Apple may need Samsung to make enough chips for iPhone 6

Apple may have to rely on arch-rival Samsung for a hefty percentage of processors to power the next iPhone.

Samsung has been Apple’s go-to manufacturer for the past several chip generations, most recently producing the A5, the A6, and this year’s A7. Apple has sought to reduce that dependence by reportedly cutting a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to take on production of future A series processors. But Samsung is far from out of the picture, according to a story from The Korea Economic Daily.. Click here to See More

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know

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“We take a look at the five most important things buyers need to know about the match up between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.

While much of the talk these days is about devices like the iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One Max, there are plenty of consumers that aren’t in the business of waiting to buy a smartphone.”

Techno Geek silhoutte‘s insight:

However, none of those devices will be hitting shelves any time soon as they are all rumored for the month of September with release dates that could certainly come later than that. For some smartphone shoppers, waiting a few more weeks won’t be a big deal. Many others though will likely be searching for a new smartphone right now.

Two of the smartphones that consumers will likely encounter in their search for a new smartphone are the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4, the respective flagships from their respective companies. These devices, despite the rumors, remain two of the best smartphone options on the table to consumers right now.

While they have been out for a few months, their battle is an evolving one as things have changed drastically since they first arrived on American carriers back in April of this year. In fact, there are some extremely important details that consumers should know, right now, about the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 before buying.

Here, we take a look at the five things buyers need to know about the battle between the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.

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Samsung GALAXY S3 Android 4.2.2 update is skipped [Rumor]

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The Samsung GALAXY S3 Android 4.2.2 update will, according to insider information, fail, but it should give a GALAXY S3 update to Android 4.3

Techno Geek silhoutte‘s insight:

Eigentlich hatte man schon längst mit dem Samsung GALAXY S3 Android 4.2.2 Update gerechnet. Spätestens nachdem der Nachfolger bereits mit Android 4.2.2 erschienen war, vermutete man, dass das GALAXY S3 auch kurze Zeit später das Android 4.2.2 Update bekommen würde. Doch seitdem ist es ruhig um dieses Update geworden. Und jetzt weiß man wahrscheinlich auch, warum. Denn Samsung will dieses Update überspringen und gleich das Samsung GALAXY S3 Update auf Android 4.3 herausbringen. Dieses gilt im übrigen auch für das Samsung GALAXY Note 2.

Ein Grund für diese Entscheidung soll die Google Play Edition des GALAXY S4 sein. Diese nutzt im Kern ebenfalls TouchWiz, nur kommt sie mit einer anderen Oberfläche daher. Daher will sich Samsung lieber auf das Android 4.3 Update für das GALAXY S3 kümmern, als noch unnötig Ressourcen für das GALAXY S3 Update auf Android 4.2.2 zu verschwenden. Ein interessanter Gedanke, hoffentlich setzen die Südkoreaner diesen auch bald in die Wirklichkeit um.

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Samsung Galaxy Note3 with 5.7-inch display in September?

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Samsung is expected to unveil its next generation Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 3 in September at IFA 2013, Germany and according to a latest report published by The Korea Herald, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is set to arrive with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 1080p…

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Samsung Beats Apple in U.S. Smartphone Market, For Now

The winner in the U.S. smartphone market is no longer Apple. Instead, Samsung is the apple of American smartphone buyers’ eyes. At least in between Apple new product announcements.

That’s the word from Canaccord Genuity, an investment research firm, that surveyed the retail stores of carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA and Sprint — but excluded Apple stores in its survey. Canaccord’s conclusion is that Samsung’s Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III sold more combined in the U.S. than did Apple’s iPhone in May.

For those Apple enthusiasts, there is a shred of good news. Canaccord’s report found that AT&T stores sold more iPhone 5 units than Galaxy S4 ones — there the Samsung phone came in second.

Of course, not all surveys came to the same conclusion. For instance, ComScore’s June 4 report on all models of iPhones and Samsung phones sold in the U.S. found that Apple beat Samsung in smartphone subscribers by 39.2% to 22% in the first quarter of 2013.

Is it all over for Apple’s iPhone? The answer is not at all clear. For example, the results of this report suggest that Samsung is good at flooding the market with products in between Apple’s predictable new product introductions each fall.

Bits suggests that Samsung may be luring buyers who lose patience before the leaves change color. As it reported, “the South Korean manufacturer has figured out how to make good use of the months between iPhone upgrades, when the current iPhone is getting old and its sales are slowing. Samsung is releasing its new phones during these months. And some Apple customers who are waiting for the next iPhone may be caving in and buying Samsung phones instead.”

In the past, Apple has predictably introduced a real upgrade prior to each holiday shopping season. But the smartphone market is maturing and if Apple hopes to generate a big sales increase that will enable it to recover market leadership, it will need to go after a big market in which it currently does not compete.

That’s because the growth opportunities in smartphones are for selling lower-priced models in emerging markets like China and India. To be sure, Apple could sell stripped down versions of the iPhone at lower prices.

Morgan Stanley’s Kate Huberty believes that Apple will do just that. But a lower price means lower margins. Huberty believes that at the low-end, for example, the difference between charging $399 and $449 ”would be worth as much as $2 billion in profit for Apple.”

But selling a low-priced product is not what made Apple great. Apple’s greatness came from making products that were better designed than those of competitors and selling those products with great content and apps through superior retailing — and getting entranced consumers to pay a huge price premium.

If Apple ever gets that winning formula back, then it will be able to repel Samsung’s rising tide. If not, Samsung will continue to prevail in America’s smartphone market.


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Here’s Samsung’s Newest Galaxy Phone

Samsung officially announced today a smaller and cheaper flagship phone, the Galaxy S4 Mini.

The phone has many of the same features as the current Galaxy S4, but with a smaller screen and less powerful internal hardware.

The Galaxy S4 Mini has a 4.3-inch screen versus the 5-inch screen on the Galaxy S4. It also has many of the same extra software features Samsung added to Android like several special camera modes. Other hardware specs include an 8 megapixel camera, 8 GB of storage, and expandable storage with a SD card.

There’s still no word on pricing or a launch date.

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Here’s a breakdown of the specs:


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Samsung tests 5G technology to download movies in a second

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Samsung Electronics on Monday said it had successfully tested super-fast fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology that would eventually allow users to download an entire movie in one second.

That will permit users to “transmit massive data files including high quality digital movies practically without limitation”, it said.

“As a result, subscribers will be able to enjoy a wide range of services such as 3D movies and games, real-time streaming of ultra high-definition (UHD) content, and remote medical services,” it added.

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