Tokyo court sides with Samsung

A court in Tokyo has ruled that Samsung did not infringe on any of the design patents held by Apple. These patents related to transferring media content between separate mobile phones. This represents a key victory for the South Korean firm just a week after it lost a landmark patent case in the US and was consequently ordered to pay $1.05 billion (£665 million). Tokyo…

We weren’t biased towards Apple, says jury foreman

The verdict in the recent Apple-Samsung patent trial in the US sent shockwaves throughout the technology industry and left the South Korean firm reeling. Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1.05 billion (£665 million) after it was found guilty of infringing several of software technologies and design patents. The South Korean company's own claims that Apple had breached its patents were rejected and experts have…

Samsung announce Windows Phone 8 device

Samsung has become the first manufacturer to officially announce a Windows Phone 8 device, with the launch of the Ativ S. It has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an eight megapixel rear camera paired alongside a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera. Microsoft announced the device on its Windows Phone blog just before Samsung officially launched it at the IFA trade show…

Motorola’s Intel phone is set for a September launch

Google's Motorola Mobility has confirmed that it plans to release its first smartphone powered by Intel chip at an event in London on September 18th. Intel chips are already used in a number of mobile phones made by Lava, Lenovo and Gigabyte, however, this news marks a significant step in the efforts of Google to crack the smartphone market. The search giant first announced its…

Mobile augmented reality apps to get 2.5bn downloads by 2017

A new report published by Juniper Research has found that by 2017, there will be over 2.5 billion mobile augmented reality apps downloaded to smartphones and tablets every year. Augmented reality apps combine reality with digital overlay allowing instances where consumers are able to virtually try on items of clothing by using their mobile phones. It is related to a more general concept called mediated…

Android and iOS adoption explodes worldwide

New research has shown that the rate of iOS and Android device adoption has surpassed that of any consumer technology in history. The research - conducted by Flurry - is based on analytics data from 200,000 applications. It claims that there were more than 640 million Android and iOS devices in use during July 2012 alone. Flurry estimates that it can reliably detect over 90…

Samsung to launch new Note phablet

Fresh from the punishment it received in the US for infringing Apple design patents, Samsung is set to launch a new phone-cum-tablet (phablet) in Berlin today (August 29th). It will launch the second generation of its popular Galaxy Note in one of Europe's biggest electronics show in Berlin, Reuters news agency reports. Last Friday, a US Federal Court found Samsung guilty of infringing a number…

Apple-Samsung phone ban hearing date set

Apple's legal motion to have a number of Samsung's mobile phones banned in the US will be heard in court in December. A jury found Samsung guilty of infringing a number of design patents of Apple's on Friday (August 24th) and ordered the South Korean firm to pay more than $1 billion (£664 million) in damages. Judge Lucy Koh had originally suggested that Apple's request…