Chromebook shipments reached 1.8 million units in the second quarter of 2014, and Acer held the number one spot in shipments with a 30% market, surpassing Samsung Electronics for the first time, according to WitsView. According to WitsView research assistant manager Caroline Chen, Acer and Samsung were neck and neck with one another in terms of shipments during the first half of 2014, both with approximately 900,000.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) should support MediaTek with its technology and production capacity to counter the alliance between Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm in order to prevail in the 14/16nm segment. TSMC chairman Morris Chang admitted recently that TSMC will lose out to competitors in the 14/16nm process segment in terms of market share in 2015 before regaining its leading market position in 2016-2017.
Samsung Electronics has announced the launch of its new application hub – ‘Samsung GALAXY Apps’. An improvement upon its predecessor, the GALAXY Apps is a host of select 500 quality curated apps, 300 of which will be India centric Apps and 200 global Apps. The new Samsung GALAXY Apps will offer enriched display with new logo, icon, user interface, design and an augmented experience to the Galaxy smartphone consumers.
If you thought that tablets are stagnating and that innovation is missing, Samsung’s newest efforts might prove you wrong. We have just got our hands on some of the latest tablets from Samsung, due to launch in India within the next couple of months. These new tablets combine great hardware, the latest software and several new and useful features. All this in a unibody device that is just 6.6mm thick, lightweight and easy-to-carry. Plus, you can get it in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch sizes.
NEW YORK: Samsung unveiled plans on Thursday to produce a co-branded tablet computer with US bookseller Barnes & Noble (B&N), which has struggled with its Nook line of devices. The two firms said in a statement they would produce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablets “with easy access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive digital collection of more than three million books, leading magazines and newspapers.”
SEOUL: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch the first smartphone based on its Tizen operating system in the third quarter, marking the company’s latest bid to build up its own ecosystem and reduce reliance on Google Inc’s Android. The South Korean firm on Monday said the Samsung Z, which comes with a 4.8 inch high-definition display and offers features such as a fingerprint sensor, will be unveiled at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.
SEOUL, June 2 — Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s biggest maker of mobile devices using Google Inc.’s Android operating system, announced its first commercial smartphone using the Tizen open-source platform. The Samsung Z will be available in Russia in the third quarter before expanding to other markets, the Suwon, South Korea-based company said in a statement today. The device will have a 4.8-inch screen and will be on show at the Tizen developer conference in San Francisco tomorrow.
SAN FRANCISCO: Samsung on Wednesday unveiled a new digital health technology platform that uses sensors to track a range of body functions such as heart rate and blood pressure. Unveiled at an event in San Francisco the new platform dubbed “Simband” does not include any commercial products, but Samsung demonstrated how it might work with a wristband.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 23 ― As Spotify celebrates hitting the 10 million paying subscriber milestone, Samsung is reaching the end of its music streaming venture. And, from July 1, Samsung’s Music Hub will cease to be. The company is already advising users that they will need to download all music purchases made from the app and use up any vouchers for it if they don’t want to lose any of their tracks when the music-streaming service stops.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Samsung Electronics are competing to bring more advanced processes to the market, with TSMC eager to promote its 16nm FinFET Plus process, and Samsung planning to push ahead its advanced 14nm LPP (low power plus) process, according to industry sources. TSMC is ready to begin volume production for 16nm FinFET process by the end of 2014, but it has already rolled out an upgraded version, the 16nm FinFET Plus, the sources said.
Qualcomm reportedly plans to shift its 20nm process orders from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to Samsung Electronics or Globalfoundries, according to industry sources. Qualcomm’s move comes after TSMC began volume production of Apple’s A8 processors based on advanced 20nm process in the second quarter of 2014 and has thus allocated much technological resources to the production – a favor with Apple that has upset Qualcomm, currently TSMC’s largest client, the sources explained.
SAN JOSE, California — A California jury awarded Apple US$119 million — far less than it demanded — in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smartphone features, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung’s patents. The verdict was a far cry from the US$2.2 billion Apple sought and the US$930 million it won in a separate 2012 trial making similar patent infringement claims against older Samsung products, most of which are no longer for sale in the United States.
WASHINGTON: South Korea’s Samsung remained at the top of the rapidly growing smartphone market in early 2014 as Chinese rivals gained ground, a survey showed on Wednesday. Samsung had a 30.2 percent market share, compared with 31.9 percent a year earlier. Apple remained the number two global vendor at 15.5 percent, which was down from 17.1 percent one year earlier. Chinese firm Huawei held third place with a 4.7 percent global share, with year-over-year sales growth of 47 percent.
VietNamNet Bridge – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has launched the mobile application “VOV ban do giao thong (VOV traffic map)” with the Radio Voice of Viet Nam’s (VOV’s) Traffic Channel to reduce traffic jams. The application will provide real-time traffic information and display points of traffic congestion in the routes of users throughout the country. It will also suggest route choices for users to avoid traffic jams. Drivers will be able to access traffic camera systems to see the current traffic conditions, so they can make an informed decision about the traffic route that will be most suitable for them.
Samsung’s upcoming flagship compact variant Galaxy S5 Mini reportedly features water-resistant body. The news was accidently revealed by the Samsung New Zealand. The company’s official product support website detailing the warranty information of the Samsung’s water-proof devices had named the yet-to-be released Galaxy S5 Mini along with Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 Active.
SINGAPORE: The SingTel Group and Samsung unveiled a suite of joint initiatives designed to bring a seamless and richer mobile data experience for customers. To be progressively launched by entities in the SingTel Group – SingTel in Singapore, Optus in Australia, AIS in Thailand, Airtel in India and Africa, Globe Telecom in the Philippines and Telkomsel in Indonesia – these initiatives cut across many areas such as marketing, content and technology. This collaboration will help differentiate the entities’ services and improve their competitiveness.
Some memory device suppliers are pushing sales of NAND flash chips bundled with DRAM chips in order to help ease the oversupply of NAND flash products in the market, according to market sources. Prices of NAND flash chips have continued to slip since the beginning of 2014 due largely to capacity ramps by major players including Samsung, Toshiba and SanDisk, said the sources.
It feels like ages since the Samsung Galaxy S5 was revealed (it was nearly seven weeks ago), but now the phone is finally going on sale. Samsung (005930:KS) announced this morning that the phone is now on sale “in 125 countries in Europe, Middle East, North America, Latin America, and most of Asia.” It’s not just Samsung’s newest flagship phone that’s debuting today – the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches and the Samsung Gear Fit are hitting the same markets right now.
The supply chain is gearing up for orders from Samsung Electronics for components used in new 2K tablets, according to industry sources. The tablets will be sized 10-inch and set for release later in 2014, the sources said, with most components expected to come from China-based supply chains.
Global Chromebook shipments in 2014 are expected to reach only 4-5 million units mainly because cloud-based storage is not popular enough and 4G mobile access is not sufficiently available, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Acer, Asustek Computer and Samsung Electronics have all been aggressively promoting their Chromebook products with some prices already reaching US$199, the sources noted.