That means iPhone 5c sold twice as many units as all Blackberry smartphone sales combined (6 million), more than all of Nokia’s Windows Phone smartphone sales in the winter quarter (8.2 million), and in fact, all of Microsoft’s Windows Phones sold globally in the winter quarter (slightly more than 8.2 million, as Nokia makes 90 percent of the world’s Windows Phones).
Even Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 reportedly sold just 9 million units in the winter quarter. If you do the math, that’s less than 12.8 million.
LG’s heavily marketed flagship G2 reportedly sold just 2.3 million units in the winter quarter. That indicates that Apple’s mid tier iPhone 5c outsold Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and LG’s G2 put together.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has upheld a key Apple multitouch patent, the so called ‘949 or Steve Jobs patent, which basically patents all multitouch gestures.
I believe that Sony, Nokia, and a few others have taken a license from Apple for using this technology, and they should be ok, but this is a serious setback for Google, Motorola, Samsung, et al, and it appears to be a final ruling.
The EU has announced yesterday that Samsung has agreed to stop using SEP’s (standard essential patents) as weapons against competitors for at least five years, if those competitors agree to a licensing framework.
I guess the 18 BILLION fine Samsung faced in the EU had something to do with this.
That’s what you get for stealing and suing standards to pressure competitors.
After a good bit of sleuthing, we can confidently say Samsung appears to be artificially boosting the US Note 3’s benchmark scores with a special, high-power CPU mode that kicks in when the device runs a large number of popular benchmarking apps. Samsung did something similar with the international Galaxy S 4’s GPU, but this is the first time we’ve seen the boost on a US device. We also found a way to disable this special CPU mode, so for the first time we can see just how much Samsung’s benchmark optimizations affect benchmark scores.