NEW DELHI: It looks like Samsung is working on a new version of its Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 tablet that supports iris recognition. California (US)-based Stanford Research Institute (SRI), has issued a press informing that it has exclusively licensed its Iris on the Move (IOM) technologies to Samsung for use in Samsung mobile products. Additionally SRI has inked a supply agreement to start production and sales of the IOM technology-embedded Samsung mobile products for enterprise and business to business (b2b) applications.
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) on March 26 announced cooperation with SK C&C, a South Korea-based IT service provider, to establish a joint venture for tapping the China’s IT service market. The joint venture will start operations in May 2015. Foxconn in June 2014 invested NT$10.8 billion (US$342 million) for a 4.9% stake in SK C&C. The joint venture will initially apply IT services to automated production lines at Foxconn’s factories in China, creating a model of integrating IT services with industrial automation for China-based manufacturers.
Samsung Electronics will lead the world’s top-10 smartphone vendor rankings in 2015, followed by Apple, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Huawei, Xiaomi Technology, Microsoft, TCL Communication Technology, Coolpad and Oppo, according to Digitimes Research. Samsung and Apple will ship over 330 million and 230 million smartphones, respectively in 2015, while Lenovo will ramp up its shipments to 84 million units following the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
NEW DELHI: Samsung seems to be taking a leaf from rival Xiaomi’s book. The South Korean manufacturer reportedly has plans to sell its smartphones online-only, a strategy made popular by Xiaomi. According to a report by Korea Times newspaper, Samsung plans to sell its smartphones via leading e-commerce websites in India, Vietnam and China. Citing supply chain sources, the report says that Samsung aims to save on sales costs through its new online-only plan. Moreover, this means that Samsung will be able to sell its products cheaper to the consumers.
Qualcomm, which is believed to have lost processor orders for the Galaxy S6 series smartphones from Samsung Electronics, is vying for orders for the upcoming Galaxy Note 5, according to industry sources. The recently-introduced Galaxy S6 flagship smartphones are powered by Samsung-designed Exynos processors, and did not come with two versions as what the previous-generation Galaxy S4 has, the sources said.
Microsoft’s Office apps will be pre-installed in some Samsung tablets running Google’s Android system, extending an agreement to put some Microsoft apps on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 phone. The move is the latest in Microsoft’s efforts to get its cloud-enabled software into the hands of as many customers as possible, regardless of platform or device. Microsoft said Samsung will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype and its note-taking and cloud storage apps on certain tablets in the first half of this year.
Fans of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will not have to wait much longer as the next generation flagships will finally be launched in about a week from now come April 2. It comes as no surprise as both smartphones were revealed only last month at the Samsung Unpacked in Barcelona. The flagships will see a complete redesign of Samsung’s premium Galaxy smartphone look which now incorporates a slim body made aerospace-grade aluminium alloy and glass surface on the front and rear.
Daum Kakao, the public-listed firm responsible for one of Korea’s largest web portal in Daum and chat app KakaoTalk, has acquired 100 percent of K Cube Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm that backs primarily Korean companies along with a few Asia-Pacific ones. Daum Kakao will add another US$15 million into K Cube’s kitty to launch a new early stage fund, and in the process, K Cube will become the acquirer’s corporate investment arm.
Netmarble’s new mobile game “Raven with Naver” is leading major mobile application stores here, shedding new light on market success through a publishing platform other than Kakao Game. The nation’s leading mobile game provider said Raven, a mobile action role-playing game, has been ranked on the top perch in the top-grossing charts of both Google’s Play and Apple’s Appstore since March 17, five days after its release. The game ended the months-long lead of mobile strategy game “Clash of Clans,” developed and published by the Finnish game company Supercell.
The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) plans to impose a penalty on SK Telecom (SKT) for providing illegal kickbacks to attract more customers and to clear inventory ahead of the launch of new Samsung S6 mobile, said a senior KCC official, Saturday. The nation’s top telecom regulator is set to decide the level of “monetary penalties” at a general meeting, Thursday. The penalty is expected to be tough, considering that KCC commissioners regard SKT’s actions as a “serious violation.”
South Korea’s LG Electronics launched its G Flex 2 device in Taiwan on Thursday, entering its third market with the curved screen flagship smartphone. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the G Flex 2 is the successor to the 6-inch G Flex that was launched in October 2013. The G Flex 2 features a scratch-resistant and self-healing plastic design, which includes a flexible 5.5-inch plastic OLED full-HD display.
Samsung Electronics had talks with MediaTek over cooperation in the second half of 2014 and MediaTek is expected to become an application processor (AP) supplier of Samsung’s smartphones in the second half of 2015 at the soonest to help fill up the gap in the Korea-based vendor’s product lineup. After Broadcom quit the smartphone AP business, Samsung has turned to Marvell for replacement and partnered with China-based Spreadtrum to acquire AP solutions for its lower-end smartphone product lines.
KT pledged Tuesday to establish a telecom network infrastructure on all of the country’s inhabited islands by 2019. The nation’s largest fixed-line operator said it is cooperating with Incheon Metropolitan City to build an enhanced telecom network on Baengnyeong Island, about 228 kilometers off the coastal city, as a part of its project called “GiGA Island” to provide residents with better security, education and healthcare benefits. The island is the northernmost inhabited island and is within 20 kilometers of North Korea soil.
NEW DELHI: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi surpassed global smartphone giants Samsung and Apple in terms of market share to become India’s top 4G handset seller in January this year, CyberMedia Research said on March 17. Earlier this month, the market research firm had said that the iPhone maker emerged as the largest 4G LTE device vendor in the country in October-December 2014. As per the latest CyberMedia Research (CMR) data, Xiaomi leads the 4G LTE device market with 30.8% market share in January followed by Apple (23.8%), Samsung (12.1%), HTC (10%) and Micromax (8.3%).
NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Samsung Electronics expects its revenue growth in India this fiscal year to slow to less than half of last year, but still continue to outpace the industry in every category it operates. Samsung hopes new smartphone launches to drive sales next year in India, which it expects to become the second-largest market for the Korean electronics major by the end of 2016, surpassing the US but behind China.
Gartner, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and IDC (International Data Corporation) have highlighted cloud services as one of the top technology trends in recent years. A recent Gartner report shows that cloud computing will become the bulk of new IT spend by 2016. It is obvious that cloud services are growing quickly; many organizations are adopting cloud services as the new foundation for their business models.
Top management at Samsung and LG technology affiliates say they will focus on boosting corporate profits in 2015 to keep their key businesses competitive. Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun said Friday at the company’s annual shareholder meeting that the company planned to find new revenue sources by developing premium products and strengthening its technology leadership.
Samsung Electronics struck another major chip deal with Apple with an estimated monetary value of “billions of dollars,” helping Samsung further strengthen its chip business. The latest agreement is calling for Samsung Electronics to sell its latest solid state drive (SSD) storage devices using its V-NAND technology to Apple’s new range of ultra-slim and high-end notebook models, two people directly involved with the deal told The Korea Times, Friday.
The head of a local cable TV group blamed the nation’s top three mobile carriers ― SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus ― for excessive promotional campaigns to sell paid content with heavy discounts. “The local cable TV industry has been consistent in building a virtuous circulation ecosystem in content for broadcasters. Our industry-wide efforts, however, have been disturbed as telecom firms are pushing to increase the sale of their converged products below market price.
LG Group plan to invest 6.3 trillion won in hotly anticipated research and development (R&D) projects and new categories. In a statement, LG said that this estimated spending is regarded as the largest R&D investment ever made by the conglomerate. In 2014, LG spent 5.9 trillion won in research projects, while it spent 5.4 trillion won on R&D in 2013. “Our investment plan shows that LG’s investment in R&D has actually been accelerating, growing much faster than previous years,” said LG spokesman Terry Taekyung Lee, Thursday.