Samsung, who owns half the smartphone market on the planet, claims 2013 will be the year when it separates itself from bitter rival Apple. The Korean technology giant is the world's largest maker of mobile phones and aims to ship a record 510 million handsets in 2013.
That would be around a 20% increase from the estimated 420 million devices this year, according to Korean Times, it shipped around 288 million handsets through the first nine months of the year and is expecting a global Christmas bump.
Aside of its Galaxy smartphones and tablets, which have emerged as the main competitors to Apple's iPhones and iPads, Samsung is planning to release a lineup of devices powered by Microsoft's Windows 8 mobile operating system. It will also push products that support TIZEN software, which Samsung jointly developed with semiconductor rival Intel.
The plan contrasts a previous outlook by leading market researcher Gartner, that predicted the Korean firm to sell between 250 million and 300 million smartphones next year. In 2011, Samsung sold 97.4 million smartphones, up from 23.9 million and 0.6 million in 2010 and 2009, respectively.
Analysis from HIS iSuppli, another research firm, noted that Samsung is set to seize the global mobile handset market's top ranking this year, ending the 14-year reign of Nokia. The report projects Samsung will account for 29 percent of worldwide mobile shipments, up from 24 percent in 2011, while Nokia's share will drop to 24 percent, down from 30 percent last year.
We want to congratulate Samsung for its continued success in the mobile devices market.
There is no question that Samsung is set to rake in a lot of profits from selling its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV. This, experts say, might put Apple in a precarious position, especially if Samsung is going to launch the Galaxy S IV way ahead of the next IPhone. Samsung is a major supplier of important parts for Apple and its plan of building 100 million units of its high-end device might drain resources away from Apple, as seen by an analyst.
According to a research written by Misek, the spectacular plan makes some suppliers think that Samsung will use up resources that are intended for the production of Apple parts.
Apple may be confronted with problems regarding manufacture of the next series of iPhone. As Misek stated earlier, Apple is having a hard time building a larger display for its iPhone 6 and this can potentially delay the launch of succeeding generations of the smartphone.
Samsung seeks to surpass the 60M-unit sales of the Galaxy S III with the launch of its S IV. On the other hand, Apple will release two new smartphone units this year, the iPhone 5 S and possibly a mini version.
Samsung just held its first Analyst Day event in eight years, offering us a peek at its plans for 2014 and beyond. Probably the most interesting information being released from the event concern the developments in mobile technology the Korean conglomerate needs to create beginning with the coming year.
We begin using what I believe is an essential discovery: Samsung has confirmed they're focusing on their very own application processor. What am i saying? The likes of NVIDIA, Samsung, as well as Apple, have typically licensed processors from ARM after which use them their very own chips. You've most likely heard the terms Cortex A15 or A7 or A9, whoever else. Individuals are ARM designed processors which in turn get put in chips known as Exynos, Tegra, and so forth. Qualcomm doesn't work like this, they design their very own processors, such things as Scorpion and Krait, which are into Snapdragon chips. Beginning with using the apple iphone 5, Apple has additionally designed their very own processors, such things as Quick and Cyclone.
Quite simply, Samsung just stated they're likely to pull a Qualcomm as well as an Apple making their very own core. It normally won't say when it'll emerge, however, and it is anyones guess when that'll really happen.
Another two essential things I've discovered have related to shows. In under two several weeks, we're likely to enter 2014, and when Samsung's 35mm slides should be thought, we're likely to have products with AMOLED sections which have a pixel per inch rating of 560. The organization also states we're likely to have 4K shows, in mobile phones, at some stage in 2015. Overkill? Never, produce sharpness or produce dying.
Exactly why is Samsung revealing all of this information? Because traders really are a little spooked. While it might be ignorant to state mobile phones have arrived at saturation levels, there's some definite downturn within the top end segment. A style which was repeated in Samsung's 35mm slides was that nobody is finding as quickly as they're in areas like display, memory, and nick fabrication technology.
Oh and something more factor: If this involves flexible shows, Samsung claims they hold one inch every three patents for that technology. Therefore if wearable computing will be a factor, or phones that may bend and flex, Samsung is going to be the main thing on that space.
It seems Google is taking it competitors head on with a plan to open a retail shop to feature its Nexus devices. According to a buzz based on the 9 to 5 Google publication, its retail stores will open in major cities in the US and could potentially give Apple and Microsoft a run for their money.
Google is quite lagging behind other major smart phone competitors in the sense that it does not have flagship stores like Apple does and only has small shops in airports, etc. Because of this, distribution of the Nexus devices is concentrated in a few key areas. Google retail shops could potentially increase their sales and popularize Nexus devices and penetrate markets that are less reticent to Google smartphones.
This will be a major step for Google who has seen Apple build many stores around the world and showcase its products and services.
Better plan choices are coming for AT&T customers who feel like the usual 20GB data limit is a bit short for them. Newer pooled plans to be offered allow more internet usage as well as calls and text messages.
Customers can now choose 20-50 GB plans for all their mobile data requirements and these naturally come in various budgets as well. For example, the 30 GB plan is around $300/month, which is quite expensive for a family who needs more data than the typical option. An increment of $100 for every 10 GB additional is implemented on the plan prices.
AT&T also sets limits as to the number of users who can share in a particular plan. Aside from the additional fee to be paid for each smartphone that will join in an account, only a total of 10 devices will only be allowed to be associated with the account. Businesses are allowed more number of devices, so it is a more attractive option if you are a company. Naturally, usage in excess of the plan allotted will be charged $15/GB. Another option is a data-only plan for a monthly fee of $335 that will allow you to use up to 50 GB data. No unlimited plan exists as of moment.