Digitimes Research: Samsung to rank as top smartphone vendor in 2015

TaiwanSamsung 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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150324PD208.html

Samsung to soon go the Xiaomi way in India: Report

IndiaNEW 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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Samsung-to-soon-go-the-Xiaomi-way-in-India-Report/articleshow/46677761.cms

Qualcomm vying for chip orders from Samsung

KoreaQualcomm, 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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150323PD204.html

Samsung to pre-install Microsoft apps on Android tablets

KoreaMicrosoft’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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/401974,samsung-to-pre-install-microsoft-apps-on-android-tablets.aspx

Samsung S6 and S6 Edge to launch on April 2 (updated)

KoreaFans 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.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2015/03/23/Samsung-Galaxy-S6/

Digitimes Research: Samsung to adopt MediaTek APs for smartphones

KoreaSamsung 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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150318VL202.html

Xiaomi beats Apple, Samsung to become India’s top 4G handset vendor: CMR

IndiaNEW 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%).

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Xiaomi-beats-Apple-Samsung-to-become-Indias-top-4G-handset-vendor-CMR/articleshow/46595114.cms

Samsung India expects better sales growth in FY16

KoreaNEW 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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Samsung-India-expects-better-sales-growth-in-FY16/articleshow/46580706.cms

Samsung, LG pledge to boost profits

KoreaTop 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.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/03/133_175205.html

Samsung seals big SSD chip deal with Apple

KoreaSamsung 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.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/03/133_175177.html

Samsung receives record pre-orders for S6, Edge

KoreaBARCELONA, Spain ― Samsung Electronics has received record orders for its recently unveiled flagship devices ― the Galaxy S6 (S6) and Galaxy S6 Edge (S6 Edge). “Samsung received some 20 million pre-orders for the S6 and S6 Edge _ 15 million of S6 and five million of the S6 Edge from mobile carriers, worldwide. This is the record,” a top executive at a leading mobile carrier in Europe told The Korea Times last week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) expo in Barcelona.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/03/133_174831.html

‘Make in India’: Samsung plans to set up third manufacturing plant in India to make electronic goods, smartphones

IndiaNEW DELHI: Samsung Electronics is considering setting up its third manufacturing plant in India, a move that would consolidate the South Korean company’s hold on a key market and provide a big push to the government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign. The company, among India’s largest multinationals, is scouting for land in Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat for a new plant to make electronic goods, including smartphones, people familiar with the matter said.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/make-in-india-samsung-plans-to-set-up-third-manufacturing-plant-in-india-to-make-electronic-goods-smartphones/articleshow/46472312.cms

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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Samsung-Galaxy-S5-Sony-Xperia-Z2-prices-dip-below-Rs-30000/articleshow/46410924.cms

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.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/38990/20150225/release-date-samsung-galaxy-s6-announced-curved-design-virtually-confirmed.htm

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.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/39063/20150224/samsung-galaxy-s5-lg-g3-htc-one-m8-nexus-5-android-lollipop-battery-life.htm

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.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/samsung-loses-leadership-position-to-iball-in-indian-tablet-market/articleshow/46341336.cms

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/400805,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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Samsung-already-working-on-Z2-its-new-Tizen-phone-Report/articleshow/46286388.cms

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/400644,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 Amazon.in 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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-gets-a-big-price-cut/articleshow/46272499.cms