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Android to finally overtake iOS in the tablet market in 2013, IDC projects

Android to finally overtake iOS in the tablet market in 2013, IDC projects

2013 will be the year Android tablets steal the crown from the iPad, according to an IDC report out Tuesday (via GigaOM). Tablets running the Android operating system will soar to 48.8% by the end of 2013, overtaking iOS which falls to 46.0% of the tablet market. The numbers shrink a bit when the projection…

Apple should “sidestep the phablet,” but it should still release a bigger iPhone

Apple should "sidestep the phablet," but it should still release a bigger iPhone

Macworld published an article this morning arguing that Apple should avoid the phablet market altogether. The author argues that while Samsung has sold roughly 25 million Note devices to date, such sales are essentially meaningless compared to the nearly 50 million iPhones Apple sold in fiscal Q1 2013. The author then went on to criticize a…

Nokia and BlackBerry take vastly different approaches to the smartphone market

Nokia and BlackBerry take vastly different approaches to the smartphone market

The latest smartphone OS market share data in the U.S. paint a dismal picture for all but iOS and Android, which together account for over 90% of the smartphone OS market. The two remaining platforms, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, are fighting to gain customers looking to enter the smartphone market, and potentially win (or in…

BlackBerry Z10 coming to AT&T on March 22nd

BlackBerry Z10 coming to AT&T on March 22nd

The lengthy, sometimes aggravating wait for BlackBerry’s latest operating system to come to the United States will soon be over, with the company’s flagship Z10 smartphone set to land on AT&T on March 22nd according to a Bloomberg report. The release comes one week later than was previously indicated, though what’s another week when you’ve been…

For HTC, the time for action is now as sales approach pre-Android levels

For HTC, the time for action is now as sales approach pre-Android levels

The HTC One, which the company unveiled back on February 19th, is likely to be the best Android phone of the first half of 2013. HTC has been in this position before; the HTC One X and subsequent One X+ were both widely heralded smartphones, made from top-notch materials which gave the device a premium…

PSA: Humble Bundle 5 now available; Pay what you want for 6 awesome Android games

PSA: Humble Bundle 5 now available; Pay what you want for 6 awesome Android games

The Humble Bundles, which provide bundles of DRM-free cross-platform games, have long been a favorite way for gamers to check out new independent games from indie developers at a price which makes sense to them. That last part, a price which makes sense to them, is key to the Humble Bundle’s operation, which allows gamers…

Android in February: Jelly Bean improves, but over 50% of devices still run a 2 year old OS

Android in February: Jelly Bean improves, but over 50% of devices still run a 2 year old OS

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White House supports lifting ban on unlocking phones, now it’s up to Congress

White House supports lifting ban on unlocking phones, now it's up to Congress

Back in October 2012, the US Library of Congress’s Copyright Office ruled that unlocking cell phones to work on other carriers would no longer be legal under US law. The act of unlocking a phone was previously legal under the law, though the exemptions called for three-year reviews to be enacted, and despite being reinstated…

Samsung teases Galaxy S IV with new video, preps for March 14th launch

Samsung teases Galaxy S IV with new video, preps for March 14th launch

We’ve said it before and we’ll likely be saying it for quite a while. If you own an Android smartphone, chances are it’s a Samsung Galaxy. Samsung’s Galaxy S III was the best-selling Android smartphone of 2012, and on March 14th the company will unveil the next in the line of Galaxy, the Galaxy S…

Samsung unveils Wallet application: Blatant Passbook ripoff, or inevitable lookalike?

Samsung unveils Wallet application: Blatant Passbook ripoff, or inevitable lookalike?

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Samsung and Apple are no strangers in the courtroom. The two companies have exchanged patent infringement suits over the past several years, with the most notable victory for Apple coming by way of a $1 billion+ award granted to Apple in the U.S. in 2012. While subsequent rulings have called into question the validity of some of the patents by which Apple secured victory in the case, Samsung continues to face scrutiny in the court of public opinion, where many still proclaim Samsung to be an Apple copycat.

Samsung caused quite a stir this morning at an event at Mobile World Congress when it announced the latest application to come out of the company’s software development team. The company unveiled Samsung Wallet, an application which heavily mirrors the functionality found in Apple’s Passbook. Samsung Wallet will provide Galaxy users the ability to store event tickets, boarding passes, rewards program information, and coupons in one central application, where users can then use the information in the appropriate venue via a scannable QR code displayed onscreen. Wallet will also notify users when their rewards and coupons can be redeemed (presumably using GPS technology), also nearly identical to the way Passbook operates today.

Nobody can question that these types of technology are the future. Google has been working in a similar vein with Google Wallet, for example, which focuses more on NFC payment and rewards redemption than Samsung’s application of the same name. Apple’s Passbook, introduced with iOS 6, operates in nearly exactly the same way as Samsung’s Wallet and there are many striking similarities between Apple and Samsung’s products that have some crying foul. But is the similar nature of these programs a blatant ripoff of Apple’s technology by Samsung, or is it an inevitable lookalike due to the limitation of these types of applications?

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