China Topix — Korean technology firm Samsung has announced a new technology discovered by its scientists that will allow them to increase the battery life of their phones. Even LG has confirmed to have developed a similar option that will keep the phones working for a longer duration of time. According to a report on The Inquirer, Samsung and LG have confirmed the development of a new technology that will help in extending the battery life of mobile phones.
Market Wired — NEW YORK, NY: China Telecom, India’s Infosys and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co.are among the top-ranked companies in Institutional Investor’s inaugural ranking of Asia’s Best Analyst Days. To be successful, an analyst day — or capital markets day, as the events are sometimes called — must provide an opportunity for portfolio managers and sell-side researchers to get to know the executive teams of the companies they cover, learn about their short- and long-term objectives, gain a greater understanding of the business dynamics, and have their questions answered promptly and thoroughly.
Times of India — KOLKATA: Samsung Electronics, the world’s biggest seller of smartphones, is planning its biggest blitzkrieg of launches in India in the next quarter in a bid to fend off local and Chinese rivals in the mid-segment category. The South Korean company will introduce 10 smartphones in the July-September quarter in the Rs 9,000 to Rs 18,000 segment, where it is embroiled in a fierce battle for market share with Micromax Informatics, Lenovo-Motorola and Xiaomi.
According to a recent report of the Institute for Information & Communications Technology, the number of hardware manufacturers, including those producing electronic components, semiconductor products and equipment, IT hardware, telecoms equipment, and consumer electronics, is on the decline on the list of the global top 100 IT companies based on market caps, whereas that of software, IT services, and Internet service providers is showing a noticeable increase.
According to Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI) on June 21, the domestic mobile payment market has shown a steady increasing trend, already exceeding 3 trillion won (US$2.71 billion) in the first half of last year. Domestic payments have steadily increased every quarter from 1.127 trillion won (US$1.02 billion) in the first quarter of 2013 to 2.355 trillion won (US$2.13 billion) in the fourth quarter of the same year. Also, it posted 3.193 trillion won (US$2.88 billion) in the second quarter of last year.
NEW DELHI: Xiaomi announced a drop of Rs 5,000 on its top-of-the-line Mi 4 smartphone on June 19, four months after its launch. Not to be outdone, Samsung offered a discount of Rs 6,000 on its Galaxy Grand Max but just for one day. These dramatic cuts reflect the intensity of the fight for buyers and the volatile nature of the Indian market, the world’s largest after China. Samsung and Micromax are the top two smartphone sellers in India with a combined share of 48%, although it’s not always clear which one of the two is ahead. But even more hotly contested are the next three slots.
Samsung Electronics is building a strategic cooperative network linking South Korea, the U.S., and Europe in order to enhance its competence in the Internet of Things (IoT) sector. Samsung said that it concluded an equity investment contract with Sigfox, a venture company that develops IoT-related equipment and technologies, in Paris on June 15. Samsung did not disclose the scale of the investment, however. Samsung acquired SmartThings, a software company in the U.S., for US$200 million.
South Korean electronics giant Samsung has just showcased the industry’s first transparent OLED display. The new semi-transparent product has the highest level of penetration, reflexibility, and colour production, and is expected to make a splash in many industries such as cars, marketing and fashion, especially as it combines some of Intel’s ‘augmented reality’ technology. Samsung Display, the division that makes all things screen-related, unveiled the augmented-reality system that combines its skills in OLED displays and Intel’s Internet of Things (IoT) technology at the Retail Asia Expo at the Hong Kong Convention Centre on June 10th.
Samsung Electronics said Thursday it owns the largest number of patent rights essential for long-term evolution (LTE) technology in the world. The world’s leading smartphone maker said on its official blog “Samsung Tomorrow” that it has more than 3,600 standard essential patents (SEP) for the LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology, citing a 2014 report by Taiwan’s intellectual property office. That is 17 percent of all LTE-related SEPs.
According to industry sources on June 11, Samsung Electronics’ Tizen operating system (OS) is being more widely used. First, Samsung introduced its first Tizen-based smartphone to India on Jan. 14. The Z1 received a better-than-expected response from the market. In particular, the Z1 made up 23.4 percent of the smartphone market in Bangladesh during the first quarter of this year. The accumulated sales volume of the device exceeded 500,000 units in the Indian market.
South Korean electronics maker Samsung announced that the company will soon launch its mobile payment service Samsung Pay and will expand this service into Chinese and European markets. Injong Rhee, Samsung’s executive vice president, told investors during a company activity in Seoul that they plan to launch mobile payment services in South Korea and America in September 2015, which will be the same time of launching its next-generation flagship smartphone.
The patent dispute with rival Apple has strengthened Samsung Electronics’ innovation drive, according to industry experts and Samsung officials. ”Although U.S. federal Judge Lucy Koh is not likely to overturn the jury verdict awarding Apple $1 billion in damages, Samsung is changing already and will change more,’’ said Song Jong-ho, a senior analyst at KDB Daewoo Securities, Sunday.
SEOUL: Sales of Samsung Electronics’ flagship Galaxy S6 smartphones reached 6 million units at the end of April, less than a month after their launch, according to researcher Counterpoint, suggesting a positive start. Counterpoint said in a statement that combined sales of S6 and S6 edge from the April 10 launch to April 30 were better than Galaxy S5’s sales in the same period of 2014. They were also the most popular smartphone models globally after arch-rival Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the researcher said.
In what comes across as a pleasant surprise for Android users, a patent application filed last week under the American law reveals that Samsung is aggressively working on a device that will allow users to switch between Android and Microsoft Windows on their smartphones. The idea of being able to use smartphones like desktops and laptops has long been a fascination of gadget freaks across the globe. In fact, according to reports on Geek, both Microsoft and Canonical have been aggressively working on the idea, where it will be possible for smartphone users to get a desktop working experience through their mobiles itself.
Powerful multi-core mobile processors with an embedded graphic unit and faster network module have reduced the gap between what users can do with different smartphones. Consequently, external design has become one of the biggest selling points of a handset. Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest smartphone maker, has hugely invested in upgrading the Galaxy S series’ appearance.
TSMC is confident that the company will beat Samsung Electronics in ramping up production on its 10nm lines, according to the Taiwan-based foundry. TSMC continued that in the 10nm FinFET race, Intel will be its major competitor. Samsung disclosed during a recent technology forum in the US that the company plans to enter mass production of chips using its 10nm FinFET process by the end of 2016, about the same time as TSMC.
Samsung Electronics has stepped up purchases of IC parts from its Taiwan-based suppliers, including Himax Technologies, Richtek Technology and Silergy, according to industry sources. Silergy has extended its partnership with Samsung, through providing LCD driver ICs, power management ICs (PMICs) for handsets, and most recently, PMICs for SSDs IC suppliers, the sources said. Orders placed by Samsung buoyed Silergy’s revenues and profits over the past three years, the sources indicated.
Senior officials from TeliaSonera, the biggest telecommunications company in Scandinavia, have met Samsung Electronics executives to discuss collaboration in the development of the Internet of Things (IoT). “They discussed how to expand the partnership in wireless technology and modem chips to be used in TeliaSonera’s long-term evolution (LTE) networks,” a Samsung official said Friday.
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO: Apple was handed a mixed ruling by a US appeals court in the latest twist in a blockbuster intellectual property battle with Samsung Electronics, as a prior patent infringement verdict was upheld but a trademark finding that the iPhone’s appearance could be protected was thrown out. That means up to 40% of a $930 million verdict which had been won by Apple must be reconsidered.
SEOUL: Samsung kicked off construction of a new chip plant to help fuel growth as smartphone sales slow, saying it would invest 15.6 trillion won ($14.3 billion) until production begins in 2017. The South Korean electronics giant, which has seen a surge in demand for chips, broke ground on the new plant in the city of Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometres (44 miles) south of Seoul. Production at the 2.89 million square-meter plant will begin in the latter half of 2017, Samsung said in a statement.