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Apple granted ‘the mother of all smartphone software patents’

FORTUNE — both sides of the smartphone wars agree that the 25 patents granted Apple (AAPL) on Tuesday contain some powerful legal weapons.

One patent in particular — no. 8,223,134: “Portable electronic device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists and documents” — stands out.

It encompasses the user interfaces Apple designed for blogging, e-mail, telephone, camera, video player, calendar, browser, widgets, search, notes, maps and most importantly, a multi-touch interface.

“Granted just today, the latest addition to the Cupertino-based tech giant’s stable of intellectual property could be the mother of all smartphone software patents,” writes Phandroid‘s Kevin Krause. “The effects could be swift and lethal.”

Writing from the other side of the battlelines, Patently Apple‘s Jack Purcher doesn’t hold back:

“In 2007, Samsung, HTC, Google (GOOG) and all others in the industry didn’t have a smartphone with the likes of Apple’s iPhone features. they didn’t have the solutions that Apple eloquently brought to market to make a smartphone truly smart. Apple carefully and meticulously crafted a full end-to-end smartphone solution. So when the copycats and their followers whine in public and on blogs that Apple should learn to compete instead of initiate litigation – I bowl over with laughter.”

Writing from a relatively neutral corner, Wired‘s Christina Bonnington quotes Tim Cook’s remarks at this year’s AllThingsD: “From our point of view, it’s important that Apple not be the developer for the world. We can’t take all of our energy and all of our care and finish the painting, then have someone else put their name on it.”

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    Posted by admin - July 23, 2012 at 9:00 pm

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    Software Likely To Show Up On The iPhone 5

    We often hear about the rumors surrounding the specs of the iPhone 5. However, not often do we hear about the software that is likely to show up on the upcoming iOS-powered smartphone. There are rumors of Apple outfitting the new phone with a 4 inch retina display. We’ve heard that the handset will sport the quad-core A6 chip. we have even heard reports of the new smartphone supporting 4G LTE networks for lightning-speed internet. Sadly, it’s not often we hear about software. Here, we will try to predict what software the new phone will come with.

    First of all, it’s a dead cert the Cupertino firm will launch their new flagship running their next generation operating system. currently, the iOS 5 is the latest software the firm has to offer. Traditionally, Apple launches new hardware sporting new software. this was the case with the 4S and the iOS 5. It is likely to be the same case with the new handset. Judging from the way the company rolls out new software, it is likely to showcase new software on a new device. this new hardware is said to be their new smartphone.

    There were a number of features on the 4S that has created a lot of waves in the mobile world. One of these is Siri. this is the voice-controlled personal assistant that can be found exclusively on their current phone. Siri will do anything you tell her to do. She can send text messages at your command. She will dial numbers found on your phonebook. She will even look up local business that you might be interested in. these include restaurants, shops, and stores. She will even humor you with her witty remarks. this unique feature is likely to make it on the 4S’s successor. We’d actually be surprised if it didn’t. However, we’re not sure if Apple will stick to the name Siri. after all, the late Steve Jobs did not like the name. He just couldn’t think of anything better to name the app.

    Another dead cert is iCloud. this is Apple’s online storing service. we are likely to see this feature on the iPhone 5. this will allow you to share almost everything across your iOS-powered devices. Let’s say that you have purchased an app on the smartphone. if ever you need to run the app on your new iPad, you do not have to purchase it all over again. Apple’s iCloud shares apps across your devices. this also works on eBooks, documents, movies, and music.

    These are the features we feel the iPhone 5 will come with. However, who knows what new features Apple has in store for us?

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      Posted by admin - May 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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      Samsung Beats Apple as 2011’s No.1 Smartphone Maker

      With 37 million iPhones sold, it’s no suprise that Apple dominated the smartphone market during the fourth quarter, but for 2011 as a whole, Samsung managed to edge out Cupertino as the year’s top smartphone manufacturer.

      According to separate reports from Strategy Analytics and IHS Suppli, Samsung’s Galaxy line of devices help push it past Apple’s iPhone last year as the battle between Android and iOS continued.

      Samsung shipped 95 million smartphones in 2011, an “explosive” increase of 278 percent from 25 million in 2010, iSuppli said.

      “Samsung advanced in 2011 because of its strategy of offering a complete line of smartphone products, spanning a variety of price points, features and operating systems,” Wayne Lam, a senior analyst of wireless communications at IHS, said in a statement. “This enabled Samsung to move past perennial market leader Nokia and to slightly exceed Apple’s total for the year.”

      There were reports yesterday that Samsung would not be launching the Samsung Galaxy S III at next month’s Mobile World Congress. When asked about that during an earnings call this morning, Samsung vice president Younghee Lee said “we are still reviewing several options [about] when to launch, so we’ll let you know when it’s decided,” according to

      Apple still came in number two with 93 million smartphones shipped, thanks to the October releease of the iPhone 4S, up from 47 million in 2010.

      But while Android-based Samsung devices thrived, similar devices from Motorola and Sony Ericsson did not fare as well.

      “The relatively small growth of Sony Ericsson and Motorola may indicate that the Android smartphone market is becoming too crowded as the various licensees compete for limited consumer mindshare and shelf space,” Lam said.

      Strategy Analytics reached similar conclusions.

      “While Apple took the top spot in smartphones on a quarterly basis, Samsung became the market leader in annual terms for the first time with 20 percent global share during 2011,” Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, said in a statement. “With global smartphone shipments nearing half a billion units in 2011, Samsung is now well positioned alongside Apple in a two-horse race at the forefront of one of the world’s largest and most valuable consumer electronics markets.”

      Nokia, meanwhile, took a dive as it worked to produce the Windows Phone-based Lumias, which debuted at the end of 2011.

      “Nokia’s global smartphone market share halved from 33 percent in 2010 to 16 percent in 2011,” said Tom Kang, Strategy Analytics director. “A lackluster touch-screen smartphone portfolio and a limited presence in the huge United States market caused Nokia’s shrinkage last year. Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft will be very much in focus during 2012, and the industry will be watching closely to see how swiftly the two companies can expand in the high-value 4G LTE market that is rapidly emerging across the United States, Japan and elsewhere.”

      Nokia said yesterday that it has sold more than 1 million Lumia devices since their debut. the low-end Lumia 710 arrived in the U.S. earlier this month, while the high-end Lumia 900 is expected in the coming months.

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        Posted by admin - January 30, 2012 at 5:00 am

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        Apple, Samsung Lead Smartphone Sales In 2Q

        CUPERTINO (CBS / AP) — Apple inc. and Samsung Electronics co. zoomed to the top of the list of global smartphone makers in the second quarter, blowing past Nokia Corp. and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion ltd., according to research firm IDC.

        Korea’s Samsung made the biggest jump, from No. 4 in the first quarter to No. 2 in the second, on the strength of its Galaxy phones, which run Google inc.’s Android software. It sold 17.3 million smartphones in the second quarter, up from 10.8 million in the first, IDC said.

        Apple rose to No. 1, taking the spot from Nokia, by selling 20.3 million iPhones, up from 18.7 million in the first quarter. That relegated Finland’s Nokia, the long-time leader, to third place. Apple has yet to top Nokia’s high-water mark of 28.1 million phones in a quarter.

        “But given Apple’s momentum in the smartphone market, it may not be a question of whether Apple will beat that milestone, but when,” IDC said.

        Remarkably, Apple’s sales record comes nearly a year after it released its latest model, the iPhone 4, and it’s still selling millions of the even older iPhone 3GS. Competitors such as Samsung put out new models every few months.

        Nokia sold 16.7 million smartphones, a sharp drop from 24.2 million in the previous quarter. The company has struggled to come up with an answer to the iPhone. Nokia is now transitioning to smartphone software from Microsoft Corp., but it’s first Windows Phones won’t be on sale until late this year, at the earliest.

        Canada’s RIM fell from third to fourth place, as it saw a decline in BlackBerry sales from the first quarter to the second. like Nokia, it has been struggling to update the high end of its line to compete with touch-screen phones such as the iPhone. It unveiled five new models with updated software this week.

        HTC Corp. of Taiwan remained in fifth place, but it’s seeing rapidly growing sales. like Samsung, it has bet on Google’s Android software for its phones.

        (Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. this material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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        Apple, Samsung Lead Smartphone Sales In 2Q

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          Posted by admin - August 5, 2011 at 8:00 am

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