Swype aims to be the ultimate typing assistant

We all know that typing can sometimes be a mess when doing so on our phone. Back in the day, they remedied typing on the screen by providing multi-tap inputs for typing. This is very accurate, but not very efficient. The keyboard setup is still the fastest way to go when typing on a small screen. People just had to learn to aim well with every tap. This, along with many other factors, pushed a need to increase screen sizes to accommodate the larger keyboard layout design to further improve typing on such a small screen.

Then came Swype. Swype revolutionized the typing game. It’s not about typing anymore on a small screen. Forget the taps, you just slide your fingerm “swype” it across a keyboard layout and let Swype figure out what it is that you wanted to type. It became a very big hit in a lot of areas. It supported several languages as well, ranging at about 55 languages to date. The impressive algorithm employed by Swype allowed users to type as fast as 40 words per minute! Not bad for a small screen keyboard. That’s even faster than some people on a regular keyboard.

Later on, Swype was bought by Nuance. It was not a nuance that they were bought out. It was a holy partnership that added another groundbreaking feature to Swype’s input methods. Thanks to Nuance, it gained access to a powerful voice recognition engine that allowed Swype to understand spoken words and allow you to type by simply speaking. At this point, the keyboard layout just acts like a reference point for your Swype, or a rare alternative that Swype fails to understand what it is you are trying to type.

Now, with the new upgrade, Swype aims to take us further, by adding a new feature: learning. Now, Swype no longer simply relies on your current input. Nuance has enabled it to predict your next move as well. It can learn your common phrases and the way you type. This can potentially increase the typing speed once more. If it learns enough from your style, the user may just end up choosing which word to enter next, without a need to type or swipe on the screen.

Nuance is doing really great with Swype. They intend to ‘listen’ to its users now, by allowing the uses to modify the library of words that Swype will use. You can even suppress a word that you don’t want to appear while typing. This prevents those auto-correct nightmares that plague iOS users.

Are you using Swype today? If not, are you willing to make the switch?

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Apple and Google sees you! Military style

Charles Schumer, a US Senator, spots a cause for concern, regarding the development of high quality mapping available for the public. Google and Apple are reportedly preparing to improve their Maps applications by making high quality snaps of the world using military grade spy planes. The keyword here is ‘Spy‘. According to the report, the cameras from the spy planes of Google and Apple are well capable of taking high quality snapshots of not only the road, but our homes as well. Picture this, something as small as four inches long can be identified using that camera from that height.

This raises a very valid concern. While these spy planes have a very useful application in military strategy, to use such equipment on civilians may very well let all their doors open to the public. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but being able to see through my window, or see me clearly on a map snapshot, and without my knowledge, show these images to the public, is a tad too much for a mapping application.

Things like these should be removed from maps

Sure, there are times when we would like to joke around and show our friends where our house is in the “satellite” view of maps. The street view option from Google maps was very useful in planning for trips and scouting the area to familiarize myself. Apple is also adding such a feature to rival Google in the Mapping arena. I would definitely understand that there will be a need to have a general, realistic view of an area to push the mapping technology to provide better accuracy. Still, it is very inappropriate to have a person or the interiors of the house be visible and be so detailed in the mapping applications. You wouldn’t want to be caught changing while the camera from Apple and Google’s spy planes capture you butt naked.

Charles Shumer had some ideas though; he also sees that mapping needs to take these accurate shots for the purpose of accurate mapping and navigation, but limits should be imposed. One idea was for Google and Apple to inform the masses when and where these spy planes will take the shots, so that people can avoid being caught by the camera. I think it would also help if they did not camouflage these spy planes. If the people are aware it’s in the sky, there might be less to do in the next step that Charles Schumer proposes.

The next step he proposed was for these snaps to be reviewed intently, and blur out any sensitive data that may have been caught on camera. This includes blurring or possibly removing a person from a snap. We know this is possible, just a couple of Photoshop edits here and there. They can make glass opaque to make sure none of the insides of any building is displayed. Its also a great idea for people to report unedited areas, or to be able to remove themselves from maps. Although, once its been released to the web, anyone can screenshot the scene, forever saving it on the internet. Prevention is still better than cure. So Apple and Google need to step up and prevent these mishaps.

They may argue that this is an additional expense for these tech giants, but they were able to afford all those nifty spy gear, right? Surely they can spend a few more billions while making sure that people can still trust them with the information they continuously gather left and right. What more can you suggest to make sure that accurate maps can avoid privacy issues?

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Can Samsung live without Android?

Samsung is at the forefront of the great smartphone wars. They are currently the leading manufacturer of Android phones, with one successful launch after another. The Galaxy S phones brought about a revolution that took the world by storm. Sure, there are other manufacturers that sell Android phones, but you don’t hear as much about them, as you do with Samsung. The Samsung Android phones have some sort of allure that people just want, despite the fact that many claim to hate the addition of Touchwiz to the platform.

Many people hate Touchwiz and its counterparts with other companies. It veers away from the Stock Android design that many clamor for. Yet, they still buy Samsung devices, mainly for its power, and its design that simply fits your needs. Everyone can also attest to the power of their Exynos chips and stunning screens. People just wish there was not an additional layer to the default Android OS experience. Why? Because it hampers updates. Android phones suffer from delayed updates, mainly because each manufacturer has to reprogram the Android OS to sport their layer of launchers and environments. This adds to the time needed to compile and create a working version of Android tailored for their devices.

If this adds so much work, why do manufacturers still keep the skins? Separation. They want to make sure that when their customers boot the device, they would be able to identify that “this is a Samsung” or “this is an HTC”, etc. They are not content with making sure they have a distinct looking hardware, they want their presence to also be felt when the customers are navigating the device menus.

They have a point you see. There are many Android OS manufacturers. Each of them can only stretch the limits of hardware so far. If each device sported the same or similar specs, they would lose the edge they have over the competition of they do not differ in product experience.

Still, skins like Touchwiz and Motoblur can only go so far. The user experience is still Android OS, with a few aesthetic and functional differences. Now that Google has bought Motorola Mobility, Samsung predicts that their partner will soon become their competitor as well.  It’s such an irony that this is the same situation that they are facing with Apple, which is also one of their biggest partners.

Samsung feels like they need to veer away from relying on Android, by focusing on BADA, their own OS. They have been investing in BADA for quite a while now, and the BADA handsets are actually available in select areas of the world. They realize that soon, Motorola will have the unfair advantage of the most integrated Android OS on their handsets, while Samsung and the rest are left with the scraps to work with, hoping that their “skins” will be enough to set them apart and encourage the consumers to buy their products.

Still, as we’ve learned, Samsung is incredibly successful with their Android products. Their Android phones are the best in the market so far, and the most preferred units by many who seek the Android experience. Their BADA devices are not quite up to speed yet, and may never be as popular as Android. Will Samsung have the strength to veer away from the Android experience so that they can assert their software individuality? Or do you foresee that move as potentially Samsung’s biggest mistake?

It would be interesting for Samsung to take on a path similar to Apple, who creates a marriage between hardware and software, but it would be hard to imagine that working with Samsung’s business model. Why can I say that? Simply because in Samsung’s model, it would be very hard or impossible to marry the software with the hardware. They like making one device for every size and budget, with different specs and looks. At best, they can recreate a mini Android model. Apple’s system works simply because they minimize the types of hardware that the OS is used on, so they can tailor the OS to work closer together with the hardware created. I feel like it will be a bad move for Samsung to completely abandon Android. It’s their greatest cash cow at the moment. What they can do is to create a different market for the BADA devices, while maintain a separate division for Android phones, which is what they are doing today. It works, and I’m sure someone in the board thinks so as well.

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Apple probably hates battery replacements

What is it with Apple and their choice of batteries lately? They just love making it very hard to replace them, and make it almost as expensive, as the device itself. This goes for the iPhone, the iPad and the new Macbook Pro.

People complained a couple of years ago, when Apple launched their iPhones. It was an era when people used phones that had a replaceable battery. There were so many great uses for replaceable batteries back then. You can purchase spare ones that you can charge and bring along during long trips, such as hiking or camping. You can easily replace the battery at low costs and even use batteries from different manufacturers. One can even expand the battery by purchasing a battery of higher capacity for use with their phones.

In the advent of Apple ‘s own iPhone, and the rise of Android and other smartphones in the world, there was one problem that arose. Due to the increased energy consumption of these smartphones, the phones of today do not last nearly as long as the old phones. That increased the need for some people to either always carry chargers, or carry extra battery packs, even on just a single day. Apple fans would definitely be stuck with only the first option, because one, removing that battery is a void on their warranty, and two, the replacements often come too expensive.

That is also the case with the new slimmer Macbook Pro that Apple has touted recently. These Macbook Pro look so much like Macbook Airs that you might think that these Macbooks are the same. When  iFixit, a specialized website for creating repair guides for Macs, tried to disassemble and see just how the whole thing is built, they found very little use for the handy screwdrivers. They had to wade through more parts, which were glued together, making it nearly impossible to fix or replace parts. This especially goes for the battery, which is reportedly at least 54% more expensive than the previous Macbook Pro. You have to dish out nearly $200 for one.

The Macbook Pro is now not effectively upgradable. It would cost too much to unglue and re-glue these parts. People have been asking for thinner and lighter devices, and this is Apple’s answer. The Macbook Pro users are now wondering if it can even be called a Macbook Pro, because it now follows nearly the whole design pattern of the Macbook Air. Since these batteries are also glued in, you might just want to replace the whole thing when it dies. In fact, that is what Apple would want. A steady stream of new hardware being pushed out, just because it can no longer replace these batteries effectively both in cost and in effort.

Are you happy with this new trend of keeping the battery glued in to your device, forcing you to stick to what comes with the package? Or would you rather have the power of choice to upgrade or even simply have extra battery packs to make these devices last just a little bit longer in the unplugged world? We know Apple listens to its customers, so make sure you provide the right words!

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Apple continues to depart from its Frenemy, Google

Apple and Google are slowly going their separate ways, and they may not have a choice. Google and Apple have been a great team up back in the days when they actually worked together. The search giant’s ambition to create its own mobile platform has created a giant rift between these companies, as well as a bitter hatred between former friends: the late Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt. The fight got personal, as Steve Jobs reportedly said that he will do everything in his power to destroy Android and its creator.

Apple seems to continue this battle as they follow a road map created when the big Steve was still in charge. They continue to create ways to wean off and eventually remove Google services from their popular devices. In a form of Guerilla tactic, Apple has slowly began replacing some Google functions that previously were popularly used by Apple’s loyal fan base.

What services are these? Let’s start with something highly sensationalized: Siri. Siri is a way for iPhone 4S users to get information by talking to their phone. Siri simply answers these queries by relying on a database, rather than searching for it, using some search service, like Google. While Siri may eventually need to search when the answer could not be found in its database, it effectively searches without branding it as a Google search or a Bing search. While Google search continues to be prevalent in everything else that searches the net, a good chunk of users, which now includes the iPad users, are no longer completely relying on their service and instead, are relying on Siri.

A less widely known addition to iOS5 was Apple’s own Geolocator service. This is a service that allows the device to locate where you are, by using GPS and wireless connections such as Wi-Fi. This was a service previously provided by Google. What good is it to Google?  Well, every time Google would identify you location for you, it eventually knows where you are as well. By knowing where you are, Google can provide the proper location based ads to your device. We all know that Google derives its earnings mostly on Ads. Losing a huge chunk of Apple users means less data for them to provide accurate location based services.

More recently, Apple has announced its own Maps service, which will eventually remove Google Maps from the equation. This is another major service that search giant will eventually lose. Apple seeks to even outperform their service, and this could lead into further problems, if Apple seeks to go beyond Mobile in its maps offerings.

While Apple may have Ping, a less than lacking social networking service, it has announced that there will be greater integration between iOS devices and Facebook. By choosing to side with Google+’s greatest competitor, it would seem as if Apple is purposely giving Google the finger. The enemy of my enemy is my friend rings true in this situation.

Aside from these offerings, Apple has some other services that may not be as popular as the ones mentioned before, but has existed and may provide a threat if they are able to properly capitalize on its presence. What am I talking about? The Apple ID of course! Apple has its own mailing service and a cloud storage option that rivals that of Google’s Gmail and Drive. Apple also has its own Ads service that may be small right now, but if the company wishes to, they might be able to expand it even further.

This is only the beginning in the unholy war between these Frenemies. What function will Apple override next? How much more of the world’s chunk of devices will the search giant eventually lose? This may not happen immediately, but it will happen, if Apple has anything to say about it.

Ultimately, it’s up to the users. The lost functions like Maps can still be downloaded from the App store. They still have a choice to keep Google in the loop. The question is will they want to? Will you want to? Or would you rather stay on a closed-off ecosystem that seeks to separate itself from the world?

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NFC has a future thanks to Tec Tiles

NFC, or Near Field Communication, is a recent technology that some mobile manufacturers like Samsung are promoting. It is a data transfer technology that is slower than Bluetooth. It is also rather short ranged, allowing only a few centimeters for it to even work. What are you going to use it for? Not much at the moment. That is all about to change through, as Samsung introduced “Tec Tiles” to provide the demand for Near Field Communication.

Why are people pushing for this technology anyway? Near Field Communication is actually really handy for several functions. NFC data transfers or interactions require very little power. It works only at close range, so transfers are more secure and less likely to be intercepted. It can also generate a short range energy field that can power NFC tags. These tags would not require power to provide the information stored within, allowing tags to be placed in small and simple daily items, such as posters, laces, ID’s and cards.

Near Field Communication technology is more notably used in the credit industry. NFC enabled phones can use a wallet application, such as Google Wallet, to pay for services or products by simply putting the phone in close proximity to an NFC capable terminal. The transfers are said to be secure, and is initiated by the user and is harder to intercept. Less notable use of NFC is in advertisements. There are several “smart posters” that are in the wild that your NFC enabled phones can interact with to get certain information. These are perfect examples of NFC tags that are paper thin and do not require to be powered on its own. This works much like a barcode, or a QR code, but works much faster and can provide data without the need for a database, or the need for your device to search for the meaning of the code in the internet.

At the moment, Near Field Communication technology is not as popular as many would hope. There are very few establishments that offer the NFC terminals or advertisements. There are some who have used the NFC to provide menus, but since NFC is not in every phone, and not many people really use it anyway, it isn’t used as much as they would like. That may just change soon, due to the Tec Tiles that Samsung introduced recently.

So what makes these Tec Tiles special? Tec Tiles are programmable NFC tags. There is an application in the Play Store that will allow you to access and program these tiles to perform various functions when an NFC capable device interacts with it. Samsung has outlined several interesting uses for your own programmable NFC Tag. This can allow more establishments to be able to use their own NFC tags to provide advertisement, by prompting your phone to visit a website, or show a notification of a sale, share a coupon, or provide contact information whenever you place your NFC device in proximity of these Tec tiles.

Not only businesses, but also the consumers can create some NFC tags with their Tec Tiles to automate some tasks. Every time you come across your NFC tag, it will prompt your NFC capable phone to perform certain tasks. It can allow your phone to stop accepting calls when you go to bed, open an application like Maps when you strap it on to your car mount, or display a few reminders in the form of a text message or notification.

As I came across this announcement, a lot ideas sprung into my mind of what I can use it for, provided that NFC technology begins to proliferate further to many more devices, and if more people are actually using these NFC enabled devices. Some can be actually useful, and some can come across as pranks. One thing I could think of was that I could place one at my doorstep to remind me of those things that I usually forget to do or bring along before I leave the house.

What can you think of doing if you had one of these Tec Tiles?

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iOS6 brings more for the iPad to do

No one will argue against the notion that Apple ‘s iPad revolutionized the tablet. Sure, it has existed before in other mediums, but no one has been able to perfect the business model and practicality of the tablet market until this bad boy arrived. Soon after, the other manufacturers began to create their own version of the tablet, and brought to life by the Android operating system. Android may not admit to it, but they were able to capitalize on what to do right in the tablet space, by looking at the things that the iPad did right.

The best thing about the rivalry between Apple ‘s iPad and Android ‘s tablet horde, is the proliferation of innovation by making sure they try to outshine each other. Apple just recently announced the many changes that they have planned for the iOS6 and its advantages for the iPad line. Will these changes be groundbreaking for you or will this be another ‘meh’ moment?

One of the most notable changes in the new iOS6 is the ability of iPhones to finally use Facetime over the cellular network. This ability also extends to the iPad line. If you were to look into the forums, this function has been greatly requested by a lot a of people. They just don’t see the point of video calling on a mobile device while being chained to a Wi-fi service. It’s a great thing that Apple finally saw this, too.

The rumored Apple version of Maps for both the iPhone and iPad has now officially been released as well. This seeks to beat Google at their own game, while adding their own flavor to the fray. Siri is making a comeback and an entrance to the iPad niche, and she now knows better how to get you to places. Android can’t tout anymore that they are the only device that provides an integrated turn by turn navigation. I can almost feel the heat of the flame wars regarding “patents” and “copying” from each other. While the Maps software is refreshing to finally have on a Apple device, they may want to reconsider their stand against copying ideas. Not everything is as detailed as Google’s extensive database yet, but that can follow with the next update. Rome was not built in a single conquest after all. Needless to say, having a huge-ass GPS system with you all the time is something worth looking at, especially with the new iPad’s retina display.

Android tablets pride themselves with being a powerful device, worthy of replacing your laptop. They have a full powered browser that is not as limited and closed off as the Safari browser in iOS. That may soon change, as Safari’s interaction to the web becomes more advanced, allowing easier uploads of photos and videos directly from the browser. There is still no flash player, mind you, so that full desktop experience is still quite far off compared to Android tablets. Still, they are addressing an issue, which is a wink to the right direction.

Have you ever seen those Sci-fi films where you are able to throw work into different screens for easier management? Desktop PC’s are able to do that to an extent by generating extended desktops across screens. This would of course mean that there is only one CPU and a bunch of monitors connected to it.

What people are hoping for, are scenarios where different individual devices are able to share a single job, or display a part of the whole while working together. This would be a real world equivalent to a large table full of paperwork, and several people working on that table. The iPad would serve as your workspace, and transferring work from one side of the ‘table’ to the other would become seamless or simply easy. No, this is not the reality that iOS6 will bring out, but its a start.

Overall, the ‘innovations’ of the iOS6 would seem like an answer to people’s complaints, save for the Maps. Siri has been around, they simply ported her over to a larger screen, and Facetime has been requested for quite some time now. At least, people will stay happy with their chosen device because it did more of what they requested, with shiny new versions of what they previously had.  Sad to say that this year’s release doesn’t really bring something incredibly innovative unlike the previous years. Instead, they look like they ‘copied’ more than ‘innovated’ this year. Regardless, it’s an update worth looking out for.

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Apple just loves the new Macbooks

Apple started off real hot in this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). The show starts with Siri’s familiar voice, but all eyes were on the new Macbook pro, which was officially unveiled by Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller. They call it “the most beautiful computer they’ve ever made“. This will of course put it in greater scrutiny to the eyes of the masses, but they sure have some convincing reasons.

Apple’s Macbook pro touts its power in the slimmest Pro yet. Measuring at only 0.71″ thin, and officially weighing at 4.5lbs, this superstar is on par with the Macbook Air, but with a stronger punch. The beauty does not stop there, as Apple’s Macbook Pro adapts the highly sought after Retina Display, giving you the best view of the whole internet. The display is at 15.4″ large diagonally, and sports 220 pixels per inch. The high pixel density will allow you to view the screen as sharply and as realistic as real paper. You have to go really close to notice the pixels at all.

At this point, many of Apple’s customers would be wary of the battery life, due to the high resolution screen. Worry not, as the new Macbook Pro from Apple will last you for about 7 hours long. That’s pretty long enough, considering the power it dishes out. It is also said to have much quieter fans, due to the new way they are placed in the overall design. The Macbook Pro touts at least an i5 or an i7 quad core processor. These are supposed to tout Intel’s latest and greatest ivy bridge processors, bumping the speed and efficiency significantly. Apple has really outdone itself this time.

The rest are standard bumps in specs for this generation, including USB 3.0, a couple of Thunderbird ports, HDMI, and Bluetooth 4.0. The new Macbook Pro connects with 802.11n Wi-Fi. There is also an SD card reader slot. With all that, you can be sure you are pretty well connected on this device.

The Macbook Pro is not the only Macbook that gets a bump in specs. The Macbook air will sport nearly identical specs, but slightly slower, slightly thinner and cheaper than the Macbook Pro.

Prices for Apple’s Macbook pro will be around $2,199 going up with larger memory choices, and the Air will show up at around $999 to $1,499. These are the future of the Mac. Apple seeks to be entirely up to date with hardware while providing the aesthetic beauty of Apple’s designs and software.

Will you be lining up the store for your new Mac soon?

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Google Chrome and the others are not invited to the Windows 8 RT party

Google Chrome is getting ready for the future of Windows, but Microsoft wants to cut them short. What am I talking about? I am talking about the lack of browser freedom in the upcoming Windows 8. Google assures its users that it will have Google Chrome functional in the upcoming Windows 8, but not on Windows 8 RT operating systems.

Why is this a big issue? Isn’t Google Chrome already working on a Windows environment?

People know that Microsoft has promised that they will provide a “desktop mode” or a way for legacy applications to work on the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Still, Google Chrome will not want to be termed lazy by not creating a Google Chrome that follows the new Metro style.

The issue is because Microsoft has implemented a code on Windows 8 that treats browsers differently from any other application that may run on the operating system. They said that they are restricting the use of 3rd party browsers, requiring that the browser must be set as a system app for it to work normally. This will require a lot of tweaking and new coding to adapt to the new APIs of Windows 8.

Microsoft is being very aggressive in creating an environment that is focused mainly on Microsoft’s offerings. They are creating a sort of locked system environment; the same accusation that Apple is getting on its Mac and iOS devices. Despite this controlled environment, Google has a way out. It’s entirely up to the user to choose Google Chrome as a system application, and it is not impossible to do so. For the Windows 8 RT though, it’s a whole different story.

Wait, what is Windows RT?

I am sure this has grazed the thoughts of some readers by now. Remember when I talked about Windows 8? They were planning to implement the use of Windows 8 on a slew of different devices. One of these devices is the tablet. Most tablets are set up to run on ARM architectures. It uses less power, and is completely built for a low processing environment. What this means is that ARM devices last longer ,but are not quite as powerful as your Intel or AMD processors.  This makes them perfect for the mobile environment, since you would prefer to use your mobile devices, such as tablets and phones, without frequently gunning for a wall socket.

As you would have figured out, ARM processes things differently than Intel or AMD devices. They require a different way of programming. Programmers who aim to produce apps for both the PC and ARM devices would need to maintain different sets of codes. This makes Windows 8 RT different internally, but aesthetically the same as Windows 8.

So, where is the problem again?

The problem here is that Microsoft is becoming even stricter with regards to Windows 8 RT. They placed restriction on its own developers and made sure that only Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer will be the only browser that will work effectively in this environment. Other browsers may try, but they won’t be able to implement several functions, such as the implementation of plugins.

So, what now?

Google and Mozilla have been very vocal regarding this matter. They seek to ensure that the user has a choice to run other browsers on the Windows 8 RT, as well as allow fair play, by removing the restrictions on 3rd party browsers. They are also banking on a legally binding agreement of Microsoft with the EU pertaining to browser choice. Microsoft argues that this is only for a Windows PC. Well, are they saying Windows RT is not Windows anymore?

We already have a closed system provider for people who like to have other people choose for them. That is what Apple represents. Microsoft’s Windows used to run in the principles of user choice and the availability of choices. No matter how you look at it, Windows RT is still a Windows operating system. It makes no sense to market that they want the “same” Windows experience for both the tablet and the PC. By restricting possibilities and innovation in the tablet environment, they are simply sound like they are lying through their teeth.

As a user of Windows for many years, do you want to have them decide for you which browser you will use? Are you satisfied to stick to Internet Explorer and allow them the monopoly on Windows RT? It really is up to the pressure of the users to decide whether Microsoft can get away with this new model or not.

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Apple Requests Samsung ban. This starts everything. Again.

Apple is at it again with another ban request for another Samsung device. With over 30 cases against Samsung on its belt, Apple seeks to request a sales ban of the new Galaxy S III phone in the U.S. This is in addition to all the other Galaxy phones that they are currently fighting over, due to patent infringements.

Samsung has assured the masses that they will “vigorously” fight against this ban request filed in the U.S. District Court for Northern California. They claim that there simply is no merit to the claims that they have infringed 2 of Apple patents. This time, it’s not just about how confident they are, they simply have to fight it because of the large potential loss they will encounter if the device does get banned. Think about a lot of disappointed customers who pre-ordered the device.

Apple has filed this sales ban of the Galaxy S III as an extension to the ongoing battle featuring the Galaxy Nexus, which they claimed to have hit at least 4 patents. For the Galaxy S III, they claim that it touches on the patent for a unified search interface and the patent for identifying patterns in data.

No one plans to back down, as the initial attempt to settle quickly broke down. Apple has the money, and they are willing to dig deep in that vault to ban the Galaxy S III and 17 other devices before it, from being sold in American soil. Many would cry that this is simply anti-competitive, as Apple has reportedly insisted that they will not allow royalties for the said patents and insists that these patent breaking functions be removed completely from the said devices, or risk a full sales ban. What they fail to admit, is that they are scared because Android devices are taking over their market share at an alarming rate.

While the battle goes on, Samsung is confident that they will be able to prove that there is no infringement and that the device is a unique Smartphone. They claim that the sales will go on as planned by June 21 this year. If this pushes through, they may just overshadow the release of the iPhone which is rumored to be released by July this year.

It would be funny to note that despite the fact that Apple and Samsung have been at each other’s throats in 3 continents all over the world, regarding this legal battle, they are still trading business as usual, with Apple being one of the Samsung’s biggest customers for chips and display screens, as well as several other mobile components. Talk about shaking your hand while stabbing you on the back.

Ever since Android got popular, Apple has been hitting nearly every handset manufacturer, big or small, with their large portfolio of patents. There is special focus on the battle for the Galaxy Nexus, simply because it is Android’s flagship phone.  They want to fight against the Galaxy S III, which they claim is another devise that slavishly copies the look and feel of their iPhone. The device is poised to take over the Smartphone market with a large demand for the device, as proven by a substantial amount of pre-orders, made for the device.

Samsung will not back down, and Apple will keep pressing charges left and right to assert itself. Innovation is at a halt due to fear of litigation. The legal wars are far from over.

Which side do you think will win? How much longer do you think the era of Smartphone litigation will go on?

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