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Samsung Overtakes Apple to Become Top Traded-in Mobile Phone Brand 2014

If there was one trend which seemed prominent for phone manufacturers in 2013, it could certainly be seen as releasing as many phones as possible. Even Apple decided to release a cheaper alternative to its flagship smartphone, which seems a strange move for a brand which had previously focused on high-end pricing.
Apple was no competition for brands using Android though. The likes of HTC, Samsung and Sony brought out phones of the budget, mega, mini and damage-proof variety – in a bid to appeal to as many phone users as possible, whatever they wanted to use their devices for.

Samsung’s Galaxy range in particular seemed never-ending. The manufacturer revealed the Galaxy S4 Mega, S4 Mini, S4 Zoom, Note 3 – and I really could keep on going. But it seems that this stream of releases hasn’t just had an effect on Samsung’s sales.

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Judge denies Samsung’s motion to halt Apple patent damages

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Samsung tried to postpone Apple patent damages trial to wait on the Patent Office to examine an important patent’s validity. Last year a jury found that Samsung had violated five patents held by Apple for their iPhone’s design and functions. The judge over the case found in favor of Apple in the amount of around $450 million but later ordered a new trial to reassess damages. There was a previous trial that already awarded Apple $600 million to be paid by Samsung and now have to decide how much more they will add to the total.

Google Play downloads look to overtake Apple by this fall

We talk a lot of smack about Apple around here, and this time I’m going to try and be a little kinder. Let me begin by saying congrats to Apple as they recently celebrated their 50-billionth app download. Ok, the ability to be nice stops there as it has been announced that Android users are currently downloading 500-million more apps per month than Apple, and at that rate Andy will speed on by and be the most popular on the market by this fall.

Infographic: Apple vs. The World

The battle between Apple and its mobile competitors over patent rights feels as if it has been going on as long as a real war. With millions of dollars being thrown at industry groups and lawyers, Apple is trying to halt the development of several types of Android based mobile devices.



However, all these lawsuits still haven't slowed the growth of Android as a popular OS, evidenced recently by the success of the T-Mobile free cell phones campaign, which only featured Android devices. The growth of Android has Apple looking for any edge they can get on the competition, even in the courtroom.

Google CEO talks Android, Nexus program, Apple, and more in rare interview

Google CEO Larry Page thinks that the Android team has done a pretty god job of keeping its partners happy. Considering this is one of the chief concerns for Google and Co., we’d hope for at least some success in this area.

In a lengthy, and rare, interview with Fortune, Larry Page sheds light on a few facets of the Android and mobile space. Topics range from monetizing Android to the Nexus program with a bit of ‘this and that’ sprinkled in for good measure. Oh, and there’s some talk of Apple.

HTC might get the iPhone and iPad banned in the US?

htcApple is gearing up to launch the next “not-so-revolutionary” device known as iPhone 5 in the upcoming days, and we know that Apple is not in a good relationship with Samsung and HTC. Well, after all the “lawsuit-games” played by Apple, it’s time for Apple to taste their own medicine.

According to a US judge, Apple may have trouble invalidating two patents held by HTC, related to data transmission. Actually the patents are critical to 4G LTE technology, and it could lead to a ban on the new iPad and the iPhone.

HTC beats Apple in patent dispute for swipe to unlock in London court

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A High court in the U.K. has made it official: HTC's "swipe to unlock" feature does not, in fact, impede on any Apple patents. To add to the mix, the court said that the other three complaints lodged by Apple were invalid as well. These were the patents in question:

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On Friday a U.S. district judge granted Apple a preliminary injunction against one of the devices handed out at the Google I/O conference, Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus phone. The injunction alleged that the device infringed on several of its patents, and will prevent it from being sold in stores in the U.S. Last week an injunction was also granted preventing sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

US Judge Issues Injunction To Stop Sale Of Galaxy Tab 10.1, Apple Parties Like It's Mid-2011

2011I have bad news, good news, and news that goes both ways. The bad news: one of Apple's 8,000 lawsuits has finally borne fruit, and it's rather substantial. A US judge has issued a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, meaning that once Apple posts a $2.6 million bond, the Tab 10.1 will have to be yanked from store shelves. (That $2.6 million is in case the injunction is later reversed, so that Apple can compensate Samsung.)

All injunctions in Apple vs Motorola patent war thrown out

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Judge Posner, the judge presiding over the cases of Apple vs Motorola and their patent war, has gotten fed up. The entire case, consisting of 4 alleged patent infringements against Motorola Mobility, has been thrown out of the courts. This is after the previously requested jury trial was tentatively dismissed a couple of weeks ago. The whole thing began 2 years ago (well before the Google / Moto merger), and is finally tucking and rolling off the bandwagon.

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