Samsung Galaxy S6 could have 20MP camera

KoreaSamsung will reportedly benefit from the release of the Galaxy S6 in more ways than one. Samsung’s Electro-Mechanics subsidiary (SEM), which makes its camera modules (among many other things), is supplying the phone with a 20-megapixel optical image stabilization-equipped snapper, reports Korea’s ETNews.

Samsung, Oracle to tie up over cloud services

KoreaSamsung Electronics agreed to team up with Oracle for mobile cloud services, a move aimed at expanding the Korean tech giant’s client profile and help it lead in the race for new ecosystems in the mobile industry. “Samsung Electronics’ mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun discussed issues over mobile cloud computing services with Oracle’s co-CEO Mark Hurd on Jan. 22 in Seoul. The meeting place wasn’t Samsung Electronics’ Seocho office, southern Seoul,” said an official directly involved with the matter.

KT shifting toward global market

KoreaKT Chairman Hwang Chang-gyu pledged to show tangible results in the company’s network businesses in the global market including the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In a meeting with journalists before an event to commemorate moving into a new office building near Gwanghwamun, central Seoul, the chairman said the company will nurture cloud platforms, network systems, and media and energy sectors at home and abroad this year.

Samsung Electronics to be main chip supplier for next iPhone: Report

KoreaSEOUL: South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will be the main supplier of processors powering Apple Inc’s next iPhone, Maeil Business Newspaper reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources in the semiconductor industry.  Samsung will be responsible for around 75 per cent of the chip production for the next iPhone, the South Korean newspaper said.

LG to bolster ties with Chinese partners

KoreaLG Group Chairman Koo Bon-moo and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang have agreed to bolster partnerships between LG and Chinese companies. In his meeting with Wang, Saturday, Koo expressed his thankfulness for Beijing’s support of LG’s business in the country and asked Wang to provide more of this in the future. They met at the Shilla Hotel in downtown Seoul. In response, Wang said China and Korea are important business partners in trade and expressed his hope that LG would contribute more to stronger China-Korea ties.

Samsung heir meets Chinese vice premier

KoreaSamsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong met with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul Friday to discuss partnership. The Lee-Wang meeting came a year after they talked about key issues in Beijing, China, in February, the company said. “Samsung will expand partnership with Chinese provincial cities, regional governments and main Chinese companies to boost trade between the two countries,” Lee was quoted as saying in a statement.

Samsung to make Tizen OS-based smartphone in India

KoreaNEW DELHI: Buoyed by the market response to its Tizen OS-based smartphone in India, tech giant Samsung plans to manufacture the ‘Z1′ at its Noida facility soon. The South Korean firm, which is the world’s largest smartphone player, had launched the device earlier this month in India. “The compelling proposition of an easy to use and clutter free interface (of Z1), along with premium design has met wide consumer acceptance… The Z1 will be manufactured in company’s Noida plant in UP,” Samsung India Vice President Marketing (Mobile and IT) Asim Warsi told .

SKT ordered to stop ads on 3-band LTE-A service

KoreaThe Seoul Central District Court ordered SK Telecom to halt advertising its tri-band LTE-A mobile wireless technology, a court spokesman said Friday. Since Jan. 9, SK, the country’s top mobile carrier, has launched a marketing campaign claiming its new wireless technology provides a downlink speed of up to 300Mbps. The court decision will be effective immediately.

SKT, KT in tit-for-tat over subsidies

KoreaSK Telecom accused KT of offering illegal subsidies to steal customers from other mobile carriers, Thursday. “Since Jan. 21, KT has been providing huge rebates to its retail stores to lure more customers in a breach of the Telecom Law. We strongly urge KT to immediately stop this as this hurts fair market competition,” SK said in a statement. It said a local KT outlet provided up to 550,000 won for each customer who wanted to change their mobile carrier.

‘Korea’s IT industry is slow to change’ said Cisco

KoreaCisco Korea General Manager Chong Kyung-won said Tuesday that Korea Inc. has failed to make sufficient investment to adopt advanced technologies in improving work efficiency. During a meeting with journalists to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Cisco Systems on Tuesday, Chong expressed his regret over slumberous demand for technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and cyber security measures from the country’s IT industry.

SK Telecom-Nokia test 5G network in 2018

KoreaSK Telecom said Thursday that it has agreed with Nokia to jointly develop superfast fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology. The collaboration calls for both companies to construct a test bed for wireless solutions that can activate within the 5G network by the end of this year. The test bed will be installed in SK Telecom’s technology center in Bundang, on the outskirts of Seoul.

iPhone hits record sales market share in South Korea, grows to 51% in Japan

KoreaApple’s iPhone is on a roll in a number of important Asian markets, according to a new report from Counterpoint Research (hat-tip to the Wall Street Journal for spotting this). The iPhone hit a record high sales market share in South Korea, accounting for 33 percent of monthly sales in the country in November. The stronger shipments of the iPhone in South Korea seem to have coincided with a big slip for Samsung:

Samsung to release superfast Galaxy Note4

Samsung Electronics will release an updated Galaxy Note 4 this week with the world’s fastest tri-band LTE-A wireless technology. A tri-band LTE-A wireless network is three times faster than the current LTE-A service, with download speeds of 300Mbps; meaning just 28 seconds will be needed to download a 1 GB movie. The release comes at a time when three domestic mobile carriers are embroiled in a dispute over SK Telecom’s claim that it has succeeded in offering the tri-band LTE-A service.

Google, Naver, Daum Kakao face probe

The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) plans to inspect Google Korea and other leading location-based services (LBS) providers over data and privacy protection. It will look into the Korean offices of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Qualcomm and BMW to check their latest updates for addressing privacy concerns. The nation’s dominant web portals Naver, Daum Kakao, along with the country’s three carriers ― SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus ― Samsung and LG Electronics, SK Energy and Hyundai Motor will all be subject to questioning about their privacy policies, said a senior official at the KCC.

SK Telecom expands investment in big data

SK Telecom said Friday that it will increase its investment in big data-related platforms in order to diversify its revenue streams amid an era of the Internet of Things (IoT). The company, Korea’s top telecom carrier, identified IoT as its what’s next to offset growing concerns by investors for corporate sustainability to beat out saturation in the local telecom market.

Samsung launches first Tizen phone in break from Android

SEOUL: Samsung on Wednesday (Jan 14) launched its first smartphone using its home-grown Tizen operating system, aimed at breaking the South Korean electronics giant’s dependence on Google’s Android. The Samsung Z1, which has 3G capability and a liquid-crystal display, was launched in India with a price tag of 5,700 rupees (US$90), the world’s largest smartphone maker said in a statement.

Samsung and Globalfoundries reportedly win majority of A9 orders

Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries have secured a combined 70% of orders for Apple’s A9 processors with their 14nm FinFET technology, according to industry sources. Samsung will be ready to produce 30,000-40,000 12-inch wafers monthly to meet demand on its 14nm process node, with the demand from both Apple and Samsung’s own handset division, said the sources. Samsung will also be building its next-generation Exynos processor on its own 14nm process.

Samsung denies BlackBerry deal

Samsung Electronics said Thursday that it has no plans to buy BlackBerry, denying a report that the tech giant approached the struggling smartphone-maker about acquisition. “The report is totally groundless. Samsung has no interest in buying BlackBerry,” Samsung spokeswoman Lim Yoon-jeong said. The denial came a few hours after BlackBerry issued a statement also denying the report.

Samsung approaches BlackBerry for buyout

Samsung Electronics recently approached BlackBerry about buying the company for as much as US$7.5 billion (A$9.2 billion), looking to gain access to its patent portfolio, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters. South Korea’s Samsung proposed an initial price range of US$13.35 to US$15.49 per share, which represents a premium of 38 percent to 60 percent over BlackBerry’s current trading price, the source said.,samsung-approaches-blackberry-for-buyout.aspx

Why a Samsung takeover of BlackBerry could make sense

SEOUL: Samsung and Blackberry have splashed frigid water on a report that Samsung wants to make a $7.5 billion takeover offer for the struggling Canadian device maker. That, however, did not stop tech industry watchers from dissecting all the possibilities. Once strong in mobile devices, Blackberry is now an also ran, overtaken by the touchscreen offerings of Apple and Samsung. But analysts say it has technology and intellectual property that could make it attractive to Samsung, which is looking to revive growth momentum in its smartphone business faltered.