Recent reports have indicated tensions could exist between Google and Samsung, but were downplayed by Google CFO and Senior Vice President Patrick Pichette as well as Samsung Mobile Chief JK Shin. Although their working relationship is probably amicable, I have to believe that there is a little uneasiness at Google. Consumers continue to buy Samsung Galaxy branded phones in droves. So much so that 40% of all Android phones sold are Samsung branded. In fact, Samsung has sold 200 million more phones than the next Android manufacturer.
On one hand, Google should be delighted in what Samsung has accomplished. Android is now a dominating mobile OS, and a big thanks has to go to Samsung for being a big part of that. On the other hand, it’s never a good idea for one entity to have such a large piece of the pie. Companies with too much power can dictate and give less choice to consumers. If Google had their choice, every manufacturer would be equally as successful, but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way in the real world.
If you are looking for a high-end Samsung Galaxy Tab device, you may not need to wait too long. The gang at SamMobile reports that Samsung is diligently working on a specialized tablet to compete against the likes of the iPad and Sony’s Xperia Z tablet. I know you’re all thinking wait a minute— Samsung’s existing tablets are already established competitors to the iPad and Xperia Z tablet, right? Well, there’s one thing that the Xperia Z and iPad has the existing Galaxy Tabs don’t: a superior display. Knowing this, Samsung will incorporate a full Super AMOLED FULL HD Display which would rival other brands’ offerings. Moreover— the displays are rumored to come in at 10.1 or 11.6-inches. Complimenting the HD display will be the new Exynos 5 chip running the show.
Considering Samsung already has its fingerprints over a certain tablet with an awesome display that is currently unrivaled by the competiton, it’s pretty safe to say that its new line of premium tablets are going to be amazing. Well— if that’s true that is…
Since Samsung announced their new Galaxy S 4 last week, with a release date scheduled for April 26th around the globe, many people have been trying to figure out which model will be available for purchase in their location. SamMobile has started to compile a list to aid those trying to figure out their options. The Galaxy S 4 will come with one of two processors. The GT-I9505 model is slated to be equipped with a Snapdragon 600 quad-core cpu clocked at 1.9 Ghz while the GT-I9500 will come with an Exynos 5 Octa processor running eight cores at 1.6 Ghz. It appears one of the main determinants for which model will be available has to do with the availability of LTE service, which the Exynos chip does not support.
With some analysts projecting Samsung’s new Galaxy S 4 will push the company back ahead of Apple in the worldwide smartphone market, the impact could be even more far-reaching according to IHS Research. In the broader cell phone market, Samsung is already number 1 in global shipments, leading second place Nokia by 5 percentage points. IHS Research is projecting Samsung’s lead should expand to 11 percentage points by the end of 2013.
IHS Research did not project actual market share for 2013. However, two factors are expected to increase Samsung’s lead and likely increase their share from the 29% they currently lay claim to. The first, most obvious item will be the Galaxy S 4 which is already generating massive interest. Samsung uses a strategy of making devices ready for “a massive worldwide rollout through almost every operator” to help get their devices into the hand of as many people as possible notes IHS Research analyst Ian Fogg. The second issue will be Nokia’s continued fade and inability to break into the smartphone market. Even if third place Apple were to experience significant growth, they are still far behind at only 10% of the worldwide market.
Samsung and Apple have been duking it out with smartphone market share and in the courtroom, but what about customer satisfaction? Unfortunately things haven’t gone too well for Samsung as Apple came out on top for the ninth consecutive year. According to J.D. Power, Apple scored 855 and performed well in design and ease of operation. Unfortunately, Samsung didn’t even make second place as that went to Nokia with a score of 795. Samsung was a close third with 793, followed by Motorola and HTC.
What makes a user satisfied with their phone? Consumers rank performance the highest (29%) followed by ease of operation (26%), physical design (24%), and features (21%). It should also be noted that the customers surveyed owned their current phone for less than a year.
When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S 4, they also mentioned a handful of accessories that would go on sale with it. The gamepad was officially shown and sparked quite a bit of interest, especially since it supported devices with up to 6.3 inch screens. If you’ve been keeping up at home, the Note III is rumored to sport a 6.3 inch screen. Anyway, Samsung didn’t give much details about the pricing of their gamepad, but today we’ve got some official news on preorders. Unfortunately, the gamepad will set you back $112.99, which is fairly expensive for a game controller, even one that cradles a 5 inch smartphone.
Personally, I’m sticking with my Power A MOGA controller. I’m generally pretty supportive of Samsung, but it’s hard to pay double for something just because it has a Samsung logo on the top. Anybody going to be preordering one of these?
We already know that Samsung is working on the third chapter of the Galaxy Tab series, and it looks like they will be unveiled it in the fall at IFA 2013 in Berlin. This would most likely be at an Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 event, which will obviously feature the unveiling of the Galaxy Note III. We expect to see a 10.1-inch variant along with another smaller variant, around 7 to 8-inches.
There is some bad news for original Galaxy Tab owners in that Samsung will no longer support those devices. As to the Galaxy Tab 2, support will end with the Android 4.2.2 update.
We knew that the Galaxy S 4 would have two different versions coming out. One will house the new Exynos Octa-core processor and the other will carry the quad-core Snapdragon 600 series. While some expected, and others hoped, that the UK would see the Exynos version, that appears to not be the case. According to Samsung the UK will see the Snapdragon variety. When questioned by various UK blogs they were quoted to say:
“Samsung Galaxy S4 is equipped with a 1.9GHz Quad-core AP or a 1.6GHz Octa-core AP. The selection of AP varies by markets … In the UK, the Galaxy S4 will be available as a 4G device with a 1.9GHz Quad Core Processor.”
While most of you may not notice the difference in your day to day use of it, it certainly does deflate the “my phone can beat up your phone” argument. For those of you across the pond, does it affect you decision to buy the device? Sound off below.
More evidence that Samsung likely has a smash hit with the Galaxy S 4 comes from UK retailer Carphone Warehouse which is reporting pre-registrations are four times higher than what they saw for the Galaxy S III. This follows on the heels of a report from another UK retailer, Phones4U, that reported Galaxy S 4 pre-registrations were running 40% higher in the first forty-eight hours compared to the Galaxy S III.
Carphone Warehouse’s Chief Operating Officer Graham Stapleton says the huge number of pre-registrations is a sign of “how hot the Galaxy S4 is going to be.” You can read the full press release from Carphone Warehouse after the break. » Read the rest
A new hack has been revealed which allows people to bypass a pin-secured lockscreen on Galaxy smartphones. Discovered by Terrence Eden who uncovered a Galaxy Note II security flaw earlier this month, by using a combination of keypresses and commands, someone can unlock the screen. The exploit comes from placing a failed emergency call where the screen is unlocked very briefly. On the flip side, Samsung is already working on a software fix and this hack only allows access for a very short period of time. Terrence uploaded a video to YouTube showing the hack which you can check out below. In the meantime, don’t leave your Galaxy smartphone just laying around.