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Smartwatch launches signal new device segment

Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch

Samsung and Qualcomm have both announced smart watch products as the nascent companion device category begins to gather momentum.

Vendors team with Facebook to drive connectivity in developing world

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facebook-bigFacebook has created an initiative—Internet.org—to bring internet connectivity to the poor and underserved, recruiting a number of telecoms industry vendors as partners. But while the new group cites the importance of mobile operators in bringing connectivity to the unconnected, there are none among the founders.

Sales and marketing director, Samsung Networks Europe:“With data-centric networks increasingly in demand…high QoS for every user is imperative”

Mark Thompson, sales and marketing director for Samsung Networks Europe

Following the successful LTE Awards 2013, we speak to Mark Thompson, sales and marketing director for Samsung Networks Europe, winners in the Best LTE RAN Product category.

Samsung reshuffles American leadership

Gregory Lee takes his role immediately and is responsible for leading the company’s mobile business operations

South Korean manufacturer Samsung has appointed the former president of its Southeast Asia division, Gregory Lee, as president of Samsung Telecommunications America.

Samsung pockets 95% of Android profits

Samsung's Galaxy brand is "nearly a synonym for Android", Gartner said

Industry Analyst Strategy Analytics has released estimates for the size of the Android smartphone market during the first quarter of 2013, declaring that Korean device vendor Samsung captured 95 per cent of profits from Android devices in the period.

Sprint blames equipment vendors for Network Vision delays

Sprint Nextel has blamed delays by equipment vendors stifling the rollout of its Network Vision project

US operator Sprint Nextel has blamed delays caused by equipment vendors for stifling the rollout of its Network Vision project, in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result, the operator said that it had been forced to revise its plans to bring 12,000 multi-mode base stations on-air by the end of 2012, pushing the deadline back to 1Q13.

Telefónica, Intel and Samsung invest in digital assistant technology

Telefónic, Intel and Samsung’s investment units have each made a decision to invest undisclosed amounts in San Francisco start-up Expect Labs. The start-up is developing a platform to power a “new generation of intelligent digital assistants”, and has already benefitted from investments from Google and venture capital firm Greylock.

Peaks and troughs

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It was an overwhelmingly numbery week this week, as Q1 financials deluged the Informer’s inbox. Over the weekend the mainstream press were all aflutter about the fact that Apple was going to report a drop in quarterly profits. This duly happened, but fluctuations are relative and when your profits are plummeting all the way to $9.5bn for the quarter, it’s hardly a catastrophe.

Samsung sees profit rise 42 per cent

Samsung Electronics has seen its quarterly net profit rise 42 per cent year on year

Korean device manufacturer Samsung Electronics has seen its quarterly net profit rise 42 per cent year on year, for the first three months of 2013. The firm made KRW7.15tn ($6.4bn) in 1Q13, up from KRW5.15tn in the same period last year. Revenue for the quarter was also up KRW7.6tn year on year, reaching KRW52.87tn.

Taiwanese Whispers

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The Informer has been in this industry a long time. He’s pretty jaded and sometimes feels like he’s seen it all. That was until this week however, when Samsung – the Korean handset maker that sells the most phones of any company in the whole world – admitted that its Taiwanese arm had paid a bunch of local students to post scathing reviews about rival HTC’s devices online.

Samsung admits dirty tricks in Taiwan

Samsung has admitted it paid students to post negative reviews about  HTC handsets on websites in Taiwan

Samsung has admitted paying students to post scathing reviews about Taiwanese rival HTC handsets on websites in Taiwan.

Samsung expecting 53 per cent rise in Q1 profit

Samsung has issued a preliminary financial statement notifying shareholders that profits are set to rise by 53 per cent year on year

Ahead of its first-quarter earnings, South Korean handset manufacturer Samsung has issued a preliminary financial statement notifying shareholders that profits are set to rise by 53 per cent year on year.

Mozilla collaborates with Samsung on new browser engine and language

Mozilla is collaborating with Samsung on a web browser engine called Servo

Open source software player Mozilla has revealed it is collaborating with Samsung on a web browser engine called Servo. The engine is Mozilla’s attempt to rebuild the web browser from the ground up on modern hardware, the firm said.

T-Mobile US bins device subsidies and annual contracts

Samsung's Galaxy brand is "nearly a synonym for Android", Gartner said

US operator T-Mobile has revamped its retail offering, abolishing handset subsidies for premium devices in favour of an interest-free scheme that separates the cost of the device from the cost of network service. Annual service contracts have also been withdrawn. The pricing overhaul is expected to be one of a number of announcements made by T-Mobile at a press event later on Tuesday, although the changes have already been made on the operator’s online retail portal.

Samsung appoints new co-CEOs

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Samsung Electronics has announced that it has appointed two more CEOs to join the current CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon in steering the company.

S4 to confirm Galaxy as the most desirable smartphone brand

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Informa Telecoms & Media believes that the soon-to-be-released Galaxy S4 will be an evolution rather than a revolution in the smartphone world – but it will still be enough for Samsung to maintain its number-one position in the market.

Mobile phone sales drop for first time since 2009

Samsung's Galaxy brand is "nearly a synonym for Android", Gartner said

The number of mobile phones sold globally has declined year on year for the first time since 2009, according to research revealed today. 1.75 billion handsets were sold in 2012, a 1.7 per cent decline on 2011, according to research firm Gartner.

UK retailers recommend Samsung products ahead of Apple

Samsung is the retailers choice

According to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media, sales staff at leading UK retailers are more likely to recommend a Samsung device ahead of an Apple one despite Apple’s widespread marketing and advertising campaigns.

Samsung and Sony: a tale of two panel makers

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Samsung’s CES 2013 press conference marked an important but subtle change in the rhetoric of the world’s largest TV panel manufacturer.

Ericsson files legal action against Samsung

Ericsson claims that Samsung refused to sign a license agreement on FRAND terms, despite two years of negotiations

As if facing legal action over patents from fellow handset manufacturers, such as Apple, was not enough, Korean firm Samsung is now facing action from the infrastructure market after Ericsson filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the company. The Swedish vendor claims that Samsung refused to sign a license agreement on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms, despite two years of negotiations.

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