Google late Wednesday confirmed that it's selling Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC giant Lenovo for $2.91 billion, or less than a quarter of what it paid for the handset vendor in 2011. Motorola has brought nothing but troubles (and a lot of patents) to Google, with the company steadily losing money and market share. It also has caused headaches for other Android smartphone makers, especially Samsung.
You don't have to look far to see evidence that the world of successful, high-end smartphone makers is shrinking to two major contenders -- Apple and Samsung -- while other important brands, like BlackBerry, HTC, and Nokia, have faded in prominence or struggle to compete.
Still, like ground cover beneath a canopy of trees, smaller or less well-known brands have a chance to grow, even thrive, in emerging markets.
Lenovo is picking up steam in China, the most important growth market there is; and even on the brink of extinction, BlackBerry phones are still selling throughout Africa, South America, … Read more
According to recent chatter, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is rumored to debut with a 2,560x1,440-pixel AMOLED display.
At a upward of 560 pixels per inch, this "2K" resolution is unlike anything we've seen from Samsung. But as terrific as this sounds on paper, it pales in comparison to what's around the corner. Strap in, kids, Samsung's already working on an AMOLED UHD display capable of 3,480x2,160 pixels. In other words: 4K smartphones.
Samsung thinks the Touch ID feature in the iPhone 5S is a pretty nifty idea worth including in its upcoming Galaxy S5, if a note from a Chinese analyst with a pretty solid track record of predicting upcoming smartphone features (including Touch ID) turns out to be accurate.
Samsung may reveal a rival to Google Glass before the year is over, at least according to the latest scuttlebutt.
Citing comments from unnamed company officials, Korea Times said on Monday that Samsung is aiming to unveil its so-called Galaxy Glass eyewear at the IFA 2014 trade show, which runs from September 5 to 10. The glasses would reportedly link with a Samsung smartphone to display information, letting wearers answer phone calls and listen to music, the Korean news site added.
Samsung Electronics is working with Samsung Display to outfit the displays for the high-tech specs, Korea Times added.
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The arrival of the new version of Android saw some third-party accessories (cases, for example) stop working, SamMobile reports. A statement on the subject was provided in German to site AllaboutSamsung.de, but now CNET UK has been sent an English-language reaction from the South Korean tech giant, attributed to a Samsung spokesperson.
"Samsung is aware of the issue with third-party accessories", the Galaxy S4-maker says, "and is currently investigating it."… Read more
The two companies provided essentially no details about the terms of the deal or what patents and technologies its covers, only saying that it's "mutually beneficial." However, they did take veiled shots at Apple, stressing how two big companies can work together to avoid litigation.
"Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes,&… Read more
Early Friday Korea-time, the electronics giant reported its first quarterly operating profit decline in two years. Perhaps most troubling was the slowdown in its mobile business, with its fourth-quarter operating profit in IT and mobile communications dropping 18 percent sequentially and shipments falling "slightly." Samsung also warned that the first half of 2014 would remain weak.
Rivals such as HTC and BlackBerry would love to have results even a fraction as strong as Samsung, but the Korean company should be a little concerned. It'… Read more
Aio Wireless and Samsung have banded together on a deal to get you cheaper phones when you sign up with AT&T's prepaid branch.
In addition, the carrier's new referral program awards $25 to both parties, the new signee and the existing customer that referred them.
Samsung Electronics on Thursday posted its first quarterly decline in operating profits in two years, stung by softening smartphone sales and a one-time employee bonus.
The South Korean electronics giant recorded an operating profit of 8.31 trillion won ($7.73 billion) for the quarter ended December 31, its first decline since 2011 and an 18 percent drop from the previous quarter's record earnings. Its revenue for the quarter was 59.3 trillion won.
While in line with guidance Samsung offered earlier this month, the South Korean electronics giant's fourth-quarter operating profit came in below analysts' average expectation … Read more