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  1. According to Horace Dediu, a mobile market analyst that is familiar with Apple's financial strategies, Samsung and Apple together take hold of 87.9% of the profits, generated in the smartphone industry for the past 6 years. From the total of $215 billion, accumulated by the phone industry for the given period, roughly $189 billion went to the said duo, Dediu claims. However, it seems that Apple holds the upper hand, as it has generated significantly more profits than the Korean manufacturer - $132.87 billion went to Cupertino, while Samsung earned no more or less than $56.11 billion. The remainder of $26 billion is split between Nokia, BlackBerry, HTC, and LG. According to Dediu, Nokia's earnings for the last 6 years account for a total of $20.5 billion, which grants the Finnish company the third place among the most profitable smartphone manufacturers. HTC, on the other hand, lands on the fourth place with 2.8% of the total industry earnings, whereas BlackBerry and LG take the 5th and 6th place. Sony balances the books with 0% earnings, but Motorola scores an unpleasant financial result of -2.8%, which means that the company lost significantly more than it earned. $215b: Net phone operating profits earned last 6 yrs. Moto: -2.8% Sony: 0 LG: 1.2 HTC: 2.8 RIM: 1.9 Nokia: 9.5 Samsung: 26.1 Apple: 61.8 — Horace Dediu (@asymco) March 18, 2014 Source
  2. An alleged press photo of Samsung ATIV SE made the rounds on Twitter, courtesy of @evleaks. Previously known as Samsung Huron, the Windows Phone handset is bound for Verizon Wireless in the United States. As you can see in the image above, the Samsung ATIV SE looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S4. There is no word on the specs of the upcoming smartphone just yet, though past rumors suggest that the ATIV SE will pack 1080p display (likely the same 5” unit as the one found in the Samsung Galaxy S4) and 13MP main camera. There are no details on pricing and availability of the Samsung ATIV SE just yet. We doubt it will be a long wait before the smartphone joins the Nokia Lumia Icon in Verizon’s Windows Phone ranks. Source
  3. Tomorrow, Samsung will unveil something it heavily hypes up. As Samsung Russia's Twitter announcement reads: "Such a thing hasn't happened before! Tomorrow #Samsung will present its new high-class device to the world. Curious to know what it'd be?". You bet we're curious, Samsung, so how about we throw in a bit of speculation? On the promotional photo, we see this beautiful young lady taking a turquoise something out of her purse. It looks rectangular, and it's probably a smartphone. We also see five different colored circles above the date, which could mean that whatever Samsung is going to announce tomorrow, it might come dressed in turquoise, pink, white, brown, and black. Alas, these are all the clues Sammy is giving us. And it's strange that such an illustrious advert is coming a mere day before the announcement. This suggests that the eventual product isn't of high priority for the company, but the text contradicts this notion. Looking at the ad's fashion direction, we're likely talking about a new La Fleur device or series. We'll see more what Samsung has in store tomorrow anyway, but feel free to place your bets. Source
  4. Samsung is preloading lots of value-adding apps and services on its latest top-tier devices. First we saw those premium software packages on the latest Tab Pro and Note Pro slates and now the Galaxy S5 is getting an even better treatment. The apps and services every brand new Samsung Galaxy S5 is entitled to cost north of $600, but of course, chances are you wouldn’t have purchased them all anyway so it’s up to to judge how much they are worth to you. So, Samsung is giving for free 1TB of Bitcasa storage for 3 months, 1 year Bloomberg Businessweek + subscription, 50GB of Box storage for 6 months, 50GB of Dropbox storage for 2 years, Evernote premium services for 3 months, LinkedIn Premium for 3 months, Skimble premium fitness services for 6 months, RunKeeper premium service for 1 year, Wall Street Journal subscription for 6 months, and even more. You can check the full list of apps, services and subscriptions plus detailed explanations on the official Galaxy S5 website, Galaxy Gifts section. Source
  5. The USPTO recently granted Samsung a patent for the design of a device that looks quite unusual. The patent filing describes the device as being a “mobile phone”, and yet this looks more like an elongated tablet. Or is it a smartphone with a weird aspect ratio? We took the new design and combined it with an image that has an aspect ratio of 21:9. As we suspected, the image matched the screen area perfectly. We first tried a 16:9 image, but we knew that it would not match. So it looks like this is indeed the design of a phone sporting a 21:9 aspect ratio display. The 21:9 aspect ratio is usually used on (some) widescreen TVs. Is it any good on a modern smartphone? We can’t really tell for now. But you can take a look at Samsung’s new design in the gallery below and let us know what you think. As always, patenting a design doesn’t necessarily mean that the respective design will see the light of day as a real device. In this case, Samsung probably just wants to make sure that if it ever launches such a phone / tablet with a 21:9 display it will be able to legally protect its design. Update: LG launched a feature phone with a 21:9 screen way back in 2009 - the LG BL40 New Chocolate. source
  6. Samsung has launched an updated version of its 17-month old Galaxy S III mini. It's called Samsung Galaxy S III mini Value Edition and is already on sale in the Netherlands. The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Value editions offer faster dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 processor and newer Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean version. The rest of the specs remain intact. The Value Edition has quietly hit the shelves in the Netherlands last week and costs about €180. There is no info on if this overclocked edition will hit other markets as well. Source
  7. Although rumors had it that Samsung would introduce two different Galaxy S5 smartphones - including a premium model made of metal - the South Korean company announced only a regular S5 at MWC 2014 last month. Still, a metal-clad Galaxy S5 might be introduced by Samsung later this year. Not long after the announcement of the regular Galaxy S5, we heard that its premium version would arrive in May. Naturally, this should be more expensive than the S5 that we’ll be able to buy starting April 11, and it might have significantly different specs - like a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display. While we can’t know exactly what Samsung has in store for us, we discovered a Samsung Galaxy F concept that tries to paint a pretty realistic picture on what the rumored S5 Premium could be. The concept was made by Ivo Marić, and adds a metal case to the S5 that we already know. There is also a dedicated camera button. Check out the concept below and let us know if you think it looks better than the real S5. Source
  8. So you have a little rug-rat or two of your own that is constantly grabbing at your phone. You let them play with it, but want to make sure they’re downloading apps that are appropriate for them. Well it looks like Samsung has got your back with the Samsung kids app store. In addition the phone’s “kid’s mode”, the S5 will also give users access to a kids only app store. The apps are all developed for, you guessed it, children. So no, junior won’t be able to access Grand Theft Auto anything, but they will have some kid-friendly cute games at their disposal. Anyone here impressed with Samsung’s sensitivity and consideration towards parents? Source
  9. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has reached India and in anticipation of that the price of its predecessor dropped sharply. The Galaxy S5 was shortly available for sale on Saholic but has since been removed. Anyway, the important thing – the price – is known. Samsung's new flagship will set users back INR 45,500 ($745 / €540), which is a little more than what the Galaxy S4 cost when it launched (INR 41,500). The former flagship has since been dropped to around INR 30,000 ($490/€355). Note that this is the I9500 (Exynos chipset), the I9505 (Snapdragon) is hard to find. Anyway, since the product page has been pulled down it's not clear when the S5 flagship will actually go on sale. When it goes back up, it should appear here. In Europe the target launch date is in April and the device costs €600 or more, although this latest posting suggests that these pre-order prices might be over-inflated. If interested you can book the smartphone in multiple European countries. Source
  10. The latest comScore numbers are out, giving us an idea of who’s gained and lost over last quarter. While the overall movement isn’t shocking, there were a few surprises. We’re starting to think a recent big transaction is having negative a impact some may not have anticipated. Apple still reigns supreme, commanding 41.6% of the smartphone market when compared t other OEMs. Samsung is second, naturally — they hold onto just over 1/4 of the market at 26.7%. LG ranks a distant third with 6.9%, which is just ahead of Motorola at 6.4%. HTC checks in as well, claiming 5.4% of the overall smartphone market. When it comes to platform, we all know what the answer is. Android is still king with a 51.7% market share, while iOS has 41.6. Blackberry is holding steady with 3.1%, closely related to Microsoft’s 3.2%. Symbian is still hanging on with 0.2%, bolstered by those emerging markets where other platforms are still finding their way. Two things stand out in this study: Apple and Motorola. Apple’s iPhone sales were up 1.0%, as was iOS. In terms of platform, iOs was the only one to pick up over last quarter — Android fell 0.5%. Motorola was also a loser, dropping 0.6% and out of third place for OEMs. We really hope the Lenovo purchase hasn’t hurt them. Source
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    Samsung to pay Apple $930M

    Apple vs Samsung largest-scale patent lawsuit, taking place in the US, is now over. Apple was awarded just under $930 million in damages, but its request for judge Koh to ban the infringing products was denied. This means that Samsung is free to continue selling the infringing devices in the US. The first huge patent trial between Apple and Samsung started in 2012, and its first verdict was for Apple to receive $1.05 billion for the damages caused by its infringed patents. Samsung argued there were some discrepancies between the numbers the jury awarded Apple and after a new trial Samsung's fine was reduced to $929.8 million. Now this case is officially closed and while Apple has won $930 million its request for permanent sales ban against Samsung was denied. Apple has already started a new lawsuit against Samsung adding more relevant devices such as the Galaxy S III. Both sides failed to reach an agreement outside the courtroom, so the new trial will be starting in the end of this month. We are yet to see if Samsung has taken the necessary measures to side-step the infringing technologies or if it will be facing another huge fine. Source
  12. Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-orders continue to expand throughout Eurasia – following the Netherlands and Romania, the new flagship is now available for pre-order in Sweden, Russia and the Czech Republic. In Sweden, the Galaxy S5 is available for around SEK 6,200 (€700 / $950) off contract, but several carriers have offers too. Tre (Swedish Three) prices start at SEK 328 / month and the carrier will throw in a free 32GB microSD card. Telia has it at SEK 380 / month and SEK 6,400 on prepaid. Tele2 has the blue Galaxy S5 (the other two carriers have only Black and White) and with a 2-year contract, the monthly cost is SEK 424. A pre-paid option is available too at SEK 6,400. In Russia, Samsung's official page advertises the pre-order at RUB 30,000 (€600 / $830). If you pre-order by April 9, you'll get a RUB 2,000 voucher to spend on Samsung Apps. Only the Black and White models are available here. In the Czech Republic, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is priced CZK 19,000 (€700 / $950). The full range of colors is available – White, Black, Blue and Gold. Update: It's also available in Finland at €700. There's no official price for the US just yet. Source
  13. A report out of Korea on Monday says that Samsung is having yield issues with the fingerprint scanner that is earmarked for use on the just announced Samsung Galaxy S5. According to the report, Samsung has turned to a third party producer and is said to be in negotiations with a company called Crucialtec to provide the fingerprint scanners for the Galaxy S5. Circletec is the largest manufacturer of mobile Optical Track Pads and produces a line of fingerprint scanners. There is also talk that Samsung is talking with the company to outfit the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with a biometrics package as well. Various rumors last year had a fingerprint scanner coming to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but that idea was dropped and reports say the blame should be placed on a third party supplier whose scanner could not pass Quality Assurance at Samsung. Now, Samsung's own in-house design is apparently failing and to make matters worse, the company has promised the biometrics feature on its new flagship with an April 11th release date drawing ever so closer. Korean media characterizes this incident as "embarrassing" for Samsung. That might be, but if not rectified soon the more accurate description might be "desperation". Like TouchID on the Apple iPhone 5s, Samsung is embedding the scanner in the home button of the Samsung Galaxy S5. Source
  14. Fortune has come out with its annual list of the world’s most admired companies and it looks like big tech companies are once again the envy of the world. The survey, which asked corporate execs to name the companies that they admire the most, placed Apple, Amazon and Google in the top 3 spots while companies such as Samsung (No. 21), Microsoft (No. 24) and Facebook (No.38) also found spots on the list. Apple’s place atop Fortune’s list isn’t surprising since it’s occupied that spot for 7 straight years now. The one chink in Apple’s armor, says Fortune, is that investors are getting nervous waiting for the company to release its “next big thing,” although that shouldn’t be too much of a concern for a company that hauled in $171 billion in revenues last year. As for Amazon, Fortune says that it’s used both “customer-centric culture and super-convenience” to “gobble up brick-and-mortar stores left and right.” Even better, Fortune says that Amazon’s “ambitions show no signs of abating: it recently jumped into the art market, and has started producing video, music, and literary content.” And finally, Fortune writes that Google “continues to find ways to make life easier (sometimes creepily so) via mind-blowing Internet products” while also spending lots of resources on “moonshot” projects such as Google Glass and self-driving cars. Source
  15. Although we assumed that Samsung would announce its first 64-bit Exynos processor at MWC 2014, this did not happen. Instead, the South Korean company presented the Exynos 5422 Octa and Exynos 5260 Hexa SoCs, which are impressive on their own, but still use the 32-bit ARMv7 architecture. Nevertheless, the first 64-bit processor made by Samsung will likely be introduced this year, according to CNET. Kyushik Hong, VP of marketing for Samsung's system LSI business, told CNET that "64-bit is very important - in the sense that there's a real demand, whether you need it or not." The exec concluded that Samsung is “very actively working on” developing its first 64-bit processor (we're guessing that this will be included in the Exynos family). Although Qualcomm, Intel, Nvidia, Marvell, and even MediaTek have already announced 64-bit processors, Samsung is not worried. Its 64-bit chip “will be ready whenever the operating systems and ecosystem go 64-bit,” reportedly declared Kyushik Hong. In other words, Samsung is still waiting for Google to optimize Android for full 64-bit support. Last year, Apple introduced its own 64-bit ARMv8 processor, the A7, which powers the iPhone 5S, the iPad Air and the iPad Mini 2 - these are the world's first commercially available mobile devices that come with 64-bit processors. Source
  16. The 86th Academy Awards will be streamed live this Sunday to those using the Watch ABC app. But ABC will only offer the entire program to those who are subscribers to certain cable-TV networks in specific markets. Those cable networks taking part in the live stream include AT&T U-verse, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications, Google Fiber, Midcontinent Communications and Verizon FiOS. The locations where the live stream will be available include Los Angeles; San Francisco; Fresno, Calif.; Houston; Chicago; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Philadelphia and New York. Samsung Galaxy will be sponsoring once again, the "Oscars Backstage" which is open to all Watch ABC users whether or not they are subscribers to the participating cable networks mentioned above. There will be three channels with 15 cameras that include the "thank-you cam," winners’ walk and the press room. Video highlights and the "Oscars Backstage" clips will be available 5 to 10 minutes after they air live. Verified users will have "on demand" access to the entire telecast for three days after the live show. ABC has also decided to take down its dedicated Oscars app, which first launched in 2011 to stream backstage and red carpet action. As we said, those with the Watch ABC app will be able to view those activities free. ABC will start its telecast of the Academy Awards Sunday, March 2nd at 7pm EST. The Watch ABC app is available at Oscar.com, ABC.com, and WatchABC.com. It is also available via iOS and Android apps found at the App Store and Google Play Store respectively. Besides the Oscars, those with authenticated access to Watch ABC will be able to view the Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars special, which will be streamed live this Sunday after local news on the East Coast and at 10pm PST in the West. Source
  17. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 broke cover last September packing a powerful hardware sheet. But it seems like the company could be announcing a refresh soon, if a demonstration given during the Mobile World Congress is anything to go by. Qualcomm and Samsung teamed up to show off a special variant of the Galaxy Note 3 during the event which was optimized to run on the Snapdragon 805 chipset. This chip allegedly uses LTE Category 6 instead of Category 4 which is the current standard. With this new LTE modem, users will get up to double the bandwidth compared to the current crop of LTE chips. Qualcomm mentioned that the Snapdragon 805 chip with this LTE modem would make its way to devices later in the year, with Samsung possibly being one of the early adopters. Given Samsung’s LTE experiments in its home region of South Korea, it is possible that this new variant would be launched there first. At about the same time this year, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 3 successor. So it’s possible that we might see the Galaxy Note 4 sporting this new and advanced Qualcomm chipset. Source
  18. Samsung has uploaded four different infographics illustrating all major specs and features of the Galaxy S5, Gear, Galaxy Gear and the evolution of Galaxy S throughout the years. Here is the inforgraphic about the Galaxy S5. This one tells you all about the Gear smartwatches. Next picture shows you all there is to know about Galaxy Fit. And finally, this one shows the history of Galaxy S so far (the South Korean versions at least). Source
  19. Yesterday's Samsung Galaxy S5 event had one curious omission. If you looked at the spec sheet you'd notice that the company was seemingly only offering the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC for its latest flagship with the usual Exynos variant nowhere to be found. Turns out, there will be an Exynos variant of the Galaxy S5. According to a blog post by Samsung (which has now been redacted for some reason), the company will offer a 2.1GHz octacore variant of the Exynos SoC for the Galaxy S5. It is unclear whether this will be limited to select markets or if Samsung will adopt its previous strategy of keeping the Qualcomm model US exclusive and offer the Exynos model in all other regions. If that is the case, hopefully the Exynos model won't lack any major features, such as 4K video recording, the way it did on the Galaxy Note 3. The exact Exynos model is unknown. We will probably find out more when Samsung announces it officially, along with its availability on the S5. Source
  20. Yesterday Samsung took the wraps off its latest flagship – the Galaxy S5 with a bigger 5.1″ screen, faster Snapdragon 801 processor, UHD video capture, IP67 water and dust resistance Fingerprint scanner and more. Here’s the video itself – the Galaxy S5 comes after the 14 minute. Enjoy!!! Source
  21. Borrowing a page out of Windows Phone’s book, the newest installment of Samsung’s Galaxy flagship lineup will reportedly feature a new Kids Mode parental control feature. Kids Mode takes after Kids Corner in WP8, and will give you a special limited access user account for when you want to lend your Galaxy S5 to a child or someone else. Kids Mode will let you set a PIN to control access to apps and settings and limit the numbers your kid can call. There’s even going to be an option to control the amount of time that can be spent playing a particular game or using a specific app. Samsung will hopefully go into more detail at the Galaxy S5 announcement, which is expected to take place next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Be sure to check back with us for complete coverage of the event! Source
  22. Samsung has just started seeding the official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Galaxy S4. The Exynos-based GT-I9500 is the first version of the device to get it, but we expect the Snapdragon 600-running I9505 to taste KitKat shortly after. Naturally, the update process is gradual. Russia and India, being the two markets where the I9500 model is most popular, are the first countries to get it. If there are no hiccups with the update, more countries should join them shortly. The new Android 4.4 firmware will bring you all KitKat improvements and enhancements (Project Svelte), better lockscreen with support for full-screen music album art and a dedicated camera shortcut, some minor UI updates (monochrome status bar icons) and improved stability. The build date of the KitKat firmware is February 13, 2014 and you should have about 1GB free space in order to install and update. Now that the official roll out has started, we expect even more Galaxy S4 models to jump on the KitKat bandwagon very soon. Samsung USA has announced which devices are going to get Android 4.4 KitKat, so if live in the US you might want to check this list. Source
  23. Samsung's US team released a list of devices that are getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update, putting their users' minds at ease. What about the international versions of the phones though? A blogger in Poland got in touch with a local Samsung representative and found out. Here's the list: Samsung Galaxy Note 3Samsung Galaxy S4Samsung Galaxy S4 ActiveSamsung Galaxy S4 MiniSamsung Galaxy S4 ZoomSamsung Galaxy Note IISamsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8Samsung Galaxy GrandSamsung Galaxy Express 2 The Samsung Galaxy S III is conspicuously missing from the list, even though its phablet counterpart – the Note II – is on it. Reportedly, the reason is the amount of RAM, the Galaxy S III has "only" 1GB. That can't be the real reason though – the Galaxy Grand has 1GB RAM too. Plus, KitKat is optimized for 512MB devices, it's more memory efficient than Jelly Bean so even the weight of TouchWiz can't be it (and again, the Grand has the same amount of RAM). Note that the US version of the Galaxy S III will be getting KitKat, though that one has 2GB of RAM. Whatever the reason, this puts Samsung's 2012 flagship in the same boat as the international HTC One X (though HTC blamed NVIDIA's chipsets) - remaining on Jelly Bean or go the unofficial ROM way. Source
  24. Those of you who've eyed the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5, mark your calendars. We've spoken to a Samsung executive, who has confirmed the Galaxy S5 will go on sale in three weeks. Samsung's Unpacked 5 event at the Mobile World Congress is scheduled for next week - February 24, Monday at 20:00 CET. This gives Samsung just two weeks to get the device in stores before it's finally ready for customers to purchase in the middle of March. The information was also confirmed by other trustworthy sources of ours. Earlier in January, we also received information that aligns with what we now know. The specs of Samsung's next flagship suggest 3 GB of RAM, Snapdragon 800 or 805 chipset, with a quad-core Krait CPU clocked at 2.5 GHz, 16 or 21 MP camera, 5.25" QHD (2560 x 1440) display. Soon enough we'll see if it's a bezel-free one. The TouchWiz user interface will receive a plethora of enhancements with the introduction of a new cleaner and flatter look. Source
  25. Looking to pick up the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2? Well you’ll be able to buy it next month for $450. The 16MP Android-powered camera has Jelly Bean out of the box, and is supposed to be a zippy performer. The Galaxy Camera 2 also comes with a 4.8” 720P display, 2,000 mAh battery, and WiFi data only. It also packs a 21x zoom, and an f/2.8-5.9 max aperture range. Samsung also revealed that they will be shipping their NX30 camera today, which comes with a 18-55mm kit lens. The price, however, is a bit steep: $1,000. Source
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