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OS Watch: Samsung Lumps iPhone 5 Into Lawsuit

Samsung Corp. wasted no time adding the iPhone 5 into its lawsuit against Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL).

The device, which went on sale in stores Friday, racked up 2 million pre-orders, making it the best-selling iPhone yet and the biggest rival to Samsung's Galaxy S III. (See iPhone 5: A 4G Stress Test and Samsung's Big Bang: 5 US Carriers Get the S III.)

Samsung wrote in a U.S. court filing that it expects "to add the iPhone 5 as an accused product" soon, anticipating it will infringe on the same "Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models."

Samsung's lawsuit comes less than a month after it lost to Apple in U.S. court to the tune of US$1.05 billion in damages. The jury found that Apple did not infringe on any Samsung patents, a verdict the South Korean company continues to fight. (See Jury: Apple Guilty, But Samsung Much Guiltier and Apple vs. Samsung: LTE & the Damage Done.)

In other mobile OS news:

  • Happy birthday, Android!: The first Android-powered smartphone, T-Mobile US Inc. 's G1, launched on Sept. 23, 2008, which means Sunday is the little green guy's fourth birthday. PCMag walks down memory lane for Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s past four years with the operating system, starting with its weak first attempts, followed by the breakout Motorola Mobility LLC Droid franchise at Verizon Wireless , tablet forays and finally where it is today, leading the smartphone market but taking blows in the courtroom. So, happy birthday, Android! Sorry the iPhone 5 is crashing your party.

  • Microsoft cozies up to HTC: Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) was stepping out on its man this week as CEO Steve Ballmer joined High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) in introducing its first Windows 8 smartphones, the Windows Phone 8S and Windows Phone 8X. The two were so cozy that HTC even ditched its own branding in favor of Microsoft's. Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s executive VP Chris Weber took notice too, as he sent out some Tweets suggesting HTC was a copycat. "It takes more than matching color to match the innovation of the Lumia 920," one Tweet read. Consumers will vote later this fall when both companies' devices go on sale. (See HTC Unveils Its First Windows 8 Phones and Nokia Lights Up Windows Phone 8 Devices.)

  • BB10 spotted in the wild: Against the backdrop of the iPhone 5 launch and Android and Windows 8 announcements, BlackBerry is still taking its time on BlackBerry 10. Images of its first "L-Series" smartphones with the latest OS, due out next year, are making their way across the web, though. A Vietnamese site even said it got its hands on one of the prototypes and found it included a removable battery, a Near-Field Communications (NFC) chip and two-way cameras for video chat. (See RIM Hopes BB10 Roadshow Will Wow Carriers and How Many BlackBerry 10s Must RIM Sell? )

  • Apple's iOS 6 usage soars: Apple launched iOS 6 on Wednesday, two days before the iPhone 5 launch, and the adoption rate amongst iProduct users rose to 15 percent in the first 24 hours, according to online advertising network Chitika. By comparison, iOS 5 took five days to reach 20 percent adoption, and Google's latest OS is on just 1.5 percent of its devices after two months. Initial reactions aren't all positive, however, with many complaining of Wi-Fi issues and inaccurate maps. (See Apple iOS 6 Shakes Up Mobile Communications and Google Wants Maps Apps on All Devices.)

    — Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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