iOS. The report details the "key trends" in the US smartphone market and covers a three month time period which ended in January. Diving right in with a spoiler, Android was the number one smartphone platform and Apple was the number one smartphone manufacturer.
"free" iPhone release has once again been rumbling in the technology news world, complete with talk that such a (subsidized) product revealed by Apple would take a heavy toll on Android-based device sales. As a user of both Android devices and the iPhone 5, I can't say that a device like this handset (modified for its re-release) wouldn't be a massive temptation for prospective phone buyers around the world. Especially with the notion of multiple colored-cases and an even lighter and thinner unit than ever before.
IDC (International Data Corporation) report that covered smartphone sales for the fourth quarter of 2012. That report noted the quarter as having a strong demand for smartphones and of heated competition between vendors. Well, truth be told is that the heated competition seems to be more of two races as opposed to one.
Apple vs Samsung trial has been in the news again this week a few times. Last year Apple won one of the biggest lawsuits in their ongoing Android battle and a Judge awarded them over $1 billion in damages from Samsung for patent infringement. While that numbers slowly been dropped, today Judge Koh removed 450 million from that, and ordered a new damages trial with a fresh new Jury.
Motorola front has surfaced today. The once Apple legend, marketing guru, and chief technology evangelist Guy Kawasaki has recently confirmed that he's accepted a job and role with Motorola - who's now owned by Google. Guy took to his Google+ page to confirm that he's now an advisor for Motorola Mobility.
Samsung has contracted the judge that once forced Apple to make a public apology. If you remember back, this case dates back to November 2012 and was the one that resulted in Apple having to post a notice on its homepage stating that Samsung did not copy the design of the iPad. The interesting part here, the judge, Sir Robin Jacob then ordered Apple to repost that message so it was a bit more clear. Previous history aside, Samsung has since contracted this same person.