Government invites Samsung, LG to ‘Make in India’

HYDERABAD: India is inviting technology majors like Samsung and LG to set up manufacturing facilities in the country under ‘Make in India’ programme, said communications and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.  “We are promoting all the big guns like Samsung and LG to come to India in a big way under ‘Make in India’ programme,” the minister said in his address at golden jubilee celebrations of Computer Society of India (CSI).

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Government-invites-Samsung-LG-to-Make-in-India/articleshow/45511512.cms

Digitimes Research: Microsoft Mobile exit from feature phone market to benefit white-box makers and Samsung

Samsung Electronics and China-based white-box handset makers will benefit from Microsoft Mobile’s decision to phase out its feature phone business within one and a half years, Digitimes Research believes. Samsung and white-box handset makers have been competing for the orders left out by Microsoft Mobile since the third quarter of 2014, and Digitimes Research estimates that Microsoft Mobile has been shipping about 10-15 million feature phones a month in 2014.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141208PD209.html

Digitimes Research: Lenovo mobile device shipments to lead Samsung by 9 million units in 2015

Enjoying growths in both tablet and notebook shipments, Lenovo is estimated to beat Samsung Electronics in mobile computing device shipments (notebooks and tablets) by about one million units in 2014 and become the second-largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide, only behind Apple. Despite difficulties to achieve further shipment growths for its tablet business, Lenovo with its advantage as the largest notebook brand vendor worldwide and aggressive promotions of its inexpensive and phone-enabled tablets is expected to achieve 50 million in total tablet and notebook shipments in 2015, widening its gap with Samsung to nine million units.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141205PD206.html

Samsung Galaxy S6 Release Date 2015: New Form and Original OS

Rumor has it the next Galaxy device will be a true iPhone rival once more. The plan is to give the smartphone a fresh start, which explains its codename Project Zero. The Galaxy S6 concept includes a QHD display with 2560 x 1440 pixels screen resolution, 64-bit Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU, Adreno 430 GPU, 20 MP rear camera with 4K video capture, heart rate monitor, fingerprint technology and Android 5.0 Lollipop mobile operating system.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/26249/20141205/samsung-galaxy-s6-release-date-2015-new-form-and-original-os.htm

Blackberry says Samsung partnership to help grow India enterprise customer business

NEW DELHI: Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry has said that its mobile device management security partnership with South Korean conglomerate Samsung will help it increase its enterprise customer base in India. Samsung’s significant presence in the Indian market, including in the Bring Your Own Device or BYOD segment, will help expand Blackberry’s reach in the country, Sunil Lalvani, Blackberry India’s managing director Sunil Lalvani told ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/blackberry-says-samsung-partnership-to-help-grow-india-enterprise-customer-business/articleshow/45335743.cms

Samsung leads India tablet market with 22.2 per cent share: IDC

NEW DELHI: Korean electronics giant Samsung continues to lead the tablet market share with 22.2 per cent, followed by Micromax (10.9 per cent) and iBall (10.6 per cent) in Q3, 2014, said research firm IDC.  Samsung continues to lead the market by a wide gap over its next competitor. “With a fresh product line in the premium segment, it fared well on the higher screen sized tablets,” IDC added.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/samsung-leads-india-tablet-market-with-22-2-per-cent-share-idc/articleshow/45306347.cms

Samsung stays India smartphone market leader in Q3: IDC

NEW DELHI: Korean giant Samsung continued to be the smartphone market leader in India with 24, followed by Micromax (20%) and Lava (8%), research firm IDC in a statement said.  The research firm said that Samsung has witnessed shipment growth in Q3 2014 but it has been lower than than the industry average.  “There is a contraction in their (Samsung) market share”, IDC added.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/samsung-stays-india-smartphone-market-leader-in-q3-idc/articleshow/45282867.cms

Digitimes Research: Samsung, Apple, LG rank as top-3 smartphone vendors in 3Q14

Samsung Electronics, Apple and LG Electronics ranked as the top-three smartphone vendors globally in the third quarter as well as the first three quarters of 2014, based on third-quarter reports released by individual vendors and data from makers in the supply chain, according to Digitimes Research. China-based vendors Huawei, Xiaomi Technology and Lenovo took the fourth, fifth and seventh positions, respectively, during the same period, Digitimes Research added.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141124PD203.html

Samsung files ITC complaint to block Nvidia chips from US: Bloomberg

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission seeking to block computer-graphics chips made by Nvidia Corp from the US market, Bloomberg reported. Samsung had accused Nvidia of infringing several of its chip-related patents and for making false claims about its products, counter-suing after Nvidia filed a suit against the company in September.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/samsung-files-itc-complaint-to-block-nvidia-chips-from-us-bloomberg/articleshow/45237551.cms

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/