Oct 02 AT 4:40 PM Dustin Earley 17 Comments

Android and Apple roundup: Motorola drops patent lawsuit, SIII display outdoes iPhone 5′s, and more

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There’s no denying the relationship Android and Apple have together. They’re each other’s biggest competition. Constantly at each other’s throats, the target of lawsuits and ad campaigns. As such, there’s bound to be news stories that directly involve the two going head-to-head. We don’t want to fill the entire front page of Android and Me with these kinds of stories, so every now and again you’ll find a post like this that features a collection of what’s been going on between mobile’s two biggest companies, and how it affects you.

Is the Galaxy S III display better than the iPhone 5? It depends on your definition of better. According to a study from IHS, the display found on the SIII is superior to the display found on the iPhone 5. IHS used display thickness, where the SIII beat out the iPhone 5 by 0.4mm, and color gamut. ISH says the iPhone 5′s display only reaches 72% of the NTSC color gamut, while the SIII sits at 100%.

DisplayMate was quick to jump into the argument to say that they found the iPhone 5 display to be superior to the SIII, because it featured better color accuracy.

So what should you take away from this? In the past, the display on the iPhone was quickly touted as one of the main quality differentiators over competing Android devices. That’s simply not true anymore. It’s not a question of technological superiority, but a matter of opinion. Some people may prefer the real-world accuracy of LCD and the iPhone 5, while others prefer the vivid colors and deep blacks of AMOLED. But if you want to brag about your SIII or Galaxy Nexus display to your iPhone 5-using neighbor, now you know how. “If you need me, I’ll be enjoying 100% of the color gamut.” [1]

In other Samsung-Apple related news, a report out of Localytics released today says that Galaxy S III sales may be fueled by news related to Apple and Apple product releases. According to their research, when measuring weekly growth from July 3 to October 1, Samsung saw the biggest growth spurts when the Apple v Samsung verdict was handed out in late August, and when the iPhone 5 launched some two weeks ago in September. Samsung saw a 16% increase in growth after the verdict, and a 15% growth increase when the iPhone 5 launched.

There’s several different reasons why this could have happened, but at least part of it has to do with the amount of exposure Samsung got out of both events. In the eyes of the general public, Samsung being found guilty of making their devices too similar to the iPhone put Samsung in the same league as Apple. Anecdotes poured in online after the verdict was made public detailing people who had a new awareness of Samsung thanks to the trial. I was a member of at least one conversation like that personally.

The same goes for the release of the iPhone 5. I can recall one news report in particular that detailed the larger display on the iPhone 5, but also mentioned how the SIII’s display was still bigger. Thanks to Apple’s moves in court, they’re having trouble making news without Samsung making an appearance. How’s that for free advertising? [2]

Another report that details Android and Apple’s ongoing market share war was made available today by Pew that details the huge strides Android has made in tablet market share over the past year. Pew says that in 2011, Android held just 15% of the tablet market in the US, with the iPad alone holding 81%. It’s a totally different story in 2012 though, with Android (combined with the Kindle Fire) holding 48% of the market, and the iPad at 52%.

If these numbers are accurate, this is fantastic news for Android. Even though 21% of Android’s market share is made up by the Kindle Fire, it still gives developers a reason to look to Android and take care of consumers who use the OS.

Tablet apps, or apps that scale properly and work well with tablets, are still lacking on Android compared to the iPad. If Android’s rise in market share continues, developer interest will rise. It worked with phone; there’s no reason to believe it won’t with tablets. [3]

Last but not least in today’s Android and Apple roundup, Motorola has dropped a high profile patent infringement suit against Apple for no apparent reason.

Just over a month ago, Motorola filed a handful of patent infringement claims against Apple with the ITC, looking to get an import ban on the iPhone and iPad. Today, those claims have been pulled, with little to no reasoning provided. One might come to the conclusion that perhaps Motorola and Apple were able to settle their differences, but Motorola has said that, “there are no agreements between Motorola and Apple, written or oral, express or implied, concerning the subject matter of this investigation.”

Another distinct possibility is that Google and Apple are in talks to end these kinds of cases, and Google pulled the claims as a show of good faith. Motorola could also be tweaking their claims, or they may have found something that would have killed their case right off the bat. We might never know for sure, but we can always hope for the best: That Google and Apple are finally going to start working together to make sure lawsuits and patents don’t limit consumer experience and satisfaction. [4]

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • pjamies

    It’s funny that only a day or so ago, a thread opened up about the death of Android tablets ‘Google has Lost the Tablet Market, and it’s Too Late!’ Go see it for yourself its link is on this and the home page.
    It discusses androids loss of direction in the tablet war against the iPad and the upcoming Win8 tablets that are about to flood the market in the next few months.
    And then this article surfaces, saying that over the last year android has made large strides towards eating apple’s dominating rule. It just goes to show you that you need to look at all of the data that more than 1 company compiles, and to weigh how these %’s are constructed and what is included to make up the data model.
    On the discussion concerning the legal battles that Apple and Samsung have had over the last few months, I have commented in several of the heated debates that even tho Apple seems to have won the $1.3billion suit, Samsung will still walk away with little harm done to their phone empire. The 1 thing that no one seems to see in these wars, is the marketing that is produced due to all of the publicity. Think about for a second … Free advertising for your company on all TV’s ,Newspapers and websites around the world! What do you think the cost of actually having to pay for all of that advertising would cost (over the course of a month or so ..)? uh .. got you thinking out side of the box didn’t I ?? Well I would say close to the cost of the suit (give or take $100 million). Now factor in that Apple uses lots of Samsung parts in their products, and you have an almost win-win situation. As for the fact that since this suit has started Samsung’s sale of phones has increased by a large % point, is icing on the cake.

    • NegativeOne13

      I would say that Google is doing a good job in the tablet market. Sure could improve, but not as terrible as it’s made out. One of the biggest selling tablets, Kindle Fire, is powered by Google’s Android system. Sure it has a different user interface, but so does each Android phone manufacturer. In order to help Google push forward would as been stressed is unification. My first phone was the HTC Hero CDMA, which was awesome at the time. Then later onto a HTC Droid Incredible. I was fairly used to HTC Sense, even though Sense wasn’t on the HeroC nor Dinc for very long. Just the other day I was playing with my friends new HTC phone with Sense, and I was like wth is this. Where is the settings button, and so on and so forth. I want to see any person who has used an Android powered phone pick up a different manufacturer’s phone and know how to use it like their very own.

  • Dr.Carpy

    This is where things need to head in these “Patent Wars”. The customer must be held in the highest regard, and the ability to choose. Holding back devices is not only silly, but it hurts consumer choice. I don’t understand why anyone would buy an Apple product, but I respect their right to.

  • diordna

    Shouldn’t it be Google and Apple or Android and iOS?

  • chris

    I’ll take amoled over anything else any day. I love the deep blacks and rich saturated colors. Even better with a 720p screen.

  • Raptor

    0.3mm thiner screen means it is better hands down ? ROTFL

    Isn’t this why SGS3 broke in ALL drop tests losing to absolutely every other shit, not mentioning even iP5

    Two most respectable sites on the entire net — DisplayMate and Anandtech — prize the LG screen used in iPhone5, only morons at IHS which don’t even know that they use older standard argue.

    • h0ruza


      Where do these angry commenter’s come from?

      Try bubble wrap dude.

    • theviper21

      I guess I’m not as worried about drop test results as how it looks? I don’t get why people get so wrapped up in drop tests; most phones/tablets will crack the screen if dropped on the corner from a certain height. If you’re worried about cracking your screen from dropping it, use a little rubberized case.

      IMO, to my eyes AMOLED beats out LCD every time for smaller displays like phones. AMOLED isn’t backlit light LCD screens, so the blacks it produces are way better, especially if you’re watching shows/movies. Surprised Apple didn’t even go for the standard of 720p on their display.

      • Raptor

        if you need rubber wrap then you lose much more then these 0.4mm ROTFL

        You live in 2010. I loved them before too. Today SuperAMOLEDs lost all its lust. Power hungry, inefficient, gray-bluish, low resolution, 2.4 times less bright and high ambient reflection, wrong gamut, pentile, easily breakable [email protected] Will see if Note2 fixes all that.

    • kiki.utena

      Ever since Displaymate told a US court that 1920 x 540 3D displays offer full HD (1920 x 1080 for those that don’t know the commonly accepted definition) they have ceased to offer reliable independant

      • kiki.utena

        advice. The fact that the iPhone only recreates 70% of the NTSC gamut probably had more to do with Samsungs victory. It’s convenient to ignore the facts isn’t it Raptor.

        • Raptor

          I do not know what sh#t are you all made off. Really. Total asylum

  • NexusCFX

    Except the NTSC gamut is an old standard and it isn’t relevant to computing devices. We use sRGB, where the iPhone sits at 104% which is nearly perfect, and the S3 is at 139% which is way too high. Too high is also visibly worse than too small, because it won accurately reproduce colours in the original source. The S3 is worse overall screen wise with the grainy reproduction, green hue, and oversaturation, regardless of what anyone wants to say.

    • kiki.utena

      Your right NTSC isn’t relevant and it’s not a particularly good standard to begin with. ‘We use sRGB’ humans don’t actually fit any specific defined colour gamut and different individuals perceive reality uniquely through their senses.

      ‘regardless of what anyone wants to say.’ thanks for speaking for the entire world, how arrogant are you NexusCFX?

      People pick a smartphone based on a number of factors, only one being screen quality which itself is made up of a number of factors.

    • Techo

      It’s not an outdated system.

      Argue what you like but the SGS3 AMOLED produces more colours than the iP5 – deal with it.

      Regardless of accuracy the vivid display of the S3 is better eye candy.

  • dutrak