I have written before that the continuing decline in Samsung's smartphone business will ultimately have an impact on the company's employees. Certainly, rumors have been circulating for some time that the South Korea giant will cut jobs during 2015. That would follow up on 30% of the smartphone division being cut last year, but Samsung has taken another drastic action of freezing employees' salaries this year.
The more cynical would say it was inevitable that Samsung would explore a payment system, especially now that Apple has one. Samsung is known to be interested in setting up its own Apple Pay style product and Samsung's heir Lee Jay-yong met with PayPal founder Peter Thiel yesterday about linking together on Samsung's payment system.
In one week's time the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be out in the wild and we will all be discussing whether it is the device to help the company in its most testing period in years. It is accepted that Samsung has to change some things, which is why the South Korean giant is expected to unveil a radical overhaul of its flagship series.
Samsung is in full swing preparing the final details of the new Galaxy S6 AND Galaxy S6 Edge, both of which will be launched at the opening of the Mobile World Conference on March 1. However, the South Korean giant is still eager to remind us that its current Galaxy S5 flagship is still out there and will continue to be available.
Samsung has lost considerable market share in the smartphone world over the last year, something that has been well documented. The company's slide is only really put into perspective when you see individual countries in isolation and Sammy has lost huge ground in key markets such as China, South Korea, and Japan. However, it seems the company's troubles in these important huge regions are not specific to smartphones.
We still not know exactly when the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be made available to consumers, but we do at least know it will be coming to the UK. Of course, Samsung's flagship was always going to land in Europe's biggest market, but retailer Carphone Warehouse just put an official stamp on it. The multi-location outlet revealed that it is accepting registrations for the Galaxy S6 now.
Samsung is coming off the back of a terrible 2014 and the pressure is most definitely on for the South Korean giant. Yes, the company is still the largest smartphone maker in the world, but increasingly its market share is being infringed upon by major rivals such as Apple, Xiaomi, and LG. Worse, this decline is happening in key markets while those rivals appear to be going from strength to strength.With that in mind, the upcoming Galaxy S6 is pivotal and that?s where we?ll start.
Samsung does not like to hang around and the company has already said that it plans to launch numerous smartphones (and indeed products) carrying its Tizen platform this year. The first Tizen based smartphone, the Samsung Z1, launched back in January and reports suggest that the Korean company is already planning a follow up.
Samsung's Galaxy Grand 3 was leaked back in December and the trail has gone a little quiet recently. However, Samsung India sent out a teaser that suggests that the new phablet smartphone is going to be launched in the near future.
It is nice to see that Samsung is supporting some of its aging smartphones with new software updates. The company is rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Galaxy S4, a device that is nearly two years old. It's good news for owners of those handsets, and there is also good news for owners of the even older Galaxy Note II as Samsung has reiterated its plans to give that handset the Lollipop bump too.