Two decisions in two different countries about the same patent issue in a single day. How’s that for coincidence? An Apple vs. Samsung fight over a couple of user-interface patents has been decided independently in both South Korea and the US today.
The South Korean decision, which was issued first, was more balanced toward both sides: Samsung violated Apple’s patents on the “bounce-back” effect and slide-to-unlock, but didn’t copy Apple’s designs; Apple violated a couple of Samsung’s wireless patents. They each owe each other five-digit damage sums (Apple owes Samsung about 50% more than Samsung owes Apple), and sales of Apple iPhone and iPad and Samsung Galaxy products are temporarily banned in South Korea. [Read more →]
Samsung just announced a pair of 4″ and 5″ media players. BTW, do you recall that Galaxy 5 Wifi we saw a few weeks back? I bet that’s one of the 2 announced today.
The Galaxy players come with a pair of cameras (VGA & 2.3MP), Wifi, 8GB Flash Storage, a microSD card slot, speaker, microphonel, and they’re running Android v 2.2 (2.3 coming as an upgrade). They will also ship with Flash support and VOIP support. [Read more →]
Samsung new 10″ Android tablet cleared the FCC last week. Unfortunately for us, almost everything has been concealed. All I have to show you is this diagram of the back of the Tab 10.
BTW, when I first reported this tablet, I (and a bunch of other tech blogs) called it the Galaxy Tab 2. It’s not.
For the time being there is no official Samsung Galaxy Tab 10 release date or price tag, but word has gotten around that Samsung will rethink some details about this tablet (because the iPad 2 launched last week).
You can get a current 7″ Galaxy tab for about $500, which suggests that the larger size will have trouble competing with the iPad 2.
Yesterday I posted that when it comes to tablets I liked 5″ and 9″ screens more than I liked 7″ screens. This Galaxy S is an example of why. Samsung showed off this 5″ tablet at MWC this week. It has a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a 800 x 480-resolution display, a 5MP camera (with a flash), and it runs Android 2.2. It also has full market access and the usual Google apps.
Charbax shot a hands-on video and it’s at the end of the post. [Read more →]
The hot story of the past couple days has been Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, a 10.1″ Android tablet. Apparently Samsung listened to all the naysayers who said a 7″ screen is too small.
A fair number of details have leaked over the past couple days, but I decided to wait. I’m posting the story now because Samsung Hub managed to score some early pictures. The new Tab has a 10.1-inch screen (1280×800), 8MP camera with HD video recording, and a pair of speakers. It’s supposedly running Honeycomb (Android v3.0) on NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor.
[Read more →]
From the press release:
txtr, the Berlin based leading provider of eReading solutions and bol.com, the largest online shop in the Netherlands, have teamed up to accelerate the booming Dutch eBook market. From the middle of November every Samsung Galaxy tablet and smartphone sold by bol.com will feature a preinstalled eBook bol.com store powered by txtr. Vodafone complements the offer with a monthly subscription to data connectivity. Bol.com also offers in the same store a downloadable app to any android or iPhone/iPad user. [Read more →]
Samsung must really be planning to push the ebook aspect.
You might recall that the Galaxy Tab ships with a Kobo app. Well, Kobo might be a viable solution for English language ebooks, but they haven’t even touched the Japanese language market yet.
I wonder what other ebookstores Samsung will partner with?
From Trading Markets: [Read more →]
Since everyone is covering this tablet, I was going to pass. It’s not worth my time to be one of the crowd. But I noticed a detail in the press release:
The Samsung GALAXY Tab is packed with services to complement and enhance your life in different ways. Access to Android Marketplace lets users download apps and personalise their device infinitely. …
Readers Hub – Samsung Readers Hub consolidates e-reading applications such as eBooks, magazines, and newspapers. Users can enjoy ‘reading’ with unified and intuitive user experience, powered by global eReading service leaders, Kobo, PressDisplay and Zinio.
Embedding the apps is nothing unusually, but did you see the screen shot? Samsung provided a new interface for the 3 apps. Now that was clever.
BTW, if you want to read a Galaxy Tab hands on post, you might want to visit SlashGear.
Samsung’s 7″ Android tablet showed up in the FCC today. All the docs are hidden, so I didn’t learn anything new. There was nom ention of price or release date.
Update: The specs have been released by Samsung. There’s also a new commercial after the break.
- Android 2.2 running TouchWiz 3.0
- 7-inch LCD, 1024 x 600 resolution
- 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird CPU
- 16GB or 32GB Flash storage
- microSDHC card slot (up to 32GB supported)
- Front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and rear 3 megapixel camera with flash
- 3G data / voice
- speaker, microphone
- Bluetooth, WiFi
- Full HD video playback
- Weighs 380 grams
- 4Ah battery
- There’s a 30-pin dock connector on the bottom that allows for HDMI, USB, and docking accessories (a car dock at least is planned)
[Read more →]
From the press release:
As part of the re-launch of the Stories from the Golden Age site (www.goldenagestories.com), book publishing company Galaxy Press has created its own radio station that will feature unabridged, multi-cast audiobooks of pulp fiction short stories and books written by author L. Ron Hubbard in the 1930s and 1940s, and offering such content for free.In addition to the Golden Age Radio, downloads of any of several eBooks and audiobooks written by pulp fiction author L. Ron Hubbard are also being offered for free at www.goldenagestories.com. The free eBook and audiobook downloads are part of an ongoing effort to educate general readers on pulp fiction stories written in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.