Dec 112012

According to media reports, Samsung has released a video, which revealed that it would make a major announcement from January 8 to 11 next year, which happens to be the time of Las Vegas International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next year.

Samsung did not disclose any details in the video, however Businessinsider website guessed, Samsung may release the next-generation flagship smartphone Galaxy S IV. The current Galaxy S III phone was launched in May last year, but there are many rumors recently that a number of smartphone manufacturers including Apple will speed the product replacement cycle up to 6 months.

The Galaxy S IV will be a good choice for Samsung to open the new year. The Galaxy S III is widely regarded as the best Android phone, and in many ways it’s even better than the Apple iPhone. So far, Samsung has not released any news about the Galaxy S IV. Last week there were media reports saying this phone will be configured with new version screen. No more news on this phone except the screen.

Dec 042012

According to media reports, there are rumors that Samsung is to develop a low-cost version of the Galaxy Note II phone for the European market, the configuration is slightly lower than the standard version of the Galaxy Note II.

Earlier this year, Samsung released Galaxy S III Mini smartphone oriented mid-market. It is reported that the cheap version of the Galaxy Note II configuration is lower, without the S-Pen stylus functionality and Super AMOLED display.

It’s reported that Samsung will also launch a 13.3-inch tablet PC, which is compatible with the QWERTY keyboard base to compete with rivals Asus and other similar products. And it’s not clear if the rumored products will be powered by Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system or Google Android operating system.

Nov 222012

According to media reports, Samsung Electronics mobile business president Shin Jong-kyun said in a media interview on Wednesday, Apple and other smartphone manufacturers would not exist if there is no Samsung Electronics patent, Samsung Electronics will work hard to prove it.

Smartphone maker HTC this month has reached a settlement agreement with Apple on patent dispute, the two sides withdrew all patent litigation and signed a ten-year patent cross-licensing agreement, but Samsung Electronics said to the outside that the company will not yield to Apple on patent issues, and the company’s mobile business supervisor has begun mouth battle with Apple.

Shin Jong-kyun said, “The fact never lies. Without Samsung Electronics wireless patents, Apple is impossible to create a mobile phone, Samsung Electronics is very powerful on wireless patent product line.”

Shin Jong-kyun also said:”The company’s legal team is actively doing this defense, the court may re-trial on the case.” Last week, Shin Jong-kyun said in an interview with the South Korean news agency that Samsung Electronics is not planning to follow the example of HTC to sign similar settlement agreement with Apple. Shin Jong-kyun said, “It may be true that HTC agreed to pay 300 billion won (U.S. $ 276.6 million) to Apple, but we do not intend to do so.”

Since April in 2011, Apple and Samsung Electronics have has a fierce legal litigation regarding patent infringement in the world’s top four continents. In August this year, a jury in San Jose federal court ruled that Samsung Electronics mobile phone infringed Apple’s a series of software and design patents, and Samsung Electronics needed to pay Apple $1.05 billion in compensation. Apple soon required the judge Lucy Koh of the Court to enact a permanent ban to permanently ban on sales of Samsung Electronics infringing products in the U.S. market. The hearing about the ban will be held next month.

Apple got the victory in the United States, but in the Netherlands, Japan and other countries, the courts ruled that Samsung Electronics products did not infringe on Apple’s patents.

The market research firm Strategy Analytics released a report earlier this month and said Samsung Electronics flagship smartphone Galaxy S III has surpassed Apple’s iPhone 4S, as the world’s best-selling smartphone.

Sep 132012

According to media reports, although Apple put a number of new technologies into the iPhone 5, the company did not choose the wireless charging technology that Nokia Lumia 920 has, nor with the NFC chip which comes with the Galaxy S III.

Although some people think that Apple’s Passbook function is the NFC’s perfect partner, Apple iPhone5 does not contain the technology. The Passbook is used to store membership cards, gift cards, and a boarding pass and a baseball game tickets and other information. In an interview, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller said, Passbook can complete the majority of customers required services alone without using the existing merchant payment system.

Schiller said, it is not clear if NFC can become the solutions to solve any current problems, “Passbook can do various things customers currently need.”

As for wireless charging, Schiller said the wireless charging system still need access to a wall plug base, so therefore it’s unclear how much additional convenience it can bring. At the same time, the widely applicable USB charging interface, is not only able to plug into a plug base on the wall, but also can be used on the plane or the computer. He said: “We must develop another equipment that connects to plug base on the wall, in most cases it’s actual more complex.”

As for why the company changed the connector which almost all iPhone and iPod devices released since 2003 have, Schiller said, just because if the interface is not changed, then they can not develop products as thin as the new iPhone and iPod. Therefore, the new “Lightning” connector is launched.

Nevertheless, Schiller said that Apple did not change the connector. He said: “The new connector will appear many years later.”

Aug 302012

Industry analysts confirmed that the new generation of iPhone (hereafter called the “iPhone 5″) does not support NFC (near field communication technology) function.

Earlier this week, there were rumors that Apple plans to add NFC chips for the iPhone 5, which means that the iPhone 5 will become a mobile payment device.

This message was originally from the Japanese blog, Macotakara, because they found a four-square component on the panel of the iPhone 5 spy photo, and guessed it is an NFC chip.

But hardware review site AnandTech subsequently published articles, after technical analysis, they got the conclusion that the square formation is not the NFC chip. The conclusion gets support of other people in the industry at the same time.

Therefore, this time the report that the iPhone 5 will support NFC coverage is still just a rumor. In fact, this is not surprising, since the beginning of this year this has been the third time with similar rumors.

Variety of Android phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Nexus are equipped with a NFC chip for the exchange of information between devices, or for the secure mobile payment with the applications such as Google Wallet.