This weekend, Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones. Today’s graphic compares a selection of flagship smartphones from major manufacturers.
Yesterday, Samsung reported its first annual earnings decline in three years, as strong chip earnings failed to make up for weaknesses. Earnings from smartphones and other mobile gadgets dropped to 1.96 trillion won, but its semiconductor division reached its highest profit in more than four years. Today features a double dose of graphics summarizing Samsung earnings, showing operating profit/loss by segment, and share price performance.
Apple posted better-than-expected revenue yesterday on the back of a record iPhone launch that saw 39 million of the smartphones sold in the September quarter. Last week, the company introduced its new iPads. We already took at look at how the iPad Air matches up against its competition. Today we scale it down a bit to see how the iPad mini compares to its major competitors on the market.
Yesterday Apple introduced the iPad Air 2, a faster, slimmer version of its predecessor with other modest improvements. Today’s graphic compares the new iPad to four of its major competitors on the market.
The new Apple Watch can receive phone calls and messages, play music, serve as a digital wallet and monitor heart rates. The watches will come in three collections, including a sport edition and an upscale line coated in 18-karat gold. Today’s graphic compares the Apple Watch to seven competitors already on the market.
Yesterday, Apple unveiled two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Today’s graphic compares the new iPhones to seven major smartphone competitors.
This week’s $3.8 billion stock swap transaction between South Korea’s Samsung Heavy industries and Samsung Engineering pushed Asia Pacific target M&A activity to $424.0 billion for year-to-date 2014, a 64% increase compared to a year ago and the strongest year-to-date period for deal making in the region since records began in 1980. China, Australia and South Korea account for 76% of announced M&A activity so far this year, led by financials (22%), real estate (14%) and industrials (12%).
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Worldwide smartphone market share for Samsung and Apple dipped in the second quarter, according to IDC. Today’s graphic shows the total smartphone shipments and market share breakdown.
Amazon’s new smartphone, which joins their “Fire” lineup of tablets and streaming devices, aims to stand out in a crowded field dominated by Apple and Samsung. The new 3D Fire phone seeks to offer shoppers instant gratification by recognizing thousands of products, television shows and songs and allowing users to immediately buy them on Amazon. Today’s graphic compares the new Amazon Fire to six major competitors on the smartphone market.
Yesterday, A U.S. judge rejected Apple’s request for a permanent sales ban in the U.S. against some older Samsung smartphones. Today’s graphic is a timeline of Apple’s continuing legal battle with Samsung. Apple’s claims on infringements made by Samsung in their original suit are categorized in three groups, highlighted below.