Samsung stays India smartphone market leader in Q3: IDC

NEW DELHI: Korean giant Samsung continued to be the smartphone market leader in India with 24, followed by Micromax (20%) and Lava (8%), research firm IDC in a statement said.  The research firm said that Samsung has witnessed shipment growth in Q3 2014 but it has been lower than than the industry average.  “There is a contraction in their (Samsung) market share”, IDC added.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/samsung-stays-india-smartphone-market-leader-in-q3-idc/articleshow/45282867.cms

Digitimes Research: Samsung, Apple, LG rank as top-3 smartphone vendors in 3Q14

Samsung Electronics, Apple and LG Electronics ranked as the top-three smartphone vendors globally in the third quarter as well as the first three quarters of 2014, based on third-quarter reports released by individual vendors and data from makers in the supply chain, according to Digitimes Research. China-based vendors Huawei, Xiaomi Technology and Lenovo took the fourth, fifth and seventh positions, respectively, during the same period, Digitimes Research added.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141124PD203.html

Huawei Will Build R&D Center In South Korea

Chinese telecom device maker Huawei will reportedly build a research and development center in South Korea. According to reports in South Korean local media, this move aims to more effectively enter the South Korean domestic market and acquire technologies related to smartphones in South Korea.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/11/24/21196-huawei-will-build-rd-center-in-south-korea

Samsung files ITC complaint to block Nvidia chips from US: Bloomberg

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission seeking to block computer-graphics chips made by Nvidia Corp from the US market, Bloomberg reported. Samsung had accused Nvidia of infringing several of its chip-related patents and for making false claims about its products, counter-suing after Nvidia filed a suit against the company in September.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/samsung-files-itc-complaint-to-block-nvidia-chips-from-us-bloomberg/articleshow/45237551.cms

South Korean government launches ‘heavy crackdown’ on… selfie sticks?

Apparently nothing gets away from the South Korean government’s eagle eye supervision – including selfie sticks. Specifically, those with built-in bluetooth functionality. You know the one – these models usually have a button at the grip of the stick that act as the “shutter release” for your smartphone’s camera.

https://www.techinasia.com/south-korea-crackdown-selfie-sticks/

Commentary: Who will win in race for Apple A9 chip orders?

There have been many speculations circulating about Apple’s A9 processors, which are to be used in next-generation iPhone and iPad devices in 2015. Earlier, some reports indicated that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) was likely to take up the majority of the A9 orders to be released by Apple. And later Digitimes was told that TSMC and Samsung Electronics were still in the race for the application processor (AP) orders.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141118PD212.html

Samsung Reducing Smartphone Range By 30% In 2015

Samsung is the only top-five cellphone handset manufacturer to lose sales in 2014, with Apple, Xiaomi, Lenovo and LG all increasing sales worldwide. As a result, the company will reportedly cut its phone production by as much as 30 percent in 2015, to lower the cost of inventory and make fewer smartphones that fail to sell on the market. The move comes after the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note were outclassed by competitors – the Galaxy S outclassed by the HTC One, Xiaomi Mi3, Moto X and LG G3 – the Galaxy Note 4 by the iPhone 6 Plus.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/23032/20141118/samsung-reducing-smartphone-range-30-2015.htm

LG likely to increase ODM smartphone orders to Taiwan in 2015, say sources

LG Electronics is expected to increase its ODM smartphone orders to Taiwan-based production partner, Arima Communications, to 3-4 million units in 2015 compared to slightly over one million units in 2014, according to sources at Taiwan’s handset supply chain. LG resumes its cooperation with Taiwan-based ODMs in 2014 and has placed orders for two entry-level Android smartphones with Arima for shipments to emerging markets, including those in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141117PD200.html

Samsung Display asking supply chains to cut pricing by 30%

Samsung Display is asking supply chains including backlighting makers to reduce pricing for components by as much as 30% during the fourth quarter of 2014 as the company aims to drop overall pricing for small- to medium-size applications. The company is making new efforts to panel pricing in order to spur growth in its small- to medium-size panel segment as well as to provide Samsung Electronics with lower-priced solutions.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141117PD203.html

Korean mobile game maker 4:33 Creative Lab attracts big investment from Tencent and Line

Korean mobile game designer 4:33 Creative Lab has attracted fresh investment from Tencent and Line Corp, according to BeSUCCESS. The dollar amount was undisclosed, but BeSUCCESS puts the figure north of US$100 million. Tencent, Line, and Korea Investment Partners jointly set up a consortium in which Tencent contributed about US$110 million, according to Business Korea. After the investment made through the consortium, Tencent’s stake in 4:33 Creative Lab comes out to 25 percent. 4:33 Creative Labs says it will disclose more details about the consortium later this year.

https://www.techinasia.com/korean-mobile-game-maker-433-creative-lab-attracts-big-investment-tencent-line/

Samsung leads India smartphone market with 25%, Xiaomi jumps: Counterpoint research

NEW DELHI: Korean smartphone maker Samsung continues to dominate the India smartphone segment with 25% market share in the third quarter of 2014, followed by Micromax and Karbonn with 20% and 10% market share respectively with China’s Xiaomi making rapid strides, according to Counterpoint research. Motorola, which is now a Lenovo company, remained the fourth largest smartphone vendor while Sony closed the quarter at the fifth spot.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/samsung-leads-india-smartphone-market-with-25-xiaomi-jumps-counterpoint-research/articleshow/45110964.cms

Samsung near licence for new US$3bil Vietnam mobile phone plant: newspaper

HANOI: A subsidiary of South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will be awarded a licence to invest US$3bil (RM9.98bil) in a mobile phone plant in northern Vietnam, the second such facility in the country, a state-run newspaper said.  The facility will be built in Thai Nguyen province, where Samsung Electronics Vietnam has operated a US$2bil (RM6.65bil) plant for mobile phone production since March 2014, the Planning and Investment Ministry-run Dau Tu newspaper said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/11/10/Samsung-near-licence-for-new-US3bil-Vietnam-plant-newspaper/

LG G3 Gets Android 5 Lollipop Next Week

When Android 5 Lollipop started hitting Nexus devices, several manufacturers such as Motorola, HTC and Sony announced plans to add the update to their core lineup. LG remained quiet on the subject, but announced earlier today that it will be adding Android 5 Lollipop to the LG G3 by the end of next week.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/21449/20141109/lg-g3-gets-android-5-lollipop-next-week.htm

Samsung homes in on India for its mobile operating system ‘Tizen’ launch

NEW DELHI: India will likely become the launchpad for Samsung Electronics’ own mobile operating system. The Korean major is expected to launch a smartphone that operates on the Tizen operating system (OS) in India within a month, said people with knowledge of its plans. India has never been a launch destination for Samsung, and its plan now to bring the product first to the South Asian nation comes at a time when its leadership position in the local smartphone market is under threat from home-grown brands.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/samsung-homes-in-on-india-for-its-mobile-operating-system-tizen-launch/articleshow/45076287.cms

Daum and out: Kakao doing the heavy lifting for the recently merged companies

Earlier today, recently merged Korean firms Daum and Kakao shared their third quarter earnings reports. While still operating separately for the time being, Daum-Kakao announced a total combined revenue of 221.8 billion won (US$200 million), with profits of 30.759 billion won (US$28 million). While overall revenue was down six percent year-on-year, it’s clear that Kakao and games will be driving the newly merged company going forward.

https://www.techinasia.com/daum-kakao-3q-earnings-2014/

Korea’s SparkLabs to launch second accelerator specifically for ‘Internet of Things’ startups

Sometimes accelerators accelerate startups, and sometimes they accelerate themselves. SparkLabs, the Seoul-based accelerator founded by Jimmy Kim, Hanjoo Lee, and Bernard Kim is doing just that, as it announces it will open a second accelerator specifically for ‘Internet of Things’ startups. Set to launch in early 2015, the as-yet unnamed accelerator will be based out of South Korea’s Songdo International Business District.

https://www.techinasia.com/koreas-sparklabs-to-launch-accelerator-in-songdo-specifically-for-internet-of-things-startups/

Samsung, TSMC still competing for Apple A9 chip orders

Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) are still in the race for orders for next-generation SoCs from Apple, which is expected to confirm the chip supplier or suppliers by the end of 2014, according to industry sources. Samsung has offered lower quotes to attract Apple’s A9 SoC orders, said the sources. The Korea-based firm is also able to provide Apple the manufacture of other chips such as flash memory and backend services in-house.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141103PD205.html

Samsung says Microsoft deal invites charges of collusion

Samsung said its collaboration with Microsoft on Windows phones raised antitrust problems once Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, according to a court filing. The filing stems from Microsoft Corp’s lawsuit accusing Samsung Electronics Co Ltd of breaching a business collaboration agreement. The lawsuit, filed earlier this year in a New York federal court, says South Korean smartphone  company Samsung still owes US$6.9mil (RM22.8mil) in interest on more than US$1bil (RM3.3bil) in patent royalties it delayed paying.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/11/03/Samsung-says-Microsoft-deal-invites-charges-of-collusion/

Samsung’s new Galaxy A5 is designed for selfie lovers

LOS ANGELES, Oct 31 — The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 are handsets for those of us that place a premium on style and social networking. The new handsets, which Samsung describes as “trendy,” are extraordinarily slim (the A5 is 6.7mm thick and the A3 and 6.9mm), use plastic in favour of a quality metal unibody, and are aimed at young connected consumers. So as well as a premium feel the handsets both boast very generous 5-megapixel front facing cameras for facilitating selfies which are supported by a host of features such as auto focus and auto face detection and remote shutter release to ensure the best self or group portrait.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/samsungs-new-galaxy-a5-is-designed-for-selfies-lovers

LG Electronics announces 3Q14 performance

LG Electronics has announced third-quarter consolidated revenues of KRW14.92 trillion (US$14.54 billion), an increase of 7.4% on year, and operating profit of KRW461.3 billion (US$449.61 million), more than double the figure from the same period a year ago. LG said its earnings reflected strong performance from its mobile business which saw record smartphone sales in the third quarter at 16.8 million units.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141029PD214.html