For Samsung, rules are clearly optional. Over a dozen times in the last 10 years, the Korean company has been busted for flat-out flouting the law, and now finds itself once again attempting massive courtroom damage control. As "Patentgate" continues to unfold, Samsung is reeling from recent smack downs from two different judges, and Apple is pressing the attack. All of which begs the question: even as we engage in friendly debates about which smartphone or operating system is best, at what point do we start questioning why anyone would support a company with such a startling history of dirty, nasty, unlawful tricks?
Lately it seems as though Samsung copies so liberally from Apple's design direction that it's hardly worth commenting on when it appears. (To be fair, the gold Galaxy was just too good to pass up.) But today the tech sphere is abuzz with the realization that Samsung's "brilliant" ad for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch is almost a carbon copy of Apple's "Hello" spot for the 2007 Oscars.
It's the week of glitches, rush jobs, security breaches, and the voice behind the curtain--or at least behind the little round button we call Home. Who got hacked, who dropped the ball, and why don't levels work like they're supposed to? And did you get my text? I sent it like an hour ago….
If it seemed as though Samsung's recent Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out of nowhere for the purpose of beating Apple to the punch, a new report from Cnet suggests that this may have been the case, after all. Slammed in reviews for poor functionality, disappointing battery life, and a high price, Samsung's diminutive smart device has had a tough time of it as of late, and Cnet believes there's every indication that this shoddiness stems from a desire to rush a product from concept to shelves in a matter of months.
One of the big stories from the general tech sphere yesterday centered on Ars Technica's discovery that Samsung artificially inflated the CPU speeds for the Galaxy Note 3, leading the normally Twitterphobic Apple executive Phil Schiller to tweet "shenanigans" in response. But as Anandtech reported today, the rabbit hole goes far deeper than that. According to the site's research, almost all smartphone manufacturers--with the exception of Apple and Motorola--employ GPU and CPU tweaks to cheat on benchmark tests to make smartphones appear more powerful than they are.
We're all over the map today, folks. There are news stories about Maps, about Apple TV, a fix for a security problem, and the NYPD is on the case. Tons more inside as we all move into our post-iOS 6 world.
Samsung continues to dominate the global smartphone market, but it may soon find itself with fewer customers if it keeps up stunts like the one European Galaxy Note 3 owners have to contend with. Instead of being SIM-locked, owners are discovering their phablets are locked out of being used outside of the region where they were purchased — a path we're hoping other hardware manufacturers choose not to follow.
In a move that should surprise no one, Samsung announced today in an interview with the Korea Times that its next Galaxy smartphones would also feature 64-bit chips. The news comes on the heels of Apple's announcement on Tuesday that the iPhone 5S would have an A7 chip, and that it would be the first 64-bit smartphone processor on the market.