Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Slowing Sales Worry Investors

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Slowing Sales Worry Investors

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Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Slowing Sales Worry Investors

Repost from mashable.com <http://mashable.com/2013/06/07/samsung-galaxy-s4-investors/#>Article by Todd Wasserman

Samsung‘s stock price dropped 6% on Friday, erasing $12 billion in marketing value as investors fretted about the company’s smartphone strategy.

In particular, Samsung’s decision to offer stripped-down versions of its Galaxy S4 worried analysts and investors who think the move may eviscerate profit margins. Sales of the S4, initially Samsung’s fastest-selling smartphone, have also fallen off since the device’s introduction in April.

“Sales of high-end handsets are lagging behind expectations, while low- to mid-end handsets are selling briskly worldwide,” Kim Young-chan, an analyst at Shinhan Investment Corp., toldReuters. “As the portion of low- to mid-range handsets is expected to increase in Samsung’s overall mobile phone business, this has also sparked concerns about thinning margins and lower growth.”

J.P. Morgan analyst J.J. Park also told The Wall Street Journal that third-quarter sales for the S4 would likely “disappoint,” and that “supply chain checks show monthly orders have been cut 20%-30% to 7 to 8 million units (from 10 million) starting July.”

Another analyst, Kim Hyun-yong, at E*trade Securities, told the Journal that since Apple is expected to announce a trade-in program for older phones and a new cheaper iPhone, “overall growth prospects for (Samsung’s) smartphone business have dimmed.”

Samsung’s stock price finished trading on Friday in Seoul at its lowest level in four months.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 sales ‘to disappoint’

Samsung Galaxy S4 sales ‘to disappoint’

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Article from telegraph.co.uk byJay Yarow
<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/samsung/10105633/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-sales-to-disappoint.html

 

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Samsung Galaxy S4 sales ‘to disappoint’

Samsung was the story in technology for the first three months of the year.

It was profiled in Bloomberg Businessweekthe New York Times, and many other places.

Reader interest in Samsung was off the charts. Google search traffic for Samsung stories was huge, suggesting that normal people were anxious to learn more about its next big phone.

It’s starting to look like that may have been a bit of a jinx.

Samsung is no longer making the best Android phones, according to our lead gadget reviewer Steve Kovach.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is worse than the HTC One, per Kovach. He’s not alone in his assessment. It was pretty much the consensus

And yesterday, Kovach said that the LG Optimus G Pro was better than Samsung’s Galaxy Note II due to a sharper screen, better battery, and lower price.

Manufacturing the best phone doesn’t mean selling the most phones. Apple’s iPhone 5 was largely considered the best phone on the market, but it only has a sliver of the smartphone market’s sales.

Samsung’s rise wasn’t about building the best smartphones, although it helped. Samsung’s rise was fueled by a gigantic marketing budget, strong carrier distribution, and a willingness to experiment with different sized screens.

The fact that its phones are no longer considered the best on the market won’t necessarily be its undoing. It’s still has a strong brand name, a big marketing budget, and strong carrier distribution.

However, this could be the start of Samsung’s lead weakening.

It’s not hard for an Android user to switch from phone to phone because the Android operating system is uniform. There isn’t much keeping a Samsung user locked-in.

It won’t happen overnight, but if reviews continue to roll in about superior products from rivals, Samsung’s could lose its lead in the smartphone market.

Google’s MotorolaHTC, and LG are all going to do their best to topple Samsung.

So far, they’ve made the first successful step by manufacturing a superior product.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/samsung-no-longer-builds-the-best-android-phones-2013-5#ixzz2WXDzGRRr

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REPOST: Article by Jay Yarow (link below)

TECH More: Samsung Galaxy S4 Android Google Samsung No Longer Builds The Best Android Phones Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/samsung-no-longer-builds-the-best-android-phones-2013-5#ixzz2WXD7jfhv

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Samsung -was the story in technology for the first three months of the year.

It was profiled in Bloomberg Businessweekthe New York Times, and many other places.

Reader interest in Samsung was off the charts. Google search traffic for Samsung stories was huge, suggesting that normal people were anxious to learn more about its next big phone.

It’s starting to look like that may have been a bit of a jinx.

Samsung is no longer making the best Android phones, according to our lead gadget reviewer Steve Kovach.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is worse than the HTC One, per Kovach. He’s not alone in his assessment. It was pretty much the consensus.

And yesterday, Kovach said that the LG Optimus G Pro was better than Samsung’s Galaxy Note II due to a sharper screen, better battery, and lower price.

Manufacturing the best phone doesn’t mean selling the most phones. Apple’s iPhone 5 was largely considered the best phone on the market, but it only has a sliver of the smartphone market’s sales.

Samsung’s rise wasn’t about building the best smartphones, although it helped. Samsung’s rise was fueled by a gigantic marketing budget, strong carrier distribution, and a willingness to experiment with different sized screens.

The fact that its phones are no longer considered the best on the market won’t necessarily be its undoing. It’s still has a strong brand name, a big marketing budget, and strong carrier distribution.

However, this could be the start of Samsung’s lead weakening.

It’s not hard for an Android user to switch from phone to phone because the Android operating system is uniform. There isn’t much keeping a Samsung user locked-in.

It won’t happen overnight, but if reviews continue to roll in about superior products from rivals, Samsung’s could lose its lead in the smartphone market.

Google’s MotorolaHTC, and LG are all going to do their best to topple Samsung.

So far, they’ve made the first successful step by manufacturing a superior product.

 

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/samsung-no-longer-builds-the-best-android-phones-2013-5#ixzz2WXDzGRRr

Yahoo Acquires Advanced iOS Photography App Maker GhostBird Software

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Yahoo has just quietly announced that they’ve acquired GhostBird Software, the creators of advanced iOS photography apps, KitCam and PhotoForge2.

Though details of the deal are still under wraps, Yahoo is explicitly saying that they acquired GhostBird for the sake of improving Flickr. Could this suggest that a more advanced Flickr app is on the way?

Prior to today’s acquisition, GhostBird had released three iOS photo apps: KitCam, PhotoForge, and PhotoForge 2. KitCam allowed for mobile photographers to shoot with a bunch of different “lenses” and “films” (read: filters), and to manually adjust settings like white balance and exposure. The PhotoForge series, meanwhile, focused on modifying photos after the fact, with image resizing, cropping, metadata editing, and the adjustment of advanced settings like curves and levels.

In an announcement on their website, GhostBird has disclosed that no further development will be done on either app, and they don’t intend…

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Airbnb’s Parisian Guests Want To Live Like Locals, With 70% Staying Outside Typical Hotel Districts

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Airbnb has released the results of a new economic study in one of its major international markets. After a similar study conducted in San Francisco last year, Airbnb this time is profiling the effect that its peer-to-peer marketplace for housing accommodations has had on hosts and nearby businesses in Paris.

The study was put together through a combination of proprietary host and guest data, as well as survey results that it collected from users. It also takes into account economic impact data from French economic consulting firm Asterès.

As the company’s second-largest market, the study in Paris shows similar guest activity to San Francisco. In both cases, guests tended to stay in and spend money in neighborhoods that aren’t in the central hotel districts. Also, Airbnb guests tended to stay longer and spend more than hotel visitors.

Airbnb found that 93 percent of its users said they…

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The Twitter #Music Website Fills Out Its Artist Profiles With Tweeted Tracks And Similar Artists

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

It looks like Twitter #Music has gotten a couple of improvements on the web — specifically to its individual artist profiles.

Previously, the artist page just pointed to the other artists that they were following. So the profile page for Fun., for example, pointed to the other musicians followed by Fun. on Twitter. (Clearly I’m writing this post to include as much #random punctuation. as possible.) Now it also includes a list of Fun.’s most tweeted tracks and links to artists who are similar.

These aren’t huge changes, but they do make the profile page more useful, both for discovering music by a given artist (if you click on a “most tweeted” track in a profile, an iTunes preview of the song will start playing) and for finding other artists you might like. I’m guessing that the various charts of trending music are still going to be the site’s…

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Perspective & the LG L7 II

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Review:

                It’s all just a matter of perspective. The LG L7 II, with its 8MP camera, could make you look at even the mundane household objects with a different perspective. The phone is suitable for anyone, for smart phone enthusiasts, moms, dads, students. It’s also easy to use, because it has the “Cheese” Feature, meaning, you can take pictures even without clicking a single button. LG L7 II simply makes things easier for you, just the way we all like it to be.

 

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One API To Rule Them All – Segment.io Lets Mobile Developers Send Analytics Data To Dozens Of Services, Without Resubmitting To App Stores

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Segment.io, a Y Combinator-backed startup making it easier for developers to integrate APIs from multiple analytics providers into their applications, is today expanding its service to include support for mobile. The company is introducing mobile software development kits for both iOS and Android, which will allow developers to toggle on or off 25 different analytics services without resubmitting their apps to the various app stores.

At launch, Segment.io’s iOS and Android libraries will support sending data to a number of mobile analytics services, including Countly, Mixpanel, Localytics, Flurry, Google Analytics and others. Co-founder Peter Reinhardt explains that the new libraries will give mobile developers flexibility, because they’ll now be able to deploy the Segment.io analytics library just once, then switch on or off the services inside Segment.io that they want to work with.

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In addition, by proxying the data through Segment.io’s servers, the libraries provide mobile developers for the first…

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Facebook NY Signs 10-Year Lease To Move Into ~100K Sq Ft Office With 2X Space, Designed By Frank Gehry

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

After weeks of rumors, Facebook has just signed a 10-year lease to move its New York office into a new, nearly 100,000-square-foot space over two floors at 770 Broadway in Manhattan. The interior will be designed by famed architect Frank Gehry who is masterminding its Menlo Park Headquarters expansion. Facebook NY’s engineering, design, marketing, sales, and comms teams will move there in early 2014.

The upgrade comes from the 55,000-square-foot space at 335 Madison Ave. it opened in 2008 for sales and marketing. Crain’s New York originally leaked that Facebook was eying the 770 Broadway real estate but implied it would take over the whole building rather than just two floors. The space at the west edge of the East Village falls in the increasingly techie “Silicon Alley.” It will house all of Facebook’s New York operations and give it room to grow.

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Facebook tells me it chose Gehry after…

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How to survive without air. Or, David Blaine: visualized!

Originally posted on TED Blog:

[ted_talkteaser id=741] Check this out: a rather cool visualization of a TED Talk, courtesy of the Brazilian culture and science magazine Superinteressante. Each month, the magazine’s editors will take one of TED’s talks and give it to their graphic wizards to interpret in any way they see fit, adding a visual design element to presentations that have already sent minds a-whirring.

Here’s the time-driven circle of pain experienced by the magician/endurance artist David Blaine as he attempted to hold his breath for longer than anyone else ever had. I particularly love the emphatic warning, “do NOT try this at home,” like anyone else would actually try to do this. (Really, does this seem like a thing to try? Am I alone in not wanting to do this ever? OK, fine. I know, I know. File under “litigious society gone mad”.) Anyway, our thanks to artists Karin Hueck and Rafael…

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