Samsung forecasts 25 per cent drop in profits for second quarter

Samsung ElectronicsLondon, July 9 - Samsung Electronics has forecast a 25 per cent drop in profit for the second quarter due to a slowdown in the smartphone market and a strong Korean currency.

It expects to make an operating profit of 7.2 trillion Won (USD7.1 billion) in the April-to-June period, down from 9.5 trillion Won a year ago, reports the BBC.

A stronger Korean currency (rising 11 per cent against the dollar) has also hurt Samsung's earnings during the period.

Its operating profit has now fallen for three straight quarters.

Samsung launches Galaxy K zoom in India

Galaxy-K-zoomNew Delhi: South Korean handset maker Samsung Electronics on Tuesday launched in India a new smartphone, featuring a specialised camera with 10X zoom, for Rs 29,999.

Galaxy K zoom, which will be available from Wednesday, offers an advanced technical camera system designed to offer the control and functionality of a professional camera.

Featuring a 4.8-inch screen, the handset has a hexacore processor (1.3 GHz quad core + 1.7 GHz dual core processor) and is based on the latest Android Kitkat operating system.

Samsung's new ad mocks Apple's battery backup

Samsung-AppleWashington, July 4 : Tech giant Samsung has released their new advertisement in which they are mocking iPhone users of being 'wall huggers' because their batteries are always at the lower end.

The ad shows people at airport, sitting on the floor with their chargers plugged in. While other Samsung users are watching videos, taking pictures from their Galaxy S5, CNET reports.

The ad also features the new changeable batteries in the Galaxy S5, and shows a battery backup of a day in one's S5.

Apple to seek more compensation for higher damages from Samsung

apple-samsungWashington, May 25 : Apple is set to sue Samsung for higher damages for the latest patent fight between the two companies.

The Cupertino-based company that was reportedly awarded with 19.6 million dollars as compensation from Samsung has been looking to get the number revised to 2.191 billion dollars.

According to The Verge, Apple filed documents in court to seek a permanent injunction against a number of older Samsung phones such as Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2 etc.  However, the newer devices were not filed in the latest lawsuit between the two companies.

Samsung ties up with Vodafone, Aircel for app billing

SamsungNew Delhi, May 15 : Samsung Electronics Thursday tied up with service providers Vodafone India and Aircel to introduce billing facility for its Samsung app store, a company statement said here.

The tie-up would allow Samsung smartphone users to download their favourite apps and games with the option of payment through their mobile bill. Starting May 1, the operator billing integration will be available for both prepaid and postpaid customers to enjoy uninterrupted downloads.

Samsung India mobile phones head Vineet Taneja quits

Vineet-TanejaNew Delhi, May 9 : Samsung India's country head for mobile phones and digital imaging Vineet Taneja had quit the company this week, according to industry sources.

However, Samsung in its official statement said: “Samsung does not comment on rumours or speculation."

There has been talk in the industry for a few months that Taneja would resign. Taneja, who had come from Bharti Airtel, was in charge of mobile phones division for more than a year now.

During late 2013 Samsung India has revamped its top management with South Korean executives taking complete control of the top deck.

Soon, Samsung may bring Android 4.4 update

Samsung-Android-KitKat-4.4Washington, May 8 : Samsung could be preparing an Android 4.4 KitKat update for a new batch of smartphones within the coming weeks.

According to CNET, Samsung has finalized the software update for a number of last year's models, including the Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy Note 3 Neo. Testing is allegedly still underway for the international versions of the Galaxy Grand 2, Galaxy Mega 5.8, and Galaxy Mega 6.3.

Meanwhile, the international Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) update has been canceled, the report added. (ANI)

Samsung ordered to pay Apple $119.6m for infringing patents

Samsung ordered to pay Apple $119.6m for infringing patentsLondon, May 3 - A US court has ordered Samsung to pay 119.6 million dollars to Apple for infringing two of their patents.

According to The BBC, the amount is less than 10 percent of what Apple requested and probably doesn't surpass by too much the amount Apple spent litigating the case.

However, the court also ruled that Apple too infringed Samsung's patents and awarded 158,000 dollars in damages, the report added.

Samsung may be working on Galaxy S5 'Neo'

Samsung-Galaxy-S5Washington, Apr 29 : Rumors suggest that Samsung is working on Galaxy S5 'Neo', a lighter and mid-ranged version of Galaxy S5.

According to CNET, the Neo version could sport Android 4.3, with a 5.1-inch 720p display and a 2.3GHz processor.

It could be a "Neo" version of the model, similar to Samsung's treatment with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, the report added.

However, there is no concrete information on the credibility of the rumor. (ANI)

Apple, Samsung issue alert on faulty handsets

samsung--appleLondon, Apr 29 : Tech giants Samsung and Apple have reportedly issued alerts about faults on some of their phones.

According to The BBC, Apple is facing some problems in some of its iPhone 5 because of a faulty sleep/wake button whereas Samsung is experiencing a ' camera failure' in some of its devices.

Both the companies have started a replacement programme for their faulty handsets.

Samsung said that they have found the cause of the fault and ensured that it will not happen again in future.

Samsung files 'patent-infringement' suit against Apple

Samsung files 'patent-infringement' suit against AppleWashington, Apr 22 : Samsung has filed a 'patent- infringement' case against Apple saying that the American multinational infringed the '239 patent in its iPhone through the use of FaceTime.

According to CNET, Samsung's first witness, Michael Freeman testified about the creation of the '239 patent for video transmission, saying that he, along with his family, invented the technology in the early 1990s and received a patent in 1994.

He added that they sold the patent to Samsung in October 2011 for 2.3 million dollars.

Galaxy S5 joins race to monitor heart rate

Galaxy S5 joins race to monitor heart rateLondon, April 14 : Smart phones are increasingly becoming more than just phones and assuming bigger roles in users’ lives.

The latest on the block is Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S5 smart phone with heart rate monitor that would track your motions and monitor your steps.

The innovation comes after Samsung introduced eye-tracking technology last year to pause your phone when you looked away.

Samsung's new Gear smart watches would also measure your heart rate and order you to step up the pace when out for a run.

Google executive explains Android to Apple vs. Samsung jury

Google executive explains Android to Apple vs. Samsung juryIn a bid to prove that Samsung devices didn't copy Apple products, the South Korea-based smartphone maker on Friday brought up an Android executive in the ongoing patent trial to verify that certain controversial features were created by Google, and not Apple.

Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of Android Engineering, explained Android to the Apple vs. Samsung jury in California. He spent a good deal of time explaining the differences between Google's Android and Apple's iOS.

Samsung Galaxy S5 to launch in 125 markets around world today

Samsung Galaxy S5 to launch in 125 markets around world todayWashington, Apr 12 - Samsung's latest smartphone, the Galaxy S5, will reportedly be launched in 125 markets around the world, including the United States, Europe, and much of Asia today.

The Galaxy S5 will be joined on shelves by the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, and the Samsung Gear Fit health tracker, which also launch today.

Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 in India

Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 in IndiaNew Delhi, March 27 : South Korean electronics major Samsung Thursday unveiled Galaxy S5, its flagship Android phone, in India. Priced between Rs. 51,000-Rs. 53,000, it will be available in the market from April 11, a top company official said here.

"This smartphone is targeted at the working professionals with a hectic lifestyle and also at style-crazy people," Vineet Taneja, country head, IT and mobile division of Samsung India, told reporters on the sidelines of the launch.

Samsung set to launch NX Mini for selfie lovers

Samsung set to launch NX Mini for selfie loversWashington, Mar 20 : Samsung is set to launch a new cell phone with an interchangeable-lens camera system that focuses on good looks, small size, and connectivity and selfies.

It's called the NX Mini, and it will hit the shelves in April with a 450 dollars and 550 kit dollars.

According to the Verge, the mobile includes a minuscule 9mm f/3.5 (24mm-equivalent) lens that is one of two kit options for the 20-megapixel camera ($449).

The other includes a new 9-27mm (24-73mm-equivalent) zoom lens and external flash.

Samsung set to stream 13 m free songs with 'Milk Music' app

Samsung-Milk-Music-AppLondon, March 9 : Samsung will be soon streaming 13 million free songs for their customers via their new free music service 'Milk Music'.

The South Korean gadget maker's free music services, which is designed to be easy to use and highly customizable, includes over 200 stations and 13 million songs, the Daily Star reported.

Samsung said that their ' Milk Music' app will let the users adjust which songs they want to play, based on release date and popularity and customize music by adding preferred stations and playlists.

Samsung most preferred amongst Android gadgets: Report

SamsungWashington, Feb 28 : Samsung is at number one amongst most popular Android gadgets used by enterprise users, according to a report.

The report from Mobile Device Management (MDM) Company Fiberlink revealed that Samsung stood at first place with 56 percent of the market followed by Motorola at 22 percent and HTC at 8 percent and a host of other companies with 2 percent or less.

Fiberlink spokesperson Jonathan Dale said that Samsung had invested heavily in enterprise security features that made IT professionals more comfortable having their devices in the workplace and the devices also ranked high on the 'cool' factor.

Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 with fingerprint, heart rate sensors at Mobile World Congress

Samsung GalaxyWashington, Feb 25  : Samsung unveiled its much anticipated Galaxy S5 with fingerprint and heart rate sensors along with other wearable at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The South Korean giant also rolled out its Galaxy Gear 2 range of smartwatches and the heath-monitoring Gear Fit wristband.

According to Cnet, the Galaxy S5 includes a fingerprint scanner on the home button, similar to Apple's uber hot iPhone 5S, but the South Korean's latest gadget is also water-resistant with a heart-rate monitor and improved camera.

Samsung files $9.4 million suit against Dyson over copycat claims

SamsungWashington, Feb 18 : Following claims from Dyson that a Samsung product looked like a " cynical rip-off" of its design, the latter is reportedly suing the British company for 10 billion won (around 9.4 million dollars).

Dyson had filed a lawsuit against Samsung last year, accusing the company of infringing on its patented vacuum-steering system.

According to the Verge, that lawsuit was later dropped, but not before depicting Samsung as a repeat patent violator, the Korean company alleged.

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