Samsung want to have more control in each country about updates and sales. Samsung wants to know exactly how many devices has been sold in all countries.
Samsung’s plan is to stop the retailers that are shipping for example French based software devices to The Netherlands. Samsung won’t give devices updates if you bought a phone outside your home country. This could mean retailers need to pay more for devices and the prices could go higher. Also customers could have to wait longer on their new devices. So far we can conclude from our information Samsung will start to test this way by no longer notification trough OTA (over the air).
Another thing to know is that Samsung will still use both KIES and OTA services. But could test in the future IMEI based updates. If Samsung decides to use IMEI tracking for updates this is most worst way for developers. We do not expect Samsung to choose this way at the moment. For Samsung at the moment KIES and OTA are fine. IMEI could be dangerous for Samsung self too.
What does this all mean for Samsung, retailer and customer?
- – Control of updates in each country. (faster way of updates)
- – Exact sales numbers.
- – Could bring the price up / down if needed or cancel device that do not sell well.
- – Retailer must ship country based devices otherwise customer isn’t able to update.
- – Retailer shop price could be more expensive.
- – Delay in new device.
- – Customer isn’t able to update their device outside the country of origin.
- – Price can be higher.
Within a few months, we speak of April, the successor to the Galaxy S3 will be announced by Samsung. But for the past few weeks, rumors are linked to this future high-end terminal and the Korean manufacturer that should not stop …
If you can think that the Galaxy S IV will be equipped with the new Exynos 5 OCTA processor, we learn by now that could also carry a brand new touch screen full HD with a size of 4.99 inches with about 440 ppi (pixels per inch), this screen was discovered on the Samsung booth at the lastest CES in Las Vegas.
Other info, Samsung could drop the GPU Mali to return to PowerVR SGX graphics chip with 544MP3 which would be much more efficient and stable.
The new screen should be available in Q1, 2013. This may as well be the screen for the future Samsung Galaxy S IV or why not even a Galaxy Note II mini?
Samsung claims that its new generation AMOLED displays will use 25% less power and will even have a new low-power mode.
As always take these rumors with a pinch of salt. Well, we guess we’ll know more when we know more.
Sony is working on a high-end Android smartphone, ready to take on the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy SIII. Best of all, the company will have it on display at CES and MWC next year.
“In the near future we’ll finish a flagship model, which will be able to compete with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S III,” said Dennis van Schie, CVP, Head of Sales and Marketing for Sony Mobile Communications in conversation with Financial Times Deutschland.
Additionally, a spokesperson for Sony has also suggested that this flagship model would be available on display at CES in Las Vegas and at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona early next year.
According to Van Schie, currently, Sony doesn’t have any plans to release a Windows Phone device and the company will focus all of its mobile efforts on Android.
There are several rumored Sony phones and the only one that fits the description of a true iPhone/Galaxy S III competitor is the Sony C660X ‘Yuga’. It’s supposed to run on a quad-core Krait CPU, have a 13MP camera, and enjoy a 5-inch 1080p display. Of course, you can never know with these things as some rumors suggest an Xperia C650x Odin will be the company’s flagship for next year.
“We will unveil new tablets besides our existing Xperia S tablet, but not many,” Van Schie also shared. The reason for that is the cut-throat price competition in this segment. “It has become very difficult to make money with tablets.”
Source : ftd (German)