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7/8/2014
02:26 PM

Samsung Smartphone Juggernaut Shows Signs Of Weakness

Slower-than-expected smartphone and tablet sales lead Samsung to warn investors about profit drop.

Samsung Galaxy S5
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Lorna Garey
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7/8/2014 | 3:37:35 PM
Nice to see
While I feel for Samsung (well, some) as a consumer it's heartening to see such a rich competition ecosystem. Seems like a differentiator could be custom phone accessories; I went into the AT&T store this weekend for a secure SIM card and saw a very slick integrated case with the new HTC model, for example. 
Thomas Claburn
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7/8/2014 | 5:20:47 PM
Re: Nice to see
Samsung needs to become a software power, but I see no sign that's happening. Tizen, unfortunately, doesn't look like it has a chance.
Lorna Garey
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7/8/2014 | 5:22:37 PM
Re: Nice to see
No, I can't see how it has a chance, either. Unless it's dramatically better than Android, and nothing I have read makes the case that it is, it's DOA.
PedroGonzales
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7/10/2014 | 12:38:40 PM
Re: Nice to see
It seems samsung needs to find new ways to compete.  There are all these competidors waiting to cut a piece of the profit from its market share.
Shane M. O'Neill
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7/8/2014 | 7:02:26 PM
Samsung overload?
I guess the Galaxy S5 I bought last month didn't help Samsung's profits. Hey, I tried.

I'm surprised to hear Samsung is performing this poorly. They have great advertising and a range of smartphones and tablets. But that's probably the problem. They're overloading the market. Are LG, Nokia, or Sony a real threat to Samsung in mobile? I can't see how. HTC may be though -- HTC is aggressive with the One Max. But Apple is the real "the gorilla in the corner." A bigger-screen iPhone could be the worst thing that's happened to Samsung in awhile. But they asked for it.
Whoopty
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7/9/2014 | 10:03:38 AM
Sony
I imagine the resurgence of Sony as a strong mobile brand is helping cut into Samsung's profits. For a while Sony (especially before it split from Ericsson) really fell from grace during the smartphone era, but with its Z1 and more recently the Z2, it seems to have picked up the pace again. Linking up with its PlayStation brand also gives it a nice inroad that the other manufacturers can't compete with. 
Henrisha
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7/9/2014 | 1:29:14 PM
Re: Sony
Sony is definitely making a mark in the mobile field. After they shaved off Ericsson off the label, they've done a better job at their smartphones and have grown steadily. I've been eyeing the Z2 for a while now. Versus the Samsung Galaxy S5, seems like the better option too.
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