Samsung: over 100 Android phone models

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by cube, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
  2. mclld macrumors 68020

    Nov 6, 2012
  3. lazard macrumors 68000

    Jul 23, 2012
    Doesn't matter as long as the company continues to churn profit.
  4. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Which is why iPhone will likely always sell more than the Samsung flagships. So really the sales of iPhone vs s5 of Note series doesn't mean that much really.
  5. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 604


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    I've had that opinion for a couple of years now. They have completely different business models. One company produces phones with a wide range of price brackets and the other produces 2 models at a time. You also have to consider one company is a customer of Google and the other makes both hardware and software. I don't think it is all about marketshare with the big boys as they know they attract different kinds of consumer anyway.
  6. lazard macrumors 68000

    Jul 23, 2012
    not only that, but Samsung has to compete with Sony, LG, HTC, Xiaomi, Motorola, and Google in the android space. If a user wants iOS, the only game in town is Apple.
  7. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    Not much of a competition at this point.....Samsung has dominated Android for the better part of the last 2-3 years.

    Kinda sad actually - I think HTC and LG are making some killer products that are struggling because they haven't made the marketing push Samsung has.
  8. lazard macrumors 68000

    Jul 23, 2012
    Smartphone sales in 2013 hit roughly 1B in 2013. Of that, Samsung accounts for roughly 314M. Apple sold about 154M iPhones. Nokia, with their windows OS, sold 31M. Combined that equates to 50% of the smartphones sold in 2013. That leaves another 500M smartphone sales to the other Android manufacturers (Huawei 52M, LG 48M, Lenovo 46M, ZTE 40M, Sony, 38M, Coolpad 35M, HTC 27M, others 183M)
  9. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    Right so compare that 314M of Samsung to HTC's 27M. Its a competition for those other Android OEMs to simply stay alive....

    I actually would love to see Samsung break away from Android and move to Tizen completely. I think it would benefit them to control their own software and I think they want to be and are more like Apple than many would admit. It would likely bring Android's overall marketshare down, but not all Samsung owners would follow them to Tizen (though I'd be willing to be MOST don't give a rats behind so long as Tizen looks and works similarly to Android).

    A world where Android held roughly 45%, Tizen and iOS at 20% and WP8 taking in 5-10% would be a fun world. Especially with all those Android OEMs having room to breathe a grow and not being crushed by Samsung.
  10. mclld macrumors 68020

    Nov 6, 2012
    If Samsung went to Tizen I would stop buying Samsung phones
  11. Jett0516 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2010
    So many devices to's like a buffet.
  12. jamezr macrumors G4


    Aug 7, 2011
    I have a mixed reaction to Tizen....first I have never used don't know if it is good or not.
    But moving away from Android all together would be a big mistake for Samsung. The loss of the ecosystem support alone would cost them big time.....
  13. mclld macrumors 68020

    Nov 6, 2012
    I have never used it but I like Android and am happy with it, no reason for me to leave.
  14. Stuntman06 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2011
    Metro Vancouver, B.C, Canada
    All I care about is the one model that I like more than any other one when it was time to buy a phone. The last time that happened, Samsung happened to make that one model.
  15. Switchback666 macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2012
    If Samsung moves to Tizen with full Google appa support most people will follow, its not about Android its about the Galaxy line for the consumers.

    I dont consider us tech. people the regular consumer.
  16. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Trimming down that product line would probably result in even better products that benefit from more resources, more R&D, and time committed to a more concise product line.
  17. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    This is what I've been saying for literally ages ...

    Touchwiz is synonymous with the Galaxy & Samsung brand.

    Present users with a more refined Touchwiz (on Tizen) with additional software benefits to already popular apps, over Touchwiz on Android along with Android App Support built into Tizen and I wouldn't take a huge push.
  18. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    That site re-counted some models across carriers, but that still leaves about 90.

    Apple's had 13 models since the beginning (although they looked similar on the outside, they had different radios).

    However, Apple didn't have any CDMA models for several years, and they were also a year late with LTE. Otherwise they'd have had about 20.

    Samsung also designs models for every price range. Apple simply sells older models at lower prices, instead. If Apple had hit the lower and middle markets, they'd have had about 60 models.

    Finally, Samsung updates their phones more often, and includes some niche units with keyboards, and so forth. That pretty much accounts for the rest.

    I was thinking the other way... that Apple could learn from Samsung's ability to manufacture so many different models.

    Cook is supposed to be good what he does, but he only has to deal with a handful of models each year. Yet he even goofed up the planning for that few (when Apple made too many of the wrong model on the 5C debut) and also blew the iPhone 5 production quality at first. (Remember Foxconn going on strike over the manufacturing demands?
  19. cube thread starter macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Apple's core is software. They benefit from producing few hardware models.

    Samsung Electronics's core is components. They benefit from producing many different end-user hardware products.
  20. mib1800 macrumors 68030

    Sep 16, 2012
    I don't think it is that difficult to make different models. I see many samsung models have the same innards. So only the screen and casing are different.

    I think android virtualisation insulate the os from the hardware pretty well so once you get the hardware layer drivers done everything falls into place.

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