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Seven years after their last effort at mapping our Galaxy, the APEX telescope has given us something even more complete: A map of the galaxy that covers four times the area of its previous best.
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Samsung is already eying theÂ iPhone 6s’s most significant new feature, 3D Touch,Â for its next-generation Galaxy phones. A report on Weibo suggests that the KoreanÂ company will beÂ addingÂ pressure-sensitive screens next year following Apple’s lead.
Samsung will apparently be using screen technology fromÂ Synaptic, called ClearForce, which we reported on last week. Although right now pressure-sensitive screens are effectively exclusiveÂ to iPhone, the availability of Synaptic hardware to OEMs is seemingly allowing Samsung (as well as other manufacturers, not yet disclosed) to jump on board in the near future.
The Huawei Mate S hasÂ already been announced with aÂ pressure sensitive display, likely with Synaptic hardwareÂ backing it. Samsung phones alreadyÂ include someÂ smart contextual menus whenÂ they detect pressure from stylus input but obviously it’s not the same as direct force manipulation with a finger on the screen.
Whilst this rumorÂ is focused on the hardware specifics of detecting force, much of what makes up 3D Touch is actually software implementations. Things like Peek and PopÂ take advantage of the force data to show custom preview interfacesÂ across iOS as well as show quick actions on the Home Screen. At the moment, it is unclear exactlyÂ how farÂ SamsungÂ will ‘be inspired’ by Apple’s ideas in that regard.
Samsung got its reputation as an Apple photocopierÂ many years ago withÂ earlier Galaxy models thatÂ resembled the Apple iPhone hardware and software designs. This resulted in a multi-year billion dollar lawsuit over intellectual property, the ramifications of which are still ongoing. Since then, Tim Cook has generally steered Apple away from court litigation, however, and Samsung has done a more respectable job at making unique products.
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Earlier this month, the United States Patent Office made a non-final ruling that one of Apple’s design patents for the original iPhone is invalid within Apple’s long-running lawsuit against Samsung, according to a report from FOSS Patents. This particular patent, as seen in the drawings above, references the overall design of the original iPhone launched in 2007. It is known as the “D’677” patent in court proceedings and legal documents. FOSS explains the reasoning behind the invalidation:
The problem the D’677 patent faces here is that the USPTO has determined (for now) that this patent “is not entitled to benefit of the filing date” of two previous Apple design patent applications because the design at issue was not disclosed in those earlier applications. As a result, certain prior art is eligible now, and against the background of that additional prior art, the USPTO believes the patent shouldn’t have been granted.
OneÂ reason for the invalidation at this point in the proceedings is that this particular patent was not disclosed by Apple in earlier patent applications, according to FOSS Patents. Additionally, as the report notes, this patent was already deemed by the USPTO to not be valid on four occasions due to comparisons with patents from LG and Sharp.
As Apple initially won the lawsuit in late 2014 against Samsung for iPhone design patents, and as Samsung’s latest appeal in the case was actually rejected just last week, it does not appear that this new patent invalidation will affect Apple’s odds of collecting over half a billion dollars from Samsung in patent infringement penalties. According to today’s report, it invalidation could only come into play if the “Supreme Court [becomes]Â interested in looking into this issue now and [overrules] the Federal Circuit.”
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So the word âPlusâ could mean many things, right? Better processor? Camera? Features? In the case of the S6 Edge Plus, though, itâs just size. This phone is almost an exact copy of this yearâs S6 Edge except for its whopping 5.7-inch display. As far as âinnovationâ goes, Samsung is kind of phoning it in with this one.
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Gartner is out with its latest report tracking smartphone movement during the previous year and more specifically the holiday quarter.
Headlining the report is news that over 1 billion smartphones were sold in 2014, a data pointÂ IDC first said was hit in the previous year, adding that two out of three phones sold last year qualified as smartphones.
Gartner’s data shows Apple topped Samsung in worldwide smartphone sales with 74,832,000 units shipped during the holiday quarter, just 1.8 million units more than Samsung, giving Apple 20.4% market share for the quarter, a virtual tie with Samsung’s 19.9%.
Notably, Gartner’s data told a different story during the same quarter in 2013 when Samsung topped Apple’s smartphone sales around the world by more than 30 million units with 29.5 % marketshare for the quarter over Apple’s 17.8%.
Apple’s record 74.4 million iPhone sales during the holiday quarter following the introduction of the larger-screened iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus of course served Apple well. Samsung entered the quarter ahead of rumors of the newly announced Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge flagship smartphones which will start shipping next month.
Coming up behind Apple and Samsung is Lenovo (which includes sales of Motorola-branded phones), Huawei, and Xiaomi with single digit market share. The collective group of others which amount to 42.4% of the holiday quarter sales.
When you look at the data for smartphone sales to end users by vendors for the year as a whole, though, Apple falls behind Samsung considerably. Samsung sales caught 24.7 percent of the market over Apple’s 15.4 percent for the year. The difference? Samsung sold 307,597,000 units over Apple’s 191,426,000 units. Compared to marketshare in 2013, Apple actually dropped 0.1% from 15.5%, although Samsung lost 6 percentage points to the runners-up.
With Apple out of its S-year cycle for most of 2015 (until this fall) and Samsung competing with its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the race between the two will remain an interesting space to watch.
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Believe it or not, there’s an iPhone 6 in that pile of smartphones shown in the image above and we’re going to compare it to Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy S6. Which one would you prefer? More importantly, what are the major differences between these two devices? Well, let’s go ahead and find out…
Hey what’s up everyone this is Dom and today we’re comparing Samsung’s Galaxy S6 to Apple’s iPhone 6. These two devices are from completely different areas in the mobile space, but there are still some striking similarities between the two.
As far as design goes, Samsung has implemented a fresh new design with the Galaxy S6, which in my opinion, looks miles better than its predecessor. Some people have been quick to point out that it appears to be a cross between iPhone 6 and iPhone 4, but honestly, I’m just happy Samsung ditched the plastic builds found on previous generation smartphones. When it comes to thickness, the 6.8mm frame on the Galaxy S6 wins over the marginally thicker 6.9mm found on the iPhone 6.
The Galaxy S6 features a metal frame that’s color-matched depending on the model and Gorilla Glass 4 covering its front and back side. The build quality here appears to be comparable to the iPhone 6 in nearly every way, but Apple ditched the glass panel design years ago and has stuck with metal housing for the last few models.
Unfortunately, the design of the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 comes with a few compromises. You won’t find a removable battery, SD card expansion, or waterproofing on either device.
Around the front of the Galaxy S6 you’ll find a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, while the iPhone 6 sports a 4.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1,334 x 750. Above the display, The S6 has a 5-megapixel front facing camera, while the iPhone 6 features a 1.2-megapixel shooter.
Below the display, Apple’s iPhone 6 features a home button with a built-in fingerprint sensor called Touch ID. Samsung launched its own fingerprint sensor with the Galaxy S5, but has majorly improved it on the S6. It works exactly like Touch ID now, but Samsung may have went a little too far in mimicking the setup screen.Â Check out the above video for a side-by-side demo of the fingerprint sensor features. Samsung also uses two capacitive buttons on the front for navigation through the user interface.
On the back side, the Galaxy S6 features a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, and LED flash, and a heart rate sensor, while the iPhone 6 sports an 8-megapixel rear shooter, dual-tone LED flash, and the Apple logo.
The button layout between the two are pretty similar, with the volume buttons on the left side and power/lock switch on the right side, but around the top the Galaxy S6 features an IR blaster. On the bottom end, the iPhone 6 sports a microphone, Lightning port for charging, and speaker grill. With the Galaxy S6 you’ll find a very similar layout, but instead we have a Micro USB port for charging.
On the inside, there’s a lot difference between the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6, but if you’d like to find out more about Samsung’s latest flagship check out our Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge hands-on comparison video or our comparison to the Galaxy S5. Furthermore, you can check out our iPhone 6 review here or our iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s comparison for a closer look at it. So which device do you prefer? Let us know with a comment.
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For years, a smartphone's main selling points were faster processors and better screens. But we're knee deep in diminishing returns these days, and some makers are using out-of-the-box thinking to draw our eye. None more so than Samsungâand the new S6 Edge is the evidence.
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