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?
The smartphone revolution
posted on 04 Aug 2011, 13:37 0 1. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 469; Member since: 24 Nov 2010) LG has not made a statement in the smartphone arena (yet)?--At least from LG smartphones on VW. The last successful phone was the feature phone LG Touch, other than that they have just made mediocre smartphones on VW. The first 4g phone by LG has already been reduced on VW and I see a Revolution 2 in the making...must be smaller/thinner than the current brick model Revolution on VW posted on 04 Aug 2011, 21:56 0 2. skymitch89 (Posts: 1389; Member since: 05 Nov 2010) The Revolution isn't the only phone getting a bug update. My Evo Shift got an update that seems to have fixed quite a few bugs, including the MMS over 3G problem. … [Read more...] about Comments for : Software update for the LG Revolution is being pushed out
Would you trust a carrier enough to let them get inside your phone if you had a technical issue with it? That is the major question at hand after Verizon announced that the new update for the LG Revolution will include a feature called "Verizon Remote Diagnostics". What this does is to allow, with your permission of course, a technician to remotely take over your device to troubleshoot the unit. Will LG Revolution owners see it as a possible tool for gathering information or as a way to see who has rooted their phone? And will Big Red be adding this feature to future updates for other models? These answers will be coming in the future, but for now it is just the LG Revolution that will have this feature.Other changes coming with firmware version VS910ZV8 includes a fix to a reboot problem that the phone has had since upgrading from Froyo to Gingerbread, playing AVI files through HDMI will no longer make the display flicker, placing an alarm on snooze during a call will now set snooze … [Read more...] about Verizon’s update for the LG Revolution adds remote diagnostics feature
The way was paved for the subsequent Android revolution on October 6th, 2009. On that date, slightly more than five years ago, Eric Schmidt and Lowell McAdams met with the press. At the time, both men were the CEO of their respective firms, Google and Verizon Wireless. In those days, Verizon was not considered a likely Android vendor because of the way the carrier had locked down all of its handsets. During the press conference, it was announced that Verizon would sell two Android powered models for 2009, to be offered by two unnamed manufacturers. Verizon said that it would continue rolling out Android devices over the next few years (gotta chuckle when you read that). The Android handsets would come loaded with apps provided by the carrier, Google and third party developers. Nobody knew it at the time, but the smartphone market was about to undergo a huge shift.Earlier that year, the Palm Pre wowed the crowd at CES and it was assumed that Palm's handset would assume the mantle of top … [Read more...] about Five years ago this month, a press conference paved the way for the Android revolution
The latest smartphone sales data for the three month period ending in May has been released by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech and it shows that BlackBerry is facing some very difficult times globally. At the end of May, the Canadian manufacturer saw its share of the U.S. smartphone market drop by an amazing 85% from the year earlier to just .7% of the market from a 3 month average of 4.6% the previous year. Most of BlackBerry's lost share was picked up by the Apple iPhone. More on BlackBerry later.The Apple iPhone's stateside market share rose 3.5 percentage points over the year to end May with a three month average of 41.9%. While Android remained on top in the U.S. with a three month average share of 52% at the end of May, its lead over the iPhone has dropped from 13.5 percentage points in 2012 to 10.1 percentage points. Kantar says that the reason for the strength in the iPhone's numbers in the U.S. is due to the addition of T-Mobile as an authorized Apple iPhone seller.Around the … [Read more...] about The Android revolution continues to roll overseas; BlackBerry crashes worldwide