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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • Global smartphone shipments reach 291.2m units in Q1 2015

    The global smartphone shipments for the first quarter of 2015 reached 291.2-million units, a drop of 9.2% compared with the prior quarter, according to the latest research by TrendForce. Samsung is dominating the smartphone market with a market share of 27.8 % in the first quarter of 2015, improving from 24.7% in the fourth quarter of 2014. Apple came in at number two on the list with a market share of 19.9%, its share declining from 23.2% from the fourth quarter. The success of Samsung is owed mostly to its flagship, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge proving to...

  • Apple’s reuse and recycling programme now accepts Android trade-ins

    Apple has announced that its iPhone trade-in programme will now include select Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone smartphones. The trade-in programme, available both on the company’s online and in-stores, includes certain models of Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, Sony, and BlackBerry devices. Upon trading in a device, customers receive credit for their old smartphones. The credit comes in two ways, an Apple Store gift card or bank transfer, that must be used toward purchasing of a new iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. Read more: Apple sold more smartphones than anyone else in Q4 2014 For now, the trade-in...

  • Xiaomi acquires 3% of Chinese games and software giant Kingsoft for $68M

    Xiaomi, the world’s third largest smartphone distributor, has acquired 2.98% of Kingsoft, a games and software company, for HK$527 million (~US$68 million). The Xiaomi investment in Kingsoft is expected to be completed at the end of January. The company bought its shares from internet giant Tencent, which reduced its stake in Kingsoft to 9.6%. Xiaomi has been on a fierce trajectory since it broke onto the technology scene in 2010. It has taken its dominance of the smartphone scene in China and expanded effectively into other markets. Xiaomi became the world’s third largest smartphone company based on sales last year....

  • Samsung reveals poor earnings, bets on the Internet of Things

    Samsung has released its Q4 earnings results, revealing a rather big drop in profit. That said, it’s not all that doom and gloom. The world’s largest smartphone manufacturer is changing its course in a mission to develop an internet-connected device ecosystem or dominate the Internet of Things (IoE). In line Bloomberg analysts predictions, the South Korean electronics giant’s operating profit for the quarter will be 5.2 trillion won (over US$4.7-billion). This means that Samsung is earning 37% less than one year ago. Despite this fall, the company still managed to beat the predictions of most analysts. According to analysts,...

  • Smartphone sales grew by 20 percent in third quarter of 2014

    Smartphones have been around for a good few years now, but there’s no sign that their growing popularity is on the wane. In fact, they now account for 66% of all mobile phones worldwide and are on track to see sales of 1.2 billion units for the year. Today Gartner, a leading information technology research and advisory company, published its Q3 for how mobile devices did globally. The report claims that 301 million smartphones were sold in the third quarter, up by 20% compared with figures from a year ago. Apple and Samsung’s combined smartphone share totaled 37%, down...

  • Samsung will make fewer smartphone models next year

    Samsung executives have confirmed that the company is betting on a more streamlined range of smart devices as it looks to claw back some of the profits it lost in the most recent financial quarter. Before releasing its quarterly earnings report last month, the company warned of weak demand for phones and increased marketing spend. Still the announcement to streamline its range of smartphones is hardly surprising. Read more: Samsung profits fall as it gets squeezed at both ends of the market The global smartphone leader’s market share declined in annual terms for the third straight quarter in July-September. In...

  • South African consumers are not happy with the quality of their laptops

    Research recently released by South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) suggests that South Africans are increasingly dissatisfied with their laptops. The results of the survey, which was based on interviews with more than 1 300 South African consumers, saw them give laptops an average customer satisfaction score of 75.1 out of 100. The score is four points lower than last year. The laptop brands included in the index included the Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Lenovo and Samsung, selected by market share. Of the lot, Dell emerged as the industry leader, trumping all the other brands. The other brands all...

  • 3 very important ways technology is being employed to fight Ebola

    Ebola has been causing, especially in West Africa, much heartache and has turned into an epidemic. Apart from Nigeria, the only country that appeared to have successfully dealt with the deadly disease, other countries seem to be struggling and the amounts of people dying are rising at an alarming rate. Up until 22 October 2014, according to World Health Organisation, about 9915 cases had been reported with 5481 laboratory confirmed cases and about 4555 total deaths. Since the epidemic first came to the world’s attention, technology has been finding ways to either combat or manipulate the chaos it...

  • Samsung expects a poor quarterly profit, smartphones wearing it down

    Samsung is expecting its quarterly profits to punch in at 4.1-trillion won (US$3.8-billion) — that’s about 60% down from last year’s 10.2-trillion won forecast. The tech company seemingly has its fingers in all pies on the market — from televisions to smartphones, smartwatches and processors. The latter seems to be where it’s placing its bets going forward, nudging away from its poor performing mobile sector. A report by Counterpoint Research in July highlighted the company’s struggle to keep up with the likes of Apple’s iPhone 5s. Even though Apple’s then flagship smartphone has been on the market for about seven months,...

  • What did it take for Apple to go from cool to creepy? A single U2 album

    With additional commentary by Mich Atagana Along with pretty much all my colleagues in the tech press — and thousands of hardcore Apple fans around the world — my Wednesday was dominated by the Cupertino giant’s latest launch. As I noted at the time, it appeared to have played it safe. The products it launched at the event were pretty much all examples of Apple doing what it does best: watching the market and putting its own unique design spin on existing product spaces. There were, in other words, no obvious gaffes. That would only happen the next day,...

  • New Samsung Android handsets in Nigeria to feature Celltick Start-based UI

    Celltick, creator of the Android lockscreen replacement app Start, has announced a new partnership with Samsung West Africa that will see it develop a custom Start-based Galaxy 11 interface for all Android-based Samsung smartphones in the region. Additionally, Start will be the launcher of choice, trumping Samsung’s and Android’s native offerings. Founded in 2000, Celltick has endeavored to morph the smartphone’s usually barren lockscreen into an “interactive personalized billboard.” Start comes pretty close to this. If the app’s appearance is anything to go by, the UI should be particularly spiffy, clean and user friendly. Available for other Android devices via Google’s...

  • Samsung sticks with trend of mocking absolutely everyone in new ad

    The US ad for the Samsung Galaxy Pro tablet might just be its most smug effort to date. The ad, which sticks people in a variety of scenarios using tablets, makes special note of the Galaxy Pro’s multi-tasking capabilities and screen resolution while aiming digs at its competitors at every possible opportunity. The Surface, for instance, takes flak for the fact that it has a keyboard and mouse…and docking station while the Kindle is apparently only good for books. Most of the vitriol though is aimed at the iPad, which can’t multi-task, has an inferior screen and can’t run...

  • RTs, memes and timing: what lessons brands can take from Ellen’s selfie

    Ellen DeGeneres sent out the historic tweet during the Oscars, racking up over 3-million retweets and possibly even breaking Twitter for 20 social-media-silent minutes. Within the first hour, Ellen’s tweet beat Barack Obama’s most shared tweet around the US elections — racking up more than one-million retweets and 450 000 favourites for her star-studded snapshot. The folks at Visua.ly put together a fun infographic of the stats around the most retweeted selfie. What we do know is this seemingly spontaneous prank is actually a carefully thought out strategy at product placement for none other than the Oscar’s main sponsor, Samsung. According to...

  • 3 factors that will see robotics play a role in the most unlikely places

    Robotics are on the rise, and with Google’s recent robotics acquisitions, some techies are hoping that the long-promised era of helpful robots may one day soon be upon us. Tijn van der Vant is co-founder of Robocup at home — a branch of the same Robocup foundation that brings us the annual robot soccer competition. In addition, he is also a professor at the University of Groningen, and CEO of Assistobot — a robotics company designed to help monitor and care for the elderly in home and medical settings. In the last five years, Van der Vant has seen an increasing...

  • Have sluggish smartphone sales left Samsung singing the blues?

    The results are in and reveal that Samsung had a fairly torrid fourth quarter of 2014. Smartphone competition has kicked in, and in its most hotly contested market, the USA, iPhone sales battered Samsung in the last quarter of the year. In the mobile communications division, sales were down seven percent quarter-on-quarter, with mobile sales down a bigger nine percent on a massive turnover of US$31.3-billion in sales. Traditionally the volume for Samsung has come from the low-end devices with the higher-end Galaxy range bringing in most of the profits. The mix in the USA is heavily weighted to higher end...