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Google has a mountain to climb if it wants to displace Apple's iPhone, and even challenging Samsung, which has a trio of superb Android-powered flagship devices, will be tough; iPhone users are extremely unlikely to defect from their Apple device to an Android product and if they do the most likely device they will consider will come from Samsung.feedback
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We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Ben Wood is associated, including Samsung, Sony, and content. Most recently, Ben Wood has been quoted saying: “At the same time, going head-to-head with other Android phone makers won't go down well. History has shown that companies that compete with their own channels invariably become unstuck. With the Android platform being so strategic to the broader Google business this is a dangerous game to play.” in the article Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Google takes on iPhone with AI-infused smartphone.
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Aug 23 2017 - Samsung

It's a testament to Samsung's stubbornness and determination that the launch of the Note 8 cements its position as the leading Android smartphone maker, drawing a clear line under the Note 7 problems.feedback

Aug 23 2017 - IPhone

By launching the Note 8 now, Samsung gets the oxygen of publicity ahead of Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 8. Samsung will be hoping that a trio of competitive high-end products – the Note 8, S8 and S8+ – will appeal to anyone looking for a new Android phone. Furthermore, these devices are certainly good enough to turn the heads of a few iPhone owners who fancy a trying a different device.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - IPhone

Nokia remains a widely recognized mobile phone brand and HMD needs to capitalize on that as quickly as possible. The Nokia 8 is another important milestone as the company adds breadth to its portfolio of devices in an effort to broaden its appeal to consumers.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - Samsung

The Nokia 8 is an extremely important product for HMD Global: its first attempt to move into the more lucrative, higher-tier smartphone segment, a notoriously challenging part of the market dominated by Apple and Samsung. The company will be hoping that the widely recognised Nokia brand will help it stand out from rivals such as HTC, Huawei, LG and Sony, which are also trying to compete with Apple and Samsung.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - Samsung

The Nokia 8 has some innovative features including the dual-sight function on the camera and the 360-degree audio recording but it's not yet clear whether these are game-changing features that will lure consumers away from established rivals such as Apple and Samsung.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Samsung

Red has a reputation of delivering high-performance camera technology and that is undoubtedly one of the anchor elements of the device together with the holographic screen, but until more concrete details emerge it is difficult to judge.feedback

Jul 03 2017 - Samsung

You could also argue if Samsung is keen to continue using the Note brand for more business centric and productivity devices, reintroducing the Note 7 successfully would help them re-establish the brand ahead of any potential Note 8 launch.feedback

May 31 2017 - Nokia

In the UK, initial sales have been very strong, and that's a pretty good achievement because this is a very basic phone, it doesn't even have Wi-Fi on it. The mid-range Android smartphone space is probably the toughest of the mobile phone markets in existence... This is their challenge, and HMD needs to quickly move the market forward. New 3310s, at least, mean that consumers are now aware that Nokia is back.feedback

May 16 2017 - Samsung

Samsung Pay's primary competition is Android Pay and Samsung will need to offer some very attractive incentives to users if it wants to compete. Even more of a challenge will be getting existing Android Pay users to start using Samsung Pay – it is hard to see why someone would want to switch at present. Mobile payments have taken off more slowly than expected, but there are encouraging signs of progress. In its latest earnings call Apple revealed that Apple Pay transactions had grown 450% year on year and it has previously stated that one million users have signed up on a weekly basis.feedback

May 16 2017 - Samsung

The arrival of Samsung Pay gives consumers even more choice on how they can make payments. The UK is already a strong market when it comes to contactless payments and the extensive payment infrastructure means that it is a strategic market for any company looking to launch mobile payments. There have already been many millions of transactions on the TfL network. As consumers become more aware of being able to pay with their smartphones the number of transactions will grow – particularly for low-cost items such as buying a cup of coffee.feedback

May 16 2017 - Samsung

Samsung is determined to get consumers to think of it as more than just a company that makes devices. Samsung Pay is just one of several initiatives where it is trying to add value to its products while establishing an ongoing relationship with its customers over the lifetime of a device.feedback

May 12 2017 - Samsung

Taking risks with battery technology can bite you.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Driverless cars

GPU is about everything Apple does in the future. If it moves into AR, driverless cars, AI, all of those require GPU, so it's Apple taking control of their destiny in that space. What remains to be seen, is that, will they have the ability to do it by themselves or need IP from Imagination.feedback

Apr 05 2017

One of Apple's successes has been built on the fact they tightly control all elements of hardware, software and services, it's a unique set of assets. The performance advantages to owning the whole hardware stack are substantial.feedback

Mar 23 2017

But Fossil is pushing the smartwatch mainstream, and everything we have learned from the market is that they are way further ahead than they anticipated.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - Samsung

It is a challenge but this is the dance Samsung has to do in terms of its relationship with Google, where it has an agreement as a result of licensing Android to support certain features.feedback

Mar 16 2017

Swatch may be able to develop its own software platform, but attracting developers to get access to the most popular apps needs an operating system with scale. Just look at how BlackBerry ended up abandoning its own software.feedback

Mar 02 2017

It could well be that we see more brands of yesteryear picked up by Chinese brands.feedback

Mar 02 2017 - Mobile World Congress

It is little surprise Google has come out with all guns blazing at MWC. It must be reeling from the decision to include Amazon's Alexa on the Mate 9 when it was announced. Amazon has taken an early lead with Alexa and Google needs to exploit the enormous reach of Android smartphones to rapidly get the Google Assistant into the hands of consumers before they get wedded to the Alexa ecosystem.feedback

Mar 01 2017 - Samsung

I don't think people will get this, the point is this has become the story of the show and quite frankly it's a damning indictment of the state of the smartphone market today. It's characterized by a sea of sameness, lots of rectangular devices and Nokia too have the same problem because they are trying to get back to the market with a device like this which is their Android phone and, to be honest, if that's all they'd announced, it wouldn't have got many column inches at all.feedback

Feb 27 2017 - IPhone

I absolutely think Samsung is going to have a huge impact on the market. I think it's going be the biggest launch they have ever done. I think it's going to be an extremely impressive device and I think it must be a very daunting prospect to all of the competitors in this Android market where competing there is really, really tough. And that's before you even start going head-to-head with the iPhone.feedback

Feb 27 2017

It is an incredibly ambitious product and Sony should be applauded for having the courage to invest in a completely new area. At its current price it is out of reach to anyone but the most dedicated and affluent gadget lover but it may well be steering a course to the future of projection technology in people's homes.feedback

Feb 27 2017 - Samsung

This year has presented an unexpected window of opportunity for Samsung's rivals to position their new devices in the limelight. It's a unique chance to get airtime before the Samsung marketing freight train grabs all the headlines when the widely anticipated Galaxy S8 breaks cover.feedback

Feb 26 2017 - Foxconn

Having Foxconn as one of its backers gives HMD Global an advantage of some rivals. As the biggest contract phone manufacturer in the world it can offer scale advantages and access to the latest technology which should help HMD Global to offer strong devices in the fiercely competitive Android smartphone market.feedback

Feb 26 2017 - Samsung

The P10 is an even more refined flagship smartphone for Huawei and builds on the P9 which was a pivotal device in establishing Huawei as a credible high end phone maker. It is clear that Huawei has huge ambitions and this device coupled with other devices such as the Mate 9 will certainly help cement its position as the clear number 3 in the smartphone space.feedback

Feb 26 2017 - Huawei

Getting consumers interested remains an ever present challenge.feedback

Feb 26 2017 - Huawei

Huawei is having another roll of the dice with its latest Android Wear powered smartwatches and although they are an improvement over its first device the broader category still appears to be offering a solution for a problem that does not really exist.feedback

Feb 25 2017

TCL will be hoping that by licensing the BlackBerry brand it can extend its market reach beyond the low margin consumer segment (which it currently targets via the Alcatel brand) to the higher margin enterprise devices space. However, the jury is out on how relevant the BlackBerry brand remains to that segment.feedback

Feb 24 2017 - Nokia

For many people it was the first phone people had. That means something, it's like your first car.feedback

Feb 24 2017 - Nokia

It was such a game changer at the time and a product that was so aspirational.feedback

Dec 30 2016 - Samsung

I think Samsung have got their heads down and are getting on with it. It's essential because the competition doesn't get any easier.feedback

Dec 30 2016 - Samsung

We have always said right from the beginning that we didn't think it would have a dramatic long term impact on Samsung, so far we are being proved right. It wiped out profitability, but I think they will record a spectacularly strong fourth quarter because they have upped their game in terms of marketing with the S7 and Edge and the S6 and entry level.feedback

Dec 30 2016

This probably is the most accessible high-end VR experience for consumers today.feedback

Dec 30 2016

You can't help but be impressed by the humble Google Cardboard which is entry level and for the first timer snacking on VR.feedback

Oct 14 2016

All major content providers are piling into this area, and user-generated content is poised to explode as more affordable 360-degree cameras come to market.feedback

Oct 14 2016 - Youtube

We envision a world where 'surroundie' photos and videos become the next big thing, especially as 360-degree content can be so easily shared with more than 1.7 billion Facebook and YouTube users.feedback

Sep 07 2016 - IPhone

It also could see a shift towards high-resolution music.feedback

Sep 07 2016 - IPhone

With a more intelligent connection to headsets either via Apple's Lightning connector, USB-C or Bluetooth, there is tremendous scope to add sensors that could monitor activity, heart rate and more.feedback

Sep 06 2016 - Driverless cars

Movidius will help further Intel's efforts to offer solutions around computer vision and artificial intelligence. The company is betting big on securing a place in the next wave of technology that will be instrumental across multiple areas including autonomous driving, drones, mixed reality, navigation and robotics.feedback

Sep 05 2016 - Snapchat

We expect augmented reality technology to evolve quickly and the experience to improve dramatically. It's little surprise that companies such as Microsoft and Google are placing such big bets in this area.feedback

Sep 05 2016 - Pokemon

The added dimension of the Pokemon Go craze has undoubtedly raised awareness of the potential for augmented reality. That can only be positive for the technology.feedback

Sep 05 2016 - Youtube

I think that history has shown, for example with the explosive growth on YouTube, that obviously there is a role for curated content, but user-generated content has been a massive driver on consumption.feedback

Sep 05 2016 - Youtube

With 360, all you need is a camera and you can immediately share it. We have never had situation where there is instant distribution to billions of people.feedback

Sep 05 2016 - Youtube

Facebook and YouTube have firmly put their weight behind it. This is the first time we have had a new content format where there is such wide distribution from the beginning. Something like Blu-Ray you had to buy a player and replace disks.feedback

Sep 01 2016

It's a very significant deal with Qualcomm displacing Intel with one of the biggest watch manufacturers in the world.feedback

Sep 01 2016

Sony has now engineered the business to a point where it's financially viable which is important, however it's very difficult to see how they can grow going forward.feedback

Sep 01 2016 - IPhone

The Compact is more interesting because the iPhone SE has shown that there is an appetite from some consumers for a smaller device. It might be the compact variant that could be the most important in international markets.feedback

Aug 31 2016 - Samsung

It is the most watch-like Gear product Samsung has launched, one of the big criticisms that has been levelled at Samsung is that they are taking design cues from the consumer electronics industry rather than design. You could argue previous watches were more akin to geek wear.feedback

May 18 2016 - Nokia

Nokia seems to have put together a very elegant deal in order to maximize the potential to drive some revenue from the handset business, with no risk in terms of hardware. The brand is strong in the feature phone space, but does it stand for a cutting-edge future proof smartphone? That's unclear. ... It's a brand that has lost its lustre.feedback

May 12 2016

There are lots of signals which mean that it can start move beyond geek phase to early adopter and consumer phase.feedback

May 12 2016

If you stand back and get beyond all the geeks shouting about it, you could say these numbers deliver cautious optimism for the potential of VR and 360 degree content.feedback

Apr 28 2016 - IPhone

Samsung has had a real return to form with the S7 and S7 edge. It's focus on higher-tier, higher-margin products has certainly helped boost its earning. The new devices deliver a good story for anyone considering a Samsung device as an alternative to an iPhone.feedback

Feb 24 2016

It's little surprise Xiaomi has gone for a big European launch. As the Chinese smartphone market plateaus, it is essential Xiaomi (and other Chinese phone makers) drive growth in international markets.feedback

Feb 22 2016

You can see that the intense competition in the smartphone market is biting and Sony is trying to find a place for itself in a sector where without scale it's almost impossible to make money.feedback

Feb 22 2016

It's inconceivable Sony can survive as a hardware only business.feedback

Feb 21 2016 - IPhone

If you work in a shop selling phones, they have given you a reason for you to sell the S7 over the iPhone. The Galaxy S7 has expandable memory, better battery, it's got a good camera, they are ticking all the boxes if you are selling it side by side with the iPhone.feedback

Feb 18 2016

This is a beachhead for future technology and as all smartphone markets look to add new innovations to differentiate, they will look at these sensors and others like ultraviolet sensors and others.feedback

Mar 10 2015

Apple will unquestionably sell millions of these watches because there's pent-up demand from the loyal super-fans who will buy almost any Apple product.feedback

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