LG undoubtedly has produced one of this year’s better flagship smartphones with the LG G4 and they are regularly mentioned in the same breath with the likes of industry giants Samsung and Apple. Even with the positive reviews of the device, it is looking increasingly like LG may not meet internal targets for sales of the device which is prompting numerous financial analysts to pull back on their quarterly profit estimates for the company’s Mobile Communications Division. Read more
Samsung was dealing with quite a bit of pressure with the launch of the Galaxy S6 this year. Sales for their previous two flagship Galaxy S devices had waned, with the Galaxy S5 failing to hit its internal targets for the company over the course of 2014. With that in mind, Samsung had to launch a fantastic device in 2015 that would solidify why they were the top dog in the Android market.
For the most part, they did. The Galaxy S6 was met with nearly universal praise (our own review commended the fantastic screen, amazing camera, and solid design of the device) while the crazy counterpart device, the Galaxy S6 Edge, has done far better than anyone anticipated. So while everything seems great, Samsung hasn’t publicly announced how well their current flagship is selling. Read more
Research firm Gartner has claimed that over 5.728 million units of the Google Chromebooks were sold last year, speaking volumes about the success of the platform. It is said that 72 percent of these units were sold or offered to educational institutions, which is encouraging news for Google. Read more
Korean manufacturer Samsung has just posted its first quarterly results of the year and the figures look pretty impressive. The company raked in overall revenue of KRW 47.12 trillion or $44 billion with an operating profit of KRW 5.98 trillion or $5.63 billion.
If T-Mobile’s sales are indicative of how the other carriers are faring, the little traction and sales Samsung may have lost last year with their Galaxy S5 are now nothing to worry about considering the numbers their new Galaxy S6 is putting up. According to T-Mobile, sales of the Galaxy S6 have already nearly doubled the total sales of the previous S5. Consumers have wanted Samsung to change things up a bit as they viewed the S4 and S5 as minor iterations rather than a new device. With the new S6, Samsung decided to finally change things up a bit with a revamped look and finally parted with their plastic materials and opted for a more “premium” look/feel. The reviews of the S6 have bode very well for Samsung and it seems nothing will slow this train down.
What do you guys think of the S6? I know not everyone is on board with Samsung’s decision to go with glass and removing expandable storage alongside the removable battery (including myself), but it is refreshing to see Samsung listening to it’s critics and changing things up a bit.
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has just posted record sales for a single day, registering its name in the Guinness Book Of World Records in the process. The sales were registered during the Mi Fan Fest on Wednesday. The company made revenues of 2.08 billion CNY or $335 million, so it was a very lucrative day for the company. Read more
HTC has just posted unaudited net profits of $11.6 million (NT$360 million) for the first quarter of 2015. This comes in the wake of the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, not to mention strong competition from within the Android camp, so it is a commendable achievement for the company. Read more
Although a lot of the buzz surrounding Android smartphones in the days since MWC 2015 has involved the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, and to a lesser extent the HTC One M9, LG hopes to make a dent in that in the next few weeks. According to an LG official, the company was present at MWC 2015 and met with carriers and other resellers to discuss their new device. Making a positive impression will be important as the company has set a goal of 10 million units to sell during 2015. Read more
Gartner, a research firm, claims that in Q4 of 2014 Apple slightly edged out Samsung as the world’s number one smartphone distributor with 74.83 million sold as opposed to Samsung’s 73.03 million. It is also noteworthy that this is the first time Apple has been atop of Samsung since 2011 and Gartner correlates that with Apple’s success with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While Samsung still outsold Apple for the entire year of 2014, the drop in Q4 is still a cause of concern for the company according to a Gartner rep:
A new report mentions that Apple took up almost 93% of the profits that were generated in the handset market in the fourth quarter of 2014. The remaining was taken by Samsung, says Canaccord Genuity, which is an investment firm. Read more