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According to the latest report from a research firm Gartner, in the fourth quarter of 2014 ending December, Apple managed to sell more smartphones than its main rival, Samsung. This allowed the company from Cupertino to become the largest smartphone maker in the world. As to the numbers, Apple sold as many as 74.8 million iPhone units and the South Korean manufacturer - 73 million smartphones. Apple got the market share of 20.4%, while the share of Samsung was equal to 19.9%.
Following Samsung, who announced a new payments system dubbed Samsung Pay on Sunday, another Apple rival, Google, told about its plans to launch its own payments service called presumably “Android Pay” and create an API, which will let developers integrate the new service into their apps. What can I say? We all live in a very competitive world, that is why so many tech giants create products and services with similar functionality.
Ahead of the official release of the long-anticipated Apple Watch, which is expected to take place on March 9th, more and more details about the functionality and design of the gadget leak online. According to the most-recent report published by The New York Times journalists, the wearable device will boast of a "Power Reserve" mode. This mode will disable all the other features of the smartwatch and display only time in order to save energy when battery is critically low. Apart from that, the reporters claim that the official release of the Apple Watch should have come a bit earlier, however, due to some technical differences and the loss of several key engineers who left the company in 2014, it comes only now.
Samsung has just announced its two new flagships, namely, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. This happened at the annual conference called Mobile World Congress. Both devices are thinner and lighter than their predecessors, moreover, they feature new metal and glass bodies, better cameras and serious hardware improvements. And yes, in terms of design, they look very similar to the iPhone 6.
It is Sunday today, which means I have to tell you about the most interesting posts of the last seven days. If you’re not tired of reading Apple-related news, let’s take a look at the articles worth your attention right now.
Several images showing something what appears to be headphones for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have recently appeared on the Internet. What is interesting about the leaked earbuds is that they look very similar to Apple’s EarPods.
Every year, ahead of launches of new products from Apple, Samsung and other tech giants, dozens, hundreds and even thousands of renderings, mockups and concepts appear on the Internet, which allegedly show how this or that device may look like. While Apple or any other company simply ignores all this stuff, its South Korean rival takes most ridiculous, absurd and weird images and uses them to promote its next-generation flagship.
According to the latest reports from Asian sources, Samsung has recently signed a deal with Apple and LG to supply these vendors with DRAM memory chips. These advanced chips will be used in the production of the next-generation iPhone called presumably the iPhone 6s as well as in the LG G4, sources claim. The worth of the deal remains unknown, however, we may assume that it is close to billions of dollars.
According to reliable insiders, Apple’s South Korean rival Samsung has recently announced its plans to purchase LoopPay, a firm behind the technology, which may become a rival of Apple Pay payments service. Back in December, it was reported that two firms had been in talks over a partnership. Well, the talks turned out to be successful and LoopPay will soon become a part of the South Korean tech giant, responsible for the development of secure mobile payments system.
It is Sunday today, that is why I think we should discuss the most interesting stories of the last seven days. Let’s not waste time and take a look at the popular post right now.
A firm called Corning, which produces Gorilla Glass for modern smartphones and tablets including those manufactured by Apple, has recently announced a new type of glass, which will be used in the smartphones and wearable devices later this year. This glass is reportedly called “Project Phire” and it can boast of the scratch resistance similar to the one sapphire has, but is far better than this material in terms of drop performance. It is currently unclear what smartphones will get the new glass, however, I’m almost certain that these will be Apple’s iPhones and other flagships from top vendors.
According to the latest rumor published by Re/code reporters, Samsung will become Apple’s sole chip supplier. Looks like the guys from Cupertino have finally made up their mind. The decision to choose the Korean manufacturer, not Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), is cased by the fact that Samsung uses a more advanced manufacturing technology and can produce more chips at a given time.
A couple of images showing something what appears to be a chassis of the Samsung Galaxy S6, which is expected to be officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month, have recently appeared on the Internet. As you might have already noticed, the leaked part proves that the handset will be very similar to Apple’s iPhone 6.
Although Apple’s tablet sales become weaker and weaker with every new quarter, the company currently remains top tablet vendor in the world. According to the latest figures from a research firm called IDC, in the last quarter of 2014, Apple sold 21.4 million iPads and got the market share of 28.1%. Closest rivals are traditionally Samsung and Lenovo with 11.0 and 3.7 million devices sold over the last three months and market shares of 14.5% and 4.8% respectively.
While Apple’s profits continue to grow, its main market rival keeps losing its share, customers and money. According to the most recent earnings report published by Samsung earlier this week, the company saw a 36% decrease in profits in Q4 of 2014 in comparison with the year-ago result. Moreover, Samsung’s mobile division saw even greater decline - 64%. The net profit in the latest quarter accounted for 5.29 trillion won (about $4.84 billion).