Samsung promises all-day battery life from new smartphones in 2012

By on January 17, 2012 at 2:50 PM.

Samsung promises all-day battery life from new smartphones in 2012

Samsung understands that battery life is a big problem when it comes to smartphones. The company is looking to fix that, however, promising that all Samsung smartphones coming out this year will last all day on a single charge with average to moderately heavy use. “When you wake up to when you go to bed, we don’t want you feeling anxiety about your battery life,” Samsung VP of product innovation Kevin Packingham said in an interview with CNET. Motorola recently announced the DROID RAZR MAXX, a variant of the DROID RAZR featuring a massive 3,300 mAh battery. Samsung will also move to larger batteries, though the company plans to focus on optimizing different aspects of the phone as well, according to Packingham. The changes will come from the way a phone acts when searching for Wi-Fi, to the way it connects to 4G LTE networks. Packingham acknowledged that Samsung “wasn’t quite there yet,” in regards to the company’s first 4G LTE smartphone, the DROID Charge. Despite these upcoming improvements, Packingham noted that power users will always face problems with battery life. More →

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Every Verizon phone just 1¢ from Amazon (iPhone not included)

By on October 12, 2011 at 7:40 PM.

Every Verizon phone just 1¢ from Amazon (iPhone not included)

Amazon’s wireless arm is offering a limited-time sale during which each and every Verizon Wireless cell phone it offers can be had for just a penny. The sale does not, unfortunately, include the iPhone 4S or the iPhone 4. From now through 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 17th, AmazonWireless is selling a total of 31 different Verizon cell phones for 1¢ each. Sleek smartphones such as the HTC DROID Incredible 2, the Motorola DROID 3 and the Motorola DROID X2 are included, as are new 4G LTE phones like the Motorola DROID BIONIC and the Samsung DROID Charge 4G. A new 2-year contract must be signed with each purchase, and all devices include free 2-day shipping. More →

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Amazon 4G phone sale: DROID Charge, ThunderBolt, Revolution for 1¢ each

By on August 26, 2011 at 7:55 PM.

Amazon 4G phone sale: DROID Charge, ThunderBolt, Revolution for 1¢ each

Amazon’s wireless arm is having another big sale on 4G phones this weekend, with some of the lowest prices you’ll find on 4G LTE smartphones from Verizon Wireless. From now through Monday, August 29th, Amazon is offering the Samsung DROID Charge, the HTC ThunderBolt and the LG Revolution starting at just 1¢ each. To get the penny deals, you’ll need to open up a new individual or family account with Verizon Wireless; existing customers upgrading their phones will have to pay a premium. Links to each of the three deals follow below. More →

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Judge denies Apple’s request for expedited patent trial with Samsung

By on July 13, 2011 at 3:11 PM.

Judge denies Apple’s request for expedited patent trial with Samsung

A federal judge on Tuesday denied Apple’s request for an expedited trial in the company’s patent case against Samsung, FOSS Patents reports. “The Court agrees [with Samsung] that Apple has not established substantial harm or prejudice justifying a shortened briefing and hearing schedule for its Motion to Expedite,” Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said. Judge Koh also pointed out that Apple “had been aware of its infringement claims for at least a year and engaged in negotiations with Samsung during that time,” so the company has had more than enough time to consider possible legal courses of action. Apple recently filed requests with both a U.S. district court and with the International Trade Commission seeking a preliminary injunction to block the import and sale of several of Samsung’s mobile devices. Apple calls the devices, which include Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the DROID Charge, “copycat” products that infringe on Apple patents and mimic Apple designs. More →

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Canaccord: iPhone 4, DROID Charge, Infuse 4G among most popular smartphones in June

By on July 8, 2011 at 3:04 PM.

Canaccord: iPhone 4, DROID Charge, Infuse 4G among most popular smartphones in June

Checks performed by Canaccord Genuity analysts T. Michael Walkley, Charles John and Matthew D. Ramsay show that Apple’s devices maintained their dominance in the U.S. market in June. The firm contacted carrier retail stores across the country to determine which smartphones were the most popular last month. At AT&T stores, Apple’s iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the Samsung Infuse 4G were the most popular devices, as they were in May. Apple’s iPhone 4 was also the best-selling smartphone at Verizon Wireless stores again in June, followed by the Samsung DROID Charge and the HTC Thunderbolt. The brand new HTC EVO 3D topped EVO 4G and Epic 4G sales at Sprint last month, and the HTC Sensation 4G, Samsung Vibrant 4G and myTouch 4G were top-3 at T-Mobile. Canaccord found that iOS and Android showed growth in June while BlackBerry sales slid at all four carriers, and Motorola’s North American sales continued to slow as well. A chart showing Canaccord’s findings over the last six months can be seen below. More →

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Apple seeks preliminary injunction to halt sale of four Samsung devices

By on July 4, 2011 at 5:00 PM.

Apple seeks preliminary injunction to halt sale of four Samsung devices

Apple on Friday asked the U.S District Court in San Jose to issue a preliminary injunction that would halt the sale of four Samsung devices in the U.S. In its filing, Apple has asked the court to halt U.S. sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, Infuse 4G, DROID Charge and Nexus S 4G, alleging that the devices copy Apple’s mobile products and make use of its patents and intellectual property without authorization. Specifically, Apple claims the devices collectively infringe on three of its design patents and one utility patent. “The message that Samsung conveys to consumers with its imitative smartphone design is simple: ‘It’s just like an iPhone.’ Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 tablet sends a similar message: ‘It’s just like an iPad,’” Apple wrote in the filing. ” With the benefit of those messages, Samsung is seeking to take market share by trading off of the popularity of Apple’s products.” The move by Apple is the latest in a series of patent-related complaints Apple and Samsung have filed against each other in the U.S. and abroad over. More →

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Apple files new patent suit against Samsung

By on June 24, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

Apple files new patent suit against Samsung

Apple on Friday filed a new patent infringement lawsuit in South Korea alleging that multiple Samsung products are infringing its patents. “It is no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” an Apple spokesperson said regarding case. The move is the latest in an ongoing legal battle in which each company claims the other is making unlawful use of protected IP. Apple struck first back in April when the Cupertino-based technology giant sued Samsung, claim it copied “Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.” Samsung responded just one week later by filing countersuits in South Korea, Japan and Germany, and then in the U.S. as well. Both companies are thought to have grounds for legal action, but their close relationship stands to take a hit as a result of the feud; Apple is currently Samsung’s largest buyer of LCD components. More →

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Judge denies Samsung access to unreleased iPad, iPhone

By on June 22, 2011 at 10:07 AM.

Judge denies Samsung access to unreleased iPad, iPhone

According to FOSS Patents, a judge in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California has ruled that Samsung cannot view Apple’s next-generation iPad and iPhone products. The whole debacle started when Apple began accusing Samsung of creating copycat products — as such, it asked the Korean firm to produce its next-generation devices inside a court room. The court took Apple’s side and Samsung was forced to show Apple the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Infuse 4G, and DROID Charge. In an effort to prepare for further legal battles with Apple, Samsung wanted the same access to Apple’s next generation products. For now, that won’t happen. The reasoning behind the judge’s decision appears to be that Samsung had already showed off its products to members of the press and others. Apple, as usual, has kept its products close to the vest. More →

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Verizon expanding 4G LTE footprint on July 21st

By on June 21, 2011 at 6:52 PM.

Verizon expanding 4G LTE footprint on July 21st

Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday that it will expand its 4G LTE network to cover several new markets on July 21st. The following areas will receive coverage at that time: Huntsville, Alabama.; Augusta, Georgia.; Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.; Springfield, Massachusetts.; Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro-Winston, and Salem-High Point, North Carolina; and Knoxville, Tennessee. The carrier also said that it will expand the size of its current 4G LTE network in San Diego and Los Angeles. Read on for a press release describing Verizon’s California expansion. More →

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Apple adds more Samsung products to copycat lawsuit

By on June 17, 2011 at 3:30 PM.

Apple adds more Samsung products to copycat lawsuit

In April, Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung for intellectual property violations and alleged that Samsung’s Galaxy S, Nexus S, Epic 4G, and Galaxy Tab products, among others, were copycat devices that all-to-closely resembled Apple’s products. Now, the Cupertino-based firm has expanded that initial lawsuit to include several more of Samsung’s devices, including the DROID Charge, Exhibit 4G, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Prevail, Galaxy S, Gravity, Infuse 4G, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Galaxy S II. Here’s the kicker: Apple also believes Samsung’s hardware QWERTY sporting Sidekick 4G is infringing on its intellectual property. Apple argued that Samsung has products that “blatantly imitate the appearance of Apple’s products to capitalize on Apple’s success.” Samsung responded to the original lawsuit in April and said it is “responding actively to the legal action taken against us in order to protect our intellectual property and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business.” Read on for taste of Apple’s revised complaint. More →

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Verizon’s free 4G LTE mobile hotspot offer extended through July 6th

By on June 15, 2011 at 3:54 PM.

Verizon’s free 4G LTE mobile hotspot offer extended through July 6th

Here’s some good news for DROID Charge, LG Revolution, and HTC ThunderBolt owners: BGR has independently confirmed with Verizon Wireless that the carrier is extending its free 4G LTE mobile hotspot offer on those devices from June 15th to July 6th. Verizon Wireless will issue a software update on July 6th that deactivates the free promotion. Users will then need to pay for the service, and Verizon says 4G phone owners do not qualify for the 1GB $20 monthly option. While the carrier hasn’t yet confirmed new hotspot pricing, the next tier data plan is the $35 3GB monthly hotspot data plan, so that may be the new requirement.

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Verizon’s DROID Charge gets updated, personal hotspot bug fixed

By on June 13, 2011 at 11:58 PM.

Verizon’s DROID Charge gets updated, personal hotspot bug fixed

Over the weekend, Verizon Wireless began issuing a software update to the Samsung DROID Charge that addresses a number of issues. Most notably, the update repairs a bug that caused the Charge’s mobile hotspot feature to work only if users set the date back to last month. Beyond the personal hotspot fix, the update is said to bring improved web browsing and email, improved battery life, and several other enhancements. Users will be notified automatically when the over-the-air (OTA) update is ready for there devices, or impatient users can initiate the update manually. More →

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Amazon kicks off mobile sale, HTC ThunderBolt just $99

By on June 4, 2011 at 12:31 AM.

Amazon kicks off mobile sale, HTC ThunderBolt just $99

On Friday AmazonWireless announced a pretty stunning mobile phone sale. It’s now offering the HTC ThunderBolt and Motorola DROID X 2 for $99.99, the Samsung DROID Charge and LG Revolution for $149.99, the HTC Incredible 2 and HTC Trophy for $49.99, and the PlayStation Certified Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY for just a penny. The sale ends on June 8th, so if you’re a Verizon Wireless subscriber looking to save some money for summer barbeques, here’s your shot. More →

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