Samsung Milk Music launches in Australia, but Merlin protests
Australia is one of the most crowded markets for streaming music in the world right now, with numerous services jostling for attention. That isn’t putting Samsung off: it has launched its Milk Music personal radio service...
February 20, 2015
Samsung apologises for ‘free music’ ad in South Korea
Oh dear, Samsung. The company’s music team has posted an apology on its Facebook page for an ill-advised promotional campaign for its Milk music service. The ad – according to Digital Music News’ translation – suggested...
February 17, 2015
Who’s the top smartphone maker in India? Micromax
A growing number of streaming music services are targeting India, all of them with a mobile focus. Here’s some interesting news, then: the top smartphone manufacturer by shipments last quarter wasn’t Samsung, for the...
February 4, 2015
More than 1bn Android smartphones were shipped in 2014
Last week’s financial results from Apple and Samsung were the cue for analysts and research firms to push out their estimates for smartphone shipments and market share in 2014. Strategy Analytics is one of the analyses...
February 2, 2015
Samsung and Apple are neck-and-neck for smartphone shipments
Is Apple about to overtake Samsung for smartphone shipments? It would have seemed hugely unlikely even half a year ago, but figures released by both companies suggest they were neck-and-neck in the final quarter of 2014.
January 30, 2015
Russell Simmons’ ADD has sold 64k singles so far
All Def Digital (ADD) is the digital label launched by Russell Simmons last year in partnership with Samsung and Universal Music. Its aim: to build a platform for unsigned artists to compete for attention, then release one...
January 30, 2015
Chinese firm Xiaomi tripled its smartphone sales in 2014
One of our trends to watch in 2015 is the continued growth of Chinese smartphone makers like Xiaomi and Huawei, which are huge in their home market but which also have strong global ambitions. Here are some Xiaomi numbers...
January 12, 2015
Chinese device-maker Xiaomi raising $1bn
In a smartphone industry that’s sometimes been fixated by the battle between Apple and Samsung, the rise of Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi may have come as a surprise to some. However, this year as it has built its profile...
January 5, 2015
Now Samsung may be working on its own YouTube rival
There have been persistent rumours that Yahoo is planning to launch a YouTube rival soon, focusing on ad-supported shortform video. Now it seems Samsung has similar ambitions. According to tech news site The Information,...
November 18, 2014
Is Will.i.am’s new Puls smartwatch any good? The Verge says… no
Will.i.am is very excited about his new Puls smartwatch, but will gadget buyers be as enthusiastic? One of the first technology sites to review the device, The Verge, is distinctly unimpressed. “I got a chance to use an...
November 10, 2014
Smartphone shipments up 25% year-on-year to 327.6m units
Research firm IDC has published its latest quarterly estimates for the smartphone market, claiming that shipments were up 25.2% year-on-year to 327.6m units in the third quarter of this year. That’s also up 8.7% on the...
October 31, 2014
Samsung Milk Music popular in Korea (except with some rightsholders)
Samsung’s Milk Music personal radio service launched in the US earlier this year, but it recently went live in the company’s homeland of South Korea too. A report from Korea Joongang Daily suggests the app is...
October 10, 2014