The Rise of Samsung (infographic)
0. phoneArena 04 Oct 2013, 05:11 posted on
In light of today's record quarterly profit guidance Samsung just reported, we thought we'd share this "Rise of Samsung" infographic with you that puts the whole conglomerate in historical perspective. The mobile business might be maturing, but it still brings over 2/3 of Samsung's operating profit, which it forecasts to be the astonishing $9.2-$9.6 billion last quarter alone. That's a long way from the thirty bucks with which Mr Lee started the business in 1938, trading in fish and veggies...
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2. tiara6918 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
I'm eagerly waiting for the time to come for Samsung to eat more of apple's marketshare. Congratulations Samsung for all your achievements, you will soon dominate every product category in the world
3. cc3493 (Posts: 158; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
You do realise this is never good for the consumer right? Monopolies suck, no matter how good a company was before the monopoly...
15. tiara6918 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
I forgot that this will turn out to be a monopoly. I just want to recognize them for everything they've been doing and innovating. Now, they're expanding and have several target markets
18. HansGoneInsane (unregistered)
You should also take into account how Samsung achieved their position. They did it by shamelessly copying innovators, creating joint ventures with innovators and then cancel these joint ventures as soon as they've learned enough from their "partners". Samsung accounts for 17% of the GDP of South Korea, just this one company. The company is highly corrupt and so powerful that it can force the South Korean Government to introduce tax laws in the favor of the family that drives Samsung. Samsung is an evil company that need to be destroyed. One thing so far they cannot do is innovation. They can copy and improve existing products in a great way. I can only hope that innovators like Apple, Sony, Google or Microsoft will out-innovate Samsung and crush this company. Check it out on Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S
27. nasznjoka (Posts: 394; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
Incase your hate drove you out of this line lemme qoute it for you #Samsung is accountable for #DRAMS used currently on 70% of all smartphones globally
32. HansGoneInsane (unregistered)
In contrast to you, I am able to see the complete picture and not just some tiny details. I see what Samsung aims for and how they achieve their goals. Who cares about DRAM? If Samsung would disappear right now, what would people remember the company for? They haven't achieved anything big that would last. Sony came up with the walkman, Apple introduced the iPod/iPhone, Nokia came up with the Communicator. And Samsung? Nothing original there. Only copying and the try to destroy the innovators that came up with something cool.
33. Ronny666 (Posts: 108; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)
You must have missed a lot of things while hiding in the cave.
They are 2nd most innovative company in the world after apple:http://www.businessinsider.com
They are also 2nd largest patent holders in the world:
People don't realise their innovations mainly because they fail to see it. Don't forget that their innovations are not limited to just smartphones.
If u think that it is easy to gain that achievements, why other major companies struggling to compete with Samsung although they have been in business longer than them?
35. HansGoneInsane (unregistered)
So, then name something original Samsung has achieved as the first? All these patents are just improvements to existing things. Name me a Samsung product that changed the way an entire industry worked like the Walkman, iPod, iPhone, the Mac, the PC? Samsung only copies others more innovative companies and then tries to push them out of the market. Who cares about that survey from businessinsider? Its based on a questionnaire in which managers have to judge their competition. Where is the objectivity? Other surveys draw completely different pictures (also concerning Apple's position in such a ranking). You would perfectly fit into Samsung's team filming Apple customers waiting in line in front of an Apple Store trying to measure their excitement. I ask again? What would remain of Samsung if they would disappear right now? For what would they have been remembered for? The answer is: Nothing. That is because there is nothing original from Samsung.
40. mkrenegades (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Oct 2013)
i understand where you are coming from but i believe much of this view has mainly to do with whether things were imitated with smartphones. somehow there are those who believe everything they manufacture is now a copy? this is not the case.
you are right, what will people remember samsung for. however that will depend which group of people you ask. the young - old generation and android - apple community. it is a matter of correlation, perspective, and some bias.
this is just from my recollection of what samsung did in the past 10 years.
1) started to overtake sony around 2004, which was still considered the biggest consumer electronics company at the time
2) samsung is one the biggest oem company, from the mid 2000s until now, their factory plant sites were and are generations ahead.
3) one of the first 1080p lcd tvs in the us before "full hd" became mainstream
4) one of first umts/hsdpa/3g (regular) phones in the us
5) first stand alone blu-ray player in the us. (sony released ps3 before a samsung or sony stand alone version).
6) one of the first backlit led lcd tvs (before edgelit tvs came out and led tvs became a category).
7) one of the few companies that still makes both lcd (led) and plasma tvs.
as a consumer, they will be known for tvs and general consumer electronics due to milestones and development of products...not because of 1 or 2 "revolutionary" product. in the business world, they are known as a big oem entity.
in my opinion without the sony vcr, samsung or apple wouldn't be here. read the comeback by gary shapiro.
34. ph00ny (Posts: 1094; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I guess we must go back to the cave days since refining an existing idea is such a big no no.
Just to add to this, look at some of the articles in not just products but manufacturing technology in fabs and semiconductor business. You will understand why Apple is still relying on samsung eventhough TSMC is a much larger foundry company.
41. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)
Quote from HansGoneInsane: If Samsung would disappear right now, what would people remember the company for?
this is so sad but so true..
36. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
Nothing to worry about
Apple will completely crush the copycat samsung after the release of iphone 6 and the iWatch 2
16. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
Monopolies are always being hated anyway. There's already a pretty big group of Samsung haters out there. Someday, this group will eclipse the apple haters, just like the apple haters eclipse the microsoft hating camp.
20. ThinkAgain (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
If Samsung were an US company the Government would have broken it into pieces long time ago. Just look at Motorola's history; it was a very big company 20 years ago, now its a Google company.
6. JMartin22 (Posts: 1880; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
Like them or not, there's no denying they're a field-changing company, that are forcing all their competitors to up their ante. They're good for competition.
On the other hand, I'm sure Apple would just like competition to see which of its idiotic consumer base would sleep outside one of their retail stores the longest to get their newest marketing fluff tool.
7. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2037; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
You mean the "marketing fluff tool" that is faster and more powerful than any Android handset in the world? Sure, the S800 chipsets run with the A7 in named benchmarks, but turn those off, and your 2.3 GHz quad-core with 2-3GB of RAM assumes its rightful place behind a 1.3 GHz dual-core with 1GB of RAM.
If you believe Qualcomm's marketing chief, who has a vested interest watching his top SoC play second fiddle, you are not only not paying attention, you are bad at math because you don't see that a lower clocked dual running with higher clocked quads is anything but a "gimmick."
30. JMartin22 (Posts: 1880; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
The only tests the iPhone is good in is off screen tests and browser tests Safari is extremely optimized for. Even the outdated ARMv7 architecture in the SD800 still features the better CPU and GPU in many benchmarks. And when Android SoCs also go ARMv8, they're going to utterly trash the A7 chip in the iPhone.
37. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
Fool, dont you have ever noted the speed of iphone 5s
And of course the dualcore 64 nit is better than quadcore 32 bit
11. promise7 (Posts: 845; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
What's wrong with fans lining up? People line up for Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, Halo, midnight showings of movies. Fans just want to be one of the first to experience whatever their lining up for. If they want to do that more power to them, but fans lining up for Apple products is no different.
8. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2037; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
I would like to see in the inforgraphic the rise in blatant lying (Region locking, efuse, benchmarks) and corporate espionage, as well as how they are doing in the vacuum cleaner sector since they ripped off another company.
9. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Q3 is going to break Samsung records but Q4 will break all gadget numbers ever.
12. hassoups (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
what a rise...this is the first i know about their involvement in building Burj Khalifa..
14. someones4 (Posts: 624; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
They also build nuclear power plants and wind farms. Samsung also builds the world's largest oil-rig for Shell.
22. joey_sfb (Posts: 5184; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
And Apple fan accuse them of lacking in innovation. What a complete waste of time for them... even their favorite iDevices innate is made from Samsung parts. lol...
I am neutral towards Samsung or Apple. May the best man wins!
38. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
Cause samsung cant refuse its lord apple
13. someones4 (Posts: 624; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
From 30 bucks to a multibillion dollar empire. Mr. Lee must be very proud.
Although he has plenty of opportunities back then. A great demand created by the World War 2 and the Korean War. The spurge of economical growth like The Miracle on the Han river helps as well.
17. bnick25 (Posts: 38; Member since: 05 May 2013)
My freind lives in korea and says samsung and lg rule korea you cant do nothing without there permussion so monopoly in other parts of the world would be next
31. joey_sfb (Posts: 5184; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
From zero to hero, they must have done some thing right. I really want to learn his secret sauce of success. Same thing about Bill Gate, the riches man of the west.
Mr Lee should be the riches man of the east. I seen him fight Apple in the mobile OS software domain e.g touchwiz. last time I hate it over Google generic but now I prefer it over generic. Their touchwiz smart feature work well for me. Keep up the great work.
19. jroc74 (Posts: 5967; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
See, ppl that hate on Samsung need to look at this info graphic. And browse Samsung website. They have their hands in soo many different areas, markets its ridiculous.
Dont just focus on their mobile division. They really are a force to be reckoned with. Love your TV's Samsung......dont really like your phones....lol.
21. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
You my friend is a shameless,disgraceful,and rotten HATER and needs to get rid of it before it consumes u
23. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Remember when Samsung was a barely-known company (in the US), the most folks seemed to know about them was that "Samsung = orgasm" Flash video on albinoblackshe ep.com?
24. LikeMyself (Posts: 430; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)
The s2 is your sexiest phone to date!
But thanks for making the new trend look like sex toys.
Lg g2 and now the Apple 5c have beaten you to make the ugliest sex toys.
No offense please!
25. SonyPS4 (Posts: 340; Member since: 21 May 2013)
WTH 17% of whole Korean gdp. Is that even possible in 21th century epecially for developed country like South Korea ? Sound horrible place for startup compnay.
26. 1113douglas (Posts: 193; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)
anybody remember when apple was in charge of the market? Samsung shall rule the world
28. btbotimtim (Posts: 176; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
up to now it has been good under Lee Kun-Hee's management but I don't know if his son, Lee Jae-Yong takes it over...
39. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
Apple is more innovative than samsung
Ok just forget the iphones
Look at the macbooks, imacs, ipads,
Ipods, and much more
Apple totally changed the world of technology