Because Samsung might have finally run out of meaningless titles for additional models to the Galaxy S4 line, the company has taken a short reprieve to trademark four new smartphones with equally incoherent names. Based on the filings, the Galaxy Core Prima, Galaxy Core Ultra, Galaxy Core Max and Galaxy Ace Style should all be making an appearance over the next few months, expanding on the Core and Ace budget device lineups. GalaxyClub.nl notes that the plethora of Galaxy Core filings could be for the same phone with different names for different regions, but knowing Samsung, it’s entirely possible that three nearly identical phones could launch in the same line this year. Even Noah wouldn’t have been able to handle this flood.
In addition to the possible Apple iPhone 5 launch date, our source at Telus has shared an internal document that reveals a slew of release dates for some of the most hotly-anticipated handsets on this side of the equator. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 — what’s sure to be RIM’s finest Blackberry ever — should be available for purchase starting around August 15th in North America. Holding out for the upgraded BlackBerry Torch 2? The follow-up to the original model should be available around August 15th as well, in Canada at least. The BlackBerry Torch 9860 (full touchscreen version) is slated to touch down on or around August 22nd with the BlackBerry Curve Apollo bringing up the rear on August 29th. Hit the break for more.More →
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 →
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 →
It is currently unclear when or if any of Samsung’s latest Galaxy-branded smartphones will touch down stateside, but the Korean cell phone maker announced four new smartphones in South Korea on Wednesday. These new devices seem to be aimed at the budget-minded and will likely be affordable options when they launch. The Galaxy Ace seems to be the most capable of the bunch, featuring a 3.5-inch touchscreen, an 800MHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, HSPA connectivity and the Android 2.2 Froyo OS. The Galaxy mini sports a 600MHz processor beneath a 3.2-inch display and Android 2.2. The Galaxy Gio is bumped back up to an 800MHz CPU, and it touts Froyo, a 3.2-inch HVGA display and a 3-megapixel camera. Finally, the Galaxy Fit features Froyo, a 3.3-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera and 800MHz of processing power with 3D acceleration. All of the aforementioned Galaxy phones will be on display at Mobile World Congress next month. Hit the jump for Samsung’s full press release. More →