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Samsung looks forward to a big 2013

Samsung has announced that it expects to earn record profit of $8.3 billion in its most recent quarter. This marks five straight record quarters in a row for Samsung. However, Samsung's record-setting run could unravel in the quarter that ends in March of 2013 due to weaker seasonal demand reports Reuters.

"Investors are a bit concerned that Samsung's momentum may slow in the first half. The smartphone market is unlikely to sustain its strong growth as advanced markets are nearing saturation despite growth in emerging countries," said Kim Sung-soo, a fund manager at LS Asset Management.

Samsung continues to outpace its closest rival, Apple, despite the launch of the iPhone 5. Samsung has seen continued strong sales from the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II during Q4.

Galaxy Note II
Galaxy Note II

Reuters does report, however, that shipments of Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone are likely to have slipped to around 15 million units in the current quarter from 18 million in the quarter that spanned July through September. Analysts believe that the Galaxy Note II sold around 8 million units during the same timeframe.

Samsung predicts that it will increase it smartphone sales by more than one third this year and widen its lead over Apple even further. Samsung predicts it will sell 390 million smartphones in 2013.

Source: Reuters

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RE: right on!
By txDrum on 1/8/2013 12:13:50 PM , Rating: 3
I've never actually made an account on dailytech.... I've always just read news and then looked at comments to see if there were any entertaining arguments. But what astounds me is that Android fans/ Apple fans don't want the other to succeed, as if the death of one ecosystem will be good for the consumers of the other.

Competition forces lower prices. Even Apple, who tends to put a premium on their products, has to bend to competition every now and then. They made the ipad mini as a result of competition. Etc. etc. etc.

If Samsung gets 90% market share, that's going to suck for Android fans/consumers. Prices can go up because there's nothing to prevent Samsung from raising their prices due to no alternatives. Consumers seeking a high end phone would basically have to go to Samsung, and be subject to its prices. Same goes for Apple, or Microsoft.

I'm an only Android user. I hated Apple blindly for a while, but had a pretty long discussion with somebody once about Mac v Windows and what each had to offer. Apple isn't for me there, but I see why people buy it. As for phones, I've had an Evo 4G for two years, and I'm switching to an HTC 8X as I'm bored with Android and iOS. They aren't bad, I'm just bored. And if any consumer had sense, you'd want all three to thrive, because it forces lower prices and more innovation if you want to stay in line with the competition.

RE: right on!
By Tony Swash on 1/8/2013 1:45:09 PM , Rating: 1
Personally I think the smart mobile device world in say, five years, will be one where both Android and Apple flourish. I think Android will continue to fragment as it spreads. I think some sort of break will occur between Google and Samsung. I think Apple will continue to grow for quite a while and will be very big and very very rich for a very long time.

I think that the Apple platform out performs the Android by at least four to one (using metrics like developer revenues, ad revenues, web usage, enterprise/government/education adoption rates, etc) so that a world with Apple at 20% market share and Android at 80% is actually a world of platform parity.

All of this will be very, very good for consumers. People will have a wide choice. Those who like Apple will have a vastly profitable and healthy Apple churning out products and those who don't will have lots of alternatives almost all Android of one flavor or another.

Everybody should be happy. Except of course they won't be.

RE: right on!
By retrospooty on 1/8/2013 2:29:11 PM , Rating: 3
Wow, a rare balanced post from Tony? Awesome. Did you make a new years resolution, or are you just having an off day? ;)

The only thing I would add is that the dev. rev. on Android will grow. The more and more phones out there, the more things tip in its direction. At some point parity will occur if things keep going the way they are now.

RE: right on!
By xti on 1/8/2013 3:02:49 PM , Rating: 1
yeah, and he got -1 instantly. We had it on a silver platter people...but noooo misery loves company.

RE: right on!
By retrospooty on 1/8/2013 5:17:01 PM , Rating: 3
That is becasue no-one reads it, they just down vote it.

That would be the problem with being completely biased 100% of the time LOL.

RE: right on!
By flyingpants1 on 1/8/2013 11:48:44 PM , Rating: 2
Think he accidentally signed in on the wrong account ;)

RE: right on!
By Samus on 1/8/2013 3:28:08 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, people want Apple to fail because they aren't innovating anymore. iOS doesn't even have desktop widgets for Christ sake. The whole operating system looks like it is a remnant of 2007 and barely has a UI capacity beyond BBOS5.

Yet Apple keeps putting it on luxurious hardware. Android is light years ahead of iOS in UI, functionality and capability. Because it IS a free, open source ecosystem it allows customization by manufactures. This isn't 'fragmentation' this is innovation. HTC Sense, Samsung TouchWiz, etc, are all innovative UI's. Practically every manufacture (including Apple) has adopted something from HTC Sense.

Everytime I show my GSIII to someone who is on their second or third iPhone they are just completely blown away by the fact they have been crippled by their iPhone. I'm talking business users who got on the iPhone bandwagon because the media and sales people at AT&T pushed them in that direction.

This is the same reason Windows Phone doesn't succeed. It's quite capable (way more than the iPhone) at saving time with UI gestures and live tiles, but the powers that be in marketing continue to push Apple.

RE: right on!
By messele on 1/11/2013 6:11:26 PM , Rating: 2
On the other hand people who want to get actual productive work done still do it on proper laptops. No matter how much crap is spouted about split screen apps, and openness, and freedom, and multitasking the simple fact is only a die-hard nerd who doesn't have to worry about deadlines is going to bother about any of that crap.

Yeah it's all nice stuff to show off to other nerds but some of us have a living to make and none of that crap on a phone matters.

"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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