Today singer Adam Levine joined the embarrassingly long list of Samsung spokespeople who just can't stop using their beloved iPhones. The revelation is particularly remarkable in Levine's case, as just last week he was quoted in a presser for Samsung's Milk Music service that he'd be participating in "a ceremonial iPhone burning" after the event.
"Flop" may be much too strong of a word, but it seems safe to say that the iPhone 5c didn't catch on quite as well as Apple intended. But even though it may not have taken the world by storm, a new report from Kantar Worldpanel shows that the colorful device pulled in more numbers than Samsung's competing Galaxy S5 in the iPhone stronghold of the United Kingdom.
Samsung has already suffered significant losses in its latest patent trial with Apple, but a grievous slip on the part of the Korean tech giant's lawyers has left the company saddled with an additional $2 million fine for leaking the details of a patent deal between Apple and Nokia.
It's all but a given now that the next iPhone will feature a sapphire glass display based on the rumors floating around. And like so many things coming out of Cupertino, that news has apparently attracted the attention of competitor Samsung, reports South Korea's ETNews, and now it's looking to bring the displays to its own devices.
Poor Samsung. Some of their marketing attempts backfire spectacularly, especially when they attempt to court celebrities. Not long ago we saw how Ellen DeGeneres was using her iPhone backstage despite her highly televised Samsung selfie at the Oscars, and now we find (via 9to5Mac) that LeBron James, Samsung's spokesman for its Galaxy Note line, fire off a tweet expressing his anguish that the phone erased all his data.
Exactly one month ago, we covered a wild lawsuit in Germany brought by a patent troll for the hefty sum of just over $2 billion. A few days ago, Germany swatted the trolls out of court. Meanwhile, after Samsung was found guilty of releasing confidential Apple documents, its is back in court with some new twists.
On Steve Jobs' birthday last week, Tim Cook tweeted a remembrance of his friend and mentor that summed up Steve's genius in just a few words: "Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right."
Meanwhile, a few thousand miles away Samsung was getting ready to announce its newest "next big things," the Galaxy S5, along with a couple of Galaxy Gears, a fitness tracker and some refinements to its TouchWiz interface.
The overlapping dates were a happy coincidence. The choice of quote was not. Cook was sending a message to anyone criticizing Apple for bringing up the rear in the smartwatch race: Slow and steady is how we win.
I could write a month's worth of columns on my distaste for Samsung. From its petty Apple-bashing ads to its shameless and slavish implementation of every good idea it sees, Samsung is unapologetically unoriginal, slapping its name on anything it thinks can make a buck. Many of its products have no discernible value, often created to fill a seemingly underserved niche and sold to unsuspecting consumers who think they're getting something better than they are: cheap, compromised smartphones with crippled processors, low-resolution screens, and tiny batteries that force consumers into decisions they regret for the majority of their 24-month contract.
Samsung's on the verge of releasing its newest smartphone, and Apple aficionados might find that some of its rumored features sound a little familiar. As SamMobile reports (via 9to5Mac), the Galaxy S5 (if that's not similar enough for you) will embed a fingerprint sensor in the device's home button, much as with the iPhone 5s. That's a stark departure from earlier rumors that the sensor would be embedded in the screen itself.