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Oh, Samsung.

Samsung Finally Built a Metal Galaxy

Finally, Samsung has a metal phone in the Galaxy Alpha. The best part is you can get it in any of three finishes: blue (which looks kind of space gray to me), gold, or silver. It is of course ugly and since they aren’t releasing details on the price, I’d say expensive.

Baz Luhrman Is ‘Sold’ on Samsung Galaxy Gear

Well, there you go: proof that the guy behind such masterpieces as Romeo + Juliet and The Great Gatsby is an idiot.


Samsung’s new ad for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch bears resemblance to the very first iPhone ad — “Hello”. I agree 100% with what Matthew Panzarino had to say about that:

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Samsung taking inspiration from the ‘Hello’ spot. However—and this is an important note — Samsung is a company which has had a billion-dollar judgement against it for copying Apple’s work.

If I was a company which had gained a reputation for copying Apple’s work, the last thing I’d want is to have my advertising associated with anything they’d ever done.

Hardware Spam

Ron Amadeo reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Gear for Ars Technica:

Samsung has beaten Google and Apple as the first major manufacturer to market, but much like the Internet commenter, it has sacrificed substance for the sake of timing. The Galaxy Gear is a product (with some impressive internals, no less) that has such limited use and such crippling compatibility requirements that it is currently the equivalent of hardware spam.

The Galaxy Note 3 Comes With a “Tiny Screen” Mode

Stefan Constantinescu:

Samsung’s Galaxy Note devices have always been unapologetically big. It’s OK if you don’t like big phones, because there are plenty of people out there who do and will gladly spend $800 or more on a flagship 5.7 inch smartphone. But what if the Note 3 is going to be your first “phablet”, how are you going to cope? The guys at Android Central have discovered that Samsung’s latest behemoth comes with a neat software trick that shrinks the Note 3′s screen.


Samsung Announced Gold Galaxy S4

It’s been two weeks since Apple announced the gold 5S. What the hell took Samsung so long?

This Is Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Question: what happens when Samsung builds a device without any Apple precedence?

Apple’s New Ads Aren’t Compelling Viewers, Says Samsung

John Moltz did a little research into a report that Apple’s latest “Designed in California” ad wasn’t doing well with audiences.

Mozilla and Samsung Collaborating on Next Generation Web Browser Engine

More web engine news for you today:

Servo is an attempt to rebuild the Web browser from the ground up on modern hardware, rethinking old assumptions along the way. This means addressing the causes of security vulnerabilities while designing a platform that can fully utilize the performance of tomorrow’s massively parallel hardware to enable new and richer experiences on the Web. To those ends, Servo is written in Rust, a new, safe systems language developed by Mozilla along with a growing community of enthusiasts.

That, to me, sounds a lot more exciting than Google’s fork of WebKit. For one thing, Servo will not immediately replace Gecko. That’s important, because if Mozilla rushed it into Firefox and it was a dud, web developers would be forced to support it due to the browser’s popularity. More importantly, this is a completely new technology. With Google’s fork, the Chromium team will no longer reap the benefits of the WebKit team’s continued development. Likewise, the WebKit team will not be able to utilize any of Google’s improvements.

Servo could be the start of a new era in web rendering, but it will only get there if it’s good. If it is and it ushers away WebKit, then that’s great. If it isn’t, then we still have WebKit.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Is Completely Amazing and Utterly Boring

So says Wired, in a strikingly similar piece to their September article, “The iPhone 5 Is Completely Amazing and Utterly Boring”. The part I found interesting, though, was this:

…the bottom line is almost any flagship phone you buy today is going to be great, because it’s going to be an iterative device built on the shoulders of giants. No, it’s not going to blow anyone’s mind, or even raise a lot of questions from strangers. But that’s OK. In fact, you may not even want a super-interesting phone. If you have the kind of phone people stop you on the street to ask about, odds are that’s because nobody else is buying it for one reason or another.

Put another way, Mat Honan is arguing that we have reached a point of saturation and evolution in the handset market such that each new phone from Samsung or Apple isn’t all that exciting.

While I don’t agree (and in fact I asserted that the iPhone 5 is an enormous upgrade over the 4S and worth it for anyone with the means), I think we will get there soon. Eventually, the smartphone market will mimic the laptop market. Do we line up once a year for each iteration of the MacBook Air? No, and in fact the idea seems silly. It won’t be long before we feel the same about each new iPhone1.

  1. And when that does happen, pundits will be quick to point out Apple’s declining launch-day line lengths. ↩︎


Kyle Baxter, in response to Ken Segall’s idiotic piece that claims Samsung is beating Apple in advertising:

The ads aren’t bad—but they aren’t at all compelling, either. They’re just there, easy to ignore. Perhaps their intention is simply to remind people about the iPad. I don’t know.

I, for one, think the new iPad ads are great. But hold on.

The original iPad Mini ad was particularly excellent, but didn’t deviate at all from the show-the-product style Apple’s used extensively since releasing the iPhone in 2007.

So Apple’s ads are still great, but because they aren’t particularly different, Apple is failing?

[Segall] seems to think that Apple needs to respond in some way, which I’m not sure of. I don’t think Apple can win at that game, because responding—no matter how oblique—will be read as Apple being afraid of the underdog.

Apple is losing at advertising but they don’t need to fix it. Are we bored of Apple succeeding?

Samsung Says ‘No Reasonable Jury Would Ever Side with Apple’ and Requests the Case Be Thrown Out

Steven Sande, for The Unofficial Apple Weblog:

On Monday, Samsung attempted to have Judge Lucy Koh issue a Judgement as a Matter of Law that Apple had not proven its case and that no reasonable jury would ever side with Apple. That would have ended the trial, but Judge Koh threw out the request and the trial will proceed.

They sound confident.

“We wanted to build something great. There was no reason to look at anything [Samsung] had done.”

— Scott Forstall, in response to a Samsung attorney’s question if he’d ever directed anyone at Apple to copy Samsung’s products.

So Apple Is ‘Losing’ the Samsung Lawsuit

Mike Elgan, for Cult of Mac:

The lawsuit appears to be far from over. But already, it’s clear that Samsung is “winning.” Why? Because it’s a contest between a company that cares deeply about its secrets — even small ones — and a company that doesn’t care as much. So the discovery and revelation is punishing Apple.

The first “discovery” he lists is the 7-inch iPad. Yes, the same 7-inch iPad that the New York Times, Bloomberg, and the Wall Street Journal have reported is coming next month. Shocking. Next he says that the lawsuit has revealed that Apple looks at their competition and listens to their customers. Of course Apple looks at their competition and listens to their customers. Come on.

Everyone one of his points is either obvious or irrelevant (78% of iPhone owners use a case… so what?). He ends with what I think is perhaps the most interesting news to come out of the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit: Apple didn’t build a car.

Samsung Galaxy Note Changes Life

Abdel Ibrahim and Jon Dick:

I hung the Samsung in my entertainment center and never looked back. Surely this is what James Cameron had in mind when he reimagined Fern Gully.

Definitive Galaxy Note review.

Samsung Halts Android 2.3 Update for Infuse 4G

Headline you’ll never see: Apple halts iOS 3.1.3 update for iPhone 3GS.

Further Criticism of Samsung’s Super Bowl Ad

Trevor Gilbert:

Anything from the Galaxy Nexus to the Galaxy Tab would have been appropriate, as they all compete directly against Apple’s offerings. Instead, Samsung chose the Galaxy Note, a product that even Samsung doesn’t even fully understand.

Sums it up nicely. To me, the ad feels like it was contrived as a joke by an Apple fan mocking Samsung. “Big” and “thing” seem like pretty accurate descriptors of the Note.

…Samsung continues to throw punch after punch against Apple customers, with Apple refusing to respond. At some point it stops being creative, and starts being insulting. That point was roughly three commercials ago.

I really don’t get is why Samsung is trying to switch iPhone users. I don’t foresee much success in that; iPhone users seem pretty content. Samsung’s efforts and advertising capital would be much better spent targeting the enormous and ripe market of first-time smartphone buyers.

Samsung’s Next “Big Thing”

The next big thing is here. Again. Coming soon.

I’ve watched that six times now, and I’m still not even sure what it is.