Apple’s triumph over Samsung is intoxicating

By on August 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM.

Apple’s triumph over Samsung is intoxicating

Apple's Win

Apple’s (AAPL) triumph over Samsung (005930) seems at a first glance intoxicating. Screen bounce-back, pinch and zoom — all in all, seven of Apple’s key claims against Samsung were validated across a broad range of phones. It is cold comfort indeed that Samsung’s weakly selling tablet escaped the worst censure.

Samsung LostHere are Samsung Galaxy S III, LG Optimus Elite and HTC One X. Quickly — which is which?

That is a question another set of jurors may start pondering sooner rather than later. Samsung is the big fish, already towering over Apple when it comes to quarterly smartphone shipment volumes. But there is no reason why Apple would not start gunning for smaller vendors – precisely because they are so much more vulnerable. Armed with a powerful precedent, Apple’s case against the next Asian vendors is going to be a lot stronger than it was against Samsung. More →

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Samsung smartphones obliterate iPhone sales in Q2 as rivalry reaches boiling point

By on July 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM.

Samsung smartphones obliterate iPhone sales in Q2 as rivalry reaches boiling point

Samsung Q2 2012 Sales

Samsung (005930) has emerged as Apple’s (AAPL) top smartphone competitor and the company steamrolled its competition in the second quarter of 2012. Samsung sold 52 million smartphones into distribution channels, according to the latest report from Juniper Research. Samsung’s Q2 smartphone shipments actually doubled the 26 million smartphones that Apple shipped on the quarter, although the race is likely to grow tighter this fall once Apple releases its next-generation iPhone. Samsung’s impressive sales are also sure to add more drama to the never-ending Apple-Samsung patent soap opera, which is scheduled to head to trial in the United States next week. More →

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Samsung’s Galaxy S III is a smash; Q3 sales expected to hit 15 million

By on July 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM.

Samsung’s Galaxy S III is a smash; Q3 sales expected to hit 15 million

Galaxy S III Q3 2012 Sales

Analysts at JPMorgan estimate that Samsung will sell as many as 15 million Galaxy S III smartphones in the third quarter this year, according to French newspaper Les Echos. It is also believed that the South Korean manufacturer sold about 6.5 million Galaxy S III smartphones between April and June, which suggests Samsung sold more than 21 million Galaxy S III handsets in six months. With its latest smartphone, Samsung took a new approach. Global availability of the Galaxy S II was spread out and the handset took months to reach the U.S., however Samsung launched the Galaxy S III in numerous worldwide markets within weeks of its official unveiling. The new flagship smartphone will be available from nearly 300 mobile carriers across 147 countries by the end of July. More →

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Galaxy S III’s locked bootloader looks like Verizon’s fault

By on July 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM.

Galaxy S III’s locked bootloader looks like Verizon’s fault

Galaxy S III Locked Bootloader

Since the release of the original Galaxy S smartphone, Samsung has quickly become the golden child of the Android platform. While its fellow Android vendors struggle to find profitability with the platform as Samsung certainly has, Samsung has managed to find the perfect equilibrium for its devices. The South Korean manufacturer has appealed to mainstream consumers with its sleek designs and top-notch specs, while enthusiasts have loved Samsung’s openness and the hackability of its devices. The company’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone, however, is its first to include a locked and encrypted bootloader, blocking users from flashing custom ROMs and kernels. There is a catch, though. The Galaxy S III will only be locked for Verizon Wireless customers, reportedly due to a request from the carrier. Despite a tweet from Verizon’s support team claiming Samsung is responsible for the locked bootloader — even though AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile’s versions are not locked — a Verizon Wireless spokesperson supplied BGR with the following statement via email: More →

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U.K. Apple smartphone sales fall ahead of next-gen iPhone announcement

By on July 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM.

U.K. Apple smartphone sales fall ahead of next-gen iPhone announcement

iPhone Sales 2012

Despite iOS usage hitting an all time high, sales of Apple’s iPhone have declined over the past few months as customers await the arrival of the company’s next-generation iPhone. Rivals of the Cupertino-based company, on the other hand, have released a slew of new handsets and have achieved increased sales. While the iPhone 4S remained the most popular smartphone in the United Kingdom, sales fell from nearly a quarter of all handsets sold in March to about a fifth of all handsets sold in June, the Financial Times reported. Sales of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone have also impacted the iPhone — according to market research firm Gfk, the device captured nearly 18% of the market in its first week in June. More →

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Sprint Galaxy S III availability set for July 1st

By on June 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM.

Sprint Galaxy S III availability set for July 1st

Sprint Galaxy S III Launch July 1st

Sprint recently sent a note to media outlets to announce that Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone will be available on the carrier beginning Sunday, July 1st. The device was originally scheduled to launch on June 21st, however due to overwhelming demand Sprint was forced to delay the handset’s release. The Samsung Galaxy S III will be offered in a 16GB version for $199.99 and 32GB version for $249.99. Shortly after the smartphone’s launch, Sprint’s LTE network will go live on July 15th in Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City and San Antonio. More →

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Samsung expects Galaxy S III sales to top 10 million next month

By on June 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM.

Samsung expects Galaxy S III sales to top 10 million next month

Samsung Galaxy S III To Top 10 Million Sales In July

Samsung expects its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, to top 10 million sales as early as next month. This is despite ongoing component shortages, the Associated Press reported. Shin Jong-kyun, president of Samsung’s mobile communications business, revealed the news to reporters on Sunday. “It has been tough to keep up with demand,” the executive said, adding that the company expects to resolve the supply issues with mobile components sometime next week. Despite the milestone, analysts fear Samsung’s second quarter smartphone sales could be much lower than previously expected, although Jong-kyun disagrees. “Despite the tough economic situation in Europe and problems with supplying components for the Galaxy S III, the second-quarter earnings will be better than the first quarter,” he said. Samsung began selling its Galaxy S III smartphone in Europe on May 29th, and is now expanding the handset’s global availability. The South Korean manufacturer said the device will be available from nearly 300 mobile carriers across 147 countries by the end of July. More →

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Samsung reveals the strategy that kept the Galaxy S III a secret

By on June 14, 2012 at 4:45 PM.

Samsung reveals the strategy that kept the Galaxy S III a secret

Samsung Galaxy S III Top Secret

Anticipation surrounding Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone was at an all time high for an Android device, nearly matching that of an Apple iPhone or iPad. While we saw numerous leaked pictures and videos, few if any matched the final product at all. “Just about everything about the GALAXY S III, including patents and technology used on the device, was top secret,” Samsung revealed on its blog. Secrecy was so important for the engineers behind the smartphone that Principal Engineer Byung Joon Lee was forced to lie to his son. “My eldest son is in 6th grade,” he shared. “He knew that I had worked on the GALAXY S and S II. So I guess he assumed that I’d do S III also. Every time he saw an article on the Internet about the GALAXY S III he’d ask ‘Dad! You’re making the S III, right?’ But all I could say was ‘I don’t really know.’ It was really awkward.” More →

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C-Spire announces the Samsung Galaxy S III

By on June 12, 2012 at 9:30 PM.

C-Spire announces the Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III C-Spire

C-Spire on Tuesday announced plans to carry Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone. The handset’s specs fall in line with the other U.S. carriers offering the device, which will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, 4G LTE connectivity and 2GB of RAM. “We’re excited that the Galaxy S III will be among the first 4G LTE devices launched on the nation’s only personalized network optimized for the next generation of high-speed data services,” said Kevin Hankins, chief operating officer for C Spire Wireless. Further details were not given and exact pricing and retail availability will be announced in the coming weeks. C-Spire’s press release follows below. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S III to arrive ‘on or before’ June 21st on AT&T

By on June 11, 2012 at 5:20 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S III to arrive ‘on or before’ June 21st on AT&T

Samsung Galaxy S III AT&T

While AT&T has confirmed the future availability of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone, the nation’s second largest carrier has not announced a release date. Last week it was reported that the device may be available on June 18th, but when preordering the handset as an AT&T Premier customer, the carrier indicates that the Galaxy S III will arrive “on or before” June 21st, Droid Matters reports. The highly anticipated smartphone will also launch on T-Mobile and Sprint on the same date. An AT&T spokesman declined to comment. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S III may be available on AT&T by June 18th, Verizon by June 28th

By on June 6, 2012 at 2:50 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S III may be available on AT&T by June 18th, Verizon by June 28th

Samsung Galaxy S III Release Date

While all four major U.S. carriers have announced upcoming availability of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone, only two have given a solid release date. T-Mobile and Sprint both announced that the handset will be available starting June 21st, while AT&T and Verizon have remained tight-lipped regarding a potential release date. According to Droid Matters, however, after preordering the device from AT&T, the company states that orders are scheduled to begin shipping on June 18th. At the same time, Droid-Life also reports that Verizon’s orders will ship by July 9th. According to one of our readers, however, Best Buy expects Verizon’s Galaxy S III to ship by June 28th, and an image of the Best Buy receipt mentioning that date can be viewed after the break. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S III coming to U.S. Cellular in July

By on June 5, 2012 at 9:10 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S III coming to U.S. Cellular in July

Samsung Galaxy S III Launch

U.S. Cellular on Monday announced that it will join the four major U.S. carriers in offering Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone. The nation’s sixth largest carrier will launch the handset sometime in July with preorders beginning June 12th, however pricing information was not disclosed. “We’re eager to get this iconic smartphone into the hands of our customers so they can experience the 4G LTE network on a powerful device with lots of new, unique and cool features,” said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. “Whether you are a first-time smartphone buyer or a seasoned user, the Galaxy S III makes it easy to stay connected to the people and information that are important to you.” The Samsung Galaxy S III features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, S Voice, AllShare Play, 4G LTE connectivity, 2GB of RAM and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. U.S. Cellular’s press release follows below. More →

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