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HTC is finally sticking to just one flagship carrier as opposed to announcing and releasing a barrage of One-devices, which can only confuse buyers. The Taiwanese firm lost steam against bigger players such as Samsung and Apple and its recent plan to concentrate on the HTC One for the entire year is a move welcomed by many. HTC will definitely make some much-needed changes if it plans to recapture the market with its sleek-looking and well-designed smartphones.


While some fans of other high-end HTC devices were a bit disappointed, this move will enable the company to put emphasis on a core smart phone that can be offered on different carriers. Unless, of course, it breaks its promise, much like what happened with the HTC One X last year.


Some hopefuls are still waiting for HTC to release a phone that uses the Snapdragon 800 processor or maybe a 5-incher. As for now, no one knows if HTC officials will really stick to their plan this time. This might just be a way to keep our eyes off a hidden project, don't you think?

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Samsung loves to introduce new devices during Mobile World Congress season and another exciting announcement came just before the MWC. The Note 8.0 will apparently come with a stylus pen and is considered by many as the biggest phablet.


Could there be other "flagship" devices that we do not know of or have escaped the radar? Probably not but with the way things are building up, there are probably other exciting stuff that Samsung might share in the trading event.


The Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with a 1280 x 800 touch display, front and rear cameras of 5MP and 1.3MP respectively, quad core processor at 1.6 GHz, 2 GB RAM and up to 32 GB internal storage. It will run on the latest Android Jelly Bean and will be available in stores Q2 of this year.


No word yet as to how much it will cost to get one of these but people will surely love this new tablet/phone with its high-power specs and the newest capabilities by the latest Jelly Bean.

 

Source: unwiredview



Most of these smartphone makers have slight advantages over the other and that is why they are still in the business. But Samsung has been making waves and has one important characteristic against many and this might also be the reason why it is on the brink of unseating the most profitable smartphone vendor, which is Apple.


Samsung's cost of production for the S 4, and other Samsung devices for that matter, can be comparable to Apple's but half of the components for these devices are sourced out from their own plants, which means that half of the cost goes back to their bank account and that they already earn money even before they sell S 4 units. Whereas Apple sources out most of its components from others, which means that they only become profitable once they have sold the iPhone units.


Furthermore, Samsung has control over the component and the production of their units and that they are not at the mercy of third party providers who can easily leave them hanging, like in bottle neck productions. The report came from Wayne Lam who analyzed that these leaves Samsung with a bigger advantage over all other smartphone manufacturers.


Source: forbes




The India smartphones market during 2H 2012 saw a rise in shipments by 75.2% over and above the 1H 2012 number, taking the overall contribution of smartphones to 6.8% for the full year. In fact, during 2H 2012, smartphone shipments stood at 8.1% of the country's total mobile handset shipments. While BlackBerry was at third spot during 1H 2012, Sony Mobiles displaced the former if we examine numbers for the full CY 2012.


Table 3. India Mobile Handsets Market: Leading Smartphone Players, CY 2012
(in terms of % of unit shipments)

Player

Rank

Share (% of unit shipments of smartphones)

Samsung*

#1

43.1%

Nokia

#2

13.3%

Sony Mobiles

#3

8.2%



Commenting on these results, Tarun Pathak, Analyst, CMR Telecoms Practice said, "The India smartphones segment has very distinct characteristics vis-à-vis the overall market. We believe the struggle for leadership in the India smartphones market is going to intensify through 2013 as vendors bring new form factors to market."


"Players such as Samsung, HTC and Sony Mobiles will increasingly try to establish leadership through differentiated offerings and by promising a ‘seamless' experience across the four consumer screens - smartphone, tablet, PC and TV. At the same time, home grown vendors such as Micromax, Karbonn and Lava will try to make a mark against their global competitors, by bringing to market powerful, yet attractively priced smartphones in an attempt to widen their appeal and grow the overall smartphone user base", Tarun added.

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