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Analysts argue that with Galaxy S IV Samsung is 'taking its last steps in Apple’s shadow'

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Analysts argue that with Galaxy S IV Samsung is 'taking its last steps in Apple’s shadow'
Enterprise innovation pundit Haydn Shaughnessy and Jefferson Wang, an IBB analyst, sat down for a fireside chat on Samsung's future, and reached the conclusion that the company is "taking its last steps in Apple’s shadow" with the announcement of the Galaxy S 4 on Thursday.

So far, they argued, most industry players have been trying to mimic Apple's iPhone concept and execution with varying degrees of success, but they are more and more ready to brake the mould, and especially Samsung has shown to possess all the resources to do so - not this year, but with what's coming in 2014.

If the fourth Galaxy S generation turns out to be similar to the leaks circulating these days, they might have a point, as it would be a good upgrade from the S III, with better screen and faster processor, but by no means an iconic product.

With Samsung's work on flexible OLED displays, gathered under the YOUM brand, and its love affair with Tizen OS on the software side of things, the analysts believe 2014 will be when Samsung will try and break away from what the Galaxy line flagships have looked and felt like so far, and start injecting that bit of awesome sauce needed to take the hearts and minds of users by storm. 

One thing is certain for this year - the smartphone wars have never been so heated, and the flagship devices have never been so neck-and-neck as this season, so 2013 might really be a tipping point for the industry, after the original iPhone introduced a shattering disruption in the way of doing things with your cell phone. Five years later, it seems that most players have caught up to the disruption, and ready for the next battle round. What do you think?

source: Forbes

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posted on 12 Mar 2013, 10:46 37

1. Aeires (unregistered)


Judging by the success of the SIII, I'd say they took those steps last year.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:22 6

20. iWorld (Posts: 85; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Samsung will follow the same path which Apple has chosen.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:24 22

22. teerex42 (Posts: 159; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


Definitely, the S3 has surpassed the iPhone by leaps and bounds. The S4 will only destroy it even further. Whoever thumbed down Aeires truthful comment are only sore iCrap lovers HAHA. You can't handle the truth bitches!!!!
Samsung rules iCrap drools!!!!!!

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:56 2

38. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


iP5 sold more than GS3.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 12:01 8

44. teerex42 (Posts: 159; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


Billy if that was true it is only because of all the iSheep who don't know anything about anything but the iphone and they're blind to better technology that's out there. I have a lot of friends and family that traded in their iphone for the S3 and every single one which I counted was at 16 agree the S3 is far superior to the iphone with it's technology and screen!! I know it's a personal preference but I've played with both and the S3 blows the iphone away!

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 12:09 2

46. darkkjedii (Posts: 11235; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Not the is*** but the main stream consumer. That's who apple appeals to the most. It's also why Sammy re strategized there brand and is doing so well now.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 22:05

77. rdemon (Posts: 46; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


IPhony 5 is the best selling phone in the U.S.!
GSlll rules the world.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 12:19 4

48. taikucing (unregistered)


in your dream, not in real world

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 12:40 8

52. abdane (Posts: 475; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


GS3 9 million in 1 week, iPhone 5 just 5 million.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 12:51 2

54. Eonnaydra (Posts: 207; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqK8vBcU7Sk
Watch this video comparasion and you will see that iPhone 5 is faster than S3.So stop bashing Apple.
S3 looks like a cheap plastic with an ugly UI.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 14:22 5

60. ama3654 (Posts: 249; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


With a 4 inch screen, less than HD display and static icon board, what do you expect?, try running Android on iphone 5 and you'll see how that icrap is gonna crawl to a halt

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 21:33

75. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


What do you expect? Android has issues running on its own hardware specs, of course it would have issues running on another hardware set up. Turn off wifi, turn off bluetooth, turn off GPS, shut down running apps to preserve battery, download battery optimizers smh...all of these ridiculous things you are instructed to do for your phone to run correctly. You would think w/all the technology and software optimizations that ppl claim comes out of the box that you wouldn't have to do all of this.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 15:29

63. darkkjedii (Posts: 11235; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Good point but over the holiday season the ip5 obliterated the s3 in sales. My point is who really cares other than Sammy and apple, and they're the only ones who benefited too. Not you nor I.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 13:45 1

58. pdub73 (Posts: 33; Member since: 25 Nov 2008)


whether that is true or not, I didn't get the GS3 for myself or my wife simply because way too many people had the phone...but I'm going to be one of the first to get the GS4...meanwhile Apple will nickle and dime the Iphone lovers with minor updatets with the iphone 5s...

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 21:26

74. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


Apparently Samsung is nickel and diming you w/the GS4 (GS3s update)...so i guess you and Apple have something in common.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:45 3

33. papss (unregistered)


The copier becomes the leader

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:48 15

35. donfem (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Like Volks "copied" Ford?. Still trying to understand your point?

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:57 3

39. papss (unregistered)


Bud I don't think we are talking about VW here... But if we must I can tell you about reliability issues with my touareg ( there are MANY problems) but I'm fine with them. Now unlike the Korean copiers atleast my VW isn't made of cheap parts and terrible paint jobs

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 14:50 3

62. EclipseGSX (limited) (Posts: 1587; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Because dats what everyone looks for when purchasing a car, a good paint job... smh

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 18:08

71. heyhi (Posts: 124; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


are you trying to compare a car with a phone??donfem compared brands...a phone doesnt need to last many years, but a car is supposed to endure a lot of stuff and is carring people inside of it, so, must be at least strong to take all kinds of things and also, flagship phones are released every year to make YOU or other people buy it again..1 year lifetime and thats it...a car, at least for me, i cant change every year..
oh yeah, btw, im from Brazil and VW here, PEOPLE say, they cant stand their cheap materials and design, BELIEVE ME. A Touareg here is driven by very rich PEOPLE ONLY..

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 21:03 1

73. papss (unregistered)


I'm not sure what you mean by only rich driving touaregs because I'm most certainly not rich and I have one. My comment if you can scroll up I said nothing about my VW.. I was merely stating SS was the copier and now are the leader. It was donfem that had to make a idiotic comment about my picture like he might be able to hurt my feeling.. Seriously get over yourself. I swear the IQ of this sites members is dropping rapidly..

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 02:39

78. heyhi (Posts: 124; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


"Now unlike the Korean copiers atleast my VW isn't made of cheap parts and terrible paint jobs"...did you see when you wrote "....MY VW..."??
"My comment if you can scroll up I said nothing about my VW"
i dont care what you stated, you wrote it and thats it...and I stated that VW here is made of cheap parts like you said about the phone and i tried to explain why you cant compare a car with a phone....get over yourself?? tsc tsc....you sound like a very arrogant person..the IQ is dropping?? yeah, I couldnt agree more..comparing cars and phones...wow!!! what a high IQ!!

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 06:57

80. papss (unregistered)


Again if you hit that thing called "scroll" you will see it was first brought up by someone else.. Comprehend what is being said before speaking... They teach that in third grade. Yes I commented on VW only after I was jabbed about it. My friend if you feel SS makes quality phones more power to you.. I didn't drink their kool aid and I see their phones for what they are.. Cheaply made toys

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 13:40

82. heyhi (Posts: 124; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


yeah...i saw it since the first time...what you dont understand is that who brought it up compared CAR BRANDS...you should try to read and think before you write or speak stuff...they teach that since you're born...you're comparing oranges and apples...who said "I have a Touareg"??..who asked you that?? if you had said VW and Ford, thats ok....try to observe the title of the page..."samsung and apple"...not my car and my phone...i dont care what you think of the phone really!! I like Galaxy line and other phones as well, not only Samsung's..so, thats your opinion..you're just a blockhead who worships VW and still an arrogant...

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 13:47

83. heyhi (Posts: 124; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


and one more thing....when you said Korean copiers, arent you being racist?? i dont care if you meant samsung is korean, and i bet koreans dont care either, so be careful with your words...

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 16:57

84. papss (unregistered)


Wow.. AGAIN read and comprehend.. I said Korean copiers and then the other guy said like VW did with Ford. That is where the comparing started.. I know I know it's hard to read and understand..
Second I was not being racist but was stereotyping.. Big difference.. I know of four companies out of Korea that made a living off copying ( Hyundai, Kia, Samsung and LG) not that it's terrible but copying none the less.. Maybe you are just too sensitive or you might not know the difference

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 19:15

85. heyhi (Posts: 124; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


i dont know why i keep arguing with you....you´re just ssoooo blockheaded that makes impossible to chat...like you said "scrool up" and see if anybody understands you...how old are you, really?? 65 maybe??to worship VW and buy a Touareg you must be old...go to america and see how many "ORIGINAL" vw are on the roads. Then, make a comparison and see how many, like you stated "stereotyped korean copiers" cars and phones are there...if you think only korean copy cars, phones, whatever, yes, you are being racist and blind..do you know how Hyundai for ex. turn in to best designed cars in the world?? copy? nooo...they hire a guy from Audi, which VW owns right?? and now this guy is the president of Kia...and a Lamborghini is a copy of a Ferrari? no right? but thats what people used to say....look how many phones look a like...is it a copy?? did Apple copied the design of its MacBook? to me, looks the same as others if you look at it....did intel copied Apple´s MacBook air with their Ultrabook?? for me, looks the same...Did HTC One copied Blackberry´s z10 or Apple´s IP5?? no?. but they look very similar....oh...i know your answer...cause they are not korean, am i right?? this is called reinventing...it is time for you to wake up from your little blockheaded world.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 19:34

86. heyhi (Posts: 124; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


and one more thing about your knowledge of stereotypes...if its a good or harmless thing, like black guys play basketball better than any other race, or chinese loves rice, thats a stereotype, but from the momment you start to offend people, for me, this is racism.....go aks your lawyer.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 20:03

87. papss (unregistered)


Again with your sensitive a$$ aw it's cute... If they they are worried about my comments they they should stop copying.. I don't really care if you are offended.. That's on you.. Stop crying. Also I do live in America fuktard and that's part of the reason I like my Touareg.. Not many of them., not that I care what your poor ass thinks of my VW... AND IT'S FUNNY you are getting upset and saying Hyundai is one of the best designed cars lol you are just being silly now.. Don't worry you won't get another comment from me to you.. You are hardly worth arguing with.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 20:54

88. heyhi (Posts: 124; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


wow...am i cute?? thanks..i didnt know you were also gay....so, you like your Touareg cause its hard to see?? you think you've got something special...i see...so as you are "special" if you know what i mean, you deserve that car...you know why i got upset?? cause you offended not only me with your stupid comment "Seriously get over yourself. I swear the IQ of this sites members is dropping rapidly.."..who the f**k you think you are?? everytime somebody has a different opinion of yours, you start to offend...you dont have a smart argument and thats why you start to offend...about Hyundai, i just read about car articles, so,people who really understand about cars, not a person who thinks its the owner of truth like yourself....ok......you're not posting a comment to me.....i really am thankful...im tired to argue with THE OWNER OF TRUTH

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 15:31

64. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


So let's see now that everyone is copying Samsung for HW who becoems the leader when :)

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 10:46 16

2. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5404; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


The phone didn't even announce yet, can't you guys just wait for more 2 days before saying that. Analysts these days........ :(

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:02 3

10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6440; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


exactly that's why I'm not going too believe what any one here says bout the phone TILL THURSDAY that includes the X PHONE

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:11 4

15. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


There is a reason why the word "Analyst" start with the letters "anal...", because they talk sh!t a lot... But for this case i do agree with some of the points made.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:11 2

16. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I think it's not an anlysis based solely on the impending flagship but based on all their Galaxy units and how they faired with Apple's. So it's a valid argument.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 10:46 4

3. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


i could not agree more about the article neck to neck competition in this year's current flagship each one has its advantage over the other and the real winner here are the consumer in a sense that they are no longer stuck on 2 or 1 manufacturer or os Kudos!! im really looking forward to a close fight! :)

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 10:47 10

4. sintruder (Posts: 58; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


i wish both samsung and apple fail this time

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 10:49 13

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1345; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


for once i support the underdogs of this phone game - Nokia,Sony ,HTC ,ASUS

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:47 2

34. papss (unregistered)


Agreed rakithapeiriz

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 10:50 8

7. imkyle (Posts: 983; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I would like to see HTC come back with their One, and Blackberry with their BB10

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 10:48 8

5. emadshiny (Posts: 1131; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


apple is nothing than a piece of crap.
Sammy is way better than apple although they gain their primary success through copying.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:43 1

29. bucky (Posts: 1402; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Why is apple crap exactly?

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 12:22 1

49. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


You see them overpricing products and patenting (or trying to patent) almost everything. I don't have a issue with their products but their business practices make me cringe.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 12:53 1

56. Eonnaydra (Posts: 207; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


and then why does NASA choose Apple products as their main handsets?Yes yes you are clever than Nasa.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 15:36

65. dwgit (Posts: 37; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


American Airlines Chose Samsung Over Apple When It Bought 17,000 Tablets

yeah yeah so what nasa choose apple products so what there sales arent doing well since iphone 4s its not even the top american company anymore thats why it sucks

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:52

81. JunkCreek (Posts: 402; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


may be because NASA wants to limited their employees communications to public, so they choose one that live in walled garden and full blocks building: apple.

NASA has a very sensitive informations that cannot distributes to public yet, if their employees given common handset it is feared accidentally exploited. not for it's security as BlackBerry, but for it's closed and limited environments, so the information cannot easily or accidentally exploit to publics and remain confidential.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 10:51 8

8. Ruckus (Posts: 276; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


As a Windows Fan I have to admit what Samsung has done with Android is nothing short of amazing. The GS3 sells like hot cakes and even people who've had bad Samsung devices in the past seem willing to buy a Note II or GS3. I sell cell phones so its nice to have the GSIV coming soon. It'll definitely help business =)

As for anyone being in anyones Shadow I don't either Samsung or Apple are in anyones Shadows. They're so far out in front.. for now at least.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:21 1

19. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


More than 75% of the world is in their shadow.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:49

36. papss (unregistered)


No 75 % of the world.. That would be all adults total. It's % was of cell users

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 12:41

53. Ruckus (Posts: 276; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Would that be 75% of just Samsung or Samsung and Apple?

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 12:52

55. papss (unregistered)


They SS rule with 75% of cell phones sold last year.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 10:51

9. 2oozoo (Posts: 12; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


put this phone in a case and you wouldnt be able to Differentiate between it and the s3 , people will see this phone in your hand and they will get surprised telling you , watch out your s3 is getting a little bit taller :D

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:02 1

11. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Samsung have to be close to overtaking and well if the you'd screen comes out on Thursday or later in 2014 well.....bye bye Apple!!

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:06 3

12. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


s4 will be a great device.. i have my s3 for almost a year now and i can't take it away from my hands.. it is such a nice phone. especially when samsung added the multi window mode.. i don't know about some people crying over the design and the material used.. i used my s3 on almost everything i do it never broke. anyone who says s3 is ugly is just jealous of its success..

by the way.. htc one from behind kinda looks like xperia p.. just saying..

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:07

13. dynamo.one (Posts: 62; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


I'm getting scared...samsung will rule the earth.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:14

17. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1345; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


S-World

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:19

18. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Trust me that world will have humans and fruits.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:08 1

14. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I am now eying XZ .. . 5 months down the line when the steeply priced XZ crashes to $500 range on ebay.in ... i would want anyone except the two bullies called M$ and APPLE to gain market share. :)

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:23 1

21. lessnessman (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


I truly hope that Samsung does move away from copying Apple. It will be quite halarious to see them do something on their own for once, aside from the little gimmicks here and there.

For example, I do hope they get into eye scrolling, and to see how they implement it. They are not known for their user interface prowess and they do not have a good track record when it comes to understanding how people use their phones. They have simply adopted the Google Android OS, copied Apple's design, and even tried to copy Siri - and did so very poorly.

I am also glad there is so much "anticipation" for these new Sammy devices so they can now enjoy all the crazed genuflexction that goes on with the gaget crazed press.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 11:24 4

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 11235; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


They took their last steps in apples shadow with the s2 if you ask me. I loved the skyrocket

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