Commentary: Who will win in race for Apple A9 chip orders?

There have been many speculations circulating about Apple’s A9 processors, which are to be used in next-generation iPhone and iPad devices in 2015. Earlier, some reports indicated that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) was likely to take up the majority of the A9 orders to be released by Apple. And later Digitimes was told that TSMC and Samsung Electronics were still in the race for the application processor (AP) orders.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141118PD212.html

Samsung Reducing Smartphone Range By 30% In 2015

Samsung is the only top-five cellphone handset manufacturer to lose sales in 2014, with Apple, Xiaomi, Lenovo and LG all increasing sales worldwide. As a result, the company will reportedly cut its phone production by as much as 30 percent in 2015, to lower the cost of inventory and make fewer smartphones that fail to sell on the market. The move comes after the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note were outclassed by competitors – the Galaxy S outclassed by the HTC One, Xiaomi Mi3, Moto X and LG G3 – the Galaxy Note 4 by the iPhone 6 Plus.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/23032/20141118/samsung-reducing-smartphone-range-30-2015.htm

Samsung Display asking supply chains to cut pricing by 30%

Samsung Display is asking supply chains including backlighting makers to reduce pricing for components by as much as 30% during the fourth quarter of 2014 as the company aims to drop overall pricing for small- to medium-size applications. The company is making new efforts to panel pricing in order to spur growth in its small- to medium-size panel segment as well as to provide Samsung Electronics with lower-priced solutions.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141117PD203.html

Samsung leads India smartphone market with 25%, Xiaomi jumps: Counterpoint research

NEW DELHI: Korean smartphone maker Samsung continues to dominate the India smartphone segment with 25% market share in the third quarter of 2014, followed by Micromax and Karbonn with 20% and 10% market share respectively with China’s Xiaomi making rapid strides, according to Counterpoint research. Motorola, which is now a Lenovo company, remained the fourth largest smartphone vendor while Sony closed the quarter at the fifth spot.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/samsung-leads-india-smartphone-market-with-25-xiaomi-jumps-counterpoint-research/articleshow/45110964.cms

Samsung near licence for new US$3bil Vietnam mobile phone plant: newspaper

HANOI: A subsidiary of South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will be awarded a licence to invest US$3bil (RM9.98bil) in a mobile phone plant in northern Vietnam, the second such facility in the country, a state-run newspaper said.  The facility will be built in Thai Nguyen province, where Samsung Electronics Vietnam has operated a US$2bil (RM6.65bil) plant for mobile phone production since March 2014, the Planning and Investment Ministry-run Dau Tu newspaper said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/11/10/Samsung-near-licence-for-new-US3bil-Vietnam-plant-newspaper/

Samsung homes in on India for its mobile operating system ‘Tizen’ launch

NEW DELHI: India will likely become the launchpad for Samsung Electronics’ own mobile operating system. The Korean major is expected to launch a smartphone that operates on the Tizen operating system (OS) in India within a month, said people with knowledge of its plans. India has never been a launch destination for Samsung, and its plan now to bring the product first to the South Asian nation comes at a time when its leadership position in the local smartphone market is under threat from home-grown brands.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/samsung-homes-in-on-india-for-its-mobile-operating-system-tizen-launch/articleshow/45076287.cms

Samsung, TSMC still competing for Apple A9 chip orders

Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) are still in the race for orders for next-generation SoCs from Apple, which is expected to confirm the chip supplier or suppliers by the end of 2014, according to industry sources. Samsung has offered lower quotes to attract Apple’s A9 SoC orders, said the sources. The Korea-based firm is also able to provide Apple the manufacture of other chips such as flash memory and backend services in-house.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141103PD205.html

Samsung says Microsoft deal invites charges of collusion

Samsung said its collaboration with Microsoft on Windows phones raised antitrust problems once Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, according to a court filing. The filing stems from Microsoft Corp’s lawsuit accusing Samsung Electronics Co Ltd of breaching a business collaboration agreement. The lawsuit, filed earlier this year in a New York federal court, says South Korean smartphone  company Samsung still owes US$6.9mil (RM22.8mil) in interest on more than US$1bil (RM3.3bil) in patent royalties it delayed paying.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/11/03/Samsung-says-Microsoft-deal-invites-charges-of-collusion/

Samsung’s new Galaxy A5 is designed for selfie lovers

LOS ANGELES, Oct 31 — The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 are handsets for those of us that place a premium on style and social networking. The new handsets, which Samsung describes as “trendy,” are extraordinarily slim (the A5 is 6.7mm thick and the A3 and 6.9mm), use plastic in favour of a quality metal unibody, and are aimed at young connected consumers. So as well as a premium feel the handsets both boast very generous 5-megapixel front facing cameras for facilitating selfies which are supported by a host of features such as auto focus and auto face detection and remote shutter release to ensure the best self or group portrait.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/samsungs-new-galaxy-a5-is-designed-for-selfies-lovers

Samsung donates phones to IPC, fight against Ebola

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Samsung recently extended its partnership with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC, 國際殘障奧林匹克委員會) to 2020 and donated 3000 GALAXY S3 Neo smartphones to the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Samsung has sponsored five Paralympic games since the company became a partner of the IPC on 2006. Samsung and the Paralympic games encourage and support many disabled athletes to pursue their dreams.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/10/28/420517/Samsung-donates.htm

China’s chip investments potentially more good than bad for TSMC

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is putting a positive spin on China’s investments aimed at making its chip industry a competitive, global powerhouse. “We think our business opportunity in China will grow, will be bigger, with this development,” said Mark Liu, co-CEO of TSMC during a conference call to discuss earnings. This week, China announced it had set up a fund to develop the country’s semiconductor industry, with local media reporting that the initial investments could amount to 120 billion yuan (US$19.5 billion).

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/chinas-chip-investments-potentially-more-good-than-bad-for-tsmc/

Airtel and Samsung launch India’s first Integrated Digital TV

BANGALORE, INDIA: Airtel digital TV, the Direct-To-Home (DTH) service from Bharti Airtel, today announced its partnership with Samsung to launch India’s very first Integrated Digital TV (iDTV). As part of this innovation – Samsung’s range of SmartDirect TVs will come designed with an in-built Airtel digital satellite tuner which will enable DTH signal reception without the need for customers to install an external set-top-box (STB).

http://www.ciol.com/airtel-samsung-launch-indias-first-integrated-digital-tv/

NSA Approves Samsung Knox Devices For Classified Information

The U.S. National Security Agency has approved Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy devices for use by government officials to hold classified information. The four devices include Galaxy S4 and S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. This is on top of the NSA using the Boeing Black, a device developed by aircraft manufacturer, with a core focus on defense and security.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/17801/20141021/u-s-government-approves-samsung-knox-devices-nsa.htm

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to take on Apple iPhone 6 Plus this Diwali

NEW DELHI: Two iconic handset companies are set for a titanic clash on October 17, looking to cash in on festive demand ahead of Diwali. Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its latest flagship Galaxy Note 4 device, which will go on sale from Friday, when Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will also become available. The Note 4, launched globally about a month ago, is positioned to take on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus on pricing, even as the Korean major’s dominance of both the overall phone market and the fast-growing smartphone segment faces a growing threat from Indian handset companies such as Micromax and Karbonn.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/samsung-galaxy-note-4-to-take-on-apple-iphone-6-plus-this-diwali/articleshow/44819568.cms

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 4 just before iPhone 6 Plus hits India

Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy Note 4 big-screened smartphone in India at INR58,300 (US$953). The Galaxy Note 4 arrives early to compete with Apple’s first large screen contender – the iPhone 6 Plus. Both phones lock horns this week since the iPhone 6 Plus, starting INR62,500 (US$1,016), arrives on October 17. Samsung will offer the Galaxy Note with new S Pen stylus in bronze gold, charcoal black, and frost white.

https://www.techinasia.com/samsung-galaxy-note-4-launched-in-india/

Samsung shares could gain as much as 50%: Barron’s

[NEW YORK] Shares of Samsung Electronics appear cheap and could gain as much as 50 per cent, Barron’s financial newspaper said in its latest edition. Samsung’s stock has fallen 19 per cent this year due to plunging profits in its mobile phone business and it hit a 52-week low on Friday after a warning about its third-quarter profit earlier in the week.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/samsung-shares-could-gain-as-much-as-50-barrons

Samsung says it can up Wi-Fi speed 5 times with present hardware

SEOUL, Oct 12 — Samsung Electronics Co said it has developed a Wi-Fi technology that can increase data transmission speeds by five times the maximum rate possible with existing consumer electronics devices. The 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology will enable a one gigabyte movie to be transferred between devices in less than three seconds while allowing uncompressed high-definition videos to be streamed in real time, the Suwon, South Korea-based company said in an e-mailed statement today.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/samsung-says-it-can-up-wi-fi-speed-5-times-with-present-hardware

Samsung offers enterprise support for all devices, systems

Consumer electronics giant Samsung has announced plans to offer large customers a one-stop shop of support and management for devices and services across the board, pitching itself as the single service provider enterprises will need for help with everything from smartphones to printers. Samsung’s first entry into services, dubbed ’360 Services for Business’, is aimed squarely at the partnership signed in July between Apple and IBM, which sees IBM support and manage Apple’s consumer-popular products for its enterprise clients.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396556,samsung-offers-enterprise-support-for-all-devices-systems.aspx

5 reasons Samsung is facing a massive profit slump

Samsung is busy putting out fires and dampening down expectations these days. Months after a 25 percent drop in quarterly profit, Samsung today warned  of an approximate 60 percent profit slump for its upcoming Q3 earnings report. Samsung’s note of caution points out that “declines in the mobile business due to intensified smartphone competition” are to blame. Since Samsung pulls in more than 60 percent of its profit from mobile phone sales, that’s where it hurts the most.

http://www.techinasia.com/5-reasons-samsung-facing-massive-profit-slump/

Samsung takes on Apple, IBM partnership — by itself

Instead of partnering with a big services company to help business users, Samsung has decided to go it alone. The South Korean electronics giant on Tuesday unveiled its first entrée into services, called Samsung 360 Services for Business. The operations will allow it to support enterprise customers using everything from smartphones to printers — and the devices don’t even have to be made by Samsung. It will be a one-stop-shop for enterprise customers who need tech help as more of their employees bring their own devices to work and as the company supports more technology vendors.

http://www.cnet.com/au/news/samsung-takes-on-apple-ibm-partnership-by-itself/