An estimated 2.5 billion devices will be sold in 2014, with Android devices accounting for 42 percent of sales.
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In 2014, an estimated 2.5 billion devices will be sold worldwide, an increase of 6 percent over the previous year, according to Gartner. More than 75 percent of the devices will be mobile phones, with Android achieving more than double the share of Apple’s iOS or Windows Phone in 2014.
So it’s clear, barring unforeseen circumstances and any gross inaccuracy in Gartner’s estimates, that Android will be the statistical leader, with 42 percent of the 1.9 billion mobile phones sold next year running some flavor of the Google-inspired, open-source mobile operating system. Though statistically Android is a big winner, that doesn’t mean it’s the only winner or the financial winner.
For the first quarter of 2013, Apple captured 57 percent of worldwide mobile phone industry profits, according to Canaccord Genuity’s T. Michael Walkley. The remaining 43 percent went to Samsung. For the quarter ending June 30, Walkley predicts that the introduction of Samsung’s Galaxy S4, paired with Apple’s lack of a new smartphone in nearly a year, will put the South Korean electronics giant ahead of Apple in the profit arena.
The rest of the Android smartphone makers are inhaling Samsung’s exhaust. In addition, Samsung has in effect been a stabilizing force for a fragmented Android ecosystem that wrestles with several Android and user interface variations.
Though Samsung dominates the growing Android market, Gartner projects that Apple will garner 14 percent of all devices next year, compared with 15 percent for Microsoft Windows. Apple’s share will come from mobile devices, iPhones, and iPads, as well as its popular MacBook laptops, while Microsoft will feed mostly on its legacy of PC and laptop sales despite its persistent efforts to leapfrog the competition in mobile.
Microsoft and its Windows allies, including Nokia and a host of PC makers, are expected to grow device shipments more slowly than the Android purveyors or Apple next year, Gartner predicts. In fact, Gartner projects both Apple and Android operating system sales to grow more than 17 percent in 2014, and Windows around 10 percent. BlackBerry (RIM) will continue its slide, as will companies in the “Others” category, as more users worldwide adopt devices from the top three platforms.
Apple and Samsung are an odd duopoly that has managed to carve out all the profits and dominate the field. The two companies have been bitter rivals in the courts, with Apple claiming a major, $1.05 billion victory in a patent suit last year. Apple is also a major component customer of Samsung, though the iPhone maker is trying to wean itself off its rival’s chips. Apple has the advantage of completely controlling its hardware and software, and Samsung has the advantage of manufacturing many of its own components. Apple is parsimonious with new products, waiting a year between new iPhones, while Samsung seems to issue new products every month.
What the two companies share currently is momentum, big ad budgets, and a halo effect. As the established leaders, they’re able to sell across their product lines — phones, tablets, laptops, PCs — and gain converts to their brands. They’re perceived by buyers as cool, safe, and fashionable.
For Apple, the halo effect has always been at work, but it wasn’t until the mobile products that the company turned into a financial and market share bonanza. Samsung took many lessons from Apple, some which the courts found to be illegal, but has forged its own aggressive path with its Galaxy family to achieve its halo. But fortunes can change, as in the fate of the BlackBerry and Nokia’s Symbian operating system. For the foreseeable future, however, it appears that Apple and Samsung will continue their complicated duopoly, carving up the majority of profit and a growing portion of sales.
Our SIGGRAPH demo of the ARM Mali-T604 GPU gave a brief preview of Samsung’s upcoming Exynos 5 Dual CPU, but now all the details of the company’s next great processor are ready for us to view. Other than that GPU which includes support for up to WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) resolutions — perfect for the 11.8-inch P10 mentioned in court filings — and much more, the white paper uncovered by Android Authority also mentions support for features like Wi-Fi Display, high bandwidth LPDDR3 RAM running at up to 800MHz with a bandwidth of 12.8GBps, USB 3.0 and SATA III. It also claims the horsepower to decode 1080p video at 60fps in pretty much any codec, stereoscopic 3D plus handle graphics APIs like OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL 1.1. All of this is comes courtesy of a dual-core 1.7GHz ARM Cortex-A15 CPU built on the company’s 32nm High-K Metal Gate process and Panel Self Refresh technology that avoids changing pixels unnecessarily to reduce power consumption. There’s plenty of other buzzwords and benchmarks floating around in the PDF, you can check them out in the PDF linked below or just sit back and see what tablets and phones arrive with one of these — or the competition from Qualcomm’s S4 and NVIDIA’s Tegra — inside starting later this year.
Wireless charging isn’t new, but the technology soon will get a new push from large industry players like Samsung and Qualcomm.
At CTIA in New Orleans today, the two companies announced the formation of the Alliance for Wireless Power (AWP). The organization will “promote global standardization of a wireless power transfer technology” by fostering an industry dialogue and developing a product testing, certification, and regulatory compliance processes.
Qualcomm first delved into wireless power three years ago when it announced the WiPower wireless charging system and Samsung said last week that it may deliver a wireless charging accessory with its new Galaxy S III.
Unlike the Qi technology promoted by the Wireless Power Consortium, the AWP hopes to develop a product that can transfer power through nonmetallic surfaces. It envisions a single unit placed anywhere from a table to a car dashboard that could charge low-power devices like Bluetooth headsets to hungrier gadgets like tablets.
Samsung Galaxy S III is official: 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, quad-core Exynos processor and gesture functions
While this is the global version that Samsung showed off at its unveiling event, an LTE version of the Galaxy S III phone will come to the U.S., but it isn’t slated until summer, a full year after the Samsung Galaxy Nexus launched on Verizon.
I had a chance to handle the smartphone before the official launch event, and here are my initial impressions of the handset, including a look at some of the newer features of the TouchWiz user interface.
The 4.8-inch 720p display looks great — everything appears sharp, fonts were crisp, and colors were vibrant. Samsung was not willing to tell me early if the display uses a RGB matrix display (three subpixels per pixel) or a PenTile (two subpixels per pixel) one. I suspect it’s the latter because of the name of the display — it lacks the “Plus” at end, which denotes the RGB matrix version. It’s likely the S III uses the same display found on the Galaxy Note, but for a slightly smaller panel.
While the screen is huge, the phone doesn’t feel big. It’s slightly larger and thicker than the Galaxy S II, but still feels comfortable in my hands. At 4.7 ounces, it’s 0.6 ounce heavier than the Galaxy S II and about 0.1 ounce heavier than the HTC One X. The S III is, however, thinner compared with the One X — 0.3 inch versus 0.35 inch.
Samsung has also made its 2,100mAh battery removable, and the handset will come in three storage capacities: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB (this latter size won’t be immediately available). In addition, it has a microSD card slot for up to another 64GB of storage. The handset will have 1GB RAM for running applications.
Like the S II, the S III will feature an 8-megapixel camera. Samsung has learned some lessons from making the Galaxy Nexus, as the S III will have the zero shutter lag feature, too. The company also seems to have gotten some inspiration from the HTC One X, as the S III also sports a “select your best shot” feature after taking multiple shots. The implementation is different, though; the Samsung smartphone will automatically suggest the best image for you based on a few factors including smile detection and facial recognition.
You can also take a picture while recording a video — feel free to guess where you first heard of this feature. Other imaging-related enhancements include contact tagging and automatic photo grouping based on who is in the picture. The front-facing 2-megapixel camera will also have face detection — which keeps the screen awake and from dimming if you are looking at it. It didn’t seem to work when I tried it, but bear in mind that this sample is not the finished retail product.
Besides the obvious hardware improvements and software tweaks, Samsung has also added more tweaks to its TouchWiz UI. These include a new “Pop up Play” video function, which lets you watch a video while doing other things such as surfing the Web or sending text messages. Android Beam (an NFC-based feature) has also been beefed up — it’s now called S Beam and will also let you transfer large files using Wi-Fi Direct (for speeds of up to 300Mbps).
The same voice control feature found on the Galaxy Note makes a return as S Voice and you can even use it to wake up your handset. Samsung has also made it part of the Ice Cream Sandwich Face Unlock feature; it now needs to see your face and hear your voice before you can unlock the handset.
Instead of the S Cloud rumors, the S III will come with a free two-year 50GB Dropbox account, twice that of the One X. Lastly, in what appears to be an S III exclusive, the handset will come with Flipboard for Android, a port of the popular news reading app previously only available on iOS.
For those hoping the rumors about the micro-oxidized ceramic rear are true, well bad news. It’s not. The Samsung Galaxy S III sticks to the same plastic build, only this time it comes in blue or white. While the handset felt solid, the plastic rear just doesn’t give a good grip like the Galaxy Nexus, and it doesn’t feel as durable as the polycarbonate finish of the One X.
Instead of software buttons, Samsung chose to use a traditional physical home button and touch-sensitive keys. I would have preferred the company to have made a bold switch with software keys, hence my disappointment. Also with the Menu key on the left instead of the Back key, I found myself accidentally hitting it while trying to go back. This will not be a problem if you’re used to Samsung’s button positioning, but if you’re like me (I use phones mostly with my left hand), you may find a tired thumb from stretching too much to reach the back button.
The new ARM-based design from Samsung is called Exynos 5 and it is a true A15 Core solution on 32nm. Unlike Qualcomm’s SnapDragon S4 that can be characterized as being “A15-like,” the Exynos 5 is a Direct A15 Core.
The Korean company did not want to experiment with 28nm manufacturing process just yet, fearing difficulty with low yields and low scalability. Instead it went for their tried and true 32nm process and managed a 2GHz clock speed that’s even faster than what Qualcomm managed to get out of TSMC’s 28nm process for their SnapDragon S4 chips that rage between 1.5GHz and 1.7 GHz.
The Dual Core 32nm chip is based on Samsung’s High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process and, despite being bigger, it’s stable enough to reach such high working frequencies.
The GPU inside Exynos 5 is a T-604 MP4 “Mali” design that’s also designed by ARM Holdings and is capable of offering around 60 fps or 3D gaming and support 8MP cameras at 30 fps. Samsung’s chip will support WQXGA resolution of 2560×1600 and will be competing with PowerVR SGX543 from Imagination Technologies.
So the GPU will play in the same league as the iPAD3 GPU while the CPU will show much better performance in single or dual threaded mobile applications that are, basically, most of them.
The Exynos 5 ARM CPU is expected to appear in tablets and low-end PCs rather than smartphones although some lower clocked variants might end up in some bigger phones like the next Galaxy Note.
While we are eager to see what kind of PC will use Samsung’s Exynos 5 CPU, we wonder what kind of performance Qualcomm’s recently demoed 2.5 GHz Krait based SnapDragon S4 will offer.
Following various leaked details on the specifications list of the upcoming Galaxy S III, info on what the Exynos 5 processor will have to offer has also emerged.
For example, we know that the device will be manufactured using the 32nm process, and that it will feature an ARM Mali T-604 MP4 GPU.
A recently leaked slide shows that the processor will feature two CPU cores and four GPU cores, along with 64-bit memory up to 1600MHz, and that it will run at up to 2GHz.
On next-generation smartphones, however, the CPU will most probably be underclocked, so it will drain less battery power.
Rumors on the long-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for Samsung Galaxy S II have come and gone, but the Korean handset maker did not confirm any release dates.
It was originally believed that Samsung will deploy an Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note on March 1, followed by an update for the Galaxy S II within the next few days.
It appears that the information wasn’t that accurate, as Galaxy Note is still stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. However, Samsung Galaxy S II has just been confirmed for an ICS update on March 10.
According to Samsung Philippines, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 upgrade for Galaxy S II will be available on March 10.
The update can be downloaded via Kies 2.0, but users are recommended to download and install the latest version of Samsung’s desktop sync software.
Keep in mind that Samsung Kies 1.5 does not supports upgrading to Ice Cream Sandwich. There’s a chance that the update will be delivered FOTA in some regions, but that will require users to connect to a high-speed, reliable Wi-Fi network.
Although the information comes through official channels, it’s unusual that the announcement was published solely by Samsung Philippines.
In fact, they already pulled it from their site, but the folks over at Engadget managed to get a screenshot which confirms the intel.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will bring Samsung Galaxy S II several new features, including Face Unlock and Android Beam. In addition, the Mobile Network Data usage function has been added as well.
Curiously, the update’s changelog states that “because of ICS OS feature, Adobe flash and Bluetooth 3.0 HS” will not be supported (Bluetooth 3.0 will work).
The update requires at least 60MB through Kies, and 250MB if the update is made FOTA. This Ice Cream Sandwich update will only be available for Samsung GT-I9100, which means that carrier-bounded models will receive the update in the following weeks.
Samsung telah menjanjikan bahwa smartphone terpopuler miliknya saat ini, Galaxy S2 akan mendapatkan update ROM resmi Android Ice Cream Sandwich sebelum kuartal pertama tahun ini berakhir, dan dengan ROM versi 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich yang sudah beredar akhir-akhir ini, orang-orang dari Pocketnow berbaik hati memberikan video tentang tampilan update terbaru ini ke khalayak luas. Sejauh ini, kesan yang muncul dari video tersebut adalah kestablilan, kecepatan, dan kehalusan performa dengan tambahan tampilan antarmuka TouchWiz. Beberapa orang yang sudah menggunakan ROM ini mengatakan bahwa daya tahan baterai juga mengalami perbaikan, hal yang satu ini sebenarnya sangat dibutuhkan di device lain, tidak hanya di Galaxy S2.
Samsung will not bring the successor of its highly popular Galaxy S II smartphone to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.
The company said so last week, when announcing the financial results for the last quarter of 2011, and has confirmed it once again.
Moreover, the vendor also announced that it planned on hosting its own separate event for the launch of this mobile phone.
According to Techradar, the South Korean mobile phone maker is still on track to launch the mobile phone in the first half of the year, and will officially unveil it closer to its market availability.
“Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012,” the leading handset vendor reportedly stated.
The company also noted that it was working on the release of a successor for the Galaxy S II. Even if no specific name for the device was mentioned, Galaxy S III appears to be a good guess.
“The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product,” the South Korean vendor said.
“Samsung stays committed to providing the best possible mobile experiences for customers around the world.”
Some of the previous reports on the matter suggested that Samsung was actually considering the release of a new variant of Galaxy S II, which should feature a “Plus” moniker.
Moreover, the company is expected to bring to the market a successor to the Galaxy Note smartphone-tablet hybrid, one that would be called Note S.
While nothing was officially confirmed on these devices, we know for sure that a successor to Galaxy S II will arrive in the coming months. Hopefully, the handset’s availability will kick off in the first half of the year as well.
Panel LCD tembus pandang sering muncul di film sci-fi, namun belum ada yang dapat menciptakannya di dunia nyata, tapi tampaknya hal tersebut akan menjadi kenyataan, karena perusahaan asal Korea Selatan, Samsung telah menciptakan sebuah panel LCD tembus pandang dengan kode LTI460AP01. Panel LCD tembus pandang ini cara bekerjanya jelas berbeda dengan panel LCD biasa. Panel LCD biasa memerlukan BLUs (Back Light Units) sebagai sumber cahaya sehingga dapat menampilkan gambar. Di panel LCD transparan, tidak memerluka BLUs namun bergantung pada sumber cahaya yang ada di sekitar seperti sinar matahari atau lampu ruangan. Lalu bagaimana jika anda ingin menonton film favorit anda di kegelapan? Cukup mengaktifkan BLU transparan dan anda dapat menggunakannya walau di ruangan yang gelap.
Sepertinya teknologi ini dapat dengan mudah diterima oleh pasar karena dapat berguna di berbagai tempat. Efisiensi energi panel LCD transparan juga cukup mengagumkan dimana jika BLU transparan tidak diaktifkan, panel LCD transparan ini mengkonsumsi 10% energi yang lebih rendah dibandingkan LCD standar dengan ukuran serupa.
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