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Samsung, Apple Share 100 percent of Global Smartphone Profits

May 7, 2013 10:48 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Global smartphone profits in the first quarter took a shine to Apple and Samsung and literally left nothing for anyone else. As the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D points out, new research from Canaccord Genuity suggests that Apple captured 57 percent of worldwide smartphone industry profits while Samsung scooped up the remaining 43 percent.

Pentagon Clears Use of Samsung's Devices

May 3, 2013 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. says the U.S. Department of Defense has approved using Samsung smartphones for its networks. The South Korean company said Friday the Galaxy S4 smartphone has become the first Android device to meet the security requirements set out by the U.S. government...

Tablets with Windows RT See Slow Sales, IDC Says

May 2, 2013 8:37 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is seeing slow sales of a version of Windows designed for thin and light tablets, even as the tablet market as a whole is growing, a research firm reported Wednesday. Researchers at IDC said manufacturers shipped 200,000 tablets running...


Samsung to Block Access to App Store in Iran

April 26, 2013 10:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Iranian users of Samsung mobile applications said Thursday that the company had notified them that they will no longer have access to the company's online store as of May 22. The move is seen as part of international sanctions on the country over its disputed nuclear program...

Samsung Posts $6.5 Billion Profit

April 26, 2013 10:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung posted a gigantic $6.5 billion in profits for the first quarter of its fiscal 2013, up significantly from the same quarter last year when the company posted $4.5 billion. Overall sales for the quarter tallied $47.6 billion, down quarterly after the holidays but up from the $40.7 billion it posted in the first quarter of 2012.

Sprint, T-Mo Delay S4 Launch on Inventory Problems

April 24, 2013 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile, which had previously announced their customers would get first dibs on the Samsung Galaxy S4, have now said the device will be delayed. In a statement, Sprint said that while it had planned to launch the phone on Saturday, April 27, Sprint was dealing with...

Sprint, T-Mo Customers Will Get First Shot at Galaxy S4

April 17, 2013 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Both Sprint and T-Mobile today announced that they'll be the first of the major U.S. carriers to get the Samsung Galaxy S4.T-Mobile's version of the S4 will be available online and in stores beginning April 24 for $149.99 down and no contract, but with monthly device payments...

Samsung Uncorks a Pair of Mega Galaxy Phones

April 11, 2013 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung has officially announced the rumored Galaxy Mega smartphone, which will come with either a 5.8- or 6.3-inch displays. The oversized phones, which dwarf the company’s Note 2 with its 5.5-inch screen, will see availability in Europe and Russia beginning in May.


Samsung's Operating Profit Up 53 Percent in 1Q

April 5, 2013 9:11 am | by YoukYung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said its operating profit last quarter rose 53 percent over a year earlier, outpacing expectations for what's normally a slow time for consumer electronics sales. The South Korean firm on Friday estimated its first quarter...

Report: Android Market Gains Tied to Sprint's Samsung Sales

April 4, 2013 11:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Android continues grabbing more market share, snagging 51.2 percent of smartphone sales in the United States during the three-month period that ended in February, according to a report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Apple's iOS took second place...

Galaxy S 4 Available for Pre-order April 16 from AT&T, U.S. Cellular

March 29, 2013 1:02 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Both AT&T and U.S. Cellular have confirmed April 16 as the date when they’ll start accepting pre-orders for Samsung’s new flagship smartphone. AT&T has set the price at $249 with a two-year contract while U.S. Cellular has yet to reveal pricing details. Neither carrier has set a release date.

Report: Smartphones Account for 93 Percent of Gross Handset Profits

March 20, 2013 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Smartphone margins are where it's at if you're a handset manufacturer these days. According to a new report from IHS iSuppli, smartphones accounted for 87 percent of handset industry revenue in 2012 and a staggering 93 percent of gross profits...

Exec: Samsung has a Smart Watch in the Works

March 19, 2013 9:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Even though Apple’s smart watch plans have yet to be confirmed, rival Samsung has gone on record saying it has an answer in the works for the Cupertino’s rumored device. Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, told Bloomberg that Samsung has been preparing a watch product for “so long.” He offered no additional details about the watch.


Review: Tech in Galaxy S 4 Doesn't Come Together

March 18, 2013 9:46 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Galaxy S 4, Samsung's latest and greatest, has a cute feature we'll probably see in a lot of phones soon: You can shoot both yourself and your surroundings at the same time, using the front- and back-mounted cameras. It's a bit like having a two-camera film crew follow you around...

Samsung Made it Weird, and I Liked it

March 15, 2013 11:52 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

The headline adjectives, like “completely weird” and “baffling,” used to describe Samsung’s unveiling of the Galaxy S4 speak to what the company got right. The video of the whole thing, up now on YouTube, features fantastically bad acting, bad jokes, tap dancing, a symphony orchestra, bridesmaids, a sideways car and tons of difficult to explain additions.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 on its Way to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile

March 15, 2013 10:20 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung unveiled its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S4 at an extravagant event in New York Thursday. The thinner, lighter and faster successor to the Galaxy S3 will launch at the end of April, eventually rolling out to 327 operators in 155 countries.

Analyst: Fast Samsung Launch Could Crush BlackBerry

March 14, 2013 10:12 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

When Samsung pulls back the curtain on its new Galaxy smartphone March 14 at its launch spectacle in Radio City Music Hall, it will likely be introducing a summer blockbuster of a handset. Presumably named the Galaxy S4, Samsung’s new flagship is rumored to sport a 4.99-inch screen—technically not a phablet, though phablet specs certainly aren’t set in stone.

Report: iOS Growth Beats Android in 4Q

March 6, 2013 2:39 pm | by By Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As much as Apple has been taking it on the chin from Wall Street, the iPhone maker still takes the top OEM spot in U.S. smartphone market share for the three-month period ending in January, according to the latest numbers from ComScore...

Report: Samsung Galaxy S IV Will Include Eye-Tracking Feature

March 5, 2013 11:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung has officially sent out invites for a Samsung Unpacked event on Thursday, March 14th at Radio City Music Hall, where the company is expected to unveil the Galaxy S IV smartphone. Multiple reports have surfaced that the new Android-based smartphone will have eye-tracking...

Samsung's $1B Bill in Apple Case Reduced by $450M

March 4, 2013 9:25 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two biggest — and bitterest — rivals in the smartphone market will have to endure another bruising trial after a federal judge ruled that jurors miscalculated nearly half the $1 billion in damages it found Samsung Electronics owed Apple Inc. for patent infringement.

Momentum Grows for Alternative Phone System Tizen

February 27, 2013 9:30 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The junior league of smartphone operating systems is getting more competitive. Phones from yet another contender — Tizen — will go on sale this year with a view to eventually competing with the industry leaders, Apple's iOS and Google's Android...

Visa Announces Mobile Payment Partnership with Samsung

February 25, 2013 11:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Under the agreement, financial institutions will be able to securely upload customers’ payment account information onto NFC-enabled Samsung phones using Visa’s Mobile Provisioning Service. Also, Samsung has agreed to pre-load Visa’s payWave app onto its NFC-enabled devices, allowing end-users to make touchless payments.

Report: Nokia to Push Cheaper Phones at MWC

February 22, 2013 10:15 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Reuters, attributing the news to company sources, reports the Finnish handset maker is turning some of its focus back to low-end products in order to maintain its worldwide mobile phone market share, under threat from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE.

Report: iPhone 5 Top Smartphone Globally

February 20, 2013 9:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple moved 27.4 million iPhone 5 units globally in the fourth quarter of 2012, more than any other smartphone and good enough to claim 12.6 percent of the world smartphone market share. A new report from Strategy Analytics said this is the first time the Apple flagship has been sold the most in the world.

Wozniak Says Post-Jobs Apple Must Continue to Innovate

February 20, 2013 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says his old company must continue to lead the way in mobile technology or else lose its cool to competitors like Samsung and HTC. In an interview with Bloomberg, Wozniak said that Apple should consider opening...

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