Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 prices dip below Rs 30,000

IndiaNEW DELHI: Samsung and Sony’s flagship smartphones of 2014, Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, are now available for less than Rs 3,000 on e-commerce websites in the country. The South Korean manufacturer will launch the update to Galaxy S5 on January 1, while Xperia Z2’s successor has been in the market for nearly six months. Flipkart is selling the Galaxy S5 for Rs 28,999 (US$ 470), while Xperia Z2 can be bought for Rs 29,900 (US$ 485). On other e-commerce websites, such as Amazon and Snapdeal, the models are still priced at more than Rs 30,000.

Release Date for Samsung Galaxy S6 Announced, Curved Design Virtually Confirmed

KoreaSamsung has announced the Galaxy S6 will be unveiled on March 1, ahead of the Mobile World Congress. Press invitations have been handed out by Samsung and it seems the Korean phone maker will present two different models of the upcoming phone. The Galaxy S6 will have the usual standard design while the Galaxy S6 Edge model will feature a curved screen. An internal document leaked to the press hinted the S6 will be available last week of March while S6 Edge will probably be sold to the public at the end of April.

Samsung Galaxy S5 is the Best in Battery Life on Android Lollipop

KoreaMobile phone reviewer GSM Arena has released the results of a recent benchmark test on the battery life of four of the most popular Android smartphones running Lollipop.  The tests involved the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, HTC One M8, and Nexus 5. And the winner?  Surprisingly, the tests showed the Samsung Galaxy S5 as the best. The phones were subjected to four tests each: standby, talk time, web browsing and video playback. Test results were compared to the same phone’s benchmark results when running on Android KitKat.

Samsung loses leadership position to iBall in Indian tablet market

IndiaNEW DELHI: Korean giant Samsung has lost its leadership position in the Indian tablet market to the home-bred vendor iBall in the fourth quarter of the 2014, IDC said.  Samsung slipped to the second spot, with 12.9% of the market share as against a 17.9% share in fourth quarter of 2013. Local tablet vendors are posing stiff competition to Samsung at retail counters, IDC said, add8ng that iBall has more than tripled its share in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 15.6%, up from a 4.5% share in the same quarter last year.

NSW Police buys 500 Samsung Galaxy smartphones, from AU

AustraliaNSW Police has rolled out 500 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphones to frontline officers after testing a variety of different devices over the past two years. The phones have been given to both operational police within local area commands as well as specialist units such as the dog and mounted units and domestic and family violence team.,nsw-police-buys-500-samsung-galaxy-smartphones.aspx

Samsung already working on Z2, its new Tizen phone: Report

KoreaNEW DELHI: Almost a month after Samsung introduced its first Tizen smartphone, Z1, it’s being rumoured that the company is already working on the phone’s successor.  According to a report by Tizen Indonesia, Samsung is working on the Z2, the successor to the Z1. The report cites an industry source in South Korea as saying that Samsung will expand its Tizen family of phones with the new addition.

Samsung buys Apple Pay rival

KoreaSamsung will buy mobile payments company LoopPay in a direct play against rival Apple’s own payments platform. The companies today confirmed reports of an impending acquisition that surfaced in December last year. Samsung will acquire LoopPay – a mobile wallet solution provider – for an undisclosed amount. LoopPay’s technology turns existing magnetic stripe readers in point-of-sale (PoS) terminals into contactless receivers, Samsung said, meaning the service can be used in the majority of physical retail stores.,samsung-buys-apple-pay-rival.aspx

Samsung Galaxy S4 gets a big price cut

KoreaNEW DELHI: Samsung’s 2013 flagship smartphone, Galaxy S4, has got another price cut ahead of the expected unveiling of the Galaxy S6 in March. The phone is available online on at Rs 17,999 in both white frost and deep black colour variants. It was previously available at Rs 21,900.  Samsung’s official online store is still selling the phone at the old price. It’s worth mentioning that Amazon is also offering a Rs 1,000 gift card with the purchase of the phone.

Xiaomi becomes China’s top smartphone brand for first time in 2014, whips Samsung

ChinaXiaomi just toppled Samsung’s statue. After years of being China’s number one smartphone brand, Samsung has now been deposed by Xiaomi. New data from IDC published today shows that Xiaomi’s 2014 market share of smartphone shipments in China rocketed to 12.5 percent, narrowly beating out Samsung’s 12.1 percent. That’s very different from 2013, when Samsung led the way in China with 18.7 percent share while homegrown Xiaomi stood at 5.3 percent.

Digitimes Research: Global IC foundry output value to rise 12% in 2015

TaiwanOutput value for the global IC foundry industry is forecast to reach US$54.8 billion in 2015, up 12% from US$49 billion in 2014, according to Digitimes Research. IC demand for 4G smartphones will fuel the foundry sector’s 12% output value growth in 2015, despite several unfavorable factors such as decelerating tablet sales, the continued-slow growth in PC shipments, and an overall slowdown in the growth of smartphone shipments, said Digitimes Research.

Samsung to adopt 20nm process for over 50% of its DRAM output in 2015, say sources

KoreaSamsung Electronics began mass production of DRAM memory using 20nm process technology in 2014. The node technology will be adopted by the vendor for more than 50% of its overall DRAM output in 2015, according to industry sources. Meanwhile, fellow DRAM companies SK Hynix and Micron Technology are both gearing up for their technology transition to 20nm in 2015, said the sources. Nevertheless, the actual output of 20nm chips from the two vendors will depend on the development of their production yield rates.

Samsung mass-produces 14-nano processors

KoreaSamsung Electronics has started mass-producing mobile processor chips using a finer 14-nanometer FinFET technology, which will dramatically strengthen its semiconductor productivity. “Samsung is ready to ship Exynos 7 Octa mobile application processors to our major clients. This chip is the industry’s first to be produced using a 14-nanometer FinFET process on a three-dimensional (3D) transistor structure,” Samsung said in a statement.

HTC and other vendors to launch non-Android Wear smart devices

apac 2Although Sony Mobile Communications, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility and Asustek Computer have launched Android Wear-based smartwatches, Samsung Electronics, HTC and some China-based makers are likely to release comparable models running on their own platforms initially, according to industry sources.

Samsung opens cell-phone factory in Indonesia

IndonesiaSouth Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Corporation has opened a new cell-phone factory in Indonesia, South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Taiyoung Cho says. Cho said Wednesday that the facility, developed with an investment of more than US$20 million, began operating last month. “So they are now producing mobile phones in Indonesia,” he said on the sidelines of a CEO gathering at the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).

Samsung and Microsoft end their patent dispute

KoreaSEOUL–Samsung and Microsoft said Tuesday they had ended a patent dispute that had seen the U.S. software giant sue the South Korean conglomerate for breaching a 2011 licensing contract.  Microsoft had filed its complaint in a court in the U.S. in August, accusing Samsung of withholding payments for the use of patented Microsoft technology in its smartphones and tablets. Two months later, Samsung filed a petition for arbitration with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). In a joint statement issued Tuesday, the two companies said a resolution had been reached.

Samsung releases new iOS messaging app

KoreaSamsung Electronics has released a messaging app which runs on Apple’s iOS mobile platform, the company said Sunday. Samsung developed the intra-group messaging app, Square, after it shut down its ChatON service, everywhere apart from the United States, last month. It unveiled the iOS version for its employees using iPhones. “Our employees using iPhones will be able to use our new messaging app Square. We don’t force our workers to use Samsung devices and we respect our employees’ device selection,” a company official said.

Samsung leads India mobile phone market, but losing grip: CMR

IndiaNEW DELHI: Samsung may be the leader in the burgeoning Indian mobile market, but the Korean handset giant is losing ground in one of the world’s largest markets as it faces stiff competition from rivals like Micromax, Karbonn, Lava and Microsoft ( Nokia).  According to the latest data from CyberMedia Research (CMR), Samsung is “losing its earlier firm grip” with its share declining to 16.5 per cent at the end of December 2014 from 20.3 per cent at the beginning of the year.

Samsung (probably) dethroned in India by local rival Micromax

IndiaSamsung Electronics has lost its top position in the Indian smartphone market to local player Micromax, according to research firm Canalys, but the South Korean company is contesting the figures. The dispute comes in the wake of reports that Samsung lost its number-one ranking in China’s smartphone market. Six months ago, Canalys announced that Xiaomi had beaten Samsung to the top spot in China, while IDC put Lenovo first, Xiaomi second, and Samsung third.

Micromax overtakes Samsung as the new smartphone leader in India: Report

IndiaSmartphone maker Micromax has surpassed Samsung in the fourth quarter of 2014 to become the leading supplier in India’s booming smartphone market for the first time, according to a report by Canalys. Micromax accounted for 22 percent of smartphone shipments in India in the October-December quarter, up from 21 per cent in the previous quarter. Samsung’s market share fell 2 percent points sequentially to 20 per cent in the fourth quarter.

Samsung loses pole position in India smartphone market to Micromax: Canalys

IndiaNEW DELHI: Home smartphone vendor Micromax surpassed South Korea’s Samsung to become the leading supplier in India’s booming smartphone market for the first time in the fourth quarter, research firm Canalys Wednesday said.  Micromax accounted for 22% of smartphone shipments in India in the October-December quarter, up from 21% in the previous quarter. Samsung’s market share fell 2 percentage points sequentially to 20% in the fourth quarter.