It isn’t long ago that LG began pushing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to the G4 in Poland, although that was then temporarily halted due to technical problems. Despite that, LG has started updating G4 handsets in its native South Korea to the latest version of the Android operating system. Read more
It would be fair to say that Samsung’s mobile payments system, imaginatively named Samsung Pay, is doing pretty well for itself. Samsung Pay first launched in Korea, and more recently in the United States at the tail-end of August, and the Korean electronics giant has recently announced that more than 1 million people have used the service in its homeland in the two months since its official launch.
Samsung took the wraps off its Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic smartwatches at the IFA in Berlin earlier this month, with the new range of wearables set to hit South Korea on October 2nd. Samsung recently put the Tizen-powered smartwatches up for pre-order in Korea, a move that lasted only two hours as the pre-order stock was snapped up in its entirety. Read more
In stark comparison to yesterday’s Unpacked event that saw Samsung unveil the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ handsets, LG has silently launched its G Pad II tablet in Korea. The 8-inch G Pad II tablet is a mid-range offering, and we have the specifications after the break.
In recent weeks, we’ve seen confirmations of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A becoming available soon in both Europe and the US, and now the S Pen equipped version of the 9.7-inch tablet has gone on sale in Korea. We have the pricing and specifications after the break.
Korea’s Communication Commission is planning on suspending SK Telecom’s ability to sign up new customers for a seven day period, and it looks like that sanction might hit right on the launch date (April 10th) of Samsung’s Galaxy S6. With SK Telecom accounting for 50% of wireless market share in South Korea, that’s a tough blow to take for Samsung. Read more
It looks like LG had a pretty solid 2014, as analysts expect the company to post a 25% growth in their smartphone market year-over-year. LG shipped about 59.6 million smartphones, up from 47.6 million the previous year. The success of the flagship G3 and its cheaper variants like the G3 Beat and G3 Stylus contributed to how well LG did in 2014. Read more
Samsung is currently in the process of pushing out an update to all KT, SK Telecom and LG Uplus variants of the Galaxy S5 located in Korea. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop build, together with a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
LG’s G-series devices have been quite a success for the company, which expects its sales numbers to boom by the end of this year.
Two Korean brokerage firms, Kiwoom Securities and Korea Investment, forecast roughly 60 million smartphones in sales this year, while Daewoo Securities expects LG to sell over 62 million smartphones.
Between the years 2011 and 2012, the company only shipped between 20 and 26 million units, while last year, it shipped 47.6 million devices.
Since last year, LG has become more of a staple in the market, so 60 million units may not be too much of a stretch. This all bodes well for stockholders, and hopefully for the consumers as well.
Source: Korea Times
The LG G3 is still only a few days old, but in Korea, it’s selling fast. Korean media is reporting that Samsung is selling 25,000-30,000 LG G3 units daily, which is approximately two times higher than the company’s previous flagship device, the G2. Even more interestingly, the G3 is outselling the S3 by a factor of three, as the Galaxy S5 sold about 7,000-8,000 pieces per day in its initial launch period.
Of course the G3 is brand new so that definitely has something to do with it, and all of the new features can’t hurt either. Sources say that LG is still using a much smaller marketing budget than the monstrous amounts Samsung uses. Perhaps letting the device speak for itself is paying off.
Via: Phone Arena