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’

REPOST:
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

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

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

Perspective & the LG L7 II

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Rating: 4.5 out 5 starsImage

 

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

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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