The cat's out of the bag. Samsung and Google's next flagship smartphone — the Galaxy Nexus (previously codenamed Nexus Prime) just had its specs leaked out by a Japanese carrier flyer and it's about as feature-packed and powerful as we expected it to be.
A few days ago, Samsung pushed out a teaser video for a new smartphone it plans to unveil on October 11. Nobody thought much of video at first, but an intrepid fan stitched together several frames from the video and managed to get the above render. Is this the Nexus S successor, the Nexus Prime?
Apple's iPhone 4S doesn't launch until October 14, but Samsung doesn't care. It's suing Apple in France and Italy over patented wireless technology. Samsung's wish is to ban the iPhone 4S from being sold in both countries — retaliation for Apple getting courts to ban its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in several countries.
It seems to me that a case or a stand would make for the most logical accessory for a tablet. A bike? Not so much. But that's just what Samsung's cooked up.
The gears are already in motion whether Apple likes it or not. T-Mobile confirmed that it will be the first to sell Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet — a tablet that's been banned from sale in a few European countries for ripping off the iPad's design.
Following in Apple's shoes, the Galaxy Player line is to the Galaxy S/SII smartphones as the iPod Touch is to the iPhone: Wi-Fi only, not a phone and cheaper. We got to play with them and here's our takeaway.
The iPhone 5 hasn't even been officially introduced yet, and Samsung's pulling out its guns — patent guns, to be precise. The Korean electronics giant that Apple has been suing hard as of late plans to fight fire with fire and aims to ban sales of the soon-to-be iPhone 5 shortly after it launches in South Korea.
So let me get this straight. Company A patents a technology. Company S uses this technology. Company A sues Company S for co-opting its patents, and the courts (so far) agree — and Company A is the bad guy? Yes, I'm talking about what happened at IFA last week. Even though I was at IFA, I missed Samsung removing all evidence of the existence of its just-announced Galaxy Tab 7.7 after a Dusseldorf district court granted Apple's injunction like Josef Stalin removed Leon Trotsky (amongst others) from all Soviet history. I was busy touring the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, then wandering around historic Potsdam, thinking all the action at the Messe Berlin fairgrounds was kaput. Oops. Yet, when my compatriot Michael Trei passed along the report of Samsung's embarrassment from my fellow IFA traveler Chris Davies of SlashGear, who obviously stayed on the job over the weekend (show-off), he was flamed by many who called Apple a bully because they saw Apple's multi-touch patents akin to patenting a wave of your hand. Sorry, Apple-haters. Not only are you objectively and demonstrably wrong, you're wrong at the top of your voice. Apple may well be a bully in a host of business dealings (and it is), but multi-touch technology — in fact, ALL simple-looking technology — is a mite more complicated than your dismissive gesture of flipping the bird at Apple.
Things aren't looking very good for Samsung. A German court upped the design lawsuit stakes by permanently banning it from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Germany, calling its design too similar to Apple's iPad. Get ready for oval tablets.
Just two days after it was unveiled with much fanfare at the IFA show in Berlin, Samsung has removed all traces of the Galaxy 7.7 tablet from their display.