It's about time. The Samsung PL90 is an ultracompact point-and-shoot with little to offer beyond automatic shooting with one exception: it has a flip-out USB connector. This is a feature Flip Video and other minicamcorder manufacturers have been doing for years now. The connector can be used for quickly transferring photos and videos off the camera without removing the memory card or looking for a USB cable. You can also use it to charge the battery.
Why has this feature taken so long to make its way to a camera? My guess is cost and size, which explains why … Read more
"Samsung Mobile is aware that under certain conditions, the GPS on our launched U.S. Galaxy S devices may not be meeting performance expectations," Samsung spokesman Kim Titus told CNET. "We are diligently evaluating the situation and will provide an update as soon as possible."
BX that is. The Samsung SyncMaster BX2350 is the third LED-based monitor released by Samsung since September 2009.
The biggest, noticeable difference from its predecessors are its two chrome feet, which take the place of the circular stand found on the previous models. That's right, chrome feet. How awesome is that?!...
But chrome feet do not a great monitor make. Most consumers require at … Read more
For all you Android fans out there who wouldn't be caught dead with an Apple product, the folks at Samsung seem to be working on an iPod Touch alternative based around Android. The YP-MB2 shown above bears the markings of Samsung's longstanding line of YEPP portable media players, with a dash of touch-screen UI goodness from the company's Samsung Galaxy S Android smartphones.
Shipments of Android smartphones worldwide jumped 886 percent in the second quarter from a year ago, according to a report released Monday.
Growth in the United States was particularly robust, market researcher Canalys said in the report.
The entire U.S. smartphone market grew 41 percent in the second quarter year over year, making it the largest smartphone market in the world by a huge margin. Android devices captured 34 percent of that market in the quarter, representing growth of 851 percent and making it the largest smartphone platform in the U.S.
"In the United States, for example, we have seen the largest carrier, Verizon Wireless, heavily promoting high-profile Android devices, such as the Droid by Motorola and the Droid Incredible by HTC," Canalys principal analyst Chris Jones said in a statement.
Android smartphones are also seeing a surge in demand in the Asia-Pacific region. China, specifically, is the world's second largest smartphone market. The number of Android devices shipped hit almost 475,000 in the second quarter, up from virtually no presence in that country a year ago.
Nokia's smartphones are still tops in China, but Android smartphone makers such as Motorola and Samsung are pushing forward, as are local vendors, giving Android devices a 7 percent share of the country's market in the second quarter, Canalys said.
"The story in the Asia Pacific region is similarly optimistic around Android," Canalys senior analyst TY Lau said in a statement.
Android phones come from a variety of manufacturers, including HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and LG.
Among specific smartphone manufacturers worldwide, Nokia still leads the industry overall with 38 percent market share.… Read more
Samsung reported on Friday a record profit for its second quarter, triggered by a rebound in demand for computer memory chips and by rising sales for LCD TVs.
For the quarter ended June 30, the electronics company earned 4.28 trillion Korean won ($3.6 billion), an 83 percent leap from the 2.33 trillion won it earned in the prior year's second quarter. Operating profits, which are sales minus expenses, also reached record levels, rising 88 percent to hit 5.01 trillion won, while sales grew 17 percent to 37.89 trillion won.
Samsung attributed the strong results … Read more
The mobile phone industry saw its shipments reach 308 million in the second quarter, with Nokia and Samsung still holding the largest chunk of the highly competitive market, according to a report released Thursday by Strategy Analytics.
The 308 million units shipped across the globe represented a 13 percent gain from the 273 million shipped in the same quarter one year earlier, largely driven by low-end 2G handsets in emerging markets and high-end 3G touch screen phones in more mature regions, the report said.
Among the top five major mobile phone players, Nokia remained in first place with a 36.1 percent slice of the market, down from its 37.8 percent share in the year-ago quarter. Samsung came in second with a 20.7 percent stake, up from 19.1 a year ago, while LG's share dipped slightly to 10 percent.
Only Samsung and Research In Motion, which logged a 3.6 percent chunk of the market, saw their shares rise year over year, thanks to strong demand for QWERTY keyboard phones and touchphones, according to Strategy Analytics.
Looking at the specific vendors, Nokia continued to shed market share as it shipped a lower-than-expected 111.1 million handsets in the quarter. Sporting the enhanced Symbian 3 interface, the N8 smartphone should reach customers in time for the European holiday season, helping profit margins over the second half, said the report. But the phone's lack of buzz in the U.S. could dampen its overall global prospects.… Read more