This year has been very good for Samsung, but Q3 has been a very good period of time especially as Samsung as it can proudly proclaim it offered the top smartphone of Q3 2012. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung sold 18 million units of its Galaxy S III, while Apple sold 16.2 million units of its iPhone 4S. One thing to note is that the iPhone 5 was released during the quarter as well and accounted for 6 million sales— a number that should increase exponentially when we see the Q4 results. Still, it is mighty nice to see Samsung hold a big-time trump card across all its competitors… for now at least.
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It looks as if Samsung hasn’t gotten the last laugh after all. After a recent study pointed out Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone gained in popularity since the landmark verdict last week, another study pointed out Samsung users are actually reselling their smartphones like the Galaxy S II in massive droves. According to online retailer Gazelle, there has been “a 50 percent increase in sold-in Samsung phones“, which caused a subsequent “10 percent drop in prices for these devices“. More importantly– the cost of the device is likely to drop even further, especially with more resells of the various Samsung devices and the impending arrival of Apple’s iPhone 5 in a matter of weeks. A random sample of the cost of the Galaxy S II as an example currently ranges between $80 – $116, depending on the Galaxy S II’s condition. Conversely, an Apple iPhone 4 averages $200, while the iPhone 4S averages $300.
Naturally this could be a classic case of one jumping the gun because after all— the Galaxy S II is still no doubt a good phone, but an aging phone at that. Perhaps the masses sold their Galaxy S II’s in anticipation for a better phone like the Galaxy Note II? Yeah… that sounds like a stronger argument to me.
Samsung may have a recent $1 billion verdict against itself, but it looks like the recent dogfight it had against Apple has had a rather profound benefit: increased Galaxy S III sales. According to Trip Chowdhry who is the managing director of equity research at Global Equities Research, customers “rushed” to buy the Galaxy S III smartphone after the verdict was announced. In terms of specifics— Chowdhry used a sample of three Costco stores and found two of three Costco stores were completely sold out of the AT&T version of the smartphone. In addition, Chowdhry found that out of a sample of 5 AT&T stores, every store experienced “significant sales” of the smartphone and more importantly— outsold the Apple iPhone 4S.
Talk about the recent ruling backfiring against Apple, sheesh. Samsung has yet another reason to smile on top of its existing millions upon millions of sales and maybe consumers aren’t so blind after all.
I don’t know about you, but every time someone performs a drop test on a phone I cringe. The thought of taking a $600 device and trashing it intentionally is mind boggling, even though it’s for science! Now this technically isn’t a drop test, but it definitely puts the Samsung Galaxy S III through its paces. In the following video, YouTube user “aperfectgalaxy” goes bananas with a brand new iPhone 4S and pits it against a brand new Galaxy S III with Corning Gorilla glass to test the strength of both their screens. Can you guess the outcome? Hit the break to find out! Read more
The iPhone 4S vs. Galaxy S III debate is a seemingly endless debate and we now have another face-off adding fuel to the intense rivalry. Sure we’ve already seen Siri go up against other Android devices— but a savvy user took some time to pit two of the most popular devices in the world against each other. While Sammy’s S Voice is nearly identical to Siri in every way, S Voice touts itself as the greatest virtual personal assistant in the world. Despite Sammy’s claim, each virtual assistant matched one another in almost every possible way— though S Voice was able to give navigation in the user’s home country of Sydney, Austrailia… while the iPhone 4S was unable to give directions unless the user is in the U.S. Looks like Sammy will have something more to brag about until Apple addresses the minor shortfall in Siri— which would perhaps be found in the latest iOS 6 update I suppose.
Enough chit chatter— you’ll see the battle in action once you hit past the break.
Looks like Tim Cook has some explaining to do. Did you expect anything different from Samsung’s Exynos quad-core? It’s built on Samsung’s 32nm high-k + metal gate LP process. It integrates four ARM cortex A9s that run up to 1.4 GHz. Each core can be controlled individually when needed to save power consumption. They also operate on their own voltage and frequency plane. You won’t find a fifth core, but Samsung feels they don’t need it with the 32nm HK+MG LP process.
In a report ran by the The NPD Group, the marketing research company found that in Q4 Apple glided past Samsung and LG in best handsets sold during the quarter. This is mostly due in part thanks to the launch of the iPhone 4S as well as adding the device to Sprint’s lineup allowing the handset to tackle 43 percent of the market in the U.S. I wonder how many Apple employees were wondering why they didn’t do this from the start instead of having such a long exclusivity with AT&T? Nonetheless, the new Siri based iPhone 4S attracted a significant crowd to take the lead:
“Attracted by a faster processor, improved camera and the Siri speech-driven agent, most iPhone buyers paid a premium for the iPhone 4S, making it the top-selling handset in Q4,” said Ross Rubin, executive director, Connected Intelligence for The NPD Group. “The iPhone 4S outsold the iPhone 4 by 75 percent, and outsold the iPhone 3GS, available for free on AT&T, five to one.”
However, Android still held on to 48 percent of the smartphone market during the quarter largely in part because “Android devices performed better among first-time smartphone buyers“.
Based on the latest data from The NPD Group’s monthly Smartphone Track service, among the first-time smartphone buyers in Q4, 57 percent purchased Android phones compared to just 34 percent who purchased iPhones.
So why was Android able to pull the reigns overall in the smartphone market?
“Android has been criticized for offering a more complex user experience than its competitors, but the company’s wide carrier support and large app selection is appealing to new smartphone customers,” Rubin said. “Android’s support of LTE at Verizon has also made it the exclusive choice for customers who want to take advantage of that carrier’s fastest network.”
It’s no great surprise that Android is extremely open as well as offers more devices to choose from. And though some might tend to focus on the “fragmentation” part of the platform, I like to think that more is better. There are more devices for most to choose from. Does one want a physical keyboard or a virtual one? Do you want a 3.5-inch screen or a 5.3-inch screen? How about LTE?The possibilities are limitless and I personally love the option base. What’s your take on this? Feel free to let us know in the comments below. Hit the break for the full press release by The NPD Group for more details. Read more
I don’t know about you, but Im loving the new Samsung commercials which blatantly attack Apple’s iPhone 4S. Call it being bias if you will, since after all I’m an Editor for one of the hottest Android sites on the planet. Still though, you can’t help but chuckle at how well Samsung points out those little things about the iPhone like the small screen extremely reminiscent of yesterday’s hardware in addition to the fact that it looks exactly the same as its previous model, the iPhone 4. You know what I’d love to see? How about a commercial highlighting all of the iPhone’s new iOS 5 features which were taken from Android such as, drop down notifications, OTA updates and deep voice integration. It seems like the iPhone 4S finally got in 2011 what Android had in 2008. If you can’t beat them, join’em eh? Ahhh, it seems like only yesterday that the iPhone finally received Copy & Paste. Good job Apple, you’ve certainly come a long way. At the rate you’re currently going, you’ll have 4G on that handset in no time.
However, I’ll digress for a moment to provide our Android friends with a one stop shop of all of Sammy’s new commercials highlighting some differences between the two industry giants and their flagship devices, while also poking some fun at the Kool-Aid drinking fans that love to stand outside Apple stores three days before a device is released. Hit the break to check out all of the commercials in order and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. And if you’re an Apple iPhone fan-boy/girl, just know this…….we still love you and we’re just having some fun :) Read more
The T-Mobile Galaxy S II is ready for a battle against the iPhone 4S anywhere, anytime. In a humorous skit, an iPhone user decides to take on a Galaxy S II user. With the Galaxy S II’s bigger screen, faster dual-core processor and T-Mobile’s 4G network, can you guess the winner of the battle? Check out the video below to show why the Galaxy S II owns the iPhone 4S.
Introducing Iris; your new intelligent Android assistant. Talk to Iris about anything and listen to its wisdom.
Android developers sure do know how to mock Apple, as clearly evidenced by this new addition from developer, Dexetra, to the android market. You may be familiar with Dexetra already for their former claim to fame, the “Friday” app. Their latest, Iris, is a direct play on Apple’s Siri. In fact, it’s an acronym for Intelligent Rival Imitation of Siri. Iris talks to you in a conversational manner about whatever topic you desire; Philosophy, Culture, History, Science to general conversation. I’ve tried it myself* and it works pretty decent, and it even has a bit of personality. You may get a few oddball responses but understand the app is still alpha. The real kicker of this story is that, Siri, the main attraction of Apple’s iPhone 4S announcement, was imitated on Android with a mere 8 hours of work, according to the developers. Looks to me like some Siri-ous alternatives are taking shape… Ok, maybe that was lame, but really there are a lot of alternatives to Siri on Android right now. We wrote a comparison of Siri and Android’s built in speech controls earlier in the month while at the same time offering up some examples of alternative apps; apps such as Vlingo, Voice Actions, and Eva. By the way if you are already using Androids built in voice search tool, here’s a quick tip. Long pressing the search key can automatically launch the voice controls. Nifty right?
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Screen shots from within the app after the break. Read more