Samsung Slowing

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    Jul 08, 2014 3:43 AM GMT
    NYT: But Samsung, which offers a range of phones at various prices, is feeling pressure from all sides of the market. In the high end, it faces stiff competition from Apple, whose iPhone sales have recently accelerated thanks to a new partnership with China Mobile, the largest phone carrier in the world.

    And in the low end and midtier phone markets, Samsung is facing intense competition from emerging Asian phone makers like Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Huawei.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/technology/samsung-foresees-a-decline-in-profit.html?_r=0
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    Jul 08, 2014 4:20 AM GMT
    I think it all comes down to market saturation and persons keeping their smartphones longer instead of adhering to the upgrade treadmill every year or 2 years.

    Samsung is in a position where even 3 year old models such as the S3 are good enough. As for the competition, hardly making an impact and the iPhone is obviously a premium brand in slow decline. I was walking through town just last week and I was in awe, every hand seem to holding either a Galaxy S series or Note. The only brand I saw with that kind of pervasiveness was the iPhone back in 2011. I remember traveling to the US and travelled through 3 airports, every hand had the Apple logo in it.

    The electronics stores around town are littered with Samsung smartphone and devices such as the Tablets. The problem is innovation. Apple doesn't have the pleasure of copying from Apple anymore, because the hand that fed innovation is no longer around. Apple itself is going through a phase of iterative releases.