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28 Dec 12 LG wants Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 banned in Korea

LG Display has fired back at Samsung in the ongoing patent skirmish between the two Korean companies.

An injunction filed today by LG seeks to ban Samsung’s
Galaxy Note 10.1 in Korea based on allegations that the
tablet ‘s display panel violates certain LG patents. LG said it filed the suit over Samsung’s use of OLED displays, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

The patents in question are related to the viewing technology used in OLED displays, which helps people better see the screen from any angle. In addition to halting sales of the Galaxy Note, LG is also looking for damages of 1 billion won ($933,000) each day in the event of “continued non-compliance,” Dow Jones added.

This suit marks the latest action in the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) patent wars between the two display manufacturers.

In September, LG filed a patent lawsuit against Samsung, claiming infringement of seven of its OLED patents. Alleging that Samsung violated the design, driver circuitry, and device design of its OLED panels, that suit wanted an an unspecified amount in damages and a permanent ban on five products, including the Galaxy S3 phone, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet, and the smaller Galaxy Note.

In November, Samsung retaliated by filing its own suit against LG seeking to invalidate the patents in question on the grounds that they “lack innovation.”

The bad blood between the two goes back even further.

Earlier this year, 11 current and former Samsung Mobile employees were arrested on charges that they allegedly stole and leaked details to LG about a Samsung AMOLED TV. Six of LG’s own workers were also reportedly involved in the theft.

As Korea’s top two display manufacturers, LG and Samsung have been jockeying for dominant market share, especially in the area of OLED panels, which are used for smartphones, tablets, and TVs.

Shim Jaeboo, a Samsung Display vice president, told Dow Jones that his company did not infringe on LG’s patents and that it will respond to “unjustified claims” made by LG.

CNET contacted both LG and Samsung for comment and will update the story if we receive any information.

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24 Dec 12 Apple’s App Store Outperforms Google Play in Revenue

Google’s app store outperformed the sales growth of Apple’s App Store over the past several months, but the latter still generates the most revenue, as well as profit.

During the last four months, the Google Play store for Android enjoyed a daily sales jump of 43 percent across 20 countries, according to figures measured by analytics provider Distimo.

Comparatively, sales growth for Apple’s App Store increased by 21 percent on a daily basis. However, during January, the App Store’s daily sales growth stood at 51 percent.

That said, daily revenue values in the App Store were already considerably higher than the revenue generated by Google Play. Distimo said that on an average day in November, the sales in the App Store surpassed $15 million. Google Play, meanwhile, settled for just under $3.5 million.

The United States was the largest market for overall app sales in 2012, which was followed by Japan, the UK and Australia. Google Play in particular saw the U.S. and Japan being the two largest regions for sales, followed by Korea.

Distimo added that a large number of apps available at both the App Store and Google Play made it increasingly difficult for users to discover new apps, subsequently hurting developers aiming to become successful commercially.

In November, seven apps accounted for 10 percent of all sales for the App Store for the iPhone, which was 11 apps back in January. 31 apps generated 10 percent of all free apps downloaded.

Ultimately, Android’s revenue for apps has risen by 311 percent since January and 17.9 percent in November. However, iOS apps are four times more profitable than its rival.


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21 Dec 12 Apple’s App Store vs. Google Play: Where they stand

Both now boast more than 700,000 apps, but Apple’s store generates 4.3 times more cash

Source: Distimo

Source: Distimo

FORTUNE — Manufacturers on Google’s (GOOG) Android platform may be selling more devices, but Apple’s (AAPL) App Store is still the best place to be for developers trying to make a living.

That’s the bottom line in the year-end review published Friday by Distimo, a Dutch analytics company:

“On a typical day in November 2012, the revenues in the Apple App Store exceeded $15M USD, while in Google Play the revenues are just below $3.5M USD in 20 of the largest countries in both app stores.”

And although Google Play seems to be catching up — its revenue grew an aggregated 43% in the past four months compared with Apple’s 21% — it still has a long way to go. Looking back to January 2012, the App Store’s daily revenue grew an estimated 51% (split 71% for the iPad and 40% for the iPhone).

The report is packed with surprising details. For example:

  • Countries with fastest app revenue growth: Russia leads the world on the iPad (up 143%), Japan leads on the iPhone (+138%) and Korea in Google Play (+94%)
  • Fastest growing apps: It took AOL (AOL) nine years and Facebook (FB) nine months to hit the 1 million user mark. The mobile app Draw Something did it in nine days; Line Pop did it in three — and within 12 days had generated an estimated $1 million in revenue.
  • Fewer winners take home more: In January 2012, 11 apps accounted for 10% of the revenues on the App Store. By November, that number was down to 7.
  • The average selling price varies by platform: It’s down 8% since January on the iPad and up 16% on the iPhone. Google Play apps, on average, are more expensive. Navigation apps, on average, cost the most.
  • In-app purchases vs. one-off sales: Revenue from in-app purchases continued to grow in 2012 — from 53% in January on the App Store to 69% in November — but one-off sales still generated 35% of the revenue among the top 10 money makers on Apple’s iOS.
  • The big money is in the game market: See chart below.

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16 Dec 12 Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean reaching more users

Certain owners of the Samsung Galaxy S3 are still using the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system on their handset, while some others such as Verizon Wireless users have only just received the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update. Almost two weeks ago though Samsung begun pushing out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system to owners, and now the software update has begun reaching some more users.

The company first began the staggered rollout of the new firmware earlier this month but there are still many users that have yet to receive the new software, but as SamMobile are reporting the update has now reached owners of the smartphone in Korea.

Owners that have the SHW-M440S, SHV-E210S, SHV-E210K and SHV-E210L models of the Korean Galaxy S3 can get the new software via the Samsung KIES desktop application or via the settings on the actual handset.

This latest version of the Android Jelly Bean software will again put US owners of the Galaxy S3 behind users in Europe and Korea, which brings with it a number of new features including some that are found on the Galaxy Note 2.

One of these is the Multi View feature that allows users to run two applications at once and split the display into two sections with each one running a separate application. Other new features will include such things as Page Buddy, customizable Notification panel, and a new keyboard that is similar to the Gesture controlled keyboard that is found in Android 4.2.

Hopefully more countries in Europe will also receive the update in the coming days but there is no telling how long it will take individual carriers to give the firmware update the ok and push it out to customers, as for the time being it seems only unlocked versions of the Galaxy S3 are receiving it.

At the time of writing I have again checked my own Galaxy S3 for the availability of the update without any success. Previously it has been suggested that the handset along with the Galaxy Note 2 will get Android 4.2 early next year, but how long it will take to reach users in the US is anybody’s guess. You would have thought though that the likes of Verizon will get the next update pushed out quicker than it did for the upgrade from Android ICS.

Has your Samsung Galaxy S3 received Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean yet?

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27 May 12 Chrome gaining fast against Explorer

Captured above is Google Chrome’s startup page. Its popularity in Korea and the rest of the world has risen rapidly in the past year. / Courtesy of Google
By Cho Mu-hyun

Though it was a given for Internet surfers to use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in the past, things are changing rapidly as Google’s Chrome is seeing a fast rise worldwide, including in Korea.

According to Stat Counter, a Web tracking company, Internet Explorer was atop the list of global Web browser usage with 45.17 percent in April. Firefox was second with 29.8 percent, and Google’s Chrome had a mere 17.57 percent.

But within a year, things have drastically changed. Chrome is the choice of 31.41 percent of world users as of last month, just behind Internet Explorer on 34.18 percent.

In Korea, though Internet Explorer is still overwhelming other top browsers such as Firefox, Safari and Maxthon, Chrome is beginning to emerge as a possible contender.

In April 2011, 91.93 percent of Korean users used Internet Explorer, while only 4.33 percent used Chrome. Some had never even heard of others browsers used overseas.

In April this year, Chrome accounted for 13.88 percent of domestic users, the only browser to reach the double digits to challenge Internet Explorer’s 78 percent.

According to Kim Kee-chang, a law professor at Korea University who specializes in Internet security, the overwhelming dominance of Internet Explorer is due to a law requiring all online transactions to be done through Active X. As Internet Explorer is the only browser supporting Active X, the professor asserts that other choices have been kept down unreasonably and unethically.

“Using authorized certificates has a misplaced reputation as allowing safer online transactions of information,” Kim told The Korea Times over the phone. “It is a groundless belief, instigated by online security firms and the Financial Security Services (FSS).”

Woori Bank recently changed its policy to stop employing Active X, and started open banking. Online shopping sites G Market and 11st are also implementing an open browser policy to allow Internet purchases without requiring the installation of Active X. The changes are due to rising complaints about the security program that requires a tiresome installing of programs that stall procedures.

“It is not just about the bothersome process of installing Active X that poses a problem. The fact is that the security program offers no real security. It is outdated, with creator Microsoft even considering scrapping it. It announced that they will not support it in future versions of Internet Explorer,” said Kim.

Microsoft has announced that while it supports Active X for Internet Explorer 6 and 7, the upcoming Internet Explorer 8 and 9 will not support the service.

The comments of the professor are reflected in the general mood of people in Korea, one of the most plugged-in countries in the world.

“I use Chrome a lot because it is fast and very accessible,” said an office worker in Korea. “Along with the wider recognition of Google, I think more and more people around me are leaning towards Chrome.”

Another downside of Internet Explorer, besides the need to agree to an authorized certificate for monetary transactions is the need to install toolbars. To access popular Web portals such as Naver or Daum, users are required to install provided toolbars, which are now considered cumbersome by those who have other new options open to them.

Chrome has the advantage of not needing tool bars, unlike Internet Explorer and Firefox, among others.

The office worker, aware of the legal requirements of authorized certificate, believes that as a consumer, there should be more competition between Web browsers.

“I think the only way consumers like me can feel secure is to actually have an atmosphere where a diverse selection of Web browsers are available to us.”

“It’s great to see more and more people around the world experiencing the speed, simplicity and security of Chrome,” Google said in a statement following the release of Stat Counter’s data. “We remain focused on building a better browsing experience so that people can enjoy a better Web.”

“Web browsers such as Chrome deserve a better atmosphere for competition. Recent releases (like Chrome) are safer and more comfortable to use,” according to Kim.

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15 Feb 12 Google Chrome for Android has Arrived, But It's Only for the 1%

Google Chrome, the search giant’s signature browser, has arrived for Android mobile devices — or some of them, at least.

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In an official Google Chrome blog post published Tuesday, the company emphasized that the mobile browser is all about speed and simplicity. The new browser boasts seamless sign-in and sync to ensure a personalized experience across devices.

But there’s a catch: the Android Beta is only available for Android 4.0 devices. The vast majority — that is, 99% of Android devices that have accessed the market in the last two weeks — don’t run Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Out of roughly 200 million active Android devices, it is estimated that just 2 million run Ice Cream Sandwich.

Tabbed browsing, a beloved staple of Chrome on the desktop, will also be the highlight of the mobile browser. The blog post also notes that the browser loads search results as you type to guarantee speedy searches.

Chrome is available for download in the Android Market for users in the U.S., Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.

The mobile browser had only received a handful of reviews when we wrote this post, all of which give it either four of five stars.

Chrome, first launched in 2008, has taken an increasing chunk of web traffic each year. In December 2011, it jumped ahead of Mozilla Firefox to become the world’s number two desktop browser. According to Google‘s numbers from October 2011, the browser has more than 200 million users worldwide.

Do you have Ice Cream Sandwich? Let us know if you’ve tested Google Chrome’s first mobile browser. Do you like the tabbed browsing? As for other Android users, are you disappointed that Google isn’t serving up Chrome for you yet? Let us know in the comments below.

This story originally published on Mashable here.

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08 Feb 12 Chrome browser app for Android OS: Review roundup

–>Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) shipped a beta Chrome browser app for the Android OS. Well, for version 4.0, at least. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers review and analyze.
Your humble blogwatcher (@Richi ) curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Why pilots sometimes go-around instead of landing…
Gregg Keizer reports:

[The] new browser — currently offered as a beta — is essentially the same browser as the desktop edition. .. Chrome on Android is an app available on the Android Market. .. Chrome also gives Google a credible rival to..third-party browsers..from Opera Software and Mozilla.
Chrome for Android requires Ice Cream Sandwich — that version..powers a minute 1% of all Android devices now in use. .. Chrome for Android is based on Chrome 16.0.915.75..and can be downloaded by users in the U.S., Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain and the U.K.    M0RE

JR Raphael adds:

Chrome..functions separately from the stock system browser — and offers plenty of advantages over it. .. The reason [it's] only available on because of the browser’s dependency on hardware acceleration.
Chrome for Android gets tabs right. .. [It] automatically pops up a magnified view anytime you tap a link that’s close to other links. .. Perhaps the most impressive feature of Chrome for Android is its integrated sync..[including] open tabs. .. [It] offers a quick and easy way to switch to incognito mode. .. [But] one of the biggest its speed.    M0RE

MG Siegler quips, “Browser is dead. Long live Chrome.”:

In fact, the browser is a year in the making. [But] it wasn’t as easy as simply porting some required a lot of thought to do it right.
There are a number of things that are noticeably better than standard of mobile web browsing: mobile Safari for iOS. And there are a few things it still does worse. .. [The] team has done an excellent job turning..tabs into a beautiful and responsive interface. .. Having said that, there is a notable absence in Chrome for Android: Flash.    M0RE

Meanwhile, SJVN offers hisNSHO:

One of the great Google mysteries..was why Google hadn’t released Chrome [for] Android earlier. .. [But] Chrome is only available for tablets and smartphones running Android 4.0. .. Darn it!
Chrome for Android also includes the desktop Web browser’s extremely fast V8 JavaScript engine. .. It does not, at this time, however have password sync. .. That will come in a later version.
[It] looks like Google already has a winner. Now, ahem, Google if you could just port it to Android 2.3..I’d be perfectly happy with this news.    M0RE

And Finally…
Why do pilots sometimes go-around instead of landing?
Don’t miss out on IT Blogwatch:

Richi Jennings, your humble blogwatcherRichi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and security. He’s the creator and main author of Computerworld’s IT Blogwatch — for which he has won American Society of Business Publication Editors and Jesse H. Neal awards on behalf of Computerworld. He also writes The Long View for IDG Enterprise. A cross-functional IT geek since 1985, you can follow him as @richi on Twitter, pretend to be richij‘s friend on Facebook, or just use good old email: You can also read Richi’s full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.

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10 Jan 12 Browser update overdue for too many

By Yoon Ja-young

Major portals and online game sites here recently stopped supporting Internet Explorer (IE) 6. As they won’t include it when they test their services, users of the old browser may encounter errors.

It is a desperate countermeasure to induce people to install updated versions of IE or other Web browsers such as Firefox or Chrome.

Korea is often dubbed an IT powerhouse, thanks to its ultra-high speed Internet service and people’s eagerness to use the latest devices, on top of being home to top global manufacturers like Samsung Electronics.

However, when it comes to Web browsers, Korea is more outdated than any other country in the world.

Over a decade has passed since the launch of IE 6 and Microsoft has released IE 7, 8 and 9 since then, providing better functions and protection from cyber attacks.

Despite this, people here are stuck to the obsolete browser. According to StatCounter, only 1.62 percent of Internet users are still using IE 6 worldwide, while the ratio stands at 6.74 percent in Korea, second only to China among major countries.

The nearly disused version is bad not only for those unwilling to give it up but also for the whole IT industry. Most of all, many security problems occur as a result. As hackers can secure enough information from the browser, it is vulnerable to security breaches. Hackers use IE 6 to spread viruses or as a means to conduct a DDoS attack that can paralyze computers. As it isn’t based on the Web standard, it is also adding hours of work for program developers.

The industry and the government have made efforts to induce people to upgrade, including notices to those who log on to major portals with the outdated browser. Some users, nevertheless, refuse to switch.

Microsoft Korea says it doesn’t know the exact reason. Some of them may be not updating because they are using illegal copies of Windows but it doesn’t explain why so many won’t change. It just seems that they don’t have any motivation to update, even though there are compelling reasons.

Koreans are known for upgrading to the latest cell phone even while their old phone functions without any problem. According to statistics, consumers here switch phones every 27 months on average, compared to 46 months in Japan.

While brandishing advanced mobile handsets, yet for no cost and only a few clicks, Web surfers are reluctant to update their browsers.

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