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Samsung rumored to bring ‘3D Touch’ pressure-sensitive features to its next Galaxy phones

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Samsung is already eying the iPhone 6s’s most significant new feature, 3D Touch, for its next-generation Galaxy phones. A report on Weibo suggests that the Korean company will be adding pressure-sensitive screens next year following Apple’s lead.

Samsung will apparently be using screen technology from Synaptic, called ClearForce, which we reported on last week. Although right now pressure-sensitive screens are effectively exclusive 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.

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The Huawei Mate S has already been announced with a pressure sensitive display, likely with Synaptic hardware backing it. Samsung phones already include some smart contextual menus when 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 rumor is focused on the hardware specifics of detecting force, much of what makes up 3D Touch is actually software implementations. Things like Peek and Pop take advantage of the force data to show custom preview interfaces across iOS as well as show quick actions on the Home Screen. At the moment, it is unclear exactly how far Samsung will ‘be inspired’ by Apple’s ideas in that regard.

Samsung got its reputation as an Apple photocopier many years ago with earlier Galaxy models that 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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Benjamin Mayo

October 13th

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U.S. Patent Office invalidates an original iPhone patent in Samsung lawsuit

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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.

One 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] interested in looking into this issue now and [overrules] the Federal Circuit.”


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Mark Gurman

August 18th

Apple

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The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus: Yep, It Certainly Is Bigger

So the word “Plus” could mean many things, right? Better processor? Camera? Features? In the case of the S6 Edge Plus, though, it’s just size. This phone is almost an exact copy of this year’s S6 Edge except for its whopping 5.7-inch display. As far as “innovation” goes, Samsung is kind of phoning it in with this one.

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August 13th

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Gartner: iPhone worldwide sales topped Samsung in holiday quarter, but Samsung won the year

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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 point 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.

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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.

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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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March 3rd

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Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on comparison (Video)

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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.

Check out our full Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 comparison video below:

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. 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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Dom Esposito

March 3rd

Apple

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge Is Awesomely Weird But Weirdly Awesome

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 Samsung—and the new S6 Edge is the evidence.

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Darren Orf

March 1st

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This Might Be Our Best Look Yet at the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung's new flagship phone is due very very soon, at this year's Mobile World Congress, and we're increasingly seeing leaked images of what it might look like . Now, another leak image shows what could the new S6 sat alongside its rather more radical, curved screen Edge stablemate.

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Jamie Condliffe

February 26th

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This Is What a Spiral Galaxy Looks Like Side-On

This Is What a Spiral Galaxy Looks Like Side-On

This is a rare glimpse of a spiral galaxy seen directly along its edge. The image of NGC 7814, known as the "Little Sombrero" to its buddies, was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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February 9th

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – Full comparison (Video)

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Today we’re going to be comparing Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4. I realized that there are a limited range of “comparisons” that can happen between these two devices, but we’re going to touch on some of the most important factors between the two such as design, software, features, and cameras.

I’m not going to make this a battle between iOS and Android as many people have their own preferences which lead them to one platform or another. Either way, these two devices are shaping up to be the most coveted large screen smartphones of 2014 and it makes sense to compare them and help you make an informed decision…

First up, we have the iPhone 6 Plus. This is the Apple’s first shot at a larger device or “phablet” and aside from a recording breaking opening weekend, it hasn’t been an easy launch for the iPhone 6 Plus. Controversy aside, let’s find out what makes this thing tick.

iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note 4 specifications

Starting out with specifications, the iPhone 6 Plus features a 5.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 (401 ppi), a dual-core Apple A8 chip clocked at 1.4GHz, a quad-core PowerVR GX6450 GPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 2,915 mAh battery. There’s no denying the marginal update in specifications when compared to previous generation iOS devices, but that doesn’t mean there’s a huge performance gap between the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4.

As for the Note 4’s specifications, we have a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 (515 ppi), a quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor (Exynos variant in some models), Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,220 mAh battery. On paper, it would seem that the Note 4 is miles faster than the iPhone 6 Plus. Every single detail on that spec sheet points to a better device, but as real world usage has proved in the past, that’s not always the case. Either way, your preference will probably be based on the overall ecosystem and each device’s features/functionality.

Check out our Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison video below:

This is one of the first premium built Samsung phones to hit the market. Samsung has taken an entirely different design approach this time around. The Galaxy Note 4’s sleek metal frame feels great in the hand. It’s definitely a step up compared to the Galaxy Note 3, but we’re still left with some plastic elements such as the back cover which hides the battery, Micro SIM card, and MicroSD card slot.

Design and layout

As far as layout goes, the front of the Note 4 features an earpiece, the appropriate sensors, a 3.7-megapixel front-facing camera, updated capacitive navigation buttons, and a home button with a built-in fingerprint scanner. On the left side of the Note 4, you’ll find its color-matched volume rocker, while the right side is home to the power button. On the top we have a 3.5mm headphone jack, IR blaster, and a small microphone. At the bottom we have a pair of microphones, Micro USB charging port, and the S Pen. Finally, on the back side you’ll find a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (up to UHD quality video), LED flash, heart rate sensor, and a small speaker.

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Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus – design.

Moving over to Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, on the front you’ll find an earpiece, the appropriate sensors, 1.2-megapixel front facing camera, and the circular home button with a built-in fingerprint scanner that Apple calls Touch ID. On the left side of the iPhone 6 Plus we have the sleep/wake button and its Nano SIM card tray, while the right side features volume buttons and a mute switch. You won’t find anything on the top of the iPhone 6 Plus, but the bottom features a microphone, 3.5mm headphone jack, Lightning port for charging, and a small speaker. Lastly, on the back we have an 8-megapixel camera and dual-LED flash with optical image stabilization capable of shooting up to 1080p video at 30/60 frames per second and up to 240 frames per second at 720p.

Both devices feature NFC, but Apple is rolling out a new mobile payment platform called Apple Pay which may prove to be useful for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users. This isn’t the first mobile payment platform to hit the market, but it may be the first one to catch on. Unfortunately, we won’t know for sure until a couple of years have passed.

iOS vs Android?

Obviously there’s going to be a big difference between the user experience and features on each device. The iPhone 6 is running iOS 8 which is a very simplistic experience overall. Apple keeps iOS fine-tuned and under control for the most part, but that’s not always a good thing for everyone. Without modifying the software or jailbreaking the device, you’re going to miss out on a lot of the customization options that Android offers. The bottom line is, iOS mostly offers the same software experience on the iPhone 6 Plus as it does on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s. I’m not going to get in-depth with the features that iOS 8 brings to the table, but if you’d like to find out more about them check out our top 20 features article.

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Android and iOS are very different mobile operating systems.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, you’re getting a very specific set of features that will only apply to the Note line of smartphones. While these features won’t be for everyone, Samsung’s S Pen will provide an experience like no other smartphone out there, but only if you’re going to take advantage of it. You’ll also be able to multitask with the Galaxy Note 4. This will allow you to open multiple app windows at once or stack one app above another for a split screen experience. I’ve detailed all of the S Pen and multitasking features in our Galaxy Note 4 vs Note 3 article and if you’d like to find out more, check it out here.

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Galaxy Note 4 mutitasking features.

Of course, Samsung’s Android overlay TouchWiz will provide a wide variety of software features that you won’t find on iOS, but some users may find the interface a bit cluttered. Samsung tends to offer something for everyone within TouchWiz and the Galaxy Note 4 is no different. At the end of the day, the S Pen, multitasking features, new metal frame design, and its 5.7-inch QHD display will be the deciding factors when purchasing a Galaxy Note 4. Do you care about these features? If you’d like to find out more about what the S Pen offers, be sure to check out our Note 4 vs Note 3 comparison article.

One handed use

It’s almost expected that you’ll use the Note 4 with two hands. It’s a very large device that comes with a stylus. If you’re looking for a smartphone that can be easily used with one hand, you may not enjoy the Note 4. At the same time, you may experience this same issue with the iPhone 6 Plus.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Reachability.

Apple would like you to believe that everything can be done on the iPhone 6 Plus with the combination of one hand and its Reachability feature, though that’s not always true. With a double tap of the home button, iOS will slide the user interface down to the middle of the screen to make the top half of its elements accessible. It’s a handy feature in some cases, but you’re usually better off just using two hands with the device. Also because of their larger sizes, the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4 may be difficult to use if you have smaller hands.

Camera quality

It’s widely known that more megapixels doesn’t equal superior picture quality. Both cameras feature optical image stabilization, but Samsung’s Note 4 has a 16-megapixel sensor, while the iPhone 6 Plus comes in with half the specs at just 8-megapixels. Both cameras take excellent pictures.

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iPhone 6 Plus camera samples (8-megapixel sensor)

It’ll be hard for most people to tell the difference between each camera in acceptable lighting. The optical image stabilization on both devices help keep pictures crisp and clean, but you may find that the colors and contrast slightly vary between the two.

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Galaxy Note 4 camera samples (16-megapixel sensor)

For video, the iPhone 6 Plus shoots 1080p at 30 or 60 frames per second and as we’ve demonstrated in a cinematic camera test, it’s capable of some fantastic quality. With the Galaxy Note 4, you’re getting up to UHD quality video. This camera also proved to be amazing in our recent camera test. If you care about resolution, the Galaxy Note 4 is going to be a clear choice when it comes to the camera, but both devices capture excellent photos and video overall.

Which one should you buy?

As I’ve mentioned, this isn’t really a battle between iOS and Android, it’s a battle between what fits your needs the best. With the Galaxy Note 4, you’re getting a good amount of very specific software features along with S Pen functionality, but not everyone will take advantage of them. However, if you need a high quality device with a large 5.7-inch QHD display, it’ll be hard to find that combination at the moment.

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Which smartphone do you prefer?

If you’re looking for simplicity, the iPhone 6 Plus may be the route to go. Apple has a strong grip on its software and services and likes to keep them under a very manageable umbrella. This isn’t a bad thing in any way, and if you’re familiar with other iOS devices you won’t have any trouble figuring out the iPhone 6 Plus. With Samsung and other Android devices, there will be a wide variety of software features that you’ll discover over the course of ownership.

Both Apple and Samsung have made excellent devices here. This decision will come down to which mobile OS you’re invested in the most and whether or not you’ll take advantage of the features that Samsung brings to the table with the Galaxy Note 4. Hopefully we’ve provided enough detail to help you make an informed purchase. It’s obvious that these two devices are designed for completely different personalities, but which one is right for you? Let us know what you think with a comment below.


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Dom Esposito

October 20th

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big

While Apple has only just released its first huge phone , Samsung's gargantuan Note is already on its fourth iteration. In a lot of ways, it's the big phone that started this runaway screen-size race. But even though it's facing an ever-growing army of up-sized competitors , the Note 4 is the only giant phone that gets it right.

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October 15th

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