Today’s mobile news roundup features: Apple’s request for emergency sanction; iPhone 5 screen to ship this month; Android ICS now on more devices; and Google Wallet’s support for all major credit/debit cards.
Apple requests emergency Samsung ban
The Apple-Samsung trial is as controversial as the two giant electronics company. Samsung leaked court inadmissible evidences to the media which greatly irritated overseeing Judge Lucy Koh. In an attempt to prove that Samsung did not copy Apple’s design, they tried to submit data regarding their F700 smartphone design, which existed long before Apple’s iPhone, but it was barred by Judge Koh from being used in court as it was submitted late. Samsung’s lawyer, John Quinn, begged the court to allow the evidence but the plea fell on deaf ears. So they did the next best thing, they gave the evidence to the media.
“I want to know who drafted the press release, who authorised it, who released it and I want a declaration from Mr Quinn to what his role was,” Judge Koh stated.
Now, Apple is requesting an emergency sanction against Samsung for their action stating that Quinn’s declaration did not answer the court’s questions regarding the media leak. Apple stated that Samsung continues to influence the outcome of the trial and voiced their concern that the media leak would reach the jurors who are to hand down their decision based only on evidences approved by the court.
Sharp to start shipping iPhone 5 screens this month
In Sharp Corp.’s earnings call, new president Takashi Okuda mentioned that starting this month of August, they will begin shipment of the new iPhone’s screen. The commercial release of the said iPhone is said to be slated for October, just ahead of the holiday season.
Apple is said to be launching their new iPhone and the iPad mini on September 12 and will start selling by the devices by September 21. If what Sharp said is true, then the September 21 commercial release may not be true, or Apple will push through with the release with the risk of consumers suffering from another yellowgate scandal. Remember when fanboys complained of having yellow screens on their iPhones, which turned out to be because the glue used hasn’t completely dried? One can’t be too hasty.
Android ICS now on more devices
In the latest post on the Android Developers blog, the team revealed that the Android 4.0 a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich is now on more devices. The ICS is now on 15.8 percent, a stunning 50 percent increase from their last report of only 10.9 percent presence. Though the increase, the Android Gingerbread version is still the predominant version of the Android platform.
In other ICS news, the Raspberry Pi Linux-based computer is getting an ICS port. ZDNet reports that the ICS port is working great with the Raspberry Pi but it lacks the AudioFlinger support.
Google Wallet now supports all major credit/debit cards
In a blog post in Google Commerce, the team announced that the new version of Google Wallet now supports all major credit and debit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. The new Google Wallet is cloud-based so it now supports remote control of the Google Wallet app on your mobile device from your Google Wallet web account.
They’ve also added security to the app, as it now stores payment cards on highly secured Google servers instead of your phone’s storage area. A user has a wallet ID (virtual card number) that is stored in the secure storage area of the phone, which is used to facilitate transactions at the point of sale. Google instantly charges your selected credit or debit card, making the new approach faster as well.
And as mentioned earlier, Google Wallet now allows you to remotely control your app so if you ever lose your mobile device, you can remotely disable Google Wallet and keep your accounts safe.