Those ugly patent battles appear to be taking a toll on another front, according to a new report claiming that Apple is shifting its memory purchases away from longtime favorite (and current patent litigation foe) Samsung, who currently holds a 40 percent share of the global DRAM market -- but maybe not for long.
Recent benchmarks of five smartphone models and two tablets reveal some interesting stats -- while the current iPhone 4 ranks at the bottom when compared to newer Android handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S 2, Apple’s iPad 2 is the clear winner when it comes to mobile devices.
Bad news, America: If you stood in line for hours to get an iPhone in the hope of it making you look cool in the eyes of others, you might as well skip the iPhone 5 line and go straight for an Android device -- or at least that’s the gospel according to HTC America president Martin Fichter, anyway.
Apple is projected sell 86.4 million iPhones by the end of this year, crushing former market leader Nokia. In 2010, Nokia sold over 100 million smartphones -- more than double Apple's 47.5 million sold -- to lead the market. This year, however, looks like a different story, with Apple expected to climb 82 percent and grab the top spot, and Nokia projected to drop to second place with 74.4 million units sold.
Samsung looks strong in third place, with the highest projected shipment growth in among the big five companies 2011; Lin expects Samsung to ship 67 million units, up 44 percent from last year.
In the technological soap opera that has become Apple and Samsung, the latest had been that Apple was granted an injunction that blocked the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across practically all of Europe. The injunction was based on Apple having made the claim that Samsung was copying their designs more or less. However, tech site Webwereld made a curious observation in that Cupertino may have exaggerated their claims just a tad.
The summer period is traditionally a quiet time for tech.
All the big hitters are preparing their big launches for the end of the year to hopefully pull in lots of Christmas sales.
However, that doesn't mean there aren't still boat loads of awesome products flowing in and out of the TechRadar testing labs. This week we've been testing cameras, lots of laptops, motherboards and all sorts of lovely items.
Read on for this week's hottest reviews on TechRadar.
If we told you there were patents galore in this week's news, would that surprise you? Well, what if we told you iLife everywhere, Facebook and the BBC on the iPad, and a new king of the smartphone manufacturing world? Well, there's that and there's more in this week's hottest Apple news. Just make sure you don't burn before reading.
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