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Samsung confirms the SCloud, denies that it will be actually called the SCloud or launch in September.

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I posted some details on the Samsung’s iCloud competitor, informally called the “SCloud” and we have more information on the service.

According to guys at ZDNet Korea, Samsung Electronics confirmed that it’s working on creating its own cloud computing service. However, the company denied the initial rumor that it’s called the SCloud and that it will launch in September. “We will look at how the closed beta testing is doing, then announce the release date for the service if the beta testing is successful,” the company said.

However, industry insiders stated that Samsung is planning to officially release the service at the end of August. The launch will be only to Korean customers first, although the development team will move to Germany and U.S. to work in building foundations for the SCloud’s international release.

Just as the initial rumor suggested, Samsung will rent Amazon’s servers for the SCloud. However, the company did deny the rumor that they are cooperating together to improve the Amazon’s cloud service platform, stating that the Samsung is only renting Amazon servers and not cooperating software-wise with Amazon.

Everything seems to work according to the Samsung’s plan, at least for the moment. However, will we actually see Samsung deliver the SCloud? We’ll keep you guys more updated on this development as time goes on.

Source: http://www.zdnet.co.kr/news/news_view.asp?artice_id=20110718114738

Picture source: Samsung News

More info/rumor on the SCloud: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-planning-its-own-Web-Centry-cloud-service-to-be-launched-in-September_id19626

 

 

Written by Geek Park

July 17, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Samsung creating the next Nexus?

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Samsung Romania announced/leaked on Twitter more than a week ago (wonder how nobody noticed it, but that’s a discussion for an another day) that Samsung just started the production of Nexus 3. In a tweet, Samsung Romania stated that the next generation Nexus will launch before the end of 2011 and it will launch with Android 4.0, also known as the Ice Cream Sandwich. Given from rumblings that Samsung was working on the next generation Nexus deemed Nexus Prime (which is a real character in Transformers cartoon), this comes as a no surprise. Although Google tends to rotate manufacturers of Nexuses, those rumblings and tweets do nothing to distill rumors that the next generation of Nexus phones will come from Samsung. Given that Android-powered Galaxy S II has been flying off the shelf and serving as a de facto flagship Android devices in many countries, it almost seems like Google is rewarding Samsung for its great effort.

Of course, there was another rumor that Google is not creating one Nexus phone, but several Nexus phones, each from different manufacturers. So what will actually happen with Nexus is still up in the air. Yet, either way, we can see Samsung hitting this out of this park with a beautiful ‘Super AMOLED HD’ display (which will feature a 4.3-inch, 720p display) and a dual-core, 1.5 Ghz Exynos CPU as well as a LTE connectivity. You really cannot beat Samsung on the spec superiority as we have seen in Galaxy S (beast of a hardware) and Galaxy S II, and with stock Android 4.0 on board, I can’t see how Samsung and Google can go wrong with this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture Source: Geekword

Source: http://pocketnow.com/android/samsung-romania-confirms-a-samsung-made-nexus-3

Written by Geek Park

July 11, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Nook Color pushes the sale of Nook over Kindles, Amazon frowns.

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A study by IDC revealed that tablets’ sale actually decreased in the early part of 2011. This is due to the short supply of iPad 2 as well as the early March launches for iPad 2 and Android tablets, which had forced some consumers to wait until those tablets came out. However, IDC projected a stronger Tablet market for the year as iPad 2’s supply fills up and competing Android tablets drop in price. The research company actually increased its projection of tablet sales for 2011 from 50.4 million to 53.5 million Tablets.

Sales of E-readers are also increasing by 24 percent year-to-year to 16.2 million, with 3.3 million sold in the first quarter, although the figure is even lower than the figure of Tablets sold in 2010, which clocked in at 19.5 million. Device that’s spearheading E-readers’ growth also is something that blurs the line of Tablets and E-readers: Nook Color. Analysts at IDC said color-based Nook helped Barnes & Noble win the e-reader sales for the first quarter of 2011. With 3 million Nook Color sold in just 4 months, it’s no surprise really. New touch E-ink based Nook Simple Touch should help B&N extend the lead, as there’s little in horizon for Amazon until its release of Hollywood/Coyote tablets in the fall.

Picture source: Engadget

Source: http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/07/08/idc.breaks.down.tablet.e.reader.markets.for.q1/

Oracle looks to grab $ 20 from every Android handsets sold, Android may become the most expensive OS to license.

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According to rumors, Oracle is looking to grab $ 15 – 20 from every Android handsets sold. This comes from the litigation by Oracle, which sued Google last year for violating patents in Android OS.  USPTO found most of Oracle’s complaints invalid, with five of seven patents already declared fully or partly invalid. So, this news comes even at a more surprising time. With 100 million Android handsets already sold and 500,000 new activations every day, money adds up quickly. If the court sides with Oracle in the Oracle-Google case, Oracle can see as much money as $ 10 million from Android handset manufacturers every day. That adds up to $ 3.65 billion every year.

It’s unlikely that Oracle will get that much amount of money. Oracle itself stated that experts see the company winning much as $ 2.6 billion from Google, which was the number Google quickly dismissed. It’s also possible that this lawsuit may drag on for years, just like much of patent lawsuits today are. Given the big stake of this lawsuit, either company will look to appeal to the highest court possible. But this underlines the difficulty of being Android handset manufacturers.

Microsoft also is the big player in grabbing money from manufacturers. The company already signed a deal with HTC that give Microsoft $ 5 for every HTC Android handsets sold (which ironically makes Microsoft more money than licensing fees Microsoft got for Windows Phone 7). Microsoft is also looking to sign a deal with Samsung that will give it $ 15 for every Samsung handsets sold. Rumor is that Samsung declined to pay $ 5 per handset fee so that Microsoft increased the fee, but $ 5 or $ 15, it’s still very significant money for manufacturers whose profit margins are already very thin. Typical smartphone costs around $ 180 to make, but combined with a shipping/retail/development cost, the cost skyrocket, hence the exorbitant money to buy an unlocked cellphones. For instance, typical smartphone manufacturers have a gross income ratio of around 30%, but operating income (which counts employees’ wages/upkeep of retail stores/etc as deficits, which a gross income ratio doesn’t) hovers around 10%.  For instance, HTC sold close to 12 million smartphones at an average price of $ 360 (which went down by $ 30 year-to-year due to manufacturers’ race to create entry-level Android smartphones). With operating income at 15% for HTC, HTC makes $ 55 for every Android handsets that they sell, which adds up close to $ 700 million in operating income. However, in addition to Microsoft payment, if HTC have to pay $ 15 to other manufacturers in patent settlements, the profit will decrease to $ 500 million, more than 25% decrease in the HTC’s profit.

Sure, HTC can survive. Samsung can survive. But they would look toward manufacturing phones for other operating systems if they have to pay more for Android than they have to for other OS. This creates a huge opportunity for Windows Phone 7, which only asks manufacturers to pay $ 15 and gives manufacturers a united, clean, smooth operating system in return, as well as for the WebOS, which is one of the best mobile operating system on the market today.

What this move also does is that it discourages manufacturers specialized in creating budget smartphone from creating Android handsets. As much as ZTE Blades and Optimus Ones were sold, $ 10 ~ 20 licensing fee will make those sub-$ 200 smartphones loss leaders, since manufacturers can only go so far in cutting costs. This significantly undermines Google’s plan of spreading Android into becoming a de facto OS for cellphones just like Windows OS. Google, which makes 90% of money from ad revenue, will be significantly affected by budget users moving away from Android and choosing other operating systems, which may feature different search engines such as Bing, or even go back to feature phones, significantly reducing the reach of Google’s mobile ad service.

Of course, the question is will Google let that happen? Nortel auction, which Google wasn’t even interested in winning, didn’t seem to show that Google was willing to grab patents that may allow it to defend itself against patent lawsuits. Instead of Google, we have seen manufacturers stepping in, with HTC buying S3 Graphics and Samsung counter suing Apple for violation of its patents. But if Google fail to act in any way, it’s hard to see how manufacturers can stand paying $ 10 ~ 20 for every handsets that they sell if they can go to other, better operating system that make you pay less.

Written by Geek Park

July 7, 2011 at 6:30 PM

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