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Samsung: If Apple Can Patent Shapes, We’re Going to Corner the Market on Screen Sizes

Samsung has apparently discovered a screen size for which it didn’t have an Android product.

Luckily, that is in the process of being rectified. The Korean electronics giant on Monday announced plans for the Galaxy Player 5.8, a Wi-Fi-only device with a 5.8-inch screen, meaning that one can now get a Samsung product in any screen size from three inches to 10 inches without a significant gap.

Details were a bit fuzzy (and even fuzzier, since I had to run the Korean blog post through Google Translate), but the Galaxy Player series is essentially the Android equivalent of the iPod touch, offering phone-like features without the phone — or the phone bill.

A big part of Samsung’s strategy is to have a product to cover any area where someone could conceivably want a product.

Now if only it could get a patent on specific screen sizes, it might be better equipped for the next battle against Apple in court.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald