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Can Smartphones Snap Out of Technological Stupor?

December 16, 2013 9:25 am | by Michael Liedtke & 
Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

This may be remembered as the year smartphones became boring. Although high-definition displays on smartphones have gotten bigger and their cameras have gotten better, the pace of gee-whiz innovation has dawdled. martphone and software makers are working on ways to snap out of this technological lull...

Report: Samsung Could Launch Up to Five Smartphones in 1Q 2014

December 4, 2013 12:09 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Keeping with its rapid-fire device launch schedule, Samsung could unveil up to five smartphones, including the “Galaxy S5,” early next year. Android Guys spotted an ET News report citing an industry source who said the follow-up to the Galaxy S4 could arrive as early as the end of March. That early release date would put it at least a month ahead of the Galaxy S4’s late April launch from this year.

Wireless Week Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 2 (20-16)

December 3, 2013 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year!

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Report: Tablets to Eat Up 50 Percent of PC Market in 2014

November 26, 2013 11:21 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sticking desktops, laptops and tablets together into the client PC market, Canalys sees tablets grabbing almost 50 percent of the total in 2014. Canalys is forecasting total tablet domination, with 285 million units to ship next year and that number hitting 396 million by 2017. Unsurprisingly, Apple and Samsung are expected to lead the charge.

Jury Orders Samsung to Pay Apple $290 Million

November 22, 2013 9:10 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley jury on Thursday added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is on the hook for to $930 million.

Jury Ends Day 2 of Samsung-Apple Deliberations

November 21, 2013 9:12 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Silicon Valley jurors failed to reach a decision Wednesday and will return for a third day of deliberations to determine how much Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad. A previous jury found Samsung guilty of infringing several Apple patents in making and marketing 26 devices...

Tizen Could be Good for Android

November 19, 2013 7:47 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

If Samsung can attract enough partnerships and a developer base to build out the Tizen ecosystem, it’s likely the company’s shift away from Android will occur and that it will be seismic. It’s hard to imagine who’ll fare worse in that divorce, but it’s nice to at least think the Android kids worldwide will get a more stable home out of it.

Jury Set to Decide how Much Samsung Owes Apple

November 19, 2013 7:34 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley jury is set Tuesday to begin deciding behind closed doors how much Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad. Apple is demanding $380 million. Samsung counters that it only owes $52 million for using features such as "pinch-to-zoom" in 13 older-generation products.

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Qualcomm’s Toq Smartwatch Out Dec. 2, Starting at $350

November 18, 2013 9:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

As promised Qualcomm making available its Toq smartwatch on Dec. 2 and will be charging $350 for the wearable. Toq’s highlight feature is its Mirasol display which is always on and performs better in sunlight than an LED. The device also takes advantage of WiPower LE charging and comes with charging tray that fits the watch and the Bluetooth earpieces.

Samsung Says It Owes Apple $52 million

November 14, 2013 9:18 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — How much does Samsung Electronics owe Apple for copying vital features of the iPhone and iPad? Apple says $380 million. Samsung counters with $52 million. It's possible a jury presiding over a patent trial in a San Jose courtroom will find somewhere in between.

Testimony to Begin in Apple-Samsung Patent Trial

November 13, 2013 9:19 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The billion dollar patent fight between the world's two biggest smartphone makers is resuming in a Silicon Valley courtroom. Lawyers for rivals Apple Inc. and South Korea-based Samsung Electronics Co. were scheduled to deliver opening statements Wednesday in a San Jose courtroom in a trial to determine how much Samsung owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features.

Many Millions at Stake at Second Apple-Samsung Trial

November 12, 2013 9:08 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest round in Apple and Samsung's bitter global battle for supremacy in the more than $300 billion smartphone market begins Tuesday in a courtroom a few miles from Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters. In courts, government tribunals and regulatory agencies around world...

First News Briefs: Sprint, Delphi, Cloudberry, Samsung

November 11, 2013 11:03 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Sprint Cloud Optimizer is now available with Microsoft’s cloud productivity solution Office 365 offered by Sprint. It features caching technology that lets users access the collaboration functionality of Office 365 and SharePoint Online as well as read access to customer-selected public websites from virtually anywhere, even if they have limited or no Internet access.

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Samsung Aims to Topple Apple as No. 1 in Tablets

November 6, 2013 9:14 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. has a new goal after overtaking Apple in smartphones: it wants to be world No. 1 in tablet computers too. A top executive, Shin Jong-kyun, told analysts on Wednesday that Samsung's tablet business is growing rapidly and the company will become the biggest maker of tablet computers.

Samsung Signs Five-Year Patent License Agreement with Nokia

November 4, 2013 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung has extended by five years a patent license agreement with Nokia. Nokia announced the extension of the agreement that was scheduled to conclude at the end of 2013. Samsung will begin with additional compensation at the beginning of 2014 and the full amount of compensation will enter arbitration to be decided before the end 2015.

Apple, Microsoft Sue Samsung, Google Over Nortel Patents

November 1, 2013 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Reuters reports that Rockstar, the group that in 2011 successfully bid $4.5 billion in a bankruptcy auction for Nortel’s patents, has filed suit for patent infringement against Samsung, Google, HTC, Huawei and four other companies.  Rockstar is co-owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony and Ericsson.

First News Briefs: Sprint, Samsung, UPS, Ruckus, SanDisk, Magisto, Viddi

October 31, 2013 9:53 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Sprint has selected Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC to support the deployment of a next-generation network in the 2.5 GHz spectrum (3GPP Band 41) with Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE-TDD) equipment.

Smartwatches Abound. But Who Really Wants One?

October 30, 2013 9:46 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Computerized wristwatches that display message alerts and weather updates are abound this holiday season: Consumer electronics companies are trying to persuade you to add these smartwatches to your shopping lists. Samsung and Sony have devices out, and Qualcomm has one coming before the holidays. Apple is believed to be making one, and a new report says Google is developing one, too.

Report: Samsung Grabs 29 Percent of 3Q Global Phone Market

October 29, 2013 10:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Global phone shipments for the third quarter hit 418 million units, growing seven percent annually and marking the highest growth rate for the market since 2011. The numbers compiled in Strategy Analytic’s latest research indicate that Samsung accounted for nearly 29 percent of the total worldwide cell phone shipments, almost doubling the market share of its closest competitor Nokia, that claimed 15.5 percent.

Review: Curved Phone Falls Flat, Literally

October 29, 2013 9:13 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Galaxy Round created some buzz in tech circles when Samsung announced it earlier this month, but no one in the downtown Seoul cafe where I played with the curved screen smartphone asked me about it or even gave a curious glance. That is likely because the curve is so subtle it is not apparent without a close look.

Samsung to Expand Devices That Work with Gear

October 28, 2013 3:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung says its new Galaxy Gear computerized watch will be compatible with several older phones through a software update. One big flaw with the $300 Gear is that in the U.S., it's compatible only with the new Galaxy Note 3 phone, which costs another $300 with a two-year service agreement. Last week, Samsung Electronics Co. said the Gear will also work with the Galaxy S4 Mini when that comes out next month.

First News Briefs: Samsung, NBA, ZigBee Alliance, ARM, Alcatel-Lucent

October 28, 2013 10:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced a comprehensive multiyear marketing and technology partnership. Samsung is now the official handset, tablet, and television provider of the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and NBA Development League (NBA D-League).

LG Jabs at Samsung With Intro of “Real” Curved Smartphone

October 28, 2013 9:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

LG today officially announced the G Flex, a 6-inch Android smartphone that curves to “follow the contour of the face” and features a “self-healing” back cover. Besides accommodating round heads and apparently fitting better into back pockets, the curved design enables some new UX tricks, too. QTheater allows users to draw back a curtain, cinema-style, to launch photos, videos and the YouTube app.

Samsung’s 3Q Profits Up 26 Percent

October 25, 2013 9:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung once again posted a record quarter with third quarter net profits climbing to around $7.8 billion, up 26 percent annually. Total sales of $55.5 billion represented a three percent quarterly jump and $34.4 billion in revenue from Samsung’s mobile division accounted for a huge chunk of the big sales number.

Taiwan Body Fines Samsung for Blasting Local Rival

October 24, 2013 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission on Thursday fined the local unit of South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. for undermining the reputation of Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corp. In a notice on its website, the consumer protection body said that Samsung had organized an Internet campaign in violation of fair trade rules to praise Samsung smartphones while slamming those of HTC.

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