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An analyst says that a war in the Korean peninsula could directly and significantly affect electronic device manufacturing (including Android smartphones and tablets), as many important components are currently mass-produced in South Korea.
IHS analyst Mike Howard said (via ComputerWorld) that in the unlikely case of a “major conflagration,” smartphone and tablet makers could face manufacturing issues, as they’ll have a hard time getting the much needed components from elsewhere, given that South Korean giants play a major role in the supply chain for said products.
Any type of manufacturing disruption of six months would prevent the shipment of hundreds of millions of mobile phones and tens of millions of PCs and media tablets.
South Korean companies are producing vast quantities of DRAM, NAND flash and tablet displays.
Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) is used in computers, smartphones and tablets, with Samsung and SK Hynix bringing in a combined 66% of industry revenue in 2012. “Half of all global production” for DRAM comes from South Korea.
NAND flash (storage) memory, also found in various electronic devices including smartphones and tablets is also produced in large quantities in South Korea. Again, Samsung and SK Hynix are mentioned, having accounted for 48% of the industry revenue last year. Two-thirds of the world’s NAND flash supply comes from the region.
Finally, Samsung and LG are major players in the LCD display business, having shipped 49.6% “large-sized LCD panels” in Q4 2012, according to IHS. South Korea is responsible for 70% of the tablet display global supply.
Howard said that DRAM and/or NAND production “couldn’t be easily or quickly replaced” by companies in other regions, and while any short-term disruption “wouldn’t affect the display market as badly” – with production of said LCDs currently at a “high level” – it would still cripple the industry in case of longer disruptions.
The Android products
In addition to producing parts required for smarpthones and tablets, Samsung and LG are also important players in the mobile business, with the former estimated to ship over 320 million smartphones this year, and the later expected to sell around 50 million smartphones in 2013. Most of these smart devices would be Android-based. Furthermore Samsung also produces a significant number of Android tablets, with its models being among the popular Android tablets out there, according to a recent study.
While IHS focuses on supply concerns, we’ll also notice that a longer conflict would likely have an impact on other departments for these companies (R&D, marketing amont others), considering the vicinity of their headquarters to the border with North Korea. In a worst-case scenario the mobile industry could be even more seriously affected, with component shortages being just one piece of said puzzle.
Seoul, South Korea’s capital where Samsung and LG are headquartered, with SK Hynix also located close by, is only 30 miles away from the border with North Korea.
In case of an extended conflict, supply shortages could affect the production of other electronic devices that require such particular parts, especially smart ones, not only Android smartphones and tablets, even though that’s what we’re focusing on here at Android Authority. Manufacturing mobile devices running different operating systems or desktop and notebook computers would become equally problematic, as many other OEM rely on South Korean corporations for semiconductor and display parts, and would have a difficult time looking for alternatives for said parts.
That said, such a conflagration in the Korean peninsula would have far greater effects in the world even though we’re only looking at what such a war would mean for smart gadget production right now, so we can only hope that we’ll never have to move past these extreme “what-ifs” scenarios for the region.
Is Android a mess? Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, VP of Windows Phone, said Android is a mess at Drive into Mobile earlier this week. On the show this week, we went back and forth debate style discussing Terry’s accusation. We compared iOS and Windows Phone. We discussed what roles carriers and OEMs play and ultimately what Google’s roles are in this “messy” situation.
Moving on to hardware news, everyone is excited for Motorola and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is comin’ to town. Here’s the Galaxy S4 availability:
T-Mobile: 4/24/13, 0 + 24 payments (630 vs 640 list)
Sprint: 4/27/13, 0 (2yr) with 0 discount for people switching to Sprint
Verizon: confirmed for May, rumored 5/30/13 and 5/22/13, price unknown
AT&T: 4/30/13, 0 (2yr), 0 (1yr)
- US Cellular: 5/14/13, 0 (2yr)
Onto app news, we discussed the new MyGlass app and what goodies it revealed about an upcoming Google gaming center or gaming service. Chrome got updated as usual and a few other apps received much needed #HOLO.
This week AOKP reached the 1 million downloads milestone. Following their announcement, AOKPush was released into the wild. If you’re down with the pink unicorn, you’ll love it.
As usual, carriers continue to expand their ever growing LTE networks here in the United States. Besides network expansion, Dish Network made a bid for Sprint and Verizon wants in on the Clearwire goodness.
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To enter, make a post on Google+ or Twitter and include the hashtag #AndroidAuthority. Be sure to let us know why you want this case or why you think Android is or isn’t a mess with your post.
The contest is only available to US residents. Even though we said on the show that the contest would end at 8pm on Sunday, we’re going to extend the contest until Wednesday, April 24 at 11:59pm EST. The winners will be announced the next day live on the air.
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It was only last week that the grey cover for the Nexus 7 was pulled from Google Play, now it looks like the Nexus 4 bumper case will be heading off to the sunset as well. After briefly returning to the Play Store yesterday (did you manage to get one?), the official bumper for Google’s flagship handset is now listed as “no longer available for sale”.
Has Google lost interest in selling accessories on its online store? It sure seems like it to us. However, there’s still a chance that Google will restock the bumper, but not just in the same color. A few days ago, the white variant of the bumper has been spotted at a retail store in Canada.
Maybe, just maybe, Google will have the white bumper up on the Play Store. But we wouldn’t hold our breath. If you don’t want to wait too long to find out, it’s best to venture elsewhere to accessorize your precious Nexus 4.
So long, official Nexus 4 bumper in black! It’s like we hardly knew ye at all, but that’s entirely your fault.
After initially asking Apple’s and Samsung’s lawyers whether it would be a good idea to suspend a second Apple vs Samsung in the U.S. until the first one is resolved, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh decided that the Siri trial should go through.
The first case between the two saw Apple as a victor, with the jury awarding the iPhone maker .05 billion in damages. But that didn’t mean the case was over, with both parties, unhappy with the result, filing appeals.
The same judge decided to cut Apple’s damages by 0 million a few days ago, although a new lawsuit will be needed to determine whether Apple is entitled to more cash from Samsung or not, following their first clash in U.S. courts.
Judge Koh also said the second patent case between the two can go on as scheduled. The trial, whose potential suspension Apple objected to in the first place, is set to start in March 2014 and concerns various search-related patents – hence its Siri nickname.
In this case, Apple alleges that various Samsung devices are in violation of its patented search technology on mobile devices, Siri included. Other patents are also part of the case, and multiple Samsung-made Android devices are targeted. Samsung will have its own counter claims against Apple, although the company is yet to win any case against the iPhone maker, with the majority of its patent infringement claims being shot down in various courts so far, both in the U.S. and in other markets.
However, judge Koh requested that both parties cut down the number of claims they have against each other and the number of expert witnesses to streamline the case. We should have more details on the matter in the months to come, so get ready for another battle between giants.
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“You’ve got a friend in me,” Nokia seems to be telling Apple when it filed its amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals in support for Apple’s patent claim against Samsung, in particular Apple’s bid for permanent injunction against certain Samsung devices.
According to Judge Lucy Koh, who ruled on the Apple vs. Samsung case, Apple failed to “link any harm it suffers directly to Samsung’s infringement” on a patent-by-patent basis. As such, the burden would have been on Apple to prove that customers specifically buy the infringing products — in this case, Samsung smartphones — specifically because of the features allegedly in infringement of Apple’s patents.
In its brief, Nokia argued that Judge Koh erred in her ruling that Apple needs to establish a “casual nexus” between its patented features and the demand for its phones before an injunction could be granted. This could set a dangerous precedent and “could cause wide-ranging damage to the United States patent protection landscape,” Nokia argued.
The deadline for amicus filings was actually set for February 19, but Nokia requested for a 14-day extension, which was granted. According to Reuters, no other company had submitted their briefs in support of Apple’s case. Meanwhile, Samsung’s brief is not due for a few weeks, and supporting firms can submit their amici briefs afterwards.
But why the support? Recall that Nokia, at one point, had also been embroiled in bitter patent battles against several companies — sometimes as plaintiff and sometimes as defendant. This includes Apple, but Nokia had a cross-licensing deal with Apple sometime in 2011, with both companies exchanging licenses for each other’s patented technologies. “Nokia is thus both a significant patent owner that might seek an injunction to protect its patent rights, and a manufacturer in an industry in which patent owners routinely issue threats of injunctions for patent infringement,” writes Keith Broyles, attorney for the Finnish company.
Are Nokia and Apple strange bedfellows? Not exactly, as the two companies already have a mutually-beneficial deal, in which Nokia has received cash for each iPhone sold, and continues to receive royalties. When it comes down to this, would other Android manufacturers likewise express support for Samsung through filing an amicus brief in the Korean firm’s favor? Or has Samsung grown too big for its own good and that of the Android ecosystem that other brands are also wary of giving their support?
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Nuu has announced that it will be launching its MiniKey keyboard case for the iPhone 5. The MiniKey keyboard case is basically a case with a slide out QWERTY keyboard aimed at iPhone users that type a lot of text on their device and would prefer a hardware keyboard to do it on.
Tired of those annoying typos or embarrassing auto-correct mistakes when using your iPhone on-screen keyboard? Type faster and more accurately with the latest NUU MiniKey now. Whether you’re texting, e-mailing or blogging, the NUU MiniKey is a great alternative to using the on-screen keyboard. Simply snap your iPhone in the case, slide the keyboard out and type away!
The Nuu MiniKey has some really nice features and if you still prefer typing on a hardware keyboard but don’t want to go down the route of a BlackBerry this could be the perfect compromise. The keyboard has 42 back-lit keys, a rechargeable battery, and connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth.
The case comes in at 124mm x 61mm x 17mm and adds an additional 84.6g to your iPhone 5. The Nuu MiniKey is up for pre-order right now and should be shipping on March 15. It will cost and is only available in black; not great for white iPhone 5 owners.
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