Tag: Samsung

Google to decimate a good portion of the smartphone market on Apple’s and RIM’s behalf

That’s not exactly what the myriad of press releases say, but if some random research firm can wildly guess that Google’s Android cell phone operating system will capture 2% of the worldwide market in just a year’s time, I feel I’m entitled to some speculation of my own…

Motorola, Samsung, LG, and HTC already make plenty of crappy phones, desired by three types of customers:

1) Those who can’t afford an iPhone, or the subsequent iTunes bill;
2) Those who can’t afford Blackberry service, or the subsequent divorce; and
3) Those above who just dropped their device in the toilet (while using it ON the toilet), and can’t afford another until next month.

The opposite of the three above are those who already have a functioning iPhone or Blackberry, can’t live without it, and trying to convince the rest of the world they can’t live without one either.

Conclusion

Android goes live, the phone manufacturers spend gazillions integrating it, and it fails miserably. Sprint and T-Mobile die trying to sell the things. We are left with two decent hardware manufacturers with two decent operating systems…that Google can live happily within.

Then again, that’s just a wild guess.

UPDATE: I almost forgot Symbian. Been there, done that with Nokia. Nokia too makes great hardware – actually, I’ll call it utilitarian. Fits the masses well, but just doesn’t create the kind of fervor that would make you carry it with you into the bathroom.

Samsung website broken, and so are its new phones

TechWorld reports that Samsung Telecom’s website was hijacked for use in malware distribution. Samsung doesn’t seem to be on the quality control track nowadays, as one of their new phones is purportedly pretty easy to break too. According to Websense, Samsung didn’t seem in much of a rush to fix their website:

How long the malware has been sitting on the servers is not known, though Websense feels it was probably “some time.”

They are rushing into the phone problem though – as in threatening lawsuit against the person who outed it.