Samsung will be unveiling the Samsung Galaxy S IV at an event in New York City on March 14th. Samsung sent out invitations for an event called “Samsung Unpacked” for that date. While other details about the event sparse, rumorhas it that the S IV should be unveiled at the event.
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Samsung Electronics has announced a new tablet called the Galaxy Note 8.0. The Note 8.0 is a tablet that is small than the Note 10.1 tablet that comes with a smaller stylus and a new design. The Note 8.0 will be competing against the iPad Mini and it is powered with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor.
According to mobile ad network company Millennial Media, Apple is starting to lose their dominant footing for online ad impressions. Apple’s online ad impressions have increased 72% year-over-year compared to 182% for the Samsung Galaxy S series of products. Apple is still controlling a 15.59% share of the global ad impressions market, but Samsung’s control of a 4.24% share is a major increase.
Samsung Electronics is rumored to be working on a smart watch product known as the Galaxy Altius. The Altius would compete against the rumored Apple iWatch. It is unknown when the Altius would arrive. According to a Korean message board, the Altius is definitely coming though.
Samsung Electronics has released a new series of feature phones called REX. The REX line of phones works with the company’s TouchWiz user interface, but they will not come bundled with Android. Almost every Samsung smartphone that has been released over the last several years works with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The Samsung REX is based on Java and will compete against the Nokia Asha line of phones. Nokia launched 12 Asha phones in the past 12 months. Nokia has sold 16 million Asha phones in the second half of 2012.
Samsung Electronics has invested in a cloud-based mobile enterprise company called Cloudant. Cloudant is a database-as-a-serve company that was even backed by the U.S. CIA agency as a customer and investor. Other investors in Cloudant includes Y Combinator and Avalon Ventures. Cloudant was a Y Combinator class in 2008.
Samsung Electronics has announced two new Android handsets called the Galaxy Young and the Galaxy Fame. The two new Android handsets were specifically designed for the youth market as it has a focus on gaming and media.
Samsung is spending $1.1 billion on a new Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center (SSIC). The SSIC will be a “global engine to accelerate innovation and to drive new business creation.” The company will have three offices worldwide and will give the opportunity for the company to interface with entrepreneurs outside of the company. Samsung will also provide mentorship for new businesses.