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Samsung may reposition its big handsets
May 13, 2015 | 4:25 pm

samsung-galaxy-s6-1 Chances are that if you read ebooks at all on an Android smartphone, you're very likely doing it on a Samsung. And yet, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the Korean giant may be rethinking its game plan and cutting back on that market dominance after its founding father, Lee Kun-hee, was incapacitated by a heart attack. The issue is that, even though Samsung still stays ahead of Apple in the sheer number of smartphones sold, its mobile division's operating-profit margins fell to 7 percent in 3Q2014, from 18 percent in the same quarter a year ago,...

Samsung squares off against Microsoft in the smartphone wars
November 3, 2014 | 6:25 pm

SamsungGalaxyTab_thumb.jpgSamsung's attempts to dominate the global smartphone market have taken a new turn as a result of Microsoft's own efforts to promote its Windows Phone OS. The two giants' collaborations have now ended in an exchange of lawsuits, with Microsoft claiming that Samsung owes $6.9 million in interest on over $1 billion of delayed patent royalties in a case filed in the southern District of New York. Samsung is now counter-claiming that the original agreement is void, since Microsoft is now a hardware competitor since its purchase of Nokia. Samsung's original royalty agreements with Microsoft covers parts of the Android OS...

Samsung’s new year gift to the ebook community: The gatefold screen?
January 22, 2014 | 4:26 pm

[caption id="attachment_8049" align="alignright" width="168"] The Readius - an earlier less successful effort in foldable screen technology.[/caption] The reporting around CES 2014 included plenty of rumors and hints from a supposedly closed-doors presentation of Samsung's latest contribution to smartphone technology: A workable folding screen. Solid details are sparse, with no official Samsung announcement, but Korean and other industry sources indicated that this was am AMOLED screen, 5.68” in size, based on a plastic-style substrate. This follows earlier statements from Samsung that it would have a foldable touchscreen ready for market by 2015, but the screen displayed at CES has been described as...

Flexible screens herald a world of bendy books?
October 10, 2013 | 4:29 pm

flexible screensNew form factors and display formats for ereaders, smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices could be in the offing with the advent of new technologies for curved and flexible screens - some of them just about to debut on the market. Samsung, for example, has just announced its Samsung Galaxy Round, claimed to be "the world’s first curved display smartphone, to be available October 10th in Korea," with a 5.7” Full HD Super AMOLED curved screen. Not to be outdone, meanwhile, Korean rival LG has announced mass production of the "world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones." “The flexible display market...

Android still lacks iPod Touch alternative
September 12, 2013 | 5:18 am

galaxyplayerWhy is there still no good Android alternative to the iPod Touch? I last posed this question over two years ago, when Apple’s imposition of the 30% fee policies to apps with stores first caused me to question whether it was worth staying with the platform. At the time, there just weren’t any good options, though the Galaxy Player on the horizon looked promising. At the moment, there still aren’t (though plenty of people have been calling for one). My iPod Touch is getting pretty long in the tooth, and I’d like to replace it with an Android device....

Is LG’s Homeboy tablet actually a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3?
August 29, 2013 | 1:39 pm

Samsung GalaxyBy Elisabeth Young Perhaps two of the most popular Korean brands are LG and Samsung. We can consider these two as big rivals when it comes to consumer electronics and gadgets, but in a weird twist of fate, LG is going to benefit from a Samsung product. Why? LG’s very own cellular network, LG U+, is offering the “Homeboy” tablet. And this Homeboy tablet is in fact a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. LG is simply rebranding the 7-inch Android tablet. LG is the third-largest wireless operator in South Korea, and its latest product will of course allow Koreans to access movies, songs, e-books, and TV...

Rumor: Samsung and Apple Working on 12-Inch Tablets
August 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

tabletsBy Hammad Saleem We've seen rumors about Apple working on a larger, 12-inch tablet that might hit shelves by the end of this year. Very recently, a new report has emerged from Digitimes, suggesting that it's not just Apple that has a larger tablet in the pipeline; Samsung is also developing its own 12-inch (or larger) tablet. The tablet market is becoming quite competitive, so both of these giants may be looking to create a new niche for a larger screen tab. Digitimes sources close to supply chain vendors mentioned that both companies are looking for an area of the market that's...

Samsung targets the smart set with Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition
July 23, 2013 | 7:15 pm

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2By Hammad Saleem Samsung has announced its Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition with a price tag of $350, though it really hasn’t been all that long since the Korean giant released Galaxy Tab 3. The device comes in a package that also includes a Bluetooth keyboard and a desktop dock that makes it easier to use it as a notebook. The desktop dock also allows users to charge the tablet while using it. It’ll be available at major retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon and many others soon, and technically you’ll be saving almost a $100 on this deal, considering that...

Tablets cause decline in reading in Korea
June 25, 2013 | 12:13 pm

In South Korea, homeland of tablet maker Samsung, tablets may be responsible for a drop in reading. At least, that’s what a Korean Publishers Association executive told Publishing Perspectives at the Seoul International Book Fair. Seung Hyun Moon, Director, International Project Department at the Korean Publishers Association, still says “the market is getting worse. Publishers are facing a problem from smart devices. Almost everyone says that in the past you would see people reading books on the subway. Now you see them catching up on soaps they have missed.” Moon notes that Korean publishers...

Samsung No Longer Producing Desktop Computers
June 25, 2013 | 10:15 am

SamsungGigaOM is reporting today that Samsung has become the first major computer vendor to stop producing desktop computers. From the report: "Speaking to The Korea Times on Monday, a Samsung executive said, “Demand for conventional desktop PCs is going down. We will allocate our resources to popular connected and portable devices.” It was unclear from the report whether the shift away from computers included laptops or not. I have been getting by just fine with a Macbook as my main PC for years, but I am not ready to give up having one altogether. My iPad is fine for Internet browsing and for light word...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Gets Much Awaited and Oft-Delayed Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update
May 10, 2013 | 2:09 pm

Samsung GalaxySamsung might have already started rolling out the third generation of Galaxy Tabs with the Tab 3 7.0, but that doesn’t mean it has forgotten all about the aging members of the family introduced back in 2011 and 2012. In fact, one of those, the Galaxy Tab 7.7, is reported to be receiving some much awaited and at one point highly unlikely love in the form of beans. Jelly Beans, to be somewhat specific. Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, to be fully specific. The 4.1.2 update is slowly but surely making its way through Asia, being expected in Europe and North America in the...

A tablet buyer thinking guide
November 21, 2012 | 9:34 pm

zeepadEverybody’s coming out with tablet gift buyers’ guides this time of year (including us in not too long). I thought it might be a good idea to come out with more of a thinking guide, something to suggest ideas for you to consider while you read those guides—a “buyers’ guide guide” if you will. These are the primary considerations I think a tablet buyer should be keeping in mind. 1) Walled garden or the open road? Many of the most popular tablets this year are locked up in someone’s walled garden. The iPad and iPad Mini are no-brainers...

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