Good news for Samsung: The USD 1 billion initially awarded to Apple in the patent dispute has been reduced to USD 450 million. A new trial to come for additional products not considered in the first round.
Another great milestone for the flagship smartphone: The Galaxy SIII has passed 30 million sold items about five months after launch. For comparison: Apple says it sold 26,9 million iPhones in the quarter.
Apple´s dominant share of the tablet-market shrunk in the third quarter of this year – down to 50,4 percent from 59,7 percent a year ago. Samsung now at 18,4 percent, Amazon now 9 percent.
Ironically, Apple still is Samsung´s biggest client for mobile device-processors. Samsung also has become the world´s second-largest chip company after Intel.
Federal Judge Lucy Koh is showing some extra touch of humor in this Apple-Samsung patent war-nightmare. She seems to be quite frustrated at the intricacy and lenght of the trial.
LED TVs are selling quite good, memory chips and processors are a bit down – but mobile is the real cash-cow of the electronics-giant – contributing USD 3,64 billion in profit.
A video of a (short) line at a Samsung store in London about an hour before the Galaxy SIII was to be released for sale – the global smartphone market becoming a two-horse race between Apple and Samsung.
The world´s top technology firm by revenue reported a record quaterly profit of USD 5,15 billion – selling an estimated 90 million handsets including 44 million smartphones. The handset division now accounts for 73 percent of the total profit.
There are high expectations on the next generation Galaxy S smartphone – but this might be the worst teaser ever…..