The Word ‘Focus’ is absent from Samsung’s lexicon

That is a ridiculous line-up. Too much choice makes for a crappier shopping experience for consumers. Just ask PC makers like Dell and HP.  

“Okay, so now we have LG, Samsung and Google that are making a watch to compete with a product that Apple is supposedly going to make.”
— Jim Dlarymple

Google supposedly built the “OPEN” Android ecosystem to counter iOS’ rise and now they’ve given rise to a monster that threatens to bite the hand that is feeding it. Do i feel sorry for Google? Hell, No. 

P.S. Some of Google’s apps on iOS are massively popular and they are prolific revenue generators for the company. Isn’t that a bit ironic? 

“Androiders are also the ones that are constantly yelling that the patent system is broken because Apple is allowed to patent everything under the sun. Really now – then why is it that Samsung was the number two patent filer in the world in 2011 while Apple ranked thirty-ninth? Isn’t Samsung trying to protect their ideas like Apple is? Of course they are and that’s why I call the core die-hard Android fans the Tea Partiers of the tech industry. Facts just don’t seem to matter. It’s really all about senseless anger and wacky arguments: The louder, the better!”
— Jack Purcher of Patently Apple Nails it!

Jordan Kahn commenting on the shameless MacBook Air clones from Samsung, LG and HP at IFA 2012:

If you aren’t making a laptop that apes the MacBook Air, you aren’t even in the game anymore.

I clearly remember the time when the Industry analysts were clamoring for a netbook with an Apple logo on it. Analysts wanted Apple ship a cheap, crappy netbook and ape its competitors to stay relevant. Times have changed indeed. 

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Here’s Why Samsung Should be Scared About Google’s Hardware Plans

Horace Dediu

Also noteworthy is that almost all the value from the Android ecosystem is concentrated in Samsung. I did not include Google in this analysis since its mobile is so small as to be not visible in its accounting. A separate analysis of Android economics shows that Google’s benefit from the platform is modest. In contrast, Samsung, and Samsung alone, is benefitting greatly. It could even be said that today Samsung is the only Android profit engine.

Samsung has the most to lose when Google decides to ditch the modular approach. It is not a matter of if Google plans to do hardware, it is just a question of when. That is one thing that would keep me awake at night if i was Samsung’s CEO. Samsung’s biggest worry is Google itself. 

Android fanboys will disagree with me but Google hasn’t shied away from making bold moves in the hardware space. Take Nexus 7 for example, It is basically sold at cost and it has essentially killed all the other Android tablets on the market. 

“It is criminal to associate the word ‘Focus’ with Samsung’s smart-phone strategy.”

73% of Phone Industry Profits was Captured by Apple in the Last Quarter

Apple is clearly doomed because iPhone users will ‘Wake Up' and realize that they can't do business with an iPhone. They will line-up overnight to buy Blackberry 10 phones in the near future because they want to see how ‘being in business' really feels like. 

See Also:

The phone market in 2012: a tale of two disruptions

Update: 

A couple of Astounding Facts

Apple has 8.8% Mobile Phone Market-share according to IDC.

- HTC, RIM, Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and LG are together worth about half of Apple’s cash.

— Horace Dediu (@asymco) May 3, 2012

Great Analysis by Michael DeGusta

I went back and found every Android phone shipped in the United States -up through the middle of last year. I then tracked down every update that was released for each device - be it a major OS upgrade or a minor support patch - as well as prices and release & discontinuation dates. I compared these dates & versions to the currently shipping version of Android at the time. The resulting picture isn’t pretty - well, not for Android users:


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Jim Dalrymple’s Response to Samsung Becomes World’s Number One Smartphone Vendor in Q3 2011:

Apple “sold” 17 million iPhones and Samsung “shipped” some number that Strategy Analytics pulled out of their ass.

You cannot compare shipped numbers to sold numbers and come up with a conclusion that one company is beating another. You can’t. A research firm should know that, and I’m sure they do.

I have no doubt that Samsung sold a lot of phones, but until they release actual figures on the number they sold, Strategy Analytics report is meaningless.

Samsung could ship 100 million phones, but that doesn’t tell us how many they actually sold.

I’m an Apple Fanboy so i’m posting the story behind Apple’s name here and it goes like this:

 Apple’s company name is said to have been chosen for co-founder Steve Jobs’ favourite fruit, and the logo is a play on the world byte. In the book, Apple 2.0 Steve Wozniak is quoted as saying:

“He [Jobs] said ‘I’ve got a great name: Apple Computer.’ Maybe he worked in apple trees. I didn’t even ask. Maybe it had some other meaning to him. Maybe the idea just occurred based upon Apple Records. He had been a musical person, like many technical people are. It might have sounded good partly because of that connotation. I thought instantly, ‘We’re going to have a lot of copyright problems.’

Both Wozniak and Jobs tried other alternate names such as Executex and Matrix Electronics, but they didn’t like it as much as Apple Computers. And the name was born.

They also wanted an approachable name. Like Amiga, Apple wanted to shy away from the cold, corporate names of other computer companies at the time.  Apple also went on to influence other company name decisions, including the UK based company, Apricot Computers.

Click here to read about the stories behind names like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Sony etc.

[via TheNextWeb]