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MWC: Samsung Unveils Galaxy S5, Gear Fit Health Tracker

February 24, 2014 3:11 pm | News | Comments

After selling 200 million Galaxy devices to date, Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy S5 at the Unpacked 5 event at Mobile World Congress. Following a mini concert by the Barcelona Opera House chamber orchestra, Samsung CEO JK Shin emerged, standing in front of a huge screen displaying the four previous iterations of Galaxy flagship devices.

Samsung's New Smartwatches Have Fitness Features

February 24, 2014 10:59 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's first Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out last fall amid much fanfare, but it landed with a thud in the marketplace. Samsung and its smartwatch rivals had failed to persuade many consumers that they need to be able to constantly check messages from their wrists. Wearable devices that succeeded tended to be fitness products such as the Fitbit.

Govt Closes Antitrust Probe of Samsung

February 7, 2014 3:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it has closed an investigation of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. over alleged misuse of patents to exclude some Apple iPhone and iPad models from the U.S. market. Apple Inc. has said some Samsung wireless patents are being offered on unfair terms, hurting competition.

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Which OEMs Could Use a Big MWC

February 4, 2014 3:28 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Mobile World Congress isn’t for every phone maker. Hyped-up standalone product events from big players like Apple and Samsung have discouraged many companies from using annual trade shows as a venue for product announcements. Still, a few struggling OEMs could use the boost a high-profile MWC turn can provide, and more will show off products just to parse out the sheer volume of devices they’ll be launching during the coming year.

Google, Cisco Sign Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement

February 4, 2014 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google and Cisco have signed a “long-term” patent cross-licensing agreement. The companies said the agreement will increase the value taken from their respective portfolios and, more importantly, diffuse some of the risk for future litigation. Google’s new agreement with Cisco comes shortly after the company entered similar agreements with Samsung and Ericsson related to GSM, UMTS, and LTE standards for both networks and handsets.

Report: Nearly One Billion Smartphones Shipped in 2013

January 28, 2014 10:19 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Smartphone manufacturers shipped 990 million units worldwide in 2013, up 41 percent from the 700 million smartphones shipped in 2012. Strategy Analytics most recent numbers showed Huawei, Lenovo and LG all growing rapidly and combining for 14 percent of the global market.

FirstNews Briefs: Samsung, KT, Sprint, AT&T, Equinix, Wilson Electronics

January 27, 2014 10:29 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and KT announced that a commercial eMBMS (evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service) will be made available to KT’s LTE subscribers using the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from January 27. Samsung partnered with KT to provide its eMBMS network equipment and solutions in support of the service’s rollout.

Ericsson, Google, Samsung Sign License Agreements to Ease Patent Spats

January 27, 2014 9:39 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ericsson, Google and Samsung are looking to play nice by signing cross-license agreements that will put many of their existing arguments to rest. According to a press, Ericsson has agreed to a cross-license agreement with Samsung that covers patents relating to GSM, UMTS, and LTE standards for both networks and handsets. 

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Mixed Views on Samsung After Stellar 2013

January 24, 2014 1:55 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For the first time in more than two years, Samsung's quarterly net profit declined from the previous quarter, its latest result showed Friday. The maker of Galaxy smartphones said its net profit for the October-December period fell 11 percent from the third quarter to 7.3 trillion won ($6.8 billion).

SK Telecom to Show Off 450 Mbps LTE-Advanced at MWC

January 20, 2014 9:49 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SK Telecom said it has successfully developed 3 Band LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation technology and plans to show off network speeds of up to 450 Mbps at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC). The Korean wireless provider said Monday that it can combine three bands—two 10 MHz bands and one 20 MHz—and hit aggregated downlink rates of 300 Mbps.

Samsung, Apple CEOs to Discuss Lawsuit Settlement

January 9, 2014 9:11 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The chiefs of Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. will meet to discuss settling a bitter two year legal battle over designs and technologies of smartphones and tablets. A filing with the U.S. District court in San Jose showed Thursday that senior legal executives from Apple and Samsung agreed earlier this week that the CEOs will meet by or before Feb. 19.

First News Briefs: Google, Sunpartner, Bitcasa, Samsung, Novatel

January 7, 2014 10:45 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Google has teamed up with automotive and technology leaders Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia to form the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), a global alliance aimed at accelerating auto innovation with an approach that offers openness, customization and scale.

Samsung's 4Q Profit Hit by Slowing Mobile Growth

January 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Quarterly earnings at Samsung Electronics Co. fell for the first time in two years as sales of smartphones and tablets slowed in developed countries. The South Korean company Tuesday estimated an operating profit of 8.3 trillion won ($7.8 billion) for the final three months of 2013, a 6 percent decline over a year earlier.

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Wave of Wearable Gadgets Expected at CES Event

January 6, 2014 9:37 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Will 2014 be remembered as the year wearable computing took off? Upstart entrepreneurs and major manufacturers such as Samsung, Qualcomm and Sony certainly hope so. Gadgets that you snap, buckle or fasten to your body are already marketed to fitness freaks obsessed with tracking every possible metric their bodies produce. 

First News Briefs: AT&T, Broadsoft, Axiros, TESSCO, Samsung, RacoWireless

December 17, 2013 10:20 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T today announced the availability of  a new application programming interface (API) toolkit that can help businesses make mobile transactions safer and easier for AT&T mobile subscribers. The toolkit allows businesses to automate fraud avoidance queries and the completion of basic forms for subscribers during transactions.

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!

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.

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.

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