Samsung will likely increase its lead over Apple in smartphone sales in 2013. According to Reuters, who said the Korean company will achieve 35% year-on year growth in smartphones, 2 percent more than Apple's smartphone sales.
"We expect Samsung to slightly extend its lead over Apple this year because of its larger multitier product portfolio," Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, said in an e-mail interview with Reuters.
The analyst is projecting global smartphone market growth will slow in 2013 from its very rapid rate of expansion last year, with shipments projected to rise 27% to 875 million this year, projected to be slowing from last year's 41% growth. Strategy Analytics said this is due to growth easing in many "key" markets such as North America, China, the developed economies of Asia, and Western Europe.
This will give Samsung a 33 percent share of the 2013 smartphone market, up from last year's estimated 31 percent, while Apple will hold 21 percent, versus last year's 20 percent.
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Samsung has now officially been confirmed as top cell phone supplier of 2012. Three research companies have identical results in this matter. According to the strategy analytics, Samsung ended on shipping 213 million cell phones in 2012, with an increase of 21.6 percent in the handset sales and a whopping 213.8 percent increase in the Smartphone sells. In the last quarter of 2012, Samsung shipped 63 million phones; Samsung even beat the previous best record of Nokia with 100 million sales in a year.
According ABI research company, Samsung shipped over 60 million phones in 2012 and IDC reports 67 million. But, according to both of them Samsung ended on top of the shipped. Lastly, the research companies have also named top 3 cellular brand of this year but there is slight conflict in it. According to strategy analytics: Samsung, Apple and Nokia were the top 3 brands, whereas according to the other firms: Samsung, Apple and Huawei were the top three.
Another survey and another great result for Samsung Co! Recently, a survey was carried out by the name of mystery shoppers to know the 3 best smartphones and tablets. This survey was not a public one, but, involved some of the biggest retailers' of smartphones. Among the retailers, the biggest name were John lewis, Everything Eveywhere, O2, 3, PC World, Malpins, and Phone 4.
The survey turned out to be one side as most of the retailers named Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 as the best phones. Only competitor behind these phones was iPhone 5 who was nominated by only two of the retailers. Even though, there was an advertising campaign of other phones going on at the retailer's but they recommended Samsung's phone best in terms of quality and demand. There were no commissions provided to the retailers, but, it was just fabulous quality of Samsung that has led to such inspiring results.
It was the late Steve Jobs' worst nightmare. A powerful Asian manufacturer, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, uses Google Inc's Android software to create smartphones and tablets that closely resemble the iPhone and the iPad. Samsung starts gaining market share, hurting Apple Inc's margins and stock price and threatening its reign as the king of cool in consumer electronics.
Apple's current CEO Tim Cook did not want to sue Samsung over smartphone patents, according to a new Reuters report. He was opposed to the lawsuit, largely because of Apple's supplier relationship with Samsung, according to Reuters.
Steve Jobs was the one that really wanted to go after Samsung in the courts once he saw how it was copying the iPhone and the iPad.
Despite the fact that Apple won its trial against Samsung in California, its litigation results around the world haven't been great. More importantly, the patent suits haven't slowed down the rise of Samsung one bit.
And since then, he's done just that. Apple settled with HTC. And Cook has talked to Google and Samsung about settling other lawsuits.
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According the BusinessInsider, American Airlines bought 17,000 samsung Galaxy Notes last fall also called a "phablet" because it's part smartphone and part tablet. The idea is to equip each flight attendant with a device that gives them ready access to the latest flight information and other customer service information.
In an interview with the Business Insider, Lisa Canada, American Airlines Managing Director of Operations Technology explained why:
- BI: Why did you buy so many tablets and what are you doing with them?
- Lisa Canada: We've started rolling out the Samsung Galaxy Note tablets this year to our flight attendants, who use the device to access customer information like preferences and gate connections to better serve travelers.
- Our aircraft maintenance technicians also use a Samsung device - the Galaxy Tab, giving them a modern tool to better troubleshoot and address any aircraft issues. We also offer Samsung Galaxy Tabs to our Business Class customers on certain routes for a premium inflight entertainment experience.
- BI: Why Samsung?
- Lisa Canada: We chose Samsung devices for select workgroups after months of testing different devices and gathering employee feedback. We felt that Samsung's tablets were best suited to our enterprise environment, plus we were able to make customizations to fit our needs.
- BI: How important was SAFE to you?
- Lisa Canada: SAFE provides additional administrative features which facilitates our development and device management.
- BI: Why is this initiative important to AA?
- Lisa Canada: Our priority is to make serving our customers easy and as intuitive as possible. This includes efforts such as rolling out tablets that simplify and modernize the American experience.
- For instance, because of the applications we were using, we have also provided pilots with Apple iPads containing information and navigational charts. The iPads replaced the paper-based documents they used to carry around in cumbersome 35-pound pilot kitbags. Regardless of mobile platform, we are committed to providing employees with the best technology tools for their specific roles and responsibilities.
Looks like Samsung continues to win over Apple on many fronts.
Rumors about the Galaxy Note 3 have started surfacing days before the big reveal on the Galaxy S 4 on the 14th. SamMobile, the trusty herald of juicy Samsung news, reports that the company is still unsure about the type of display that it will use on the Galaxy Note 3. This device is pretty popular and could even potentially unseat the S 4 with regards to sales because it has a large following.
According to rumors, Samsung plans to replace the smooth OLED-based display with super high quality LCD display from Sharp. It can be noted that Samsung has acquired interest over Sharp's screen display enterprise.
One possible advantage to this "news" is that the S-Pen actually sits well with the newer LCD panels and this could actually be a good thing for the Note 3. Also, it is not necessarily a big step backwards because LCD technology has improved since. However, it may affect the range of colors that the Note 3 panel can actually display.
Apple is not the only rival that Samsung has to watch out for. When you've got everything going on for you, expect even the tiniest the unlikeliest opponent to go after you. As Samsung continues to dominate the market, disputes over patent and market share do emerge between various Android OEMs. HTC and LG recently released jabs against the recently-launched Galaxy S 4, saying that its features, while there are plenty, are mediocre and not what they actually expected.
HTC even decided to display the HTC One outside where the S 4 event was held last March 14th. On the other hand, LG mimicked the S4 pre-launch teaser in a parody to stir interest on its Optimus G Pro.
On more serious notes, according to Yonhap News, LG wants to sue Samsung for using the eye-tracking technology that it introduced as one of the main features of the S 4. LG is now claiming that they have patented this technology as early as August 2009. As of moment, the company is waiting for the S 4 to be delivered in stores worldwide, to verify their chances with the patent infringement issue with Samsung S 4. These two companies had similar issues with their display screens before but looked to have settled out of court.
By end of 2013, IHS analysts think that Samsung will double its lead for cellphone handset manufacturing. This will also be brought about by the shipment of Galaxy S 4 units, which has just been touted as the most pre-registered phone in history by Carphone Warehouse, a large online mobile vendor in UK.
IHS also thinks that Samsung, which is already leading by 5%, is likely to increase its lead further by 11% over Nokia, which is the second top manufacturer. Apple comes in at third.
Samsung really sits on great marketing and with most of its rivals experiencing difficulties in growth and are experiencing other internal conflicts, this could be the year that Samsung will become undisputed smartphone manufacturer in all market ranges.
However, some people are getting quite concerned about its success that it is already associated with Android. Will Android be swallowed up by Samsung as well or will it provoke Google to create a device that will rival Samsung's success? What do you think?
Samsung announced just a few days ago it has shipped 10 million Galaxy S4 units globally. It is an impressive milestone achieved in less than a month.
According to RBC Captial Markets analyst Mark Sue, Galaxy S4 sales will reach 80 million units in 2013
"Galaxy S-4 demand in the first month of availability has been incrementally better than our estimate of 10M units," Sue wrote in a note to clients on Thursday. "In comparison, the S-III took nearly 2 months (50 days) to achieve the 10M units mark. Our broad-based channel checks at U.S. stores indicate that demand for the 16G S-4 devices remains strong with 32G Black devices mostly sold-out and 32G White devices yet to make it to the stores."
He continued, "At this pace, the GS-4 is likely to cross 20M shipments in 2Q13, potentially reaching 80M S-4 unit shipments in CY13. We expect the new version of Samsung's Note (III) to hit retail shelves in September. We expect Apple to have an updated multi-device smartphone portolio [sic] with the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and iPhone mini this year.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 momentum is far from over and Samsung is doing everything to maximize its potential. It has already announced the Galaxy S4 mini, but we expect the Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphones to join the lineup very soon.
Korean consumers are getting upset over the rumors that Samsung is set to soon roll out with a new variation of the Galaxy S4, the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone line-up, which will access the so-called LTE Advanced network, industry sources said Friday.
A few days ago Samsung's co-CEO J.K. Shin confirmed an LTE-Advanced version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is in the works. As it turns out this version will run on the Qualcomm's most powerful chipset to date - the Snapdragon 800.
The new hardware will make the LTE-A model of the Samsung Galaxy S4 the new benchmark champ dethroning the current generation of Galaxy S4 smartphones (I9500, I9505, Active).
Just as expected the news about the new faster model of the Galaxy S4 has already upset lots of Galaxy S4 owners in Korea, where this faster and LTE-Advanced capable version is expected to launch.
"I might have not purchased the Galaxy S4 and waited for the newest model (the Galaxy S4 Advanced LTE network) if I knew my smartphone did not run on the LTE Advanced network," a consumer wrote on an Internet cafe.
I personally don't blame them.
Those who buy the new Galaxy Tab 3 in its 7-inch, 8-inch, or 10-inch variety or a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition get the Boingo WiFi access, three months of Hulu, plus the newly-added free Dropbox storage. But the Google Play credit is dropped to $10, and there's no WatchON credit.
Even so, the Dropbox storage is worth about $120 based on their Pro pricing, and if you really do choose a Samsung tablet over the compelling alternatives, this should make your new hardware all the sweeter.
However, it seems the offer is good for U.S. customers only, so others are out of luck. The promotion will run until September 30, and is available with purchases from any U.S. retailer. Hit the source link for more details.
As Andy Rubin steps down as Android Head, Google CEO Larry Page announces that Android has already 750 million activations so far, beating Apple by over 350 million individuals in the mobile operating system race. As Sundar Pichai steps in as head of Android, he inherits a rapidly growing market share and ever increasing applications on the Google Play Store.
Conservatively-speaking, only around 675 million of these users have access to Google's products and services, since not everybody will use a smartphone to its potential, especially those who do not have constant internet connection.
This is why Android continues to improve its services in the timeliest manner. Also, although Rubin is stepping down as Android CEO, he will still be around to head a different department for Google.