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95% of Total Android Smartphone Profit Goes to Samsung

SamsungIt is hardly a secret that Samsung is absolutely killing it with its Android smartphones. However, exactly how dominant the South Korean conglomerate is might still come as a surprise to most. Strategy Analytics believes that the Android smartphone industry generated a profit of $5.3 billion during Q1 2013, out of which Samsung’s share was $5.1 billion.

Samsung managed to collect an astonishing 95% of the total Android smartphone profit during the first quarter of this year. And, this is before the Galaxy SIV was released. On the other hand, Android smartphones as a whole managed to accumulate 43% of the total profit in the smartphone segment. Besides showing Samsung’s domination in the smartphone segment, these statistics also paint a sorry picture about its rivals. Android smartphones might be a big hit, but Samsung appears to be the only one who is raking in the dough. In fact, the only other manufacturer to even make an appearance in Strategy Analytics’ list is LG with a profit share of 2.5%. The past few months have been good for LG thanks to strong performers like the Optimus G and Nexus 4. Receiving Google’s blessings to launch the flagship model for Jellybean (Android 4.2) must have also helped Samsung’s Korean rival. The remaining OEMs contribute a combined operating profit of only $0.1 billion.

While Samsung has undoubtedly played a crucial role in the success of the Android ecosystem, its dominance is sure to make Google uncomfortable. Strategy Analytics believes that Samsung generates more revenue and profit from the Android platform than Google does. With its massive market share, Samsung is in a position to wield considerable influence over the Android ecosystem. Worse still, there is the possibility that one day Samsung might become confident enough in its software prowess to ditch Google and Google apps. In fact, rumors suggest that Samsung might test the water with Tizen as soon as end of this year.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition Announced At I/O 2013

There are a large number of users, who are willing to buy the Galaxy S4 but hate the age-old TouchWiz UI. To solve this problem, Google recently announced the new Galaxy S4 Google Edition at the company’s I/O 2013 event in Moscone Center, San Francisco. This device is nothing but the immensely popular Galaxy S4 smartphone sans the ugly TouchWiz UI.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition will be shipped with a stock version of the most recent build of Android Operating System. Apart from that, it will directly receive updates from Google, instead of Samsung. Similar to the previous Nexus smartphones, the Galaxy S4 Google Edition will be SIM and bootloader unlocked. There are no changes on the hardware front.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition features the same 5 inch Super-AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera 16 GB internal memory, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 3G/4G Connectivity, 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2600 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

The Galaxy S4 Google Edition will come with a price tag of $649 for the 16 GB variant. This device supports LTE Connectivity and it is compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile. You’ll have to wait until June 26 to get your hands on this device. If you hated the original Galaxy S4 for its gimmicky features, then the S4 Google Edition is what you have been waiting for!

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Samsung Announces The Galaxy Tab 3

Samsung recently announced the new Galaxy Tab 3 tablet. This device is the successor of the popular Galaxy Tab 2 and it looks strikingly similar to the recently launched Galaxy Note 8.0. Even the specs of this device is similar to the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The Galaxy Tab 3 will be available in both Wi-Fi and 3G variants. This device runs on the older Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Galaxy Tab 3 is little slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. Check out the complete specs below.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 features a 7 inch WSVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, Full HD (1080p) video playback, VGA front facing camera for video calls, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Samsung ChatON, Google Play Store, A-GPS, 8/16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, A-GPS + GLONASS and a 4000 mAh battery. This device measures 111.1 x 188.0 x 9.9 mm and weighs 306 grams.

Galaxy Tab 3 Wi-Fi variant will be available from May while the 3G variant will go on sale from June. The price of this device is still a mystery. However, the Galaxy Tab 3 is expected to be available for less than $300.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Exynos 5 Octa Benchmark Scores And Initial Hands-On Impressions

The Galaxy S4 is now available in nearly every major market(s) of the world. However, most of the major markets, including the United States are getting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 powered Galaxy S4, and not the Exynos powered one. The Exynos 5410 powered Galaxy S4 is an interesting handset since it is the first mobile device ever to make use of ARM’s big.LITTLE technology. The Exynos 5410 consists of four ARM-A15 cores clocked at 1.6GHz, and four low-powered Cortex-A7 cores.

The basic idea behind ARM’s big.LITTLE technology is that for general usage the handset uses the low-power consuming Cortex A7 cores, thus saving battery life. It is only when the user runs an intensive game, benchmark, browses a heavy website or when the device is under heavy load that the ARM-A15 cores switch themselves on to provide the performance boost. Samsung is only releasing the Exynos 5410 powered Galaxy S4 in non-LTE network markets, since the Exynos powered SGS4 does not support LTE networks.

I managed to spend some time with the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S4, and also managed to run some of the most popular benchmarks on the phone.

Benchmarks

The first benchmark I ran was the recently released 3D Mark for Android. I ran the Ice Storm test, and the results were pretty surprising. The Exynos powered Galaxy S4 managed to score 9439 points, which is lower than that of the Nexus 4. However, I won’t consider 3D Mark to be accurate, since according to them the Xperia SP — a dual core Snapdragon Krait phone – manages to beat the Exynos 5 Octa variant of the Galaxy S4.

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Next, I ran AnTuTu where the Galaxy S4 managed to score 25346 points.

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I then ran the popular and, arguably, one of the best benchmarks apps available on the Android platform – GLBenchmark. In each and every benchmark, the PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU inside the Galaxy S4 flexed its muscle and came out on top. The Galaxy S4 managed to beat the HTC One, Nexus 10, Nexus 4 and even the iPhone 5.

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You can compare the Galaxy S4 scores with other phones from AnandTech’s HTC One GPU performance review page.

Here is how the Galaxy S4 performs in browser based benchmarks like SunSpider and Google’s Octane benchmark. I ran both the benchmarks on the stock Samsung browser as well as on the latest stable version of Chrome.

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Google Octane scores -:

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For comparison sake, my Nexus 4 scores 1297ms on the SunSpider benchmark on the AOSP browser, and around 1500 points in the Octane benchmark. On the other hand, the HTC One scores 1110ms, and the iPhone 5 scores 908ms in the SunSpider benchmark. In the Google Octane benchmark, the HTC One (using the Chrome browser) scores 2032 points, and surprisingly, the Nexus 10 scores a whopping 3784 beating the Galaxy S4 by a huge margin. The huge difference in points can be attributed to the thermal restrictions of both the devices.

Initial Hands-On Impression

The first thing that will strike you about the Galaxy S4 is the screen-to-bezel ratio. Samsung has done a commendable job in fitting a 5-inch screen inside a phone whose dimensions are the same as its predecessor. The Super AMOLED HD screen on the Galaxy S4 is also much brighter than the display found on the Galaxy Note 2 and S3.

What kills the excellent hardware of Galaxy S4 is TouchWIZ. TouchWIZ on the Galaxy S2 was decent enough with good usability features. On the Galaxy S3, TouchWIZ felt slightly bloated, and on the Galaxy S4, Samsung has taken the meaning of bloat to a whole new level. The new re-organized Settings menu is simply terrible and just confuses the user. All the new S-features are nothing but a gimmick as well.

All these bloat does show its negative side as well. In day-to-day usage, you will actually find the Nexus 4 smoother than the Galaxy S4. For example, the browser switching animation/process on the Galaxy S4 is terribly slow, and by the time the browser tab window opened in the S4, I had opened two new tabs on my Nexus 4. I had used a pre-production HTC One back in mid-March and never did the device lag once. The Galaxy S4, even with a much faster and arguably superior chipset, and the final retail software, lags in some places and this is downright unacceptable.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Launched in India for INR 41,500

Samsung has launched the next avatar of their flagship device – Samsung Galaxy S4 – in India. The Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean device would compete with the stunning HTC One (touted as the best Android phone in the market at the moment by many), the iPhone 5, and the Nokia Lumia 920.

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While the device might not win any beauty contest, it would check almost all items in your laundry list of features you’d want in your smartphone. A blazing quad-core processor (1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 and 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7), colorful 4.99-inch Full HD Super AMOLED 441ppi screen, sharp-shooting 13-megapixel camera, and bounty of software extras makes it pack powerful punch. The phone features 2GB LPDDR3 RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and a 2600 mAh battery. Like the predecessor, it comes in two colors – Frost White and Black Mist. Unlike the three phones I mentioned at the start, S4 also features expandable storage space and a removable battery!

“At Samsung, we are committed to innovation and to our consumers .We are always listening to our consumers and innovating to give them products that meet their needs. This has led to the successful introduction of iconic devices like the Galaxy SII, Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2 and today, we are proud to announce the launch of our flagship device and the much awaited , Samsung Galaxy S4 .” – B D Park, President & CEO, South West Asia, Samsung Electronics

The phone includes a lot of gimmicks: some useful, some alright-if-it’s-there, and some that don’t really matter. An IR blaster that can control your TV, filming a video in slow-mo, harnessing your eyeballs to pause video, answering a phone call with the wave of your hand, eraser mode in camera, optical reader functionality, a translation tool, and many more!

The bottom-line? At INR 41,500, Samsung Galaxy S4 is a great all-around flagship device with a competent hardware and an ambitious software layer. A few drawbacks apart, it’s a great Android phone to buy. Give HTC One a look too when it arrives in stores though.

Samsung GALAXY S4 Product Specifications:

Network 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Display 12.7cm Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
Processor 1.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor + 1.2 Ghz Quad Core Processor.
OS Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Camera Main(Rear): 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BISSub (Front): 2 Mega pixel camera, Full HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
Video Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark, HEVCRecording & Playback: Full HD (1080p)
Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X
CameraFeatures Dual Camera: Dual Shot , Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, Animated Photo, Eraser, Night, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports
Additional Features Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games
 Story Album, S Translator, Optical Reader
Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View,
 Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling)Samsung WatchON
 Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt SoundAuto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly)
Google Mobile Services Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google LatitudeGoogle Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Voice Search
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)GPS / GLONASSNFC,  Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)

IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0

Sensor Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, BarometerTemperature & Humidity, Gesture
Memory 16GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)2GB RAM
Dimension 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
Battery 2,600 mAh

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 510 (Note 8.0) Up For Pre-Order In India For Rs.30,900

The Samsung Galaxy Note 510 is finally up for pre-order in India. This device is nothing but the same Galaxy Note 8.0 which was announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. Samsung is already known for changing the name of its tablets before selling it in India. Previously, the South Korean tech giant released the Galaxy Note 10.1 in India as the Galaxy Note 800.

The Samsung Galaxy Note comes with an 8 inch display, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and the innovative S-Pen. This device runs on the Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Samsung has also pre-loaded the upgraded ChatOn, Awesome Note, Flipboard and Smart Remote on this device. Galaxy Note 510 is currently available for pre-booking at Samsung India’s eStore.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 510 (Note 8.0) features a 7 inch WXGA display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies, A-GPS + GLONASS, 2 GB RAM and a 4600 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note 510 comes with a price tag of Rs.30,900 (approx.$570) in India. On the other hand, this device is available in the US for just $399. Samsung also offers a free book cover of worth Rs.2,699 for the customer who pre-order this device from their eStore. To get this tablet, head over to this page.

Verizon Samsung Stratosphere Gets A Software Update

Back in 2011, Samsung launched the entry-level Stratosphere smartphone for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. This handset was specially designed for those who wanted to experience a touchscreen smartphone with physical QWERTY keypad. Samsung Stratosphere was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Sadly, this handset failed to receive the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.

Later this week, Verizon will roll out a much-needed software update for the Stratosphere users. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that the update will not bring the Android 4.0 OS. This update brings improved call clarity, improved reliability when sending emails using Outlook and much more. The complete changelog is posted below.

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Changelog:

  • Improved clarity during calls
  • Improved reliability when sending emails using Outlook
  • Improvements to Sync and Connect server have been made
  • My Verizon application has been improved
  • Improvements have been made to the Set Up Wizard to clarify what is required in the Google Setup screen
  • Correct the IMAP implementation related to the E-mail Sync and connect operation
  • The following applications have been removed as preloaded: IM, Blockbuster, Verizon Video and Verizon Vcast
  • Single Sign On application has been updated to version v3.1.9
  • VZtones version 5.1.3 has been added

Verizon is expected to roll out this update by the end of this week. You can easily download this update via Over-The-Air (OTA). To learn more, check out this PDF file.

Samsung Galaxy S4 To Launch In India On April 26

Last month, Samsung unveiled the much-awaited Galaxy S4 smartphone at the New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall. Samsung has not revealed the price of this device, however the company has announced that the Galaxy S4 will go on sale from April-end in Europe and Asia. Today, Samsung India has finally started sending out the invites for the Galaxy S4 launch. As expected, this device will be officially launched on Friday, April 26 in India.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5 inch Super-AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz Nature UX, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 3G/4G Connectivity, 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2600 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to come with a price tag of Rs.42,000, however the street price is expected to be around Rs.40,000. Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in both White Frost and Black Mist colors. This handset will compete with high-end smartphones such as HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and BlackBerry Z10 in India.

Samsung Unveils The Galaxy Mega 5.8 And Mega 6.3 Smartphones

Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Mega 5.9 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 smartphones. As the name suggests, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with a 5.8 inch qHD display, while the Galaxy Mega 6.3 packs a large 6.3 inch HD display. Thankfully, both of these devices run on the latest Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Mega 6.3 comes pre-loaded with Samsung WatchON which transforms the device into an IR remote controller for a great TV experience.

JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Business, Samsung Electronics, said,
“We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more. We are excited to provide another choice to meet our consumers’ varying lifestyles, all while maintaining the high-quality features of the award-winning Galaxy series.”

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8:

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 features a 5.8 inch qHD TFT display, sporting a resolution of 960 × 540 pixels, 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz 5.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, S Translator, Samsung ChatOn, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 1.5 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct, USB 2.0 and a 2600 mAh battery. This handset measures 162.6 x 82.4 x 9.0 mm and weighs 182g.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3:

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 features a 6.3 inch HD TFT display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz 5.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, NFC (Near Field Communication), GPS + GLONASS, Air View, Multi Window, Pop Up Play and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Samsung ChatON, Samsung WatchON, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 1.5 GB RAM, 8 GB/ 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and a 3200 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 will go on sale from next month in Europe and Russia, followed by other major markets. The price of these devices will be announced soon.

Samsung Galaxy Win Announced In China

Samsung recently announced the Android powered Galaxy Win in China. According to SammyHub, this handset will carry the model number GT-I8552, while the manufacturer will also sell other variants including I869 and I8558 for different carriers. Galaxy Win will be shipped with the old Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

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Samsung Galaxy Win features a 4.7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, Dual-SIM capabilities, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Win will be pre-loaded with China-specific social networking apps such as Sina Weibo and QQ along with Samsung’s ChatOn. The price and release date is expected to be announced in the coming days. stay tuned!