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[Editorial] Samsung Bombarded; Display Sales Down, Profits Slide, Lawsuits Galore

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. dgstorm
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    It seems for Samsung, the old adage, "when it rains it pours" holds some validity. Looking back, I remember at the end of last year, Samsung was riding high on the fact that their Galaxy S line of phones were dominating the smartphone scene. At that time, they had some huge plans, and made some bold claims. Perhaps that "hubris" is coming back to bite them, and is providing a harsh lesson, or perhaps it isn't really fate or karma, just the dynamic nature of "free enterprise". Regardless, right now, Samsung is being assailed from all sides by a slew of harsh realities, and I thought it would be interesting to dive into the mess and discuss it further.

    Let's start with their latest bit of bad news. A recent report from Samsung indicates that their profits are down company-wide by 26%, primarily due to fallen LCD display sales and weak semi-conductor sales. Their only bright spot is that their phone division is still turning a profit, although even that could be hampered, because of the delay of the Galaxy SII to the United States. This comes on the heels of several other harsh events bashing away at the tech-giant. Let's list them all for easy reference in no particular order:
    1. Reduction of company profits down $1.1 Billion Dollars due to reduced and weak sales in display business and semi-conductor business.
    2. They can't get their Galaxy S II phones to the Unites States because of tougher negotiations with carriers that are already flooded with dual-core devices.
    3. Microsoft enforcing Android device patents to the tune of $15 dollars per device sold.
    4. Multiple injunctions from Apple with the US International Trade Commission trying to block Samsung's Phones and Tablets because Apple believes they are "copying" their designs.
    5. Multiple Lawsuits from Apple trying to block Samsung's Phones and Tablets because Apple believes they are "copying" their designs.
    6. Apple (Samsung's biggest customer) may drop them due to all these lawsuit issues.
    To put things in perspective, here is a quote from Kim Sung In, a Seoul-based analyst at Kiwoom Securities Co,
    That's a pretty bleak outlook, and after reading and writing about all these events over the past few months, I wanted to chime in on the subject.

    In the past, I have seen many people with varying perspectives on Samsung. Some people are big fans of the company. I can probably count myself among them. I own/have owned many Samsung products. I currently own a Samsung Home Theater System that has been an amazing product for the last 9 years I have owned it. Further, I also have a Samsung LCD TV that I bought several years ago, and it has held up well too. I have owned a few Samsung products that failed too. I had a 19" LCD monitor that died after the warranty period. Furthermore, I have owned some Samsung "feature" phones, (long before smartphones even existed), that got replaced by other brands for various reasons. Ultimately, my experience with the company has been primarily a good one, and I know other people with the same perspective.

    On the other hand, there was a time earlier in the year, when many folks were upset at Samsung for some of the draconian policies with their smartphones, and some instances of poor customer service. This was also around the same time that Samsung was doing really well with their Galaxy S line of phones and portrayed an almost arrogant attitude toward the markets and their customers. I can see how this might have "put off" many consumers toward the company. At any rate, regardless of whether their current situation is deserved or not, it seems to me that it is an unusual occurrence to see a company of Samsung's size and caliber have so many negative events bombarding them from every side.

    Ultimately, Samsung is a large enough international corporation that they will probably be able to fight through this onslaught of bad situations and come out just fine. Also, it may give them a better sense of purpose and make them stronger in the long run. Perhaps it will even endear them to their customers again, so they won't lose site of what really keeps them in business. Further, it is even possible that many of these "stumbling blocks" will be turned into "stepping stones". It's possible that Apple and Samsung will come to some sort of agreement and continue their long-running partnership. And, in all likelihood, Samsung will finally get the Galaxy SII phone here to the States and it will generate some much needed profits to help them retool their display and semiconductor divisions.

    What do you guys think of what is happening with Samsung? And, what do you think will be the probable outcome in the end? Could this be the beginnings of their downfall, or just a small chapter in their story? How many of you own, and would buy Samsung products in the future? Finally, who has been holding out for the Galaxy SII?

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    First of all, their boastful claims are nothing compared to "the Almighty Apple" personally I think its sad Apple sues everyone for everything (wouldn't be surprised if they tried suing farmers for growing food apples lol)
    That being said, I'm sure Samsung will make it through everything fairly well, they are afterall a big company with many different types of products and mostly decent quality ones...
    As for their phones, don't they make the Droid charge? The only Verizon phone to date that has 4g and can actually use it well and the battery not die in like 5 seconds? Not to mention its visually stunning display?
    Also with all the hype behind it I can't imagine the galaxy S2 NOT making it across to the US...
    Hopefully they will take this financial hardship as motivation to make even better devices

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    They could reach at least the technophile market by selling their phones directly through some official distributor completely unlocked in both GSM and CDMA (and hopefully dual-mode) variants. So many want those devices and have been waiting for months...

    I'd buy a no-contract GS2 for a reasonable price.
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    As for why the hesitation from US carriers on bring SGSII's to their product lines, is it possible that customers weren't the only ones to see the rough side of Samsung's arrogance. Fortune 100 CEOs may only be able to see a quarter ahead, but they see decades behind.
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    Hmm, I had an interesting thought...maybe apple is specifically targeting Samsung because I think they are the closest to matching/beating the iPhones coveted retina display with their super amoled+ screens and whatever future versions of it that will come out (I've heard the amoled+ screen being described as overly color saturated but I think its still the closest to retina as far as resolution) anyone else agree?

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    Samsung will pull through, they are a HUGE company. I have a samsung washer and dryer set, we still have two samsung tube tvs that are still working just fine. We had a samsung DLP tv until it died, we probably would have gotten another one if we hadn't gotten an awesome deal on a sony bravia. I still have a samsung monitor thats about 11 years old, my brother used it all through high school and college and i may not use it much anymore it still works great and i think it looks pretty good. I have a samsung point and shoot camera and i love it, i think it takes good pictures and is overall a good piece of technology. I'm sure i have more samsung stuff that i'm forgetting about. I want the galaxy s II, no, i need it to be my next phone. I don't care about "retina" or "qHD" screens. What i care about it color quality and clarity. I have wanted a samsung phone for awhile because of their great processors. If the Galaxy S II comes out with 4g it will be my next phone there is no doubt in my mind. I just really hope it comes out by august because my droid is barely alive and once i have an upgrade available im getting anything
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    Actually I'm going to be adding my small contribution to Samsung soon...hopefully buying a nice 42" Samsung HDTV soon...not to mention that the GS II is looking better and better, if its Verizon and 4G and hopefully unlocked bootloader, I'm getting it

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    With a weak economy in the US it's not too surprising to see fewer retail sales, tougher carrier negotiations, MS collecting all the fees it can, and no matter what else happens you can depend on Apple to bring lawsuits. So I'm not seeing this as so terrible for Samsung as much as normal business cycling.
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    Apple's moto: If you can't beat 'em, sew them for random stuff.
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    You also forgot, "If you can't innovate copy a good idea then add magical and revolutionary to it"
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    I hate to nitpick, but it's "sue". ;)
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    lol...my bad.
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    Wait, wasn't it Samsung who blatantly stole the UI from the FIRST commercially successful Smartphone and then sold it as KangWiz?
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    Samsung stole from BlackBerry?

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