After their successful product launches, October finds the two key players on the mobile market pitch (yet again) one against the other in a legal battle. Meanwhile, a former number one player tries to make a significant comeback, while one of the smaller contenders attempts to redefine the mobile phone.
In other news for our October roll call, Google is testing a new way to experience apps through its Play Store. This, together with the other key events taking place in the mobile technology world, makes October a busy month with further developments looming ahead, despite the lack of any significant product launches or industry events.
If this introduction sounds promising, here are the in-depth details for the top events in the mobile technology world for October 2017:
Apple and Samsung to Meet in Court Again
A judge has ordered Apple and Samsung to meet in court in order to debate on the actual damages Samsung should pay to Apple for patent infringement. This is a small victory for Samsung, which requested a retrial after the Supreme Court ruling of last year.
In a new twist in the long legal fight between the two mobile giants, Judge Lucy Koh stated, in an order signed on Sunday, 22 October, that “The Court finds that the jury instructions given at trial did not accurately reflect the law and that the instructions prejudiced Samsung”. More precisely, the term “article of manufacture” is under debate, the Supreme Court ruling in 2016 that it refers to the entire phone.
Apple and Samsung have been locked in legal battles over patent infringement since 2012.
ZTE Axon M – The Mobile Phone with Double Folding Screen
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In an attempt to redefine the mobile phone, ZTE launched Axon M – a smartphone which features two full-color displays, united by a foldable hinge. Each individual screen has a diagonal of 5.2 inches and together they create a 1,920x2,160 pixel panel. However, the join in the middle is large enough to remove the visual illusion of working on a single larger screen.
The new concept may prove beneficial for increased productivity for people who want to multitask on their mobile phone. One screen could be used for an app, while the other could be used for taking a photo or browsing emails. Also the manufacturer stated that with a three-finger swipe apps can be transferred from one screen to another.
ZTE Axon M features a Snapdragon 821 processor, runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat and offers 4GB RAM memory and 64GB of storage. It is equipped with a 20MP rear camera and a 3,180mAh battery and is currently available in the US to AT&T customers.
Nokia 9 Picture Leaks and Nokia 2 Briefly on the Market
After purchasing the Nokia brand, HMD Global has put in efforts to rebuild its reputation. While rumors of Nokia 9 flagship have been around for some time, now there is an alleged photo, released by a user of the Chinese website Baidu. While there is no guarantee that this is a real photo of Nokia 9, the image is in line with the specifications for this phone released on official channels.
Thus, the new Nokia flagship may feature a dual rear camera with a fingerprint scanner below it. The phone may have a smooth back, with rounded corners, while the front will feature a 5.5-inch QHD screen. Other rumored technical specifications are: Snapdragon 835 chipset and a minimum 4GB of RAM.
Going down to the low end of the spectrum, budget phone Nokia 2 was briefly listed on a retailer website. The listing offered the phone in two colors, black and white, with the specifications expected for an entry-level phone: 4.5-inch screen, Snapdragon 212 chipset, 1GB RAM and a powerful battery to compensate – 4,000mAh.
Google Is Testing the “Try Now” Option for Apps
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Google has decided to introduce a new option for Android phones running OS versions from 5.0 and upwards: the “Try Now” button appears next to “Install”. With this choice, users can instantly launch an app (or a part of its features) and test it before installing the app. It is similar to the “lite” version of various software and apps, which contain the core functionalities, allowing users to assess the usefulness of the respective app.
This is just the beginning of the rolling out process, so the option is currently available to a limited number of users and only for a restricted number of apps. However, it is expected to become available to more devices, and to include a larger range of apps – which will certainly create interesting new possibilities for app developers.