Samsung's Q3 2014 financial outcome won't be pretty as well, earnings report due out October 7

Due to a whole galaxy of reasons, Samsung has reported several consecutive financial reports throughout the year that were nothing short of totally disappointing. Insider analysts are predicting that the smartphone giant will report yet another round of underperforming financial results for the accounting period that started on July 1 and ended September 30. Samsung's operating profits are expected to have fallen 45% year-over-year, which means that only $5.28 billion will be brought back home – a result that is on par with the company's 2011 ones. On top of it all, Samsung's market shares nosedived to a two-year low roughly ten days ago. Ouch.

Then again, things might get a tad more different once Samsung launches the power-laden Samsung Galaxy Note 4 globally, as the Galaxy Note powerhouses are usually among the strongest selling devices of the South Korea-based maker. In fact, that's the light at the end of the tunnel for Samsung, as the financial pundits expect the company to recover finance-wise by the end of the year. Investors don't expect smartphone sales to continue their role as the main cash-flow business for Samsung - Apple, the gravest rival, might have a smaller market share, but at the end of the day, Sammy can't stand up to Cupertino in terms of financial profit.

According to the experts, this trend might not be just a bad period for Samsung, but a more reasonable market situation that reflects the new state of the smartphone market – the pretty noticeable influx of China-based manufacturers has hurt Samsung's sales most, and it seems that the giant does not know what to do in order to regain some of its lost market positions. Another possible culprit are the allegedly weak sales of the Galaxy S5 flagship, alongside the uncompetitive entry-level and mid-range devices of the giant.

Samsung has already taken some countermeasures, but will these suffice?

source: Reuters via Android Authority



1. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Do you mean "consecutive"...?

2. Tarzan

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Let the fan wars begin *Grabs pop corn*

21. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I bet you actually didn't grab popcorn.

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

and that joke is getting old seriously.

3. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

new ui new design language (not just metal frame ) would be ok

14. maherk

Posts: 6829; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I don't think the ui has to do anything with it (although I am really bored now with outdated touchwiz ui). This downfall is due to the rise in competition within the android world, not chinese companies only, but LG released a great phone in the G3, HTC managed to sell lots of the M8 although it had an average camera, and if only Sony made the Z2 available worldwide it would've been an even tougher year for Samsung. They needed a change of the design with the S5 not the Note 4, because that is their true flagship. People probably didn't care much about the design of the phone, but it is a totally different story now. Another reason, which also is proven with other OEMs, is that the market is already saturated and people don't feel the need to upgrade with every flagship released, since 2013, their have been slight bumps in specs with every Android phone released, and that's the biggest reason for people not to upgrade.

17. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

For me the downfall for sammy is because apple is getting more attention and fans. Samsung fans are not usually loyal and would often switch brands while apple fans just buy whatever new iphone comes out on the market

19. maherk

Posts: 6829; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

If Apple released the iPhone 6 with a 4" screen and without the iPhone 6+, trust me the sales number would've been much lower. That's why Apple (as much as they hate doing so) contradicted themselves and released an iPhone with a 2012 Android screen. The only companies that will keep on rising are those chinese ones that can offer a true flagship with the latest specs for atleast 25% cheaper than the major android OEMs. Note 4 will cost me more than $750, where as the Lenovo Vibe z2 pro will cost in India around $530.

22. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Mobody at Apple "contradicted themselves." Steve Jobs said something about big screens, but Jobs changed his mind a lot. Regardless, Steve Jobs is dead and he doesn't run Apple.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would disagree. Most people could care less about specs. Even if you read a spec to them, they would no idea what it means. Most people just buy what is popular, what is suggested when they visit the carrier/retail store or what they may already be familiar with.

46. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

larger screen phone existed even before android like the Apple newton

23. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

ppl wants a change from samsung. if they manage to make a great looking flat ui with good external design samsung will sell even more. nobody says no to new designs.

4. John.v2

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

they have lost their edge.....!!

9. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Recently they released a phone in India, galaxy grand prime for $250 which did not have a HD screen. Almost all phones offered by other companies at price points lower than that has a HD screen. Even lumia 730 is announced at lower price. So unless they realize how to get ahead of the competetion, we are going to witness the downfall of Samsung.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Stop releasing on new handsets almost every day and just focus on few low to mid range handsets that have great specs,performance,speed,design and pricing and you will think again that it's just samsung vs apple in the smartphone war

10. John.v2

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

you do realize their department would be working on how stuff should sure samsung would know what to do.... or may be i can be wrong ....they do need to work on what you say because samsung has hundreds of dumass professionals

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Finally, they should feel the pain for releasing such shoddy looking crap as the top end phone. Yea it functions well enough, but fix your software or don't put it on the phone to ruin it. Also, they should stop being douches and support the developer community or at least not get in the way. Good thing they're losing money, because that is literally the only thing corporations understand. The last thing we need is the Apple of Android to remain that way.

13. bucky

Posts: 3781; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Agreed. They have such capable hardware at their disposal. They really need to get back to basics with software and build from there. I think this situation will make them stronger. Any company can get complacent when they have such a huge lead.

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Before bashing Apple, please look at your back, XiaoMi Huawei Lenovo are backstabbing you Sammy

8. Hashed unregistered

It's HTC and Motorola's turn to rise.

16. maherk

Posts: 6829; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Unless HTC fixes the ultrapixel and gigantic bezels on their phones, and Motorola price their phones worldwide the same as the American market, then I don't see it happening. But Sony and LG has the chance to do so, the Z3 is almost the perfect android phone, and the G3 is a beast as well.

45. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

But Sony screws their great hardware with their crappy software.

18. Lmao2013

Posts: 44; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

HTC was once the king of Android and they ruin that... It's time for motorola to sit at the throne and reign over all smartphones

24. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Motorola was the first Android powerhouse. Do you not recall the "Droid Does" days?

11. dorfoz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Lol feels like android is a pimp with all these OEM's being its bitches. Only the strong survives.

12. MegaEvolution

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

Sammy's article, 40~80 comments Apple's article , 100~200 comments This explains everything, people pay more attention on Apple rather than boring Sammy :)

15. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Apple article=android fans bash apple Samsung,sony,htc,lg,etc article=android fans of their respective turf defend their base

20. dorfoz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It's always going to be like this. There are far more android users worldwide with the array of phones available. Samsung has a crapton of the same spec phone. I mean how many versions of Galaxy S5 do you really need?! It's already an awesome phone.

29. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Then why have you commented on a Samsung article if they're boring?

25. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

The problem with Samsung is too many damn phones. That is, if it's their cell phone business that's flopping. Let's not forget that they sell TVs and appliances. They don't have anything to compete with the cheap phones like the Moto G or Nokia Lumia. The market is changing. You can make a low priced phone that functions very well. They only need 4 models. Low priced smaller phone and phablet. And the high end two which are the S and Note.

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