Apple and Samsung war, a new wrinkle comes along. This time, it comes in the form of Apple getting Samsung Galaxy devices banned in the Netherlands. The court ruled that Samsung is infringing on Apple's patents for navigation interface in photo galleries.
Apple is the king of the tablet market, but Android is making some serious moves in terms of closing the gap. Apple still has the lead, as they have for the last 10 quarters. However, this time, Apple only has 55% of the tablet market share, which is lowest it has been since the introduction of the iPad in 2010, according to market firm ABI Research.
Samsung and Apple have been fighting in court quite a bit this year. Earlier this month Apple and HTC settled their differences and came up with a 10-year agreement deal. While this is good for HTC, Samsung has still been getting beat up pretty bad by those Cupertino lawyers but recently a Judge has thrown them a bone in regards to the HTC deal. Read on for more details.
Apple and HTC had come to a settlement, everyone was left wondering exactly what the terms of the settlement were. A report that seemed rock-solid came out saying that HTC was to pay Apple $6-$8 for each smartphone sold, and we thought that was the end of it. When asked about this number, HTC CEO Peter Chou said, according to Reuters, they were “baseless” and “very, very wrong.”
Apple and Samsung have received another layer. Both companies were requesting to add new products to the existing lawsuit, and the judge was decided rather he should allow this. His thought was that, should he not allow it, both companies would just launch into a bunch more suits, which would be worse. With that in mind, Judge Grewal has decided to allow both companies to add additional products to the existing suit.
HTC and Apple just came to a settlement agreement for patent claims, but Samsung has no intervention of following HTC's lead. When asked if Samsung would be interesting in pursuing a settlement, Samsung Mobile head J.K. Shin told press that “we have no such intention.” He went on to predict Q4 2012 sales at least as strong as those in Q3, which seems to be saying that Samsung is doing just fine, and has no need to settle.
Gartner has broken down the sales of smartphones from Q3 2012, and the numbers are rather interesting. As you would expect, Android was the best-selling OS by a sizable margin. Along with that, it also had the highest percentage of market share for Q3, and the competition was not even close.
Samsung and Apple currently waging a patent battle across the globe, it's easy to understand that the business deals between the two companies are a little shaky at the moment. Apple has been slowly trying to replace Samsung as a supplier of its parts for iDevices, but now Samsung is fighting back. A new report from MarketWatch claims that Samsung is charging Apple a 20% premium for its mobile processor chips these days.
Apple and HTC announced a licensing and settlement deal over the weekend, but no monetary terms were included in the release. According to Wu, "conversations with industry sources" led him to reach the dollar amounts he is estimating.