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Etisalat Nigeria today announced possible disruptions to its operations and services as a result of the current nationwide scarcity of petroleum products. Management stated that the company is working assiduously to minimise the impact given the circumstances. Read the rest of this entry
Sony has begun rolling out a new system software update to PlayStation 4, bringing with it various tweaks and improvements to the previous firmware build. Read the rest of this entry
WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced on his Facebook page late last night that the messaging app now has 800 million monthly active users. That is a 33% increase since last August. By the end of the year, WhatsApp could have 1 billion monthly active users. That is a very important benchmark for the app. Read the rest of this entry
The Beam Texting app is set to change the way we type. Why is that so? Read the rest of this entry
Jobberman, Cheki.com.ng and Private Property, members of the One Africa Media group launch new office space at the Elephant House building, 214, Broad Street, Marina, Lagos Read the rest of this entry
Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company, Etisalat Nigeria, today announced it will offer iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, beginning on Friday, 14 November 2014. Read the rest of this entry
Microsoft has announced that its latest addition to the Lumia range of smartphones, the Lumia 930, running Windows Phone 8.1 is now available in Nigeria.
The Lumia 930 smartphone comes with the best of Microsoft built in work and play features such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, XBOX, Skype and Read the rest of this entry
Samsung is losing smartphone ground not only to cheaper Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi but also at the high end to Apple
Research firm Counterpoint said the Galaxy S5 appeared to be doing worse than the Galaxy S4 had done in its early launch against the iPhone 5, with each selling about 7 million units a month.
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is losing smartphone ground not only to cheaper Chinese rivals but also at the high end to Apple Inc, a survey showed, in an ominous sign for the South Korean giant as Apple readies to launch its next-generation iPhone 6.
Samsung last week gave second-quarter earnings guidance that was far weaker than expectations and is on track for its worst quarterly profit in two years, a performance the company attributed in part to price competition and higher inventory levels in China.
Research firm Counterpoint’s survey of 35 markets accounting for nearly 90% of global sales found that sales for the eight-month-old iPhone 5s stood at 7 million in May, compared with about 5 million for Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5, which was in just its second full month of sales after a late March release.
Counterpoint said that the Galaxy S5 appeared to be doing worse than the Galaxy S4 had done in its early launch against the iPhone 5, with each selling about 7 million units a month. The data measure retailers’ sales to consumers as opposed to typical industry data that look at shipments made by the manufacturer.
Galaxy S5 sales probably remained at about 5 million units in June, said Tom Kang, Seoul-based analyst for Counterpoint. He said the Galaxy S5 fell short of market expectations in terms of display quality and by using a plastic case.
“They made one mistake, one product that didn’t hold up to expectations and they are paying the price,” he said in a phone interview. “They will have to move forward and leave behind what has failed and focus on the next product.”
The data suggests that Samsung’s problems run deeper than just the inventory buildup in mid-to-low tier devices that the company reported earlier in the month after disclosing weaker-than-expected second quarter guidance.
Samsung declined to comment on Counterpoint’s data or disclose shipment figures for the Galaxy S5, though a Samsung executive in April said that the new flagship device was expected to outperform its predecessor.
“We will strengthen our product competitiveness by reinforcing our premium brand reputation, powerful product line-up, and cutting-edge technology,” the company said in an email statement on Wednesday.
Data from research firm Canalys showed that Samsung’s market share in the first quarter of 2014 fell to 18% from 20% a year earlier, while the likes of China’s Xiaomi and Lenovo Group Ltd made gains.
Analysts said Samsung’s new products such as the S5 did not offer enough to entice consumers to pay a premium over cheaper alternatives that were rapidly improving in quality.
“Most major smartphone brands worldwide are battling brand fatigue at the moment,” said Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston. “Consumers love their smartphones but almost all hardware, software and apps now look, feel or cost the same.”
Apple, however, continues to be able to charge premium prices. Its iPhone 6 generation, expected to be launched as soon as September, is anticipated to sport bigger screens which would encroach on what has been a key Samsung advantage.
The Counterpoint data also suggest that Apple’s smartphone sales have remained resilient even as anticipation for the new product launch builds. The US company is expected to report its fiscal third-quarter results later this month.
Some slowdown for Samsung was expected following a record year of profits in 2013. Strategy Analytics forecasts global smartphone shipments growth this year to slow to 21% from 41% in 2013, while faster growth for cheaper smartphones was also expected to undermine margins.
Samsung’s worse-than-anticipated operating profit guidance of 7.2 trillion won ($6.96 billion) for the April-June period caught analysts by surprise. Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S survey shows that 28 of 50 analysts polled have cut full-year profit forecasts for the company since the guidance was issued on 8 July.
A worker at a South Korean carrier shop in central Seoul said sales of the iPhone 5s and the Galaxy S5 were roughly equal at his store, even though the Apple device had been on the market since October in South Korea.
“IPhone sales have been consistent and the differentiating factor for it is the design,” said the worker, who only wanted to be identified by his surname Kim as he was not authorised to speak to the media. “There isn’t much difference in the design of a Galaxy phone or an LG phone.”
Some analysts said Samsung should bite the bullet and cut prices across the board, trading short-term margins for market share, while others say Samsung should look at more innovative change such as introducing flexible displays.
Counterpoint’s Kang said Samsung may also need to consider adopting a new brand for its high-end products.
The Galaxy brand has been weakened because it’s selling $100, $200, $300 phones while Apple only sells $400 and above, so they might even need to throw away their Galaxy brand,” he said.
Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai sat down with CNN’s Isha Sesay(@IshaSesayCNN) in Abuja to discuss her meeting with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan about the 200+ girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Nigeria more than 90 days ago.
On what President Jonathan told her
“He made me two promises. The first one he made was that he’d definitely meet the parents of those girls and listen to what the parents say. It’s very important because the parents need support, and he hasn’t met the parents yet so it would be the first meeting. It’s a great success for me because I want to raise the voices of those parents.
The second promise was that he would make sure these girls are soon released, and he would try his best. He said that he has many solutions, and he would find the best solution for it.”
On cruelty of Boko Haram
“In Swat, it’s a very difficult situation of Talibanization and terrorism where we were not allowed to go to school and we are girls. Education was totally banned and women were not allowed to go to market.
But here, the situation is – is like – it’s the same. They are against education, but here they – they seem like more cruel. They have crossed the limits of cruelty and harshness. And we see that girls are now deprived of their families. They are away from their homes and it’s – it’s – I can’t even imagine it. And those girls are suffering through it.”
On turning 17
“I’m 17 and I feel that I have more and more responsibility as I grow older. I can see myself more responsible, and I think that I should continue my campaign for girls education as well as focus on my education because I believe that education will empower me and it will strengthen me to give me more and more courage.”