One month ago, an arrest warrant was issued for Lee Jae-yong, the de facto chairman of the entire Samsung conglomerate. The warrant later was nullified when challenged in court by Samsung, but a new warrant issued today has stuck: Mr. Lee was arrested in Seoul and charged with bribery. The entire scandal revolves around an ongoing political crisis involving the country's president. Lee is accused of paying bribes to organizations run by President Park's personal advisor, Choi Soon-sil, in exchange for political favors. But the details of the larger scandal are rather tedious, so I'll leave the BBC's excellent summary for you to peruse here. Read More
If you've been keeping tabs on the business section of any general news site, you've probably heard about the current scandal rocking the deeply-connected world of corporations and politics in South Korea. The country's president Park Guen-hye was impeached by the parliament, and is currently on trial for fraud and coercion in soliciting bribes to pension charities. The situation has rocked the normally button-down circles of South Korean business, roping in many of the country's largest companies and senior government officials in the drama. Read More
All's fair in love and war and high-stakes international B2B sales. Wait, that's not true: there's actually quite a lot of regulation on that last bit. Just ask the Korean Fair Trade Commission, which presented American chipmaking giant Qualcomm with a gigantic fine for unfair business practices on Wednesday. According to the KFTC, Qualcomm abused its dominant business position to force its manufacturing partners to pay exorbitant patent licensing fees when selling its widely-used mobile modem chips. Read More
Don't tell LG that Android tablets are dying: they're still working on a few. The latest is the G Pad III 10.1 FHD LTE. If you can't parse that mouthful of a product name, it's a 10.1-inch tablet with a full HD screen and a built-in LTE connection. Stop me if I'm going too fast for you here. Actually, since most 10-inch Android tablets use a 16:10 aspect ratio, this one has a 1920x1200 resolution. That's like "full HD" with a side of extra delicious pixels. Read More
At this point I think it's safe to say that Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is the most embarrassing failure in the history of Android hardware. A spate of statistically high battery fires caused a worldwide recall of millions of Note 7 units, followed by multiple reports of explosions from the allegedly "fixed" replacement phones. American carriers T-Mobile and AT&T are no longer selling the device, all four major carriers are accepting unconditional exchanges, and we at Android Police are officially recommending that consumers not buy the phone for now. It's an unmitigated disaster for Samsung. Read More
Oh, LG. You and your marketing gimmicks. The LG V20 was announced as the first phone that would launch with Android 7.0 Nougat, and indeed, that's about to happen. However, the launch this week is only happening in South Korea. The rest of the world has to wait. It's still first, though. LG was technically correct—the best kind of correct. Read More
The international recall of the Galaxy Note 7 is becoming a full-fledged disaster for Samsung, with millions of early devices (and consumers) affected. But even with the negative press and a direct hit to revenue, Samsung would prefer its customers send their faulty phones in for a replacement rather than face even a small possibility of said phones bursting into flames. In the company's home territory of South Korea, it's going to use some more direct methods of encouragement. Read More
We all love the Chromecast thanks to its cheap price and almost endless potential to turn any TV into a smart streaming machine. Last year, Google released an update to the original Chromecast with a few minor improvements as well as a Chromecast Audio that works with all Aux speakers. Now these new gadgets are available for purchase in the southern part of our planet: Australia and New Zealand.
In Australia, the Chromecast 2015 and Chromecast Audio will be priced at $59 AUD (approx. Read More
Back in August LG announced new versions of its G Pad tablet in both 8 and 10-inch varieties. Aside from a couple of features like an integrated stylus on the former, they weren't all that interesting, just middling updates of the previous budget-focused models. Even when one of them showed up in the US for a little carrier-branded fun, it was met with a big fat "meh." The sequel to the G Pad 8.3, which was actually quite nice when it launched back in 2013, is likewise underwhelming.
LG announced the G Pad II LTE for its home market of South Korea yesterday. Read More