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Apple has finally managed to beat Samsung in the global smartphone market for the first time in quite a few years. A report published by Strategy Analytics clearly shows that in the fourth quarter of 2016, Apple captured 17.8% of the market share, while Samsung had to remain content with 17.7%. This difference of 0.1% may not seem like much of a difference, but it does confirm that Apple outsold Samsung, even if it was for just one quarter of 2016.


As one can guess, the defeat was largely a result of the Note 7's failure. Once you consider the fact that Samsung did not have a major flagship in the playing field during the holiday season when every other major competitor had put in one, the 5% dip in sales starts to make more sense. Apple shipped 78.3 million units around the world during the last quarter and broke a barrage of sales records with the latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Samsung on the other hand, sold 77.5 million smartphones in Q4 2016, which isn't really that bad, once you consider their unfortunate situation.


In a year to year comparison, Apple lost market share in 2016. Whereas the company enjoyed 16.1% share of the global smartphone market in 2015, it dipped to 14.5% in 2016. In spite of enjoying record breaking sales numbers with the iPhone 7 series, Q4 2016 brought only 17.8% of the market share to Apple, while Q4 2015 had brought them 18.6%. Samsung on the other hand, lost more significant portions of the market share both in a year-to-year comparison, as well as in a quarter-to-quarter comparison. Check out the screenshot to understand what we are talking about.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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Galaxy S6

 

Back in March, Samsung released a report expects the sales of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge to reach 55 Million by the end of the year. In April,10th the Korean giant released the device into markets worldwide.

 

Korean publication Yonhap News reports that until now, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge sales have been much higher than expected. Reportedly, an industry official declared that, in the last three days, sales in South Korea reached an all-time high compared to previous Galaxy S models from last year.

 

S6 and S6 edge

 

Interestingly, it's said that the Galaxy S6 edge (which is more expensive than the regular S6) accounts for about 50% of all sales. According to Yonhap News, a "high-ranking Samsung official" recently mentioned that the company "failed to make a precise prediction of demand" for the curved smartphone, that's why supply shortages may continue for more than a month.

 

Samsung sales for both flagships could reach higher than 60-70 Million units by the end this Year.

 

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Galaxy S6 70 million sales

 

A report came from CitiBank last month, predicts that Samsung is expected to sell over than 50 million Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge units during 2015. Today, Samsung has officially announced that it is expecting sales of its latest devices to cross the 70 million mark.

 

"The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are drawing positive responses. I have no doubt that they will be the biggest-sellers in the Galaxy series ever, The S6 should do well. The first week looks impressive." - said Samsung's Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun

 

We just will have to wait for the Q4,2015 report to see if Samsung's sales will achieve this number or not.

 

Source [KoreaTimes]



As per a report from Korea, the tech giant's CEOs' are witnessing drastic drop in salaries in 2015, something the report says is because of the struggling sales figure of the company in this year. Referring to the regulatory filing done by Samsung, the report disclosed that among the three CEOs, Kwon Oh-hyun (also the vice chairman) was paid highest salary this year - 3.82 billion Korean Won ($3.25 million), in comparison to 6.25 billion Won he received last year. Yoo Boo-keun - who handles the company's consumer electronics business division pocketed 2.34 billion Won, in comparison to last year's 3.61 billion Won. Mobile business headman Shin Jong-kyun experienced the largest cut, receiving just 2.28 billion Won this year dropped from 12.03 billion Won in 2014.


The drastic drop in Salary is due to the decreased incentives, which are generally associated with the company's performance. This report has come out amid speculations that Samsung is planning to cut cost by laying-off workers in managerial level.


Nevertheless Samsung has put a lot of effort to produce smartphones like Galaxy S6, which has a good build quality. Probably this is one of the main reasons behind the sales boost (although it didn't make any considerable difference).

 

Source: koreaherald

 



In tune with what they had announced earlier, Samsung has now officially restarted selling their latest stylus touting smartphone once again in South Korea from October 1. Of course, these are the new "safe" Note 7 smartphones and hopefully Samsung got it right this time around!


Things have been quite bad for Samsung around the world ever since their latest and greatest smartphone started to explode and catch fire due to a malfunctioning series of batteries. They have suffered well over a billion dollars in loss and one can only imagine the kind of impact this incident will have on their reputation and sales figures in the long term.


Nevertheless, the current king of the smartphone business has once again resumed with their Galaxy Note 7 sales in South Korea, complete with advertising campaigns and an exclusive promo offer which will shave 50% off your screen repairing bill, provided you buy the smartphone in October. In the US however, Samsung in partnership with the local carriers had started to sell the new batch of Note 7s with a green battery icon, quite a while back. Europe should see the sales resume by the end of November, although other regions may begin to receive new shipments a lot sooner.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



For those of you who don't know it already, Samsung Display is a division of Samsung Electronics that supplies panels to multiple manufacturers all over the world. Their clientele includes Apple, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and of course, Samsung's own internal departments. Apparently, Samsung Display's recent flexible OLED sales to the aforementioned Chinese OEMs have reached brand new heights as this sub-division of the South Korean giant is boasting of a sales figure that amounts to a sum of over 1 billion USD in Q3, 2016. The fact that ONLY Samsung Display makes the 6th-gen A3 flexible OLED panels is largely responsible for the impressive sales number.


In a report by IHS Market, both the small and mid-sized display business is dominated by Samsung Display with an astounding market share of 96.2% in Q3, 2016. In the entire display business, Samsung maintains the lead with a share of 31.8%, while Japan Display Inc. (JDI) comes in as a distant second and a market share of 15.4%. LG is at the third position with a respectable 13.1% share of the business.

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Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Android Swift

 

Swiftkey was recently updated with a Theme store and a FREE price tag. While Swiftkey offers good autocorrect, emoji, and swipe input, it also lags pretty noticeably in some instances. The new update will fix that.

 

swiftkey

 

The keyboard has had a nasty habit as of late where it would hang for a fraction of a second when you started getting up to speed, which can really throw you off. There was also an unnecessarily long delay in opening the keyboard too. The update should be live in the Play Store. Here's the full change-log for v5.0.2.4:

 

- Improved typing performance
- Improved translations
- Improved keyboard loading time
- Improved Flow performance
- Fix for the bottom row being hidden in some devices
- Fixed Yahoo! personalization
- Fixed background disappearing issue in some themes
- Fixed various other force closes and crashes

 

 

swiftkey

 

Swiftkey Keyboard 5.0.2.4 [Free]

 

 


Apple A8

 

Samsung is planning to start producing chips using its 14nm manufacturing process at the end of the year. It seems the company has managed to secure a deal with Apple and it anticipates a notable sales boost once it begins to deliver on it. Samsung also made the A8 chips apple used on the iPhone 6.

 

Kim Ki-nam, President of Samsung's semiconductor business told reporters at the company's HQ in Seoul that profits "will improve positively" once the deal goes through. Apple isn't the only Samsung 14nm chip client, however, with Qualcomm and AMD also signing to use the company's 14nm manufacturing process around the end of the year.

 

Mr. Kim didn't specify when Samsung will start mass production of the chips for Apple and the rest of its clients. Currently, Samsung is responsible for around 30% of the Apple A8 chips, while TSMC is making 70%, according to sources familiar with the matter.

 

 

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Samsung Note 4

 

According to South Korean outlet News1 the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has hit 4.5 million sales globally about a month after its launch (September,26th). That's a little lower than the 5 million units its predecessor sold in its first month, but the Galaxy Note 3 got a wider release initially. These numbers doesn't include the Galaxy Note Edge sales.

 

The Galaxy Note 4 started off in South Korea and China and has been expanding its availability ever since. It started selling in the US only recently.

 

The flagship phablet also experienced some delays in markets like the UK and India where sales started a week ago. As for China, Samsung rolled out the dual-SIM versions only a couple of days ago.

 

Source (Korean)


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