Samsung spent $14 billion for R&D in 2015, Apple climbs to the top 20 with $6 billion

Samsung has been the world's second-largest R&D spender after Volkswagen for a few years now, and 2015 was no exception, as you can see from the comparison table above. The electronics juggernaut poured the staggering $14.1 billion in research and development of new technologies last year, just shy of Volkswagen's $15.3 billion. The company is trying to diversify away from what was its bread-and-butter profit generator until recently, smartphones, and now they contribute for barely a third of its earnings, with the rest coming from chips, TVs, and the like. In 2014, Samsung spent $13.4 billion on R&D, so last year has seen a nice boost in lab activities around the company. 

In comparison, Apple spent an estimated $6 billion in R&D, which might seem little compared to Samsung, and yet it's a record amount for it, and the company has now climbed in the top 20 of world's research spenders. Some analysts attribute this hike in Cupertino's R&D spending on futuristic projects like the rumored Apple Car, which is one of the avenues that Apple might be exploring in order to eventually diversify from the heavy dependence on the iPhone franchise as its main profit generator.

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1. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Samsung make a vast amount of products though... I even have some resin kitchen worktop materials in front of me made by them, they have to R&D a LOT of stuff!

25. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

If slow people didn't already realize that Apple was a evil company that makes inferior products, just look at the disparity in R&D money spent. Anyone who overpays for an inferior Apple product is clueless.

27. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

If slow people didn't already realize that Honda, Hyundai, Kia, etc are evil companies that makes inferior products, just look at the disparity in R&D money spent. Anyone who overpays for an inferior car is clueless. Do you even drive a VW?

29. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

What are you talking about? In relative terms to marketshare, VW should be spending the most, or close to the most for R&D. They are bouncing between 1 and 2 worldwide. I don't care for them, nor do I own one. But this spending is understandable. Apple has about 1/3 of the market share worldwide, and makes the most profit/phone. Yet they spend the least on making them the "best". So it is quite the conundrum they have presented.

36. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Well let's do some simple math - Apple R&D spend = $6 billion, number of product lines? 16? 20? Samsung R&D spend = $14 billion, number of product lines? 100? 200? It's not even about the amount regardless, there's no breakdown of how the money is spent so it's pretty irrelevant. $2 billion of that could be takeaway dinners and bonuses for the R&D department. Safe to say all the big companies spend a lot on R&D.

40. ph00ny

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 26, 2011

and how much did they spend on buying Beats? 3Bil? Also how many other projects besides actual product items?

43. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

And buying Beats would come out of R&D why?

71. ph00ny

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 26, 2011

Tech acquisitions aren't bundled into R&D? That's a news to me

75. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple design a product, source components from various suppliers. Low ball them to death. Move those parts to the under privilege sweat shop to make the actual product. R&D in Apple sense is to pay for the whimp of their designers, very expensive in order to keep those creative juices flowing. They could produce a new design every three years is nothing short of a miracle. Good designer such as Jone Ive are a rare genius and worth every penny Apple is paying him.

79. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Yeah, but apple makes 2x the profit that Samsung does off of phones. If Apple has all that spare cash laying around, then why aren't they spending it?

55. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

i think apples worldwide maketshare is closer to 1/5 than 2/5 or 1/3

34. engineer-1701d unregistered

whas kia and hyundai got to do with vw and kia and hyumdai g90 is s class but 30k less look up research and look around you will see ape more hyundai on the road than any other and i drive a audi and that parent company is vw

35. suavemezie

Posts: 97; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Do a little research, most of the amount spent goes to Audi, which is fast becoming one of the best German made car

44. Unordinary unregistered

LMAO Audi and the rest of German made cars have become a complete joke compared to what they used to be. You're better off buying a German school bus if you're in the market for buying a car that will last.

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would never buy a product from a lying sh!t-faced company like VW. As far as quality? Hyundai actually makes very good cars if you go with the top end Sonata and higher. The Civic is equally as good as a Camry, I just personally don't like Honda. Kia's cars have gotten better too. That one car the Optima is beautiful for its cost and is as good or equal to a Hyundai. Not all corps are evil. At least the brands you mentioned aren't lying pieces of crap like VW and Apple. None of those cars are overpriced compared to their competition. They are priced basically the same. Overpriced cars like Nissan, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Acura an similar are all overpriced. A Lexus RS series is nothing more than a glorified Camry with fancier style and options inside. Doesn't justify its roughly $35,000 starting price tag when a maxed out Camry at $30K would land you a simlar car.

56. TerryTerius unregistered

That doesn't make sense. Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Range Rover, Jaguar, Infiniti, Cadillac, Tesla, and Lexus all directly compete with each other. Granted, Mercedes is trying to compete with Bentley and Rolls-Royce as well but that's another story. By the same token, they do not directly compete with Ford, Buick, Lincoln, Mini, Subaru, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat, Mazda, Vauxall, Chevrolet, Toyota, Renault, Peugeot, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, or Volkswagen. Yes they all make cars, but they make cars in a VERY different price bracket's (generally, and barring certain cars like the GT, Corvette, or viper). If Honda, Kia, Hyundai, etc. are priced the same as their competition, so are the cars made by the luxury manufacturers. Whether or not you personally think they're worth that price is something that is up to you to decide, but they are absolutely priced in line with each other. So overpriced compared to what? A lower market car? You have to remember that a car being based on a cheaper car's platform does NOT mean it is mechanically identical, nor does it mean they have the same choice of materials, or quality of construction.

66. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Lol it's not even out yet!

28. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

How many products do Apple make? How many products to Samsung make?

32. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

How much money do apple bleed from their customers and how much innovation do they get back?

37. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I don't see a great deal of fresh innovation in any one high end smartphone vs another, regardless of R&D spend. They're all pretty good at doing the job they're supposed to do. Don't worry too much RoboticEngi, I'm sure Apple users can look after themselves just fine.

31. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Apple actually spends a lot since it all goes into tech and nothing else. I I will Apple could at least get on Google's level tho. I wouldn't consider apple products inferior, Infact I just got an iPhone 6s plus and it's awesome, smoother than my S6 and M8 were. Since it's been less than 24 since I got the 6s plus I want say it's the best phone i've owned but it's looking that way.

39. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

24 Hours*

47. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Who ever said they were inferior. When you compare the S to the iPhone where the S starts at $599 vs the iPhone 6S at $649, you can already see how inferiro it is an many departs. The S should cost $649 while the iPhone should be $599 or less. Consider 750p vs 1440p, 2GB RAM vs 3/4GB, 12MP crappy camera vs 16MP stella camera, sm batter vs larger, fast charging vs taking nearly 4 hours even with a smaller battery, poor recording sound quality on the iPhone vs better recording quality, closed UI vs open UI where you can store personal files much easier, and share and use nearly any file type you want, a phone with exaggerated market bullcrap vs just simple marketing where the phone speaks for itself. I am not talking features for ticks on a sheet. I mentioned things that are 100% useful on any phone and yet the iPhone doesn't support them the sam way. I mean the only benefit to some cloud storage is having those items available from any device. The problem with Apple is, their cloud is only accessible from their products. BS! This is why Google Services and Microsoft services are killing Apple Services because you can access them with any platform. The rule of thumb should be, the more limited somethign is, the less it should cost. The product with the least limits should cost more. Now, having said that; it tends to be the opposite because the options with less limits are used by lots of companies which drives costs down, making limited options more expensive. The issue with Apple products isn't the products specifically. Its how the software has been done and how it locks you into their system only and makes it hard to use some other options. While MS and Google dont lock you in and they make it easier for you to use other options.

60. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

My response was to post #24 he said they were inferior. Agree they shouldn't lock you into their services. As far as 1440p you should already know that I don't like QHD(we had a conversation a previous article regarding QHD) So 750p on 4.7 is fine with me, I have the 6s plus so its 1080p for me, which is what I prefer. I'm loving my 6s plus so far, better than my S6 and that's saying something. ios 9 and 2gb of ram has changed my opinion on ios because I use to hate it.

68. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

The S6 is just an iPhone but with a better screen. Same featureless phone. No IP, no micro SD, no battery life, no FM, no nothing!

72. TerryTerius unregistered

That is categorically untrue.

73. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Why? Samsung removed all the features of the S5 to make it as close as possible to an iPhone. But luckily it looks like Samsung will make a comeback with the S7 and adds these features again.

69. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Actually stats show iPhone users are smarter then Android users. You can look it up.

76. almostdone

Posts: 450; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Yes that explains why many iPhone users can't operate an Android phone but Android users have no such problem with either platforms. Smart or stupid?

77. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

That would just indicate the iPhone UI is better designed. Tried fixing my mum's Kindle Fire the other day, clusterf**k of a system that is so I'm buying her an iPad.

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