Google Play Store gets 50% more Downloads compared to Apple’s App Store!

Both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store did great for the Q2 quarter, besting their results in Q1 by 60% and 45%, respectively.

That gave the Google Play Store, nearly 50% more downloads compared to the iOS App Store. It terms of revenue, however, it’s the Apple repository that still comes ahead.

In fact, it falls very far behind, as the App Store brings 80% more revenue to Apple, than the Play Store does for Google. The good news for Apple continue with a rise in revenue of 45% compared to the previous quarter – in US dollars.

For Google, there’s also an increase of 30%.

 

Untied States, Brazil and India are the top three countries that have downloaded most apps from the Play Store. India in particular, has surged jumping two places up compared to Q1, when it was fifth. Interestingly enough, the US doesn’t bring the most revenue for the Google Play Store. The top market where Android apps are sold most is Japan.

Following it are the United States, South Korea, Germany and Taiwan. Games are the most profitable category from the Play Store with Tools and Communications category close by. AppAnnie suggests that when the Android One program launches, Android will strengthen its presence in emerging markets.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 7.0 image leaks!

Samsung Galaxy Mega 7.0 (or Mega 2) was cleared yesterday by USA’s FCC. It supposed to be a massive 7″ device, with thin waistline and all-round connectivity that includes full telephony support. That’s just like its Mega 6.3 predecessor only on an even larger scale.

There aren’t any other specs beside the screen size leaked to date, but we can now show you how the device is supposed to look like thanks to a case maker.

Sure, some of you will categorize the Mega 7.0 as a tablet and not a phablet, but just remember it is supposed to be really thin and light device and you can actually use it as a phone.

Anyway, Samsung is holding a press event on June 12 where the Galaxy Tab S lineup of slates will go official. Maybe the Galaxy Mega 7.0 will participate too.

Samsung ordered to pay Apple $119.6M in damages for copying its products!

Apple-Vs-Samsung

The verdict has just been given in the second trial opposing Apple to Samsung, which has taken place in California over the last month.

After hearing 50 hours of testimonies and deliberating for three days, the jury has finally come to an agreement and found that Samsung has infringed on three Apple patents, while Apple infringed on one Samsung patent

Apple-30-years-of-Mac-Apple-Stores-window-displaysApple filed the lawsuit in February 2012, asserting Samsung’s violated five Apple patents with its Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy SII, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Tab II 10.1, and other devices. Samsung responded with a counterclaim, stating two Samsung patents were infringed on within the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPod touch (5th generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and MacBook Pro.

The jury found that:

  • all Samsung devices infringe on Quick Links patent ’647
  • all Samsung devices infringe on Predictive Text patent ’172
  • some Samsung devices infringe on Slide to Unlock patent ’721
  • Samsung did not infringe on Universal Search patent ’959
  • Samsung did not infringe on Background Sync patent ’414
  • Apple did infringe on Video Transmission patent ’239
  • Apple did not infringe on Camera & Folder Organization patent ’449

The jury ruled that Samsung should pay Apple $119,625,000 in damages, which is far from the $2.2 billion Apple was asking for Samsung infringing on its patent. Samsung was claiming it only owed no more than $38M.

The jury also found that Apple infringed on one Samsung patent related to the way FaceTime handles video streaming, awarding the Korean company $158,400 in damages from Apple.

Of course, $119M is pocket change for Apple, but was it ever about money? Probably not. Although these are mixed results, Apple did make a point that Samsung was indeed infringing on some of its patents. This point is likely not as big as Apple would have wanted, making it more of a symbolic win for Apple than a proper victory.

In a statement to Recode, Apple said:

We are grateful to the jury and the court for their service. Today’s ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: that Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products. We are fighting to defend the hard work that goes into beloved products like the iPhone, which our employees devote their lives to designing and delivering for our customers.

Even though Samsung must pay Apple almost $120M in damages, you can’t help but think the lawyers for the company are still taking this as a victory, considering the first trial didn’t end up so well for the Korean giant.

Update: While examining the jury’s decision, Apple found it was not awarded damages for the Galaxy SII, which was found infringing on one patent. The jury decided to come back on Monday to sort out damages Apple should be awarded for this.