After a weak Q2 profit, Samsung just keeps getting hit with bad news. In May of this year, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S 5 sold about 5 million phones, which isn’t a terrible number. However, Apple’s iPhone 5S managed to sell 7 million, and it’s a device that’s been on shelves for almost a year. The Galaxy S 4 managed to move about 7 million per month when it launched last year, for reference. Samsung reported that losing market share in the low end was what really hurt their profits, but it looks like they’re struggling to keep up in the high end, too.
comScore released its May 2014 U.S. smartphone subscriber market share trends yesterday, and we have some platform, OEM, and even app data for you.
The last report released by comScore referenced February 14, as this one references May 14.
Samsung is back at it again. They just released another commercial making jabs at iPhone owners, this time regarding the battery. “Wall Huggers” refers to those that have to spend their time at their airport close to a wall outlet in order to charge their phone, or shall I say iPhone. It’s not that Samsung is saying their phone will last longer, it’s more that they offer two things that iPhones don’t offer. The first is the ability to swap out the battery, and the second is Ultra Power Saving Mode. The latter will allow your phone to last a long time, but at the expense of not doing much else on your phone other than texting and phone calls.
It’s yet another effective and funny commercial, but I doubt there will be too many iPhone owners that will run out tomorrow to buy a Galaxy S 5. Hit the break for the 60 second spot.
A few years ago, Apple and its iPhone were the undisputed mobile champions. The company revolutionized an entire industry and was selling units at a record pace. Then came along Samsung. After experiencing a decent launch with the Galaxy S II, the company’s Galaxy S III success really took the world by storm. Samsung poured a ton of money into marketing that consumers had become so entranced by what Apple would project, they forget what else was in front of them. Samsung’s Vice President of Knox, Jae Shin, says that “in the beginning maybe it was just about branding, but I think now consumers have the know-how and the resources to make a smart decision.” With the tools ready, consumers can decipher which device is actually right for them instead of being tricked into thinking one or the other is a superior product.
Samsung, with a vast portfolio of smartphone devices and more seeming to hit the market on a weekly basis, is also the leader in patents related to smartphones. According to a new study by Thomson Reuters, Samsung applied for 2,179 patents related to smartphones, more than three times the number applied for by their biggest rival, Apple, which had 647 patents.
According to the report, LG came in second with 1,678 patents as it works on moving up to the number three position in the smartphone market. Other companies with significant numbers of patents related to smartphones included Qualcomm with 1,383, Sony with 1,071, Panasonic with 976, and Sharp with 963.
source: The Korea Economic Daily
Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, and a ton of other people at Apple have typically never had anything nice to say about Android. That’s not to say Android’s leaders have never fired back, but Apple’s crew does not seem to do actually look at the facts. At WWDC a few weeks ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook decided to talk about Android. He rallied his crowd by bringing up Android’s security flaws and called it a “toxic hell stew.” Android and Chrome’s leader, Sundar Pichai, sat down with Businessweek to make some clarifications and issue a response.
According to the Korea Times Apple and Samsung may be close to a patent cease fire. An industry official —”familiar with the negotiations”— mentioned that neither company wants to continue fighting each other, nor spending their time fighting each other over patients. The source claims both companies are looking for a “common” ground.
Coming off two major wins, Apple and Samsung CEOs have already spent time in mediation talks with one of those times not ending well.
Android coming to your car’s dashboard was inevitable.
The plans have been pretty much laid out already, and the market is definitely clamoring for it. Apple is even releasing CarPlay to rival the upcoming system from Google.
As of now, it’s going by the name of “Auto Link OS,” (possibly a developmental-stage name — we say this because it doesn’t sound as pretty as “CarPlay”) and Google will be unveiling it at its I/O developers conference in San Francisco next week.
Because there are so many different Android devices (and so many variants of those individual devices), developers tend to begin programming their apps on iOS before putting together the resources (and endless hours) to begin porting their creations to Android.
Developing for Android is an arduous task, and Google knows it. That’s why the company will soon be making a concerted effort to streamline the development process. Google has also pushed manufacturers/carriers to stay as close to stock Android as possible by criticizing bloatware and OEM custom skins. But with different phones running different processors, having different amounts of RAM, different screen sizes/resolutions, etc., it’s tough to make sure an app will work seamlessly across the platform, no matter what Google does to ease the process. Android’s vast device offering can be seen as a major strength (and something that has led the platform to be an industry leader in market share) but it’s also been a weakness from the development side.
comScore has released their latest numbers for the U.S. smartphone market from April 2014 showing Samsung and Android continue to grow at the expense of almost everyone else. Samsung saw the number of smartphone subscribers owning one of their devices grow by a full percentage point since January 2014, up to 27.7% of the market. Of the top five manufacturers, Samsung was the only one to see growth during that period with both Apple and LG suffering the biggest losses of 0.2% and 0.4% respectively. Motorola and HTC also saw their market share slip slightly.