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    [EN] Samsung Plans to Launch Tizen Smartphone in Russia, India

    Company Aiming to Compete More Directly With Google and Apple


    By Jonathan Cheng And Olga Razumovskaya
    May 11, 2014 7:45 a.m. ET

    Samsung is preparing to launch a new smartphone in Russia and India based on its homegrown operating system Tizen, people familiar with the matter say, the latest step in its push to compete more directly in mobile software and services with Google and Apple.

    The South Korean technology giant is planning an event in Moscow in the coming weeks to introduce a smartphone running on the Tizen operating system, according to these people. The launch in Russia would be presented at an "Unpacked" event, similar to the format that Samsung uses to unveil its flagship devices, one person said.

    The event will be timed to take place around a developer's conference that Tizen's backers have organized for early June in San Francisco.

    Samsung is also close to the launch of a Tizen smartphone in India, one of these people said, while working on extending the operating system's reach to include televisions.

    But this person said that there was no firm timeline for the rollout of a Tizen TV product.

    A spokesman for Samsung didn't respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for the Tizen Association, which oversees development of the operating system, declined to comment.

    While Samsung makes billions of dollars manufacturing and selling smartphones, TVs and refrigerators, it has yet to make major inroads in software and services that increasingly define the user experience on these devices. To help the upstart operating system make headway with consumers, Samsung and partner Intel are pitching Tizen as a platform built for connecting a range of devices. Samsung has already released several cameras and a smartwatch, the Gear 2, running on Tizen.

    In a related development, JaguarLand Rover has begun hiring full-time Tizen developers to create software and services such as mapping and entertainment for use in its vehicles, in a partnership with Intel centered around a new Jaguar research facility in Portland, Oregon.

    But the most closely watched part of the Tizen effort is the smartphone, a key battleground in the fight for user loyalty in the mobile age.

    There, despite recent setbacks, Samsung appears to be tweaking its strategy to avoid a direct confrontation with Google and Apple in major markets such as the U.S. Instead, it is targeting its efforts at emerging markets such as Russia and India, where Samsung already has more of a grip on the mobile-phone market.

    Samsung is betting that in emerging markets, consumers don't really mind what operating system runs on their phones, as long as it is affordable and offers many of the same apps and features as a phone running Google's Android operating system—the platform that powers the vast majority of Samsung phones today.

    Samsung and Intel have used previous developer conferences to try and persuade third-party app makers to build their software and services for the upstart OS.

    To be sure, plans for previous Tizen smartphones have run aground. As early as the fall of 2011, Samsung said that a Tizen device would be released by the first quarter of 2012. That didn't happen.

    More recently, a plan to release a Tizen smartphone in January was scuttled at the last minute, thanks to cold feet among the operating system's carrier partners, including Japan's NTT DoCoMo, France's Orange and Spain's Telefonica.

    But Tizen has remained a top priority for Samsung, executives have said. Because all of Samsung's flagship smartphones including the latest Galaxy S5 run on Android, Google is able to control the user experience and the majority of the revenue generated by sales of software and services on the South Korean company's hardware.
    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/...55492042313988

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    Samsung Lost Smartphone Market Share for First Time in 4 Years

    Apr 28, 2014

    By Yun-Hee Kim

    Samsung retained its top ranking in smartphone sales in the first quarter, but lost global market share for the first time in four years, highlighting the difficulties the company faces in the competitive mobile market.

    Data from research firm Strategy Analytics Tuesday showed the South Korean company’s first-quarter smartphone market share in terms of units sold slipped to 31.2% from 32.4% a year earlier. Its closest rival, Apple, also saw its market share slip to 15.3% from 17.5% a year earlier in the same period.

    Strategy Analytics said Samsung shipped 89 million units in the first quarter, compared to Apple’s 44 million units. Samsung doesn’t disclose its smartphone shipments.

    On Tuesday, as it reported quarterly earnings, Samsung said its profit margin on smartphones was unchanged from a year earlier at 20%. But analysts say that margin could face pressure in future quarters as competition intensifies.

    “Samsung continues to face tough competition from Apple at the higher-end of the smartphone market and from Chinese brands like Huawei at the lower-end,” Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, said in the report.

    So which companies gained at the expense of Apple and Samsung? Two Chinese electronics giants that are better known for making other kinds of hardware.

    PC giant Lenovo, which earlier this year announced plans to buy Motorola Mobility’s handset business, saw its first-quarter handset shipments jump 60% in the first quarter, giving it a market share of 5%, up from 4% a year earlier. Network-equipment maker Huawei, which ranked third globally, sold 13.4 million units in the quarter, up from 10 million a year earlier, giving it a share of 4.7%.

    “Huawei is expanding swiftly in Europe, while Lenovo continues to grow aggressively outside China into new regions such as Russia, “ said Linda Sui, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics.

    She said once Lenovo’s takeover of Motorola is approved, “this will eventually create an even larger competitive force that Samsung and Apple must contend with in the second half of this year.”

    Global Smartphone Vendor Market Share

    1Q 2013
    1Q 2014
    Samsung 32.4% 31.2%
    Apple 17.5% 15.3%
    Huawei 4.7% 4.7%
    Lenovo 3.9% 4.7%
    Others 41.5% 44.1%
    http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/04/...me-in-4-years/

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    Korean search engines file antitrust complaint against Google

    Korean search engines Naver and Daum file antitrust complaint over restrictions Google imposes on Android device makers.

    Naver has a market share of around 56% in the domestic mobile search market, while Daum has around 16% as of last month, according to Korea-based market researcher Metrix Corp.

    "Google's market share in the local Internet search market only accounts for around 2% but due to such an unfair act, its share in the mobile market is fast rising in Korea, and it stands at around 15%," a NHN spokesman said.

    Friday, April 15, 2011


    SEOUL—Two South Korean search portals filed a complaint Friday with the country's Fair Trade Commission against Google for allegedly limiting their access to smartphones using the Android operating system.

    NHN Corp.—the owner of Naver, South Korea's biggest Internet search engine by revenue—and Daum Communications Corp. called for the antitrust regulator to investigate their claims that Google is restricting local mobile service providers and Android smartphone manufacturers from preloading some mobile search applications, including their own, on smartphones.

    The companies also asked the regulator whether such a restriction constituted an unfair business practice.

    "Through a marketing partnership with major smartphone producers, Google has prohibited other market players from preinstalling their search or related applications," NHN said in a statement.

    Android smartphones sold in South Korea provide the Google search engine by default.

    Android phone users in South Korea can download and install rival search portal applications on their phones, but Daum and NHN say they aren't able to have these applications installed on the phones prior to purchase.

    Naver has a market share of around 56% in the domestic mobile search market, while Daum has around 16% as of last month, according to Korea-based market researcher Metrix Corp.

    "Google's market share in the local Internet search market only accounts for around 2% but due to such an unfair act, its share in the mobile market is fast rising in Korea, and it stands at around 15%," a NHN spokesman said.

    Daum confirmed it jointly filed the complaint Friday with its South Korean rival.
    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/...64012635638314

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    This is how Google forces its core product on Android device makers

    By Chris Smith

    May 5, 2014

    Google was recently hit with an antitrust lawsuit (seeking class action status), which alleges that the company’s mostly secret agreements with Android smartphone and tablet makers – which include provisions that prevent the OEMs from including competing apps on their devices other than Google’s set of apps, with special emphasis on search – allow Google to monopolize the mobile search business, driving up the cost of devices in the process.

    Versions of Google’s Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA) with Samsung and HTC have already popped up in various trials, including Apple vs Samsung and Oracle vs Google, revealing some of the rules OEMs have to adhere to in order to be able to offer Google apps on their Android devices.
    Re/code has published a MADA between Google and Samsung, effective January 1, 2011, which shows that Google asks OEMs in no unclear terms that in order for them to be able to preload a specific Google app on a device they have to agree to installing all Google’s mobile apps. Furthermore, the Google Search app has to receive prime placement and become the default search engine on the device, while the other Google apps have to be easily accessed by the end-user.

    “Unless otherwise approved by Google in writing: (1) Company will preload all Google Applications approved in the applicable Territory or Territories on each Device; (2) Google Phone-top Search and the Android Market Client icon must be placed at least on the panel immediately adjacent to the Default Home Screen; (3) all other Google Applications will be placed no more than one level below the Phone on the Device; and (4) Google Phone-top Search must be set as the default search provider for all search access points on the Device. Notwithstanding the foregoing, there are no placement requirements for Optional Google Applications,” the MADA reads.

    The agreement also reveals that Google has to approve all new Android devices to check whether they obey MADAs when it comes to app placements before they can be launched in any market.

    The publication notes that Google also agrees to indemnify OEMs for their use of Google apps, an issue that came up during the second Apple vs Samsung U.S. trial.

    Google has likely similar MADAs in place with all OEMs interested in selling Android devices that come preloaded with Google applications, and has likely added further clauses in more recent MADA versions to better protect Android. Companies including Amazon and Nokia, which offer custom Android versions on their devices, do not have to agree to the same MADAs other OEMs ink with Google.

    Recent reports have suggested that Google will further force developers to agree to certain Android OS update windows for the future, in order to address fragmentation, and revealed that the company may be forcing them this year to include the Android logo on the phone’s boot screen.
    https://news.yahoo.com/google-forces...181414341.html

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