Apple Retracts Misleading Samsung Ad

In today’s mobile news roundup: Apple’s new ad regarding Samsung’s products; Samsung boasts 3 million Galaxy Note II sold; and Microsoft tests components in Asia for smartphone plans.

Apple’s new ad regarding Samsung’s products

The court ordered Apple to put an ad on print and on their website that states how Samsung tablets did not infringe a registered design of Apple’s iPad.  The fruity company did as they were told, but with a twist.  The ads were deemed inaccurate and Apple was immediately asked to take down, and replace the ads.

“We are just amazed that you cannot put the right notice up at the same time as you take the other one down,” Lord Justice Longmore said after Apple’s lawyer Michael Beloff QC requested that they be given 14 days to replace the ads though the original ads were quickly taken down.

Apple hasn’t updated their UK site but they were quick to publish a simple ad, that can be overlooked by any reader, in newspapers.

In other Apple news, despite the devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy in the East Coast, Apple still launched the iPAd mini – their newest and smaller tablet offering to the citizens of New York and the rest of the US.  Though a lot were left with ruined homes and trashed personal belongings, people still managed to line up to get their iPad minis.

Samsung boasts of three million Galaxy Note II sold

Despite an ongoing battle with Apple, Samsung’s got plenty to brag about.  Their 5.5”-screen device, the Galaxy Note II, already sold 3 million units just 37 days after its release.  The South Korean company also stated that the Galaxy Note II is selling even faster than the first Galaxy Note.

“It means the new product category we pioneered has successfully established itself among global consumers at last,” Samsung said in a statement.

The Galaxy Note II features a 5.5”HD Super AMOLED with a 16:9 screen ratio , runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor,  8 MP Auto Focus front camera with LED Flash which features Best Photo, Best Group Pose, Low light shot, and a 1.9 Megapixel VT Front Camera, Available in 16/32/64GB versions which can be upgraded with up to 64GB via microSD and a 2GB (RAM), Optimized S Pen, NFC, S Beam, All Share and more.  The Galaxy Note II  is available on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint  for $299.99 with a two-year contract, while T-Mobile offers the device at $369.99 with a two-year contract.

Microsoft tests components in Asia for smartphone plan

According to reports, Microsoft is working with component suppliers in Asia to test their very own smartphone design.  This suggests that Microsoft is getting ready to take on Apple in all aspects of the mobile business.  According to one source, Microsoft is designing a smartphone that features a 4-5”-screen, but another source stated that it is still unsure if the device would go into mass production.

“We’re quite happy this holiday [season] going to market hard with Nokia, Samsung and HTC,” said Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer in an interview with the Wall Street Journal when asked if they were indeed planning on making their own smartphone.  “Whether we had a plan to do something different or we didn’t have a plan I wouldn’t comment in any dimension.”