There has been a great deal of confusion among carriers and retailers regarding Samsung’s (005930) strangely tepid Windows Phone support over the past few months. Samsung’s supposed flagship Windows Phone device, the ATIV S, debuted in Europe in December and sank without a trace. The ATIV was simply the Galaxy S III with very minor tweaks and the Windows Phone OS slapped on. It now looks like the ATIV S will never launch in India. The U.S. launch of the ATIV Odyssey at Verizon (VZ) has been a complete disaster; the phone received no marketing support and is not even listed among the top 20 contract models at Verizon Wireless. More →
The dust hasn’t even settled from Samsung’s (005930) larger-than-life Galaxy S 4 debut, but the company is already talking about its future plans. Samsung’s EVP of mobile Lee Young Hee told Bloomberg in an interview on Thursday night that the company intends to release another new flagship smartphone in the third quarter this year — but it won’t run Android. ”The Tizen phone will be out in August or September, and this will be in the high-end category,” Lee told Bloomberg. “The device will be the best product equipped with the best specifications.” Chase Perrin, a Tizen Association representative, added that there will be thousands of apps available when the first Tizen smartphone launches.
There is little doubt that Samsung (005930) is exploring a world where it relies on Android far less than it does today. According to Hillside Partners analyst Rory Maher, however, there is hardly any chance Samsung will begin to stray from Android in favor of its upcoming Tizen platform. In a note picked up by Barron’s, Maher said that like Bada, Tizen is likely a regional play that will receive only a fraction of the attention Samsung gives to Android. More →
Google’s (GOOG) white-hot Android operating system will be the center of Samsung’s (005930) business for years to come. For the Samsung we know today, Android is a perfect match. It provides a solid foundation and a host of terrific functions, and it gives Samsung the freedom to drop its own software and solutions on top. For the Samsung of the future, though, this might not be the best possible model. More →
Samsung (005930) is the world’s top Android smartphone vendor by a staggering margin. Aside from LG (066570), which managed a small $20 million profit from its mobile division last quarter, no other global Android vendor can figure out how to make money selling Android phones. Meanwhile, Samsung posted a $6 billion profit on $47.6 billion in sales in the third quarter, thanks largely to record smartphone shipments and a massive marketing budget. Even as industry watchers turn sour on Apple, Samsung is seen steamrolling into 2013 and its stock is up nearly 50% on the year while Apple (AAPL) shares continue to fall from a record high hit in September. As unstoppable as Samsung appears right now, one key question remains: Is Samsung driving Android’s success or is Android driving Samsung’s success? Starting in 2013, we may finally begin to find out. More →
Samsung (005930) has been making moves to separate itself from the Android pack, and the South Korea-based company is about to take things a giant leap further according to a new report. Citing unnamed industry sources, Digitimes on Tuesday states that Samsung is preparing to launch its first Galaxy smartphone powered by the Tizen operating system, an open-source Linux-based Android competitor backed by a number of companies including Samsung, which added its own Bada OS to the Tizen project earlier this year. While Samsung may attract vendor interest to Tizen if its debut effort is a success, the report notes that Samsung’s new smartphone will “face challenges” when it launches, the most obvious of which being the fact that consumers have no idea what Tizen is. Digitimes’ sources did not indicate when the new Tizen-based Galaxy phone might launch. More →
Tizen, the mobile operating system being developed by Samsung and Intel, can support programs written with Samsung’s Bada SDK as well as Android applications, The Handheld Blog reported. The operating system supports a program called Application Compatibility Layer (ACL), which is similar to Research in Motion’s Android player for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Open Mobile, the company behind ACL, claims Android apps will be able to run on a Tizen-powered device with 100% compatibility and feature the same responsiveness users would expect on a native Android device. The company hopes that the program will be integrated into smartphones and tablets by vendors and not end users. A video demonstration of Android apps running on a Tizen tablet follows below. More →
Android has been good to Samsung. Very, very good. Samsung recently reported its second consecutive quarter of record earnings, thanks in no small part to its wildly popular line of Android-powered Galaxy smartphones. The South Korea-based vendor also just took the wraps off its next-generation flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S III. While the device may have opened the door for rivals to make some moves if they can act quickly enough, Samsung is currently the No.1 smartphone vendor in the world by volume and the Galaxy S III should help it retain that title. As good as Android has been for Samsung, however, the vendor continues to make it clear that it does not want to put all its eggs in one basket. More →