Posts tagged ‘Samsung’

January 28, 2012

Apple’s Best Quarter yet!

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

This week Apple announced its best quarter in the history of the company. The fourth calendar quarter of 2011 showed a $46.33 billion dollar revenue and net quarterly profit of $13.06 billion. Gross margin was 44.7 percent compared to 38.5 percent a year ago and international sales accounted for 58 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Apple single-handedly erased  a drop in S&P’s 500 Index earning for the December quarter turning a 4.2 percent decline to a 4.4 percent gain.

To put it in perspective, for the same quarter, Samsung posted $42 billion in sales and a $4.7 billion operating profit – Samsung mobile contributed to 40 percent of the company sales. Again for the same quarter, Motorola reported a net revenue of $3.4 Billion and a net loss of $80 Million (Google acquired Motorola Mobility last year for $12.5 Billion in cash! Ouch!)

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December 31, 2011

Samsung mocking and taking cues from Apple?

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Apple and Samsung have been at each others throat with regards to patent infringement in various countries trying to get each other’s product banned. Samsung recently has been mocking with its Galaxy S II smart phone ads. The latest in Samsung’s attempts had been to position itself very close to Apple’s iPad. Samsung’s Korean ad imitates Apple’s iPad ad philosophy much too well. Check it out!

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December 21, 2011

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review

 BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It’s now been a week since I got the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which I LOVE!  Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly.

Overall it’s a solid device, and the best part of the phone is Android 4.0; Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).  I love the face unlock feature which is a new feature in ICS. It’s really cool but it’s more of a show feature. After about two days, I got sick of looking at myself every time I had to unlock the phone and eventually reverted back to the old school slide unlock. The other thing that I really like a lot is the speed of the speech to text feature. With the improved speech to text feature it’s pretty much real time and you’re able to indicate punctuation and emoticons 🙂 Google has also improved the camera, pictures now snap instantly. In fact it was so fast, I took the same picture a couple of times thinking that it wasn’t working!

As for the hardware, the phone feels solid. I LOVE love LOVE the 4.65 screen size. At first I was very worried that it would be too big, but when you hold it in your hand it feels comfortable. The extra real estate is much appreciated when I’m surfing and watching TV on my phone (yes I use my phone as my primary device). Also, it doesn’t feel clunky when you’re actually talking on the phone.

Now for the bad. As many people have complained and Verizon has acknowledge, the signal strength on the phone is not awesome. Considering that I moved from T-mobile because I had issues with dropped calls, I wasn’t too thrilled when I found this out. Although, the signal is weak I haven’t had any dropped calls yet (knock on wood) and voice quality is good. Verizon has pledge to fix this issue with a software update so I guess I can live with it for now and shack it up as the price to pay to be an early adapter.

As for the ugly, the battery life on the phone is HORRENDOUS and I’m extremely disappointed from this aspect. Although, I have to say it’s improved over the week. Earlier this week I managed to get 3.5 hours of battery life out of the phone, I was on LTE and was heavily using my phone. So here are some tips and tricks to help improve your batter life on your Galaxy Nexus.

  • Turn off haptic feedback- I heavily use GTalk on my phone so I found this really helped. To turn this off go to Settings-> Keyboard ->Android Keyboard settings (or the keyboard of your choice) -> uncheck vibrate on keypress. Additionally, you can turn off the haptic feedback on the menu buttons by going to Settings-> Sounds-> uncheck the vibrate on touch 
  • Turn off WiFi- Turn off WiFi when it’s not needed. I installed Llama which is a location profile app and have set it to turn off WiFi when I’m not at home. 
  • Set WiFi to never sleep when your phone is in the away mode (Settings -> WiFi->Advance->Keep WiFi on during sleep (always))
  • Use auto brightness on your phone
I know that the reason that the battery life is so poor is mainly due to the fact that I’m using LTE. You can always opt to not use LTE but one of the reasons why I got the phone is for the improved data speeds so that wasn’t an option for me. Also, Google is soon releasing an update which should help battery life. With the small improvements I managed to get 10h 8 mins today with 14% left. Also, I didn’t use my phone quite as often today but I’m much more happier that I was able to go a full day without charging it.
With that said, if you’re not willing to live with the minor issues then hold off on getting the phone. Otherwise, I would jump on it right away 🙂


 

November 1, 2011

HTC – top phone vendor in the US, Samsung world wide

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

The research firm Canalys in its new report indicates that HTC is the leading smart phone vendor in the United States based on third quarter shipments by major vendors including Apple, Samsung and HTC. With a range of 4G Android devices, HTC has quickly built a popular brand in a few short years. On a worldwide scale, Samsung has overtaken Apple to the top spot with a 49% year on year growth. Quite impressive! 

The September quarter as we all know, has not been very good for Apple due to its failure to meet street expectations mostly due to the (late) launch of the iPhone 4S instead of the iPhone 5. I would be interested to see which of the companies do the best during holiday sales, given that Apple usually takes the crown for the holiday quarter.

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October 27, 2011

Nokia Lumia 800 vs. iPhone 4s vs. Galaxy S II vs. Droid Razr

The biggest player in the handset industry, Nokia has now officially entered the smart phone battle with the release of its new phones – Nokia Lumia 800 & 710. Nokia has kicked its old MeeGo OS and Symbian OS to build phones with the new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS.

The spec on Lumia 800 is comparative to iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus II and Droid Razr, except that it falls short in the video recording category at 720 p while others are at 1080 p.  We posted a chart from PC World to spell out the technical details for you.

Lumia 800 will launch in some European countries next month and will roll out to Asian countries and Russia by end of the year. Lumia 710 is also expected launch alongside Lumia 800 in Russia and Asia this year. Nokia doesn’t really seem to be going after the US market, since it is not clear when these phones will be available in the US, although the company’s press indicated that it would be releasing a portfolio of products early next year.  Nokia also did not say which US carriers would carry the phones. As for the price, Lumia 800 will be available at $549.99 unlocked.

Earlier, we had reported that Microsoft payed $1 Million to Nokia for their partnership. It’s interesting to see how the Android landscape has changed since then, with device manufacturers either paying royalty to competitors or just not being able to sell in countries where they have been sued for patent infringement. Was Nokia’s decision to go with Windows Phone 7 OS (instead of Android) a smart move? Maybe, but in my opinion Miscrosoft got the better end of the deal. Globally, Nokia’s phones are very popular for their hardware and have an established customer base, and now with a better OS in place, Nokia & Microsoft are all set to take over the cell phone market on a big scale.

Nokia’s Lumia 800 (left) and Lumia 710 (right)


October 12, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S II for $2 – Beat that Apple

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

It looks like Samsung is bringing out the big guns in its battle with Apple. Since early this year, the frenemies Apple and Samsung have been in patent infringement disputes in over 10 countries. Recently, Apple bluntly declined Samsung’s proposed settlement to allow Samsung to sell Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Samsung now has a pop up store a few meters away from the Apple’s Sydney store, that is expected to launch iPhone 4S this Friday. The good news is that Samsung is giving away the new Galaxy S II for $2 for the first ten customers every day. LOL

I would say stand in line and buy a $2 Galaxy S II, sell it on eBay and get an iPhone 4S 😀

 Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

October 10, 2011

One million iPhone 4S orders in first 24 hours

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Apple today announced that pre-orders for iPhone 4S topped 1 million in the first 24 hours of its launch. This is the best iPhone launch they have ever had. Previously, iPhone 4 had hit 600,000 pre-orders in one day. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon are the official carriers in the US. Select Best Buy, Walmart, Target and select Apple authorized re sellers will be selling iPhone 4S alongside Apple retail and online stores. iPhone 4S will be available on October 14th in the stores and pre-orders should arrive at the same time.

AT&T announced yesterday that they alone hit 200,000 pre-orders in the first day and that this is the best iPhone launch for AT&T. 

On a side note, Samsung has delayed the release of Nexus Prime, the first Android phone to carry Ice cream Sandwich, in the wake of Steve Jobs’ death. Even if they did launch, I would think that Steve Jobs’s death would probably lead to downward launch sales. Samsung hasn’t announced the new release date yet.

August 24, 2011

Google acquires Motorola Mobility

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Last week, Google acquired Motorola Mobility division for $12.5 billion or $40 per share (when Motorola shares were going at $28). Recently Google has been crying about losing out on the Nortel patent auction to Microsoft and Apple, who won the patents for $4.5 billion and raised the barrier to entry into the mobile market.

With Apple and Microsoft already suing Android phone manufacturers already, the Google’s Nortel patent loss is a harbinger of only more suing to ensue. Google had to do something to combat this and made a gutsy move to invest $12.5 billion in cash to buy Motorola Mobility.

The Motorola acquisition brings with it 19,000 employees, revenue of $11 billion and assets of $6 billion. More importantly, Google now owns 17,000 patents and an additional $7,500 filed patent applications.

Maybe Google will learn how to integrate a certain hardware with its Android software and copy Apple’s path to success 😛 Maybe Google will only cling on to Motorola software engineering and not the hardware branch. It’s also possible that other Android hardware manufacturers feel alienated with Google now owning a hardware division.

In any case, S&P has downgraded Google believing the purchase to be a bad move for Google. A lot of speculation, I would hate it if Apple lost a competitor! 😛


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It’s a gutsy move by Google for sure to acquire a hardware company but I think it’s a smart move! Forget S&P’s downgrade of Google. With the moves they’re making these days Moody seems more reliable to me 🙂

One thing that I’ve always said about Apple products is that their hardware is slick. Hopefully, Google can now get innovative and come up with slick designs to give Apple a run for their money!

I do have to agree with AppleGirl on one point ;P. A smart move that Google made by acquiring Motorola is that Google acquired all of Motorola’s patents which I’m sure will be useful in the future.

As for all the other manufacturers out there currently producing Android devices, I think this will be good motivation for them to step up their game. Personally, I think Samsung doesn’t need the motivation since they have some of the best devices out there like the Samsung Tab 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy S II 🙂

 

 

 

July 23, 2011

Apple – the big bully!

 BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It looks like Apple is trying to alienate the themselves from the world. They’re suing everyone left and right for patent infringe. Right now they have an ongoing lawsuit with HTC, Samsung and Motorola. HTC did get some bad news recently, the International Trade commission made some initial determination that HTC did infringe on two out of the ten patents that is in dispute.  HTC’s general counsel Grace Lei recently stated this “HTC is disappointed at Apple’s constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market.” Pretty much, stop wasting everyone’s time and resources, and start putting your brains together to come up with the next best thing! With all the money that they’re spending on legation, they could have invested that in the technology instead. I mean come on, most recently, they copied Android’s notification system 😉

As for Samsung, thanks to the bitter battles over the patents, their relationship with Apple is not looking very bright. There are reports that Apple is soon going to stop using them as their chip supplier; Samsung currently supplies the A5 chip for the iPhone. Instead, Apple is turning to TSMC a Taiwanese chip maker to supply their chips. 

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

HTC is not new to patent infringement. If only, HTC had invested its resources in making an original phone, it could have saved itself $5 per phone that it pays Microsoft for patent infringement along with the royalty that it might have to pay Apple. 

As Steve Jobs says “We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it,” “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

I think Apple is doing the right thing by going after all the phone manufacturers and claiming its right to the intellectual property it created. GoogleChic, are you hinting that Apple should come up with the next best thing so Android users get a free pass to it? 🙂 

June 12, 2011

Patent Wars: HTC vs. Microsoft, Apple vs. Samsung

BY THE APPLE GIRL

For every Android phone it sells, HTC has agreed to pay $5 to Microsoft over intellectual patent infringement. Although it is not clear on the area of infringement, those close to the company indicate that the infringement broadly applies in areas ranging from the user interface to the underlying operating system. HTC also makes Windows phones but apparenty thats irrelevant.
So there you go, Microsoft has found its way into making some $$ from Android. 
BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS obviously is far less superior than Android which is why they’re trying to make some $$ off Android 🙂

It seems like everyone is suing each other these days. Apple filed a suit in April claiming that Samsung stole the “look and feel” of the iPhone and iPad.

Samsung later in the month filed a suit against Apple claiming that it infringed on 10 patents. Namely, the ability to use the web while on the phone.

In the end, Apple is still Samsung’s number two customer as Samsung provides the processor chips for the iPhones. Come on people, competition is good for the market!

 

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