Best Smartphones 2011
July 27, 2011 by USA Post
Best Smartphones 2011, Samsung has set its sights on being the king of all things Android. The company announced Wednesday that its smartphone Galaxy S 2 reached record sales figures for the company, with more than 5 million phones sold in the first three months since the debut of the smartphone. And that number represents only a quarter of total smartphone sales of the company during the past three months.
“[Samsung] alleging that he had sent 19 million smartphones in the second quarter,” said IDCanlyst Al Hilwa Wired.com mobile in a statement. “That’s a large number of devices, and assuming that most of them are Android phones, then it is a feat for Android.”
The numbers are just going from here. So far, the Galaxy S2 release has been limited to South Korea (in Samsung’s global headquarters is located), parts of Southeast Asia and a handful of European countries. Unlocking the phone in the U.S. is scheduled for sometime in August, according to president of Samsung business phones and digital image-kyun Shin Jong. The news was first reported by the Korean Yonhap news agency.
“Within months the Galaxy S II has led the way in driving outstanding performance of Samsung smartphone industry,” Shin said in a statement. “This reflects the strong support of carrier partners worldwide in the choice of the Galaxy S II as his star has reaffirmed device the device status, as a bonus, which defines the smartphone market.”
A little perspective: first popular smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy S, hit the mark of five million euros to about four months, with most of those sales occur in the United States. And after six months of worldwide sales, the S Galaxy reach 10 million units sold.
Compare this with Droid is a smart phone – once considered the most successful Android phone – which sold 1.05 million devices in the first 74 days of release. Since its successful first Android phone, Motorola has worked to another device once. The Atrix, the hybrid smartphone-with-laptop Motorola first introduced in January – appeared to be telephone company to the next. But high prices for peripheral hardware that comes with the phone was only deterred clients, maintaining the Atrix to gain any significant following.
“Device manufacturers have always longed to own platforms,”he told Wired.com Hilwa, “so that eventually develop both software and playing with the user interface so they can move up the food chain.”
And that’s exactly what Samsung is doing. The company plans to unveil a major reform of its TouchWiz user interface, an event in New York next week. It is a timely publication; given Apple IOS 5 renew the announcement a little over a month.
Apart from competing for customers with rival manufacturers Android, Samsung is fighting battles on other fronts. Apple is currently suing Samsung in a patent dispute ongoing bitter, saying the South Korean company is ripping off Apple designs products. Samsung filed counterclaims against Apple quickly, saying that Apple was trespassing on the intellectual property of Samsung using a method to improve connections between cell phones and cellular towers.
Samsung extended battles with Apple out of court, of course. When compared to sales of Apple’s iPhone, Samsung numbers pale in comparison. Apple sold more than 20 million smart phones iPhone 4 in the last three months, according to the latest report from the Cupertino-based company earnings. That’s more than 100 million iPhones sold to date.
A straight apple to apples comparison (so to speak) is misleading. Samsung is not only competing against Apple and its platform of IOS. As one of the manufacturers of many hardware-producing countries that use the same operating system, customers can choose from Motorola, LG, Sony Ericsson and others to get your dose of Android. That’s not to mention the other competitors in the space, like RIM, HP and Nokia, although the latter two certainly have a negligible market share.
If Samsung continues to pull ahead of other Android devices in the package, the company seems to be the only real competitor to the success of Apple smartphone through the roof. In the first quarter of 2011, Samsung accounted for 13 percent of all smartphones sold worldwide, compared to only three percent during the same period the previous year. That’s more than any other manufacturer of Android, according to IMS Research. Importantly, rival manufacturer HTC is no slouch, though: The Taiwan-based company is just three percent behind Samsung in the market share, according to IMS.
There is also competition in front of the tablet device, where Samsung can put some of the best teams. Dr. Raymond Soneira President DisplayMate recently compared five of the tablet devices on the market leader – four of which were based on Android, the latest being the iPhone 2. Galaxy Tab 10.1 Samsung went ahead, boasting the best display of the five teams, including Apple (although it should be noted that Soneira oversaturated colors of Samsung found a remarkable degree).
The devices themselves, however, are only part of the overall package. “Samsung has done a great job in making hardware weight, look, feel and capabilities,” said Gartneranlyst Phillip Redman mobile Wired.com in an interview. “However, the total ecosystem is not in their hands, as is Apple. It really is not just about hardware. That’s important, but it is the ecosystem that includes the operating system, app store, developers, content, everything is going to do something successfully. ”
Apple certainly has an advantage over competitors in the global ecosystem. The company has approved more than half a million applications from its App Store beginning in May; double the amount currently in the Android Market. And, of course, Apple owns the software, hardware and retail stores. The company also maintains strict control of its ecosystem of applications, with the last word on what is and is not acceptable for your store.
So, while Samsung can monopolize the landscape Android, Apple can deal with a company that seems to have the whole package in your favor?
“Samsung and Motorola Mobility will be major competitors of Apple,” says Redman, “but not of the same caliber leadership position and vision.”
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