In Samsung news today, it’s something innovative and something copied.
Apple’s iPhone 5S is the first 64-bit smartphone, and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 could be the second.
“We anticipate this year’s iPhone launch to be 2-3x bigger than last year,” said gadget trade-in site Gazelle.
Samsung has extended its global lead over Apple in the world’s use of mobile devices to access the internet, according to the latest numbers from web analytics provider StatCounter.
Which may not last long, of course, given Apple’s coming iPhone launches.
Samsung was not too happy with images leaked to the press, but the company ended up getting a huge boost of publicity leading up to the launch — and a nice 3 percent stock price boost.
It’s been a long time coming, but today Samsung officially announced its Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Microsoft may have married the Finnish girl of its dreams, but the Redmond software giant still plans to play the field.
Editor’s Pick A source exclusively showed VentureBeat one of the Samsung smartwatch prototypes sent to developers, in advance of the Sept. 5 launch.
Samsung will unveil its Android-running smartwatch in Berlin on September 4, beating Apple to a market that the Cupertino company has been rumored to be pursuing for at least 10 months.
Apple and Samsung are poised to blow up the smartwatch market in the next five years, driving shipments from just one million today to 36 million annually by 2018, a new Juniper Research report says.
Editor’s Pick That, coupled with news that Samsung is announcing its first-ever developer conference this morning, is fueling speculation that the Korean company will be launching Tizen, its first Tizen smartphone, and perhaps even the long-rumored S Cloud in late October, all together.
In other words, we’re seeing the emergence of the Samsung platform.
Editor’s Pick “Tim just doesn’t hit me as a guy who’s excited about the future.”
Apple hasn’t had a lot of wins lately in its global battle against Samdroid, the Samsung-Android juggernaut that has steamrolled Google’s mobile operating system into an 80 percent hammerlock on global market share.
But it did today.
The iPad may have lost the tablet wars to an army of Android tabs, but it’s still first in people’s hearts. Second place, however, belongs to a somewhat unlikely candidate.
It’s all about balance in the ecosystem.
Which, of course, means Google on top, and all the other partners equally hungry, equally scrappy, and relatively equally powerless.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is smart, thoughtful, and deliberate, as is clear in all his public appearances. Too deliberate, perhaps, according Apple’s board.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, however, was philosophical.
“In the arc of time, China is a huge opportunity. I don’t get discouraged over a 90-day cycle.”
The Samsung Galaxy S4 runs a Exynos 5 Octa central processing unit with multiple cores and a GPU, or graphical processing unit, that hums along at 480 MHz GPU.
Unless, of course, you’re running benchmarking applications.
T-Mobile’s getting serious about competing with Verizon and AT&T, both of whom are capturing record numbers of iPhone and Android smartphone customers, announcing an “unprecedented” deal today: zero dollars down for all phones and tablets.
Here’s a little shocker for Cook and company: You actually have to release new products if you want to prosper.
Apple has been declared America’s computer brand of the year, mobile phone brand of the year, and tablet brand of the year by a Harris Interactive poll of 38,500 Americans.
“We found that Samsung users generate close to 50 percent of all Android Web traffic within the U.S. and Canada,” a company representative said. “That’s nearly five times the share of HTC users, the next closest competitor.”
Despite the fact that Apple and Samsung are locked in a take-no-prisoners battle for smartphone supremacy, the two massive global corporations have managed to grit their teeth and sign a deal for Apple A9 processor chips, destined for a future iPhone 7.
Languishing at 1 percent of a global phone market it helped create, Google subsidiary Motorola is planning to unveil the Moto X, a customizable phone, this summer. And to support its launch, Google is planning to spend as much as $500 million.
If indeed Apple does bring that feature to iOS, even if only to new iPhones, it will be playing catch-up to Samsung, which has already released the capability in the Galaxy S4 with pretty spectacular capabilities.
Just a day after Korean consumers said that iPhone has better quality than Samsung’s Galaxy lines of phones, Apple’s iPad reached the top spot in customer satisfaction according to Korea’s 2013 National Customer Satisfaction Index.
According to a consumer survey of 44,168 people, iPhone is the best smartphone. While that’s likely controversial with Android users, it might not be surprising to iPhone fans.
Except that the survey was in Korea, bitter Apple rival Samsung’s hometown.
In spite of all the talk that Apple is ceding both tablet as well as smartphone market share to Google’s Android, iPad web browsing share just hit a five-month high.
In all the talk about Apple’s rumored new iWatch, there hasn’t been a lot said about Sony’s already-in-the-market SmartWatch, which runs Android, connects to your smartphone, integrates with Facebook, plays music, display tweets, tells you the weather, and more.
In the court of public opinion, Google is the star quarterback with the big pickup truck and all the friends, Apple is the top running back, and Facebook? Well, Facebook might be the captain of the debate team.
The problem with going thermonuclear is that it’s hard to contain the damage. And the radioactive fallout could drift right back on top of you, if the winds change.
The first rule of iPhone is that it never, never goes on sale. The second rule of iPhone is that when iPhone does go on sale, it’s only last year’s model, or even older. The third rule of iPhone is that when this year’s model goes on sale, a new model is coming soon.
In other words, the giant that sold almost 400 million phones last year is getting bigger. And faster.
Editor’s Pick “I am not an unfair person,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told lawmakers yesterday. “Apple is not an unfair company.”
“Eighty percent of the world’s purchasing power lies beyond our borders,” Portman said. “But we’re living with an international tax code that’s a relic of the 1960s.”
Apple should watch out, however. Its brand value grew just one percent, compared to mobile rival Samsung’s massive 51 percent growth to number 30 in the global rankings at $21 billion.
What time is it — about five months before fall, 2013? Then it must be time for testing iWatch.
China’s fast growth in fast mobile subscriptions — and increasing mobile competition among the giant Chinese mobile carriers — will be key factors in driving Apple’s moldering stock price to unseen heights of over $800, one analyst says today.
“Samsung is, for now, the undisputed king of the global Android smartphone industry,” Neil Mawston, Strategy Analytics’ executive director said. “We believe Samsung generates more revenue and profit from the Android platform than Google does.”