Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Samsung Takes on Apple

One of my Google alerts this morning turned up an interesting short article in Forbes with the headline "Samsung Takes on Apple."  The report noted that Samsung is hurriedly developing its own tablet computer to rival Apple's much-hyped iPad.   The report quoted the President of Samsung's mobile communications division as saying "We will respond."  Samsung reportedly has several major projects in the works, with the other major focus being to increase its dominance in the smart phone market.
I'll say!   The current revolution in mobile communication is all about bringing mobile broadband internet to consumers, whether that be via a phone-sized device, or a notepad size device.  People will use a hand held device differently than a note pad or notebook size device.  However, in general I think it is safe to assume that most people would like to have the ability to fully synchronize information and applications across all of their devices.  A notebook or even a small desktop machine is more comfortable while sitting at a desk, while a notepad device may be ideal while lecturing or conducting a tour, and the mobile-phone sized devices, of course, are the most mobile because of their size.
Samsung is right to take on Apple, because the latter company is so far leading the way in creating fast, easy and intuitive user interfaces for the mobile internet.


  1. I've wondered - what kind of Google Alerts do you have setup? I've got a few for the iPhone in Korea, plus a couple of other ones, but not much. The iPhone alert blew up the last few days because of the whole "sausage stylus" thing - but it's generally a little barren.

    Also, do you find your alerts are a little too slow? I know it takes a while for Google to crawl the sites, but the G-news one is often 2-3 days behind. Similar for you? Or maybe I just have it setup wrong ...

  2. My Google alerts are for simple categories of topics like "Mobile Internet in Korea" "Android Phones in Korea" or "Korea Communications Commission." Regarding the slowness of the alerts, I've noticed that older news stories are mixed in with the current ones. Google Alerts will regularly return a certain number of old, sometimes even years old stories. Still, the return I get on "current" stories is worth the effort.