Galaxy S8

Huawei defeats Samsung in patent battle in China

A Chinese court in Quanzhou has ordered the Galaxy S8-maker to pay 80m yuan ($11.6m; £9.3m) to Huawei for infringing the firm's smartphone cellular technologies.

The two are also suing each other over patents in other courts.

Huawei's victory was tempered, however, by news that it could face a sales ban in the UK.

Huawei launched the legal action against Samsung last May and has subsequently followed with other claims filed in its home city of Shenzhen and California, covering more than 10 patents.

Samsung removes the physical home button: The Galaxy S8 is better as a result

The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event in New York City last week was very exciting and I enjoyed the opportunity to try out the new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus (Check out ZDNet's Jason Cipriani's detailed first impressions).

Samsung: Is Galaxy S8 the firm's most important phone yet?

Even in normal circumstances, the stakes are high when a phone maker unveils its latest flagship handset. But the past few months have been anything but normal for Samsung.

And at the simultaneous release of the S8 in London and New York, the elephant in the room is a big one.

This is the launch that follows the Note 7 scandal last year, the phone Samsung recalled and then eventually scrapped after some batteries overheated and caught fire.

Galaxy S8 Bixby assistant will be expanded to all Samsung devices

Writing on the company's official blog post, Injong Rhee, Samsung's head of R&D for mobile software and services, claimed the "intelligent interface" will be fundamentally different from other voice agents or assistants.

Any device connected to the internet or that has a voice input will later be able to connect to the interface, he said.