The rumor mill has it that the next Galaxy Note may indeed burst on the mobility scene just ahead of IFA. This smart “Frankenphone” or phablet as it has come to be called is definately a looker and a keeper especially if you like or need something a bit bigger than an iPhone or SIII. Until Apple figures out whether they really want to defy Steve Jobs’ last declarations and offer a 10″ iPad the Galaxy Note is the clear leader in the oversized smartphone or small form factor tablet market categories it has created.
I took a moment to stop into Walmart to take a peek at a Samsung Galaxy Note and at first glance I was impressed and found it quite compelling. Enough so that I will drop hints that it wouldmake a good gift for my upcoming birthday rather than the iPhone I suggested previously.
Apple is suing Samsung in a last ditch effort to block sales of Samsung’s highly anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone in the United States.
Apple is hoping to be granted injunction against Samsuing on the grounds that the Galaxy S III infringes on at least 2 cherished Apple patents.
The complaint filed in a California court past week asserts that the Galaxy S III infringes on data-tapping and unified search technologies owned by Apple.
Apple’s complaint claims “it is clear that infringement can be shown with respect to these patents based on the current record.”
Samsung sees it differently. “Samsung believes Apple’s request is without merit, We will vigorously oppose the request and demonstrate to the court that the Galaxy S III is innovative and distinctive.”
Apple’s move to block sales of the Galaxy S III in the United States is the latest in a long line of patent disputes between the two companies. In May, Apple filed a motion against Samsung over their Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.
It is curious that these two particular companies are in some select ways partners or clients. Even more so, a recent attempt to sit down and negotiate and resolve these disputes failed miserably so here we are in the throes of a struggle that could determine the future of the leaders in the smartphone battle.
Probably the most anticipated smartphone in years is the Samsung Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S III is Samsung’s flagship phone. This attractive quad-core spec heavy monster was recently launched just ahead of CTIA. From all indications Apple finally has a serious iPhone competitor to deal with. Samsung’s marketing and hype machine is gearing up to make sure that the S III becomes one of this year’s hot sellers. User anticipation and excitement is so high that hype may not even be necessary
- Exynos quad-core LTE
- or dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
- Android 4.4.4 ICS
- 720p HD PenTile Display
- Verizon carrier (LTE)
- Wireless charging kit (coming late in 2012)
Notice: Specfications mentioned above are preliminary and may differ by country, carrier, or by design.
This new smartphone looks like it may just the one to watch, especially if Apple’s iPhone is not to your fancy. Competition is good, that will push the market leader to innovate to protect and inspire other would-be competitors to get on the stick if they want to play in this game.
At first glance the S III. Looks like an iPhone and that isn’t exactly where the simularities end.
The question that still needs to be answered by the marketplace, not pudits is whether it is the illusive “iPhone killer” everyone has been wishing, hoping and waiting for?
I just caught wind of a brand spanking new Samsung phone and soon as I saw the name I threw up my hands gave gave up on hoping they would wake up. The Samsung Galaxy S III Silhouette. You’ve gotta be kidding me! Seems that Apple by casting off naming conventions they had it right to jump off and change the name game with the newest iPad. This will soon become the butt of jokes and a source of pundit’s ridicule. Before that this situation will only get worse until HTC, Motorola and others get slapped in their pocketbook by consumers titred of trying to decipher these naming arcane conventions. Guys get a clue!
Big companies like Apple, Microsoft, Motorola, Samsung and Google have a good idea where their future rests, but what about the thousands upon thousands of smaller marginal companies that operate just outside hot, glitzy, and trendy niches and market segments? These are the bedrock suppliers that make many of the essential external and add-on accessory products that enhance or perfect the capabilities of the dearly acquired computers and mobile devices we own, love and use.
How are these players making it these days? If they are smart and agile they should have their ears to the ground and stay busy studying the latest innovative technologies for openings and sizable gaps representing openings and opportunities to keep their development labs working on products that address those gaps and lead to profitability and sustainability.
These are only a few of the worthy cable, hard disc, monitor, bag and case makers now joined in competition for hard fought consumer dollars by a great many newly hot app builders.
It would be fortunate if these two segments came together to innovate and develop products missing from our current range of selections. After all the direction og our times is making everything intelligent by embedding technology into things that do useful stuff.
Women that go with multiple men are called certain names, but what do you call a tech company that plays around in a variety of OS camps? The term might be versatile. That could work, but really doesn’t carry the sting of other more pointed and direct terms.
Whether this is a strategic or tactical moveI am not really certain. I am also not certain if this has worked in any other industry other than candies. It hasn’t been effective in the automotive industry, nor in the music or entertainment industry. The most recent evidence suggests that as in politics, limiting choice eliminates confusion.
I once worked in a men’s storein San Francisco that put out the same three-piece suit in a wide variety of colors and they stayed on the rack till they grew stale on sale.
When store owner Sam Alderman educated me (told me) to narrow down the selection to only a couple of colors and styles the suits literally started flying off the rack and we had to reorder several times but weknewwhich were the hottest sellers. That lesson stuck with me and didn’t really come to mind or serve as an overiding principle until now.
I call this ”OVERCHOICE”.
None of the above commentary speaks to the quality of the phone, we will get to that in another post or review.
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
I still say there are too many Samsung phones, with a new one appearing in what seems like a daily grind. One of the latest Samsung smartphones has just taken on an official name, pricing and release date. It is one of AT&T’s 4G smartphone line-up.
Galaxy S II Android powered smartphone:
Specs & Features:
- Fast 1.5 GHz dual core processor
- 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus display,
- 4G mobile broadband Internet
- 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash,
- 2-megapixel front-facing camera
- 1080p HD video recording
AT&T customers will get access to this phone Nov. 6th, 2011
$25O (two year agreement)
Everyone may be a bit disappointed now that we have learned for certain that Samsung and Google have jointly decided not to go ahead and launch the new Galaxy Nexus Prime, and Ice Cream Sandwich as they had planned on Oct 11th at the CTIA Fall event.
They have decided to postpone the new product announcement saying “It is out of respect, and as tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing… it’s just not the right time to announce a new product”. Agreed.
Well, it is at the very least a good jesture from otherwise cut-throat competitors. Much respect!
I have a technologically aware friend that made the statement that he will never own another iPhone now that he has and uses a Samsung Fascinate. It is curious to me because as a reseller he has unfettered access to just about anything he could desire, so I figure he must know something.
So I asked. He boasted that to him the screen is better and brighter, and that Android overall does more and thus is superior to iOS. I decided to dig into it and see what he likes about it.
To start the Samsung Fascinate is known by some as the Galaxy S running Android 2.1 OS. It is a specifications monster with features up the yin-yang.
Features and Specifications:
Tens of thousands of apps on the Android Market
- Responsive Android platform
- Integrates with Google Mobile Services
- 4-inch Super AMOLED anti-reflective Touchscreen
- HD-quality video recording
- Thin Form Factor
- Longer battery life
- Instant social networking capabilities
- Fast texting with Swype
- Full HTML browser
- Fast 3G network support
- AllShare™ DLNA Certified®
- 1GHz Hummingbird processor
- 16 CB built-in memory (expandable to another 32GB)
- Surround-sound stereo
- 3.5mm ear jack
- 5.0MP camera and camcorder with autofocus
- HD video recording (720p), stream to DLNA-enabled HDTV.
- Carrier: Verizon Wireless
- Form Factor
- Touchscreen, QWERTY
- Size: 4.18” x 2.5” x 0.39”
- 4.5 ounces
- Color: Black
- Battery: up to 300 hours* up to 5 hours 50 minutes*
- Battery Type and Size Lithium Ion, 1500mAh
- Network: CDMA: 1x 800/1900MHz
- Data Speed EVDO, Rev A
- SAR Value: Head 0.57 W/kg
- SAR Value: Body 0.52 W/kg
- Platform: Android 2.1OS
- CPU: 1GHz, Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor, Samsung
- Display: Main Display Resolution 480 x 800 Pixel
- 4” Display, Super AMOLED™
- Touch Screen User Interface
- Widgets; TouchWiz;Social Hub; Smart Unlock; Accelerometer
- Camera: 5.0 megapixel camera, 4x Digital Zoom
- Auto Focus; Shot Modes: Single, Beauty, Continuous, Panorama, Vintage, Add me, Action, Cartoon; Smile Shot; Geotagging; Editing Modes; Camcorder; DivX®; HD Recording; HD Playback; Video Share; TVOut; Online Image Uploading
- Audio: Music Player; Compatible Music Files: AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB,AMR-WB,eAAC+, EVRC, MIDI, QCELP, SP-MIDI,WMA (v9/10); Audio, Streaming; Ringtones, Polyphonic: 72–note; MP3/Music Tones
- Video: Video Player; Compatible Video Files: 3G2, 3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV (V9), Xvid, DivX®; Video, Streaming
- Fun and Entertainment: Downloadable Content; Wallpapers, Animated; Samsung Widget Gallery; Samsung Media Hub
- Business & Office: Microsoft® OfficeCompatible
- Messaging Options
- Email; Corporate Email; Picture Messaging; Text Messaging; Instant Messaging; Threaded/ChatStyle; Video Messaging; Swype™; Predictive Text (XT9®)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth®; Bluetooth® Profiles: A2DP, AVDTP, AVRCP, BPP,GAVDP, HFP 1.5, HSP, OPP,PBAP; WiFi; HTML Browser; Flash®; Java™; GPS
- Memory: Internal Memory 2GB
- External Memory Type 32GB 16GB microSD™ Included
- SDHC/SHD SD Card
- Calling Functions: Speakerphone; Voice Recognition; Voicemail; Visual Voicemail; Speech-to-text; Text-to-speech;Etiquette/Gesture Mode; MusicID; Picture Caller ID; Multitasking; Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC): M3; TTY; Airline Mode
I was only to hold the Samsung Fascinate in my hands for a few brief minutes but even that was long enough to tempt me into thinking about buying or borrowing one to see if I can be drawn away from joining the world of iPhone and stepping into the ranks of Samsung.
More to come!
Most CEOs seem to have learned competitive strategy development in Kindergarden or the first grade when and where it was simple and basic.
Somewhere along the line that strategy must have proven effective and worked, because today it has quickly become the very essence of the ways of modern business and new product development especially in these rapidly moving and all-too challenging times.
The latest example of this is mighty Microsoft moving into smartphone and tablet markets while deploying a new marketplace web store to support their new generation of Windows Mango phones and probably more.
It is not my imagination that as I looked over the latest pictures of smartphones about to be released, they all looked like Apple iPhones. Now that is Design-style “Follow the leader” taken to the extreme.
There are surely thousands of other and sometimes better examples as this technique has now become THE most effective and most used business strategy for entering new markets and/or remaining in a market and keeping up with the market leader.
Most analysis is focused on how Apple has managed to whether decades long Microsoft challenges to work design and device magic on the marketplace and move into the envied position they now hold.
I could declare that all this demonstrates a lack of creativity or style, but the “perps” would surely reply that they just don’t have the time nor money to waste on any unproven design, just ask HP how that worked out for them.
Samsung Galaxy-S2 Whitet
Could it be true? Will there be an iPhone 5 competitor on the scene before the iPhone 5? Well, according to the usually trusty CNET, Samsung is planning to release a cool white version of the popular Galaxy S2 in early September 2011. Just ahead of the much anticipated release of Apple’s anticipated iPhone 5.
Hardware and software wise, Samsung’s white S2 is exactly the same as the black S2, that has already hit 5 million sales before it’s even reached the shores and stores of the US.
Samsung is already in a bit of a sticky spot with Apple who views Samsung’s Galaxy line as flagrant copies of erstwhile Apple products and is agressively attempting to halt the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US.
For Korean’s Samsung all of this will be no small task. A September release will put the white S2 in direct competition with the current and next version of Apple’s iPhone.
A worthy Android iPhone competitor is desired by many consumers but some industry insiders seriously doubt whether companies like Samsung can actually overcome the legal and creative hurdles before them. Let’s all revisit this sizzling topic in September and see then exactly where we are.
Oh come on now! Really…
Last week it was widely reported that lofty Apple was suing Samsung in Northern Cali court. Now, In a serious game of corporate “tag, you’re it” We just learned that Samsung is suing Apple in Europe and Asia. IWeeks ago I wrote another article called “To Innovate or litigate” predicting this could be the likely future of competition. Not knowing at the time just how quickly and sure that scenario would actually play out and come true. Now here we are entering the Innovation Twilight Zone and the Litigation Outer Limits.
Samsung has responded to Apple’s recent patent lawsuit by filing a frontal assault of its own on more familiar and agreeable turf. The lawsuit was filed against the Apple on Friday in South Korea, Japan, and Germany. Samsung’s lawsuits don’t directly address Apple’s suit filed earlier in the US, even though they do accuse Apple with violating a number of Samsung’s patents related to how devices communicate with cell towers. According to Samsung, Apple has infringed on patents on how to reduce transmission errors, reduce power during data transmission, and tether a device to a PC to share its data connection.
Apple’s suit against Samsung accuses Samsung of copying Apple’s user interface design, packaging, and product design for the iPhone and iPad.
Additionally, Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee implied that Apple is simply being a bully attempting to stiffle Samsung’s recent success.
There clearly are similarities between the companies’ products. For example, iPad/iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab/Galaxy S look alike in physical design. and in UI the Galaxy looks just like iOS—In general Samsung’s products have grown closer to Apple’s seemingly without restraint. The phones and tablets do share various characteristics, but both companies believe that they have the upper hand when it comes to product design and innovation. Samsung is the first competitor to offer major tablet competition to the iPad, and Samsung’s handsets are finding acceptane with with Android users. Apple contends that Samsung has “crossed the line,” so everybody get ready for a patent fight like we have only rarely seen before.
Apple has taken steps to sue Samsung over Samsung’s Galaxy line. It has been reliably reported that Apple is serious about taking on high-flying Samsung over Galaxy phones and tablets. The Apple-Samsung relationship is messy and overly complicated. Tangled customer-supplier relationships like this are often points of contention and conflict. This one promises to be momentous and classic.
What’s up is that Apple is suing Samsung over Galaxy smartphones and tablets for what they are claiming are alleged patent infringements. This case is but the latest chapter of an odd coopetition/supplier arrangement that appears to be leading to the possibility of major technology wars ahead.
According to reliable sources, Apple has filed a lengthy lawsuit against Samsung in U.S. District Court here in Northern California. Apple is alleging patent and trademark infringement and wants an immediate injunction and damages.
Most would agree that Samsung’s latest Galaxy devices look like iPad and iPhone clones. The lawsuit alleges that Samsung as a copycat is not playing fair. Is this a sign of the times. YES! There are similar suits going on all across the industry between Nokia, HTC, Apple, RIM, HTC and others.
What’s most interesting here, is watching the fur fly between a prime customer and their leading supplier. Apple is a huge Samsung customer and it is believed Samsung’s biggest customer with Apple dependant on Samsung for vital parts. The problem is that Apple sees Samsung as both a valuable source and a serious threat. This episode seems to be the last dance between Samsung and Apple. We’ll keep an eye on this one.
I have been awaiting a real advance in display technologies for over a decade. Now lofty Samsung heralds a new transparent display technology. They are showing around a prototype is called TDK’s flexible OLED display, lately Samsung has started to mass produce a 22-inch transparent LCD panel relying on ambient light instead of back lighting, the transparent panels consume 90 percent less electricity than regular LCD panels. it will be quite a while before these transparent panels see the light of day on our desktops but Samsung is producing 2 transparent LCD panels – one black and white and the other a color version. Both have a contrast ratio of 500:1 and resolution of 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA). Both also incorporate HDMI and USB interfaces.
These display panels are expected to come in at high prices – and possibly while the bigwigs at Samsung search for real markets and uses in home and office applications – Samsung is aiming at corporations and schools that could use them as an interactive communication devices. What will Apple do with them?
MANY THANKS AND CREDIT TO GIZMAG FOR THE STORY LINKS AND LEAD.