Samsung to Supply iPad Screens, AT&T Wants Quiet Settlement

Today’s mobile roundup features Samsung as Apple iPad screen supplier, Apple’s legal battles, AT&T’s silent settlement and more.


Though Samsung Electronics and Apple are battling in court, their soured relationship once again turn sweet as Samsung will become the new supplier screens for Apple’s new iPad.  The partnership commenced after LG and Sharp failed to meet the U.S. company’s quality requirements.

“The display specifications on the new iPad are very demanding in terms of the very high resolution,” said Vinita Jakhanwal, a senior manager at iSuppli, in an e-mail. “Achieving this high resolution without compromising on the power consumption and brightness and maintaining Apple’s quality standards are supposedly proving to be a challenge for LG Display and Sharp.”


Apple is urging Hong Kong High Court master Reuden Lai to continue a parallel case against Proview International Holdings for their iPad trademark case.  The iPad maker is still awaiting the ruling of the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong as to whether or not thay are the rightful owner of the iPad trademark.  The ruling may be handed down sometime in the next three months.

In an unrelated case, unnnamed sources stated that Apple was subpoenaed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission with regards to the antitrust probe against Google Inc.  The FTC wants to know how Google’s search engine is incorporated in their mobile devices, and is requesting for documents that includes the agreements making Google the preferred search engine on Apple’s mobile devices.


Matthew Spaccarelli won a small-claims case against AT&T for slowing down his “unlimited” data service, but the telecom had other plans–they want to settle out of court.  Allegedly, AT&T’s lawyer threatened Spaccarelli in a letter that they would completely cut-off his service if he refused to settle, and that he should keep quiet about the settlement.  Refuse he did, and kept quiet he did not.  Spaccarelli forwarded AT&T’s settlement letter to the Associated Press.

Aside from refusing to settle, Spaccarelli also urged other AT&T to do what he did and file a legal complaint against the company.  He also posted his legal documents online and urged those who want to follow his steps to copy his documents and use it against AT&T as well.  But Spaccarelli did not consider that because this is a legal issue which usually include non-disclosure agreements, he would be forced to take down the documents.

AT&T argues that Spaccarelli violated their contract terms as he used their service for tethering or using one device to give internet access to other devices, and they have the right to terminate his service.  Spaccarelli admits that he is guilty of tethering but he doesn’t care–all he wants is to win against AT&T.


The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) launched the standardized, industry-approved method of evaluating Android-enabled devices, AndEBench, to empower end-users to validate and compare operations on their phones or tablets, many of which vary considerably in performance.  AndEBench is now available for download on Google Play and soon at the Amazon Appstore for Android.

“We developed AndEBench with a strong focus on showcasing the under-the-hood device behavior – and although AndEBench is not a fancy benchmark, it analyzes the processor’s capability as well as that of the Dalvik interpreter’s efficiency,” said Shay Gal-On, EEMBC’s director of technology.

“Furthermore, the collaborative effort of our working group members has ensured that AndEBench provides an equitable, unbiased, and repeatable test for mobile devices -critical to deliver data that can be used by technology providers and customers to fairly assess device performance.”