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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • Chromebook sales will reach 7.3m units in 2015, says Gartner

    Chromebooks might not be widely popular as yet but it appears that they are starting to claim an increasingly large portion of the market. According to Gartner, Chromebook sales to end users are on pace to reach 7.3-million units in 2015. This is a 27% increase from 2014. At the center of these estimates is education. In 2014, the education space represented 72% of the global Chromebook market. "Since the first model launched in mid-2011, Google's Chromebook has seen success mainly in the education segment across all regions," said Isabelle Durand, principal analyst at Gartner. In the business market, Chromebook sales...

  • China sees its first smartphone shipment decrease in six years

    According to International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphone shipments in the last quarter decreased for the first time in six years in China, one of the largest and most contested markets in the world. IDC’s latest Mobile Phone Tracker shows that China’s smartphone market decreased by four percent year-on-year. The market decreased by eight percent quarter on quarter. IDC says that in the first quarter of 2015, about 98.8-million units were shipped. The IDC report also echoes Apple’s financial result a few weeks ago which showed that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the most shipped smartphone in China....

  • Samsung reclaims throne from Apple, ships 83.2m units in Q1 2015

    Samsung might have posted less than impressive financial results for its first quarter but it would appear that it's not all gloom for the company. According to the latest research by Strategy Analytics, Samsung has reclaimed the smartphone shipments crown in the first quarter of 2015. Going by the latest figures, smartphone shipments saw a growth of 21% in globally, reaching 345-million units in the first quarter of 2015. In this quarter, Samsung overtook Apple to reclaim the title of the world’s largest smartphone vendor by volume. The South Korean company shipped 83.2-million smartphones in total worldwide and captured 24% market...

  • 5 times you wish you had the Samsung Galaxy S6 gold edition [SPONSORED]

    By combining class and performance, Samsung South Africa and Vodacom are offering two world-class devices made to fit your lifestyle all year round. Introducing, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. If you haven’t given into temptation already, here are a couple of times you’ll really want to have the Samsung Galaxy S6 as your companion: 1. On a night out on the town The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a sexy companion. And what better way to compliment a good night out with a flashy smartphone like this. The S6 welcomes the perfect combination of metal and glass for the...

  • Samsung’s net income plunges as smartphone competition heats up

    Samsung released its first quarter results and, in spite of the launch of its flagships, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, it is not looking great for the South Korean company. It's worth noting though that it might be too early to the results of the two flagships. Samsung of course expects to see strong mobile demand. The first quarter results show that Samsung’s net income has plunged by 39%. The company reported that its first quarter income was 4.63 trillion won (US$4.35-billion), compared to 7.49 trillion won one year earlier. Sales were down by 12% from a year earlier to 47.12...

  • Smartphone shipments grow in Middle East, Africa as affordable devices become popular

    Smartphone shipments to the Middle East and Africa, according to a Q4 2014 Handsets tracker released by analyst International Data Corporation (IDC), experienced an unprecedented year-on-year growth of 83% in 2014. The growth was primarily caused by the increased availability of cheaper models and dual-SIM devices. In 2014, smartphones accounted for 41.9% of all mobile handset shipments to the region, up from 27% in 2013. The growth of more affordable smartphone, though a positive thing, has negatively affected feature phones. Year on year in 2014, feature phone shipments were down by 4.5%. Smartphones priced under US$100 captured 20% share of...

  • 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,...