Samsung Q2 2014 earnings were revealed in South Korea on Thursday, and though the company made a net profit 6.25 trillion Korean Won ($6.1 billion), the numbers also represented a stark decline of 19.6 percent from last year’s yield.
In a statement, Samsung said that the weak quarter was an indirect result of stagnant demand for smartphones and tablets, which in turn led to increased marketing expenditures to reduce inventory. “Amid low seasonality, smartphone demand remained flat [quarter-over-quarter] while [it] declined slightly QoQ for Tablet,” a Samsung presentation read (PDF). Samsung is a smartphone giant and it ships endless phones all over the world, and the company wrote that “slower demand for mobile devices also impacted Samsung’s logic chip business or System LSI.”
In addition to the turtle market growth, Samsung also said that the appreciation of Korean Won played a vital part in causing loss to some of the company’s profit. As the Korean won strengthened, Samsung was able to bring back less of the revenue it made off consumers in foreign markets.
Samsung’s second quarter results press release was wary about the future, stating that “the second half of 2014 will remain a challenge,” and “prospects for growth remain unclear as competition over global market share intensifies in the mobile industry.” Still, the company does expect to see growth in consumer electronics next quarter, potentially spurred “by shipments of premium TVs with curved and UHD features.”
Samsung also mentioned that in the second half of the year it would “focus on releasing new premium mobile devices and a new flagship model in the large screen category, along with new mid-to-low-end models with more advanced features and competitive pricing.” Analysts told that Samsung may have to focus on creating more sub-$200 devices, as well as focus on ways to decrease the costs of making its further high-end phones. In its press release, Samsung also promised “a more diverse product portfolio” of wearables in its Galaxy Gear line.
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It looks like Motorola is feeling the heat from increasing popularity of Chinese smartphones in India. Consequently, it has reduced the Moto G price by INR 2,000 for a limited time. The 16GB variant is now available on Indian e-commerce site Flipkart for INR 11,999 while the 8GB version can be bought for INR 10,499.
Motorola Moto G has a 4.5-inch HD IPS display, 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1GB of RAM and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage space. There is a 5MP rear-facing primary camera and a 1.3MP front-facing secondary camera. The device offers Android KitKat and solid battery life, thanks to its 2,070mAh battery. Motorola has also promised Android L update for the Moto G.
Although Motorola had been running exchange offers for Moto X and Moto G devices for quite some time, it is the first instance where they had to drop the price. So far, Motorola has sold over a million Moto G smartphones in India in partnership with Flipkart.
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Like anything else Google service related, it takes time for things to go global. All those regulations and Government red tape things. Slowly but surely things do find their ways overseas though. The most recent Google service, of sorts, to find a new set of homes are the fabulous Google Play Gift cards. Google updated the supported country list today with a few new locales being listed as “coming soon”.
The up coming country support will include Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. It is good to see more people around the world gaining access to the gift cards. Once they are available you guys can pick them up and buy apps, games and other digital content. Movies, Music and things will be dependent on if your locale has that available yet.
We will keep our eyes open for when they are live and available for your spending pleasure.
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Yes, we know; the concept is for a Windows Phone. However, with the advent of flexible smartphones almost upon us, it’s increasingly interesting to visit concepts that we may well be seeing more of in the future. The leather phone concept pictured above was created by designer Jonas Daehnert and incorporates the flexible display technology that is so wonderfully elusive and marries it with a stitched leather casing that looks a lot more genuine than the faux leather that Samsung has become so fond of.
Many of us wouldn’t mind a case made of leather, so why not make the whole phone out of the stuff? A leather phone would obviously have its benefits, including being durable and just as flexible as the display it encases. It’s definitely an intriguing concept, particularly when you think of what these more flexible devices will be made from, especially when it will need to provide at least the same level of flexibility as the display itself. Leather sure doesn’t seem like a bad choice.
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A lot has been made of our current generation and the fact that many of us cannot survive without a smartphone. You can see it anywhere you go, people who cannot put their phones down, perhaps in fear that they will miss something in their virtual life as real life passes by around them. While that doesn’t have consequences for us on a daily basis, one woman in Illinois has paid the ultimate price for that link to her phone after she tried to save her smartphone from a burning home.
Wendy Rybolt of Bartonville, Illinois, actually escaped with her daughter from her burning home initially, however, it was at this point that Wendy decided to re-enter the home to retrieve her phone. Police and firefighters who arrived on the scene tried to reach her in time, but it is believed the smoke overcame her. As a grim reminder to us all, Chief Brian Fengel of the Bartonville Police Department said:
“Material things can be replaced. You never want to go back in to retrieve anything. In this, there was heavy smoke. Carbon monoxide will get you, and you may not even know it.”
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Last year’s Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 was a pretty impressive piece of kit, if you could forgive the forked Android operating system that was on it. It looks like Amazon may be readying a follow-up Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablet after an incriminating benchmark was spotted on the AnTuTu database. With an identical screen-size of 8.9-inches, the new HDX tablet looks like it will be powered by the fastest Qualcomm processor on the market right now, the Snapdragon 805, 2GB RAM and have a screen resolution of 2560×1600.
The benchmark also suggests that the HDX will have Android 4.4.4, but that is certain to be Amazon’s own forked operating system. If this benchmark is true, it definitely looks like an impressive piece of kit, particularly if you’re invested in the Amazon ecosystem. As always though, we’ll be taking this benchmark with a grain of salt since we haven’t heard any official word, but we definitely wouldn’t complain if this device were to be released later this year.
What do you think about a possible follow-up Amazon Kindle Fire HDX? Did you like last year’s version? Let us know your opinion.
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Xiaomi is a name that is still very foreign in the Western smartphone market, though they have recently been on the radar courtesy of their bold “Hunger Marketing” campaigns which generally result in thousands of devices being sold in not much time at all. While that in itself may not be impressive news to you, you may need to start paying a bit more attention to to the Chinese manufacturer as Xiaomi leapfrogs Apple for the number two spot in the Chinese smartphone market. From January, 2014 to May, 2014, a Kantar WorldPanel report says that Xiaomi has comfortably overtaken Apple, capturing a 21% market share compared to Apple’s 16% in the rapidly expanding market. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, Samsung‘s share in China sits at 23% which may eventually start getting eaten into by Xiaomi.
There is a small amount of irony in Xiaomi leapfrogging Apple when the Chinese manufacturer was often referred to as the “Apple of China”. Though where Apple aims for the premium market, Xiaomi’s products offer flagship performance for ridiculously low prices; case in point, Xiaomi’s latest flagship, the Mi4, costs only $320 USD for a device powered by a Snapdragon 801. In fact, so impressive are Xiaomi’s products that Kantar is reporting that 70% of its buyers are switching from a device made by a different manufacturer (mostly Samsung), with another 20% upgrading from an older Xiaomi device.
What do you think about Xiaomi’s success in China? Do you think they could do well in the Western markets? Let us know your opinion in the comments.
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While Facebook might not be your favorite social media platform out there, it is quite large and still used by millions. A new round of changes are headed to Android and iOS in the next week in regards to the app and what you will be able to do. As it sits right now you can chat will the messenger directly in the Facebook app. However, Facebook also has a Facebook Messenger app that is a dedicated standalone messaging client that is used specifically for chitter chatter. It seemed silly at the time to have the same access in both apps. Apparently there is a migration underway that will disable the chat function from the main social network app and require you to use the Facebook Messenger app to continue your conversations.
“In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people who if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app. As we’ve said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences. Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we’ll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to connect with people.”
I can already hear the wheels turning and the hater comments coming. While I may not be a personal fan of Facebook, this change is something we have seen coming for a while now. G+ operates in the same fashion if you stop to think about it. We have G+ for the social network side of things and Hangouts for our conversations and chats. On the Google front though, it has always been that way, where as Facebook has not.
The change was forced in Europe back in April and Facebook says it saw “positive results” in terms of engagement. If you do a fair amount of chatting through Facebook you may as well grab the free Facebook Messenger app today and start getting used to it now before the service is completely disabled in the Facebook app.
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It certainly would appear that today is offering up some pretty good news in the way of social interactions. Moments ago we alerted everyone that Facebook would be pulling the messaging function from the main app and shifting everyone over to the Facebook Messenger app. Now we find out that Blackberry is up to a few things in regards to the BlackBerry Messenger app that is also on Android, iOS and Windows.
During a Q&A session at the BlackBeryy Security Summit in New York, Enterprise Chief John Sims outed a little bit of information about the BlackBerry Messenger app (BBM). John stated that a redesign is coming down the pipeline for BBM for Android and iOS that will give it a more native appearance.
We have seen cross-platform apps in the past that have failed to make app redesign and visual changes prior to porting over. Often times we see iOS first apps that just get ported over to Android and retain the look and feel of an iOS app. It makes it look a bit weird and can sometimes be a little confusing since we do things a bit differently on Android then iOS, Windows or BlackBerry does. Giving their app an overhaul to make it blend with each OS could help boost users and not seem so far out-of-place.
Mr. Sims didn’t offer up a timeline or expected update date for either of the redesigned versions of BBM sadly. At least we know they are working on it though. Any of you guys die-hard BBM users? Do you think a redesign will a welcomed addition if BlackBerry? It certainly wouldn’t hurt in my book, I just hope they are doing their due diligence and working through the Android design guidelines to make it clean and smooth.
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