2016 is going to be a tough year says Samsung Electronics' CEO Kwon Oh-hyun

2016 is going to be a tough year says Samsung Electronics' CEO  Kwon Oh-hyun
Samsung Electronics Chief Executive Kwon Oh-hyun cast a pall over the first work day of the New Year by calling for a tough business environment in 2016. The executive sees tough competition in business like chips and smartphones carrying over from last year. Korea Investment, a brokerage house in the country, now expects Sammy's fourth quarter earnings to be lower than expected.

Back in October, Samsung predicted that its operating profit during the current quarter would be lower than what it reported in the way of Q3 operating profit. This coming Friday, the company will make its official predictions for the fourth quarter, which the company said is a historically weak period for components sales. Korea Investment now sees Samsung scoring operating profits of $5.41 billion USD for the three month period that ended last month. That is down from its prior forecast of $5.78 billion USD.

Despite positive consumer response to Samsung's high-end smartphone models this year, the manufacture felt intense competition at the high-end from companies like Huawei, and at the low end by a plethora of low-priced Chinese smartphone manufacturers. Perhaps most telling is that the handset line most responsible for Samsung's top market share placement last year was the Samsung Galaxy J..

Many analysts believe that Samsung's problem stems from software that doesn't differentiate the company's smartphones from competitor's lower priced Android models. But even if Samsung were to revamp TouchWiz for 2016, a global slowdown over which it has no control could be troublesome for the company's mobile division.


source: Reuters

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2. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 417; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

That's simply because Samsung needs to use it's own OS. The problem is all Androids start to look exactly the same the closer you get to stock Android. Every one cries about the one thing that makes Samsung stand out. In the End It will be Apple Iphone Google Nexus and if they can get their head out their arse Microsoft Surface Panos Phone.

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Not just that tho. About the OS Google is helping Samsung optimize touchwiz to be even better than before, so it'll be only time until the next phone when performance will be a lot better

8. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

Touchwiz is absolute s**t. They need to get rid of it. I hope they have a revamp in development.

19. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

What's wrong with the current iteration of TouchWiz? Have you personally owned an S6 or Note 5? I do, and it's fast, fluid, and stable.

24. engineer-1701d unregistered

bs i have gs6 and its ok but still could be improved as all can be

40. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Here's the problem with that statement, and it's honestly not that I don't believe you. The problem is how many times it's been said. For at least the past 3 generations of Samsung flagships, it's been said. "Touchwiz is nice and smooth now!" And every time, it has turned out not to be the case. Hell, I bought a Note 4 on the premise that it was "nice and smooth" based on reviews and here say, and it was the laggiest most troublesome device I've ever owned. It's honestly not a matter of whether it's true or not at this point, the notion that TW is laggy and bloated is so ingrained into our collective consciousness that it's really hard to shake.

43. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, it's the only time when it comes to Samsung phone the for the edge plus and note 5 pocketnow after the buzz as said there software is fast when they go to do the after the buzz, so I take that back if I Ws you

47. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'm sorry, I'm not quite sure what you're trying to say here?

44. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Alright im trying to understand how its the most troublesome device what are you doing with your phone dude ? on a day to day basis my phone does lag or stick or freeze. working with phones for 6+ years its hard to use any other os ok maybe a little more fluid but boring. htc yawn lg cool but that had its hiccups im not gonna use an iphone or else id get a flip phone.

48. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

My Note 4 had the following issues: Menu lag, Recent app lag, Screen on took 2+ seconds from sleep, wifi would stop working and only start up again on a reboot, really bad GPS that was constantly being searched for. Checking out XDA showed a good number of people experiencing the same issues. I've owned my share of devices, but the Note 4 was by far the worst. It was just plagued with issues.

21. Kumar123 unregistered

Run for your life. Samsung fans will kill you for telling the truth.

34. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

no it's not

37. Shocky unregistered

Stock Android is boring and lacks useful features, especially on tablets.

18. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

This! It starts to get boring.. My z3c is boring looking stock, my P8 on the other hand looks amazing (and smoother)

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Oh yeah no doubt about it. Chinese manufacturers upgraded their budget device game, so competition in China is muuuch harder. Plus how Samsung advertised the f%&# out of the S6, despite moving away from SD card slot and removable battery, its only time Samsung figured out a way to dominate sales like they did in Q3.

39. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

It's going to be a harder year due to qualcomm putting out a much better chip!

6. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Maybe this'll help a bit, but sadly you don't listen to your customers Completely Eradicate the 32GB in your flagships (S and Note) make 64GB as the entry level while maintaining that $700 + price point For an added bonus, bringing back the SD slot would be a big boost

7. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Maybe even swappable battery and waterproofing.

12. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Swappable? Unlikely. Waterproofing is doable tho, but we'll only see that in the sub-flagship active series. @cncrim: dat MKBHD quote huh? :p

10. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Rough because good phone is getting cheap and cheap phone getting good. Phone is hit it plateau even s3/s4 will doing just fine for average people.

25. engineer-1701d unregistered

love my gs3 still use it as mini tablet around the house

33. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Even my Old Samsung Wave still work just fine. If some asshole did not stole my beautyful Samsung i450, I have one the unique phones ever exist. Too bad, I dont have Omnia HD and Siemens M series.

14. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Yes, because people loves to spend less to get more without worrying about quality. You want a very cheap phone with high end spec?, that's undoubtedly possible. Head to streets in some 3rd world countries, there you find hundred of unrecognized Chinese brands phones are on sale. Some doesn't even have warranty card to begin with. I like how they want high quality phones, but hesitate to throw a few more bucks to get to that point. Those people are the one who killed big boys like Nokia and Motorola. But Samsung is another story, Samsung would never become a victim. It is pretty big! Even if it loses its momentum, it still can find a way to turn the ship around by injecting more money and continue developing innovation for the whole world. This is Samsung for you. It doesn't care about money, about the profit, about the benefit. What it adheres to is advantage for all consumers. The truly innovative company like Samsung would never die, believe me.

23. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

"It doesn't care about money, about the profit, about the benefit." EVERY company cares about money and profit, its the purpose of the company, you're either too dumb or brainwashed to see it.

41. g2a5b0e unregistered

My guess is a little bit of both.

16. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Samsung 💜

17. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Samsung can add an option to revert touchwiz to stock android from within the software(remove their skin).This will keep stock lovers happy too and they can have the great hardware along with stock android experience .

20. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

i think the best option is to give us option to remove any software we don't actually use (s health & all that) & make them available for download in samsung store (in case someone wants them back)

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

thats what i have always said give us stock and allow galaxy app downloads

28. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Well, a few of awesome apps only work with TW.

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