this: Samsung's foldable phone is coming soon 7:56 To be fair, the phone I tried out wasn't a commercial-ready unit yet, and the Royole engineer who showed me the phone said updates were coming daily. But that first awkward experience underscores some of the growing pains that flexible smartphones are … [Read more...] about The foldable smartphone revolution will be awkward, but essential
Next year, Samsung hopes you'll spend thousands of dollars on its new, cutting-edge foldable phone. Samsung's Galaxy X smartphone, codenamed "Winner", is a fully bendable and foldable device that, when flat, will be the size of a small tablet, the Wall Street Journal reports. The device will launch in early 2019, its sources say. This aligns with previous reports suggesting that Samsung hoped to launch the device during Mobile World Congress in February. The Galaxy X will reportedly measure seven inches diagonally when flat; for comparison, the iPad Mini 4 tablet measures 7.9 inches diagonally. To fit in your pocket, Samsung's phone will fold in half “like a wallet”. One side of the smartphone will have the primary display , while the back of the device would also feature a secondary "display bar" on one folded side and cameras on the other side. Samsung patents and renderings have long pointed to a foldable phone in the works:Image 1 of 7Image 2 of … [Read more...] about Samsung’s foldable Galaxy X smartphone could launch in early 2019
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByJack Nicas June 27, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — The smartphone patent wars are finally over. Apple and Samsung settled a seven-year legal fight on Wednesday, ending the most prominent case in a series of lawsuits over smartphone patents over the past decade. The companies did not disclose the settlement amount. A jury in May ordered Samsung to pay Apple $539 million for infringing on its patents. Apple first sued Samsung in 2011 for copying the design of the iPhone, kicking off a winding trail of countersuits, trials and appeals, including a stop at the Supreme Court in 2016. Apple initially sought to block Samsung phones from the market, but the technology at dispute has long been outdated, and the fight has since largely been about money. Apple at one point sought more than $2 billion, while Samsung had argued … [Read more...] about Apple and Samsung End Smartphone Patent Wars
A little-known Chinese brand is beating Apple and Samsung in the battle for big-spending Indian smartphone customers. OnePlus, which was founded four years ago, accounted for 53% of India's high-end smartphone market last quarter, according to research firm IDC. It defines high-end as phones that cost more than $400. "OnePlus has been very aggressive" in India, said IDC analyst Kiranjeet Kaur. It's the latest Chinese company to challenge the established global smartphone players in India. Xiaomi, a big Chinese startup, overtook Samsung (SSNLF) to become the country's number one smartphone seller last year. OnePlus, which began manufacturing phones in India last year, is targeting a small but potentially lucrative slice of the market with high-specification devices that are cheaper than Apple (AAPL) and Samsung's flagship products. Related: India poised for smartphone revolution It has drawn attention in other countries, including the United States, by selling directly to … [Read more...] about A Chinese smartphone brand is winning over high-spending Indians
Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple more than £400 million in damages in the latest round of a legal battle over patents that began in 2011.Here is what the ruling means.– Why has Samsung been ordered to pay damages?Previous rulings in this long-running court case determined that the Korean firm must pay damages for copying aspects of the original iPhone’s design and technologies.Apple contends that Samsung would not have emerged as the world’s largest smartphone seller had it not copied certain technologies from the iPhone.Samsung was originally ordered to pay more than one billion dollars, but a series of appeals and rulings saw that amount reduce and change on multiple occasions since – the latest settling on 539 million US dollars (£403 million).This was in relation to three Apple design patents and two linked to functions on the original iPhone.– How does the decision affect Samsung?With the issue now solely focused on what Samsung must … [Read more...] about Q&A: What does the Apple and Samsung patent case mean for the smartphone sector?