TechCrunch: Samsung is the Next Apple

According to John Biggs for TechCrunch, handset maker Samsung is allegedly the “next Apple,” in terms of success, based on a variety of different reasons.

For starters, Biggs states that Samsung has been the leading TV supplier for six years in a row. The electronics conglomerate makes every aspect of these TVs, from the screen to the casing, and can do so competitively. But what else?

In the mobile sector, Samsung continues to be a leader with over 60 million cell phones sold in the past year. The South Korean company doesn’t necessarily care about the operating system that these phones run, as long as they continue to be purchased by consumers at a rate of approximately two per second. Biggs suggests that Samsung’s newfound success isn’t guaranteed, however, as Apple can likely dominate the television industry once it releases its own lineup of TVs.

Apple will have to outsource its TV components, however, which means that it can be expected that the Cupertino-based company’s prices will be modestly inflated in comparison to its competitors. You’d think so, anyways.

Samsung, and to some extent the other vendors, have finally cracked it. For most of the past few years they’ve watched as Apple ran circles around them in terms of media sharing and remote control. Obviously Apple’s systems have been limited to iPod/iTunes/iPad/Mac but Samsung, a major player in both the white goods and the mobile markets, can now have it all.

A significant legal battle began between Apple and Samsung began when the Cupertino-based company sued Samsung in the U.S. in April 2011 based on claims that it had copied the “look and feel” of the iPad and iPhone with its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and Galaxy S II smartphone. Apple then pursued their legal battle overseas in Europe, where the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and other Samsung products were eventually banned in Germany and the Netherlands.


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