Samsung has endured a torrid 2014 and for the first time in years the company's smartphone business faces an uncertain future. The company has taken steps to address tumbling profits, such as reducing its smartphone output in 2015 to make its products less conspicuous in the market. Also it is being reported that the Korean giant is about to relieve head of mobile and co-CEO J.K. Shin of his executive duties.
Apple has been working itself away from Google for some time now, with the removal of apps such as YouTube and Google Maps as defaults on iOS devices, while Siri avoids Google searches as much as possible. The voice assistant now used Bing as a default and utilizes services such as Yelp before giving Google and precedence. Cupertino is now continuing its move away from Google integration if reports are true saying the Safari web browser will stop offering Google Search as default.
A few mobile companies have bricks and mortar stores. Apple has had huge success in the retail space, Microsoft has a presence in the US, while Samsung and Sony have been long term retailers. However, they are all huge companies with multiple products to push. So, you can color us pretty surprised that OnePlus has opened its own retail location in China.
When Tim Cook became Apple CEO there were many who thought he lacked the passionate vision of Steve Jobs to keep the company hitting home runs. That may well be true, but those on Cook's side always said he was a formidable businessman who knew how to build on Apple's success and to build on it. Many scoffed, but Cook has indeed made Apple a bigger company now than it was before his tenure.
Samsung has been discussing its smartphone business in recent weeks falling tumbling profits, but Sony got there first when it said that it would also lower its smartphone output in the future. The Japanese company has expanded on that decision to lower costs by only focusing on key areas of the market.
App marketing firm Fiksu has revealed its latest data regarding app downloads through October and found that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus along with iOS 8 accounted for a huge jump in downloads to an all-time high. The new reports shows that there has been a 42% increase from September for the top 200 free iOS apps that the company tracked through October. Those applications accounted for 7.8 million downloads, a 39% increase from this time last year.
Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus arrived in September to much fanfare and instantly began selling like proverbial hotcakes. The new devices crushed sales records through their launch window as Cupertino's year of growth continued with stellar third quarter results. Sales for the iPhone have grown year on year through each period and now one analyst is predication that this quarter will yield unbelievable numbers.
Google has fallen foul of authorities in Europe on numerous occasions and the latest war between the search giant and the European Union is just warming up. The "right to be forgotten" regulations imposed on Google seem to be just the beginning as the Financial Times is reporting that the EU is going to try to force Google to unbundle it search business (its chief income source) from all its other services.
Microsoft was speaking in Germany and had plenty to say about Windows Phone and its newly acquired line of Lumia devices. The giant claimed that 50 million Lumia devices have now been activated, but of course most of those sales are thanks to Nokia and not Microsoft, with Redmond only buying the Finnish company's phone business this year.
Samsung has had an awful 2014 that has brought declining sales across the board and tumbling profits quarter on quarter. The Korean company has been left reeling by huge competition in Asia from Xiaomi and increased rivalry at the high end by the likes of Apple and LG. Samsung has said it would reshape its smartphone strategy to combat the problems and today we can see the company's new smartphone plan.