Samsung has accelerated its involvement in automative technology but says it won’t be building its own self-driving cars.
While Samsung continues to reap the rewards of being the world’s largest Android partner, it also has its eyes set on the future of the connected home.
NEVER shy about hype, Tim Cook, presented the firm’s latest iPhones to a packed auditorium in its glitzy new headquarters in Cupertino this week. He made a grand prediction: its new, premium phone, the iPhone X (pronounced “ten”), will “set the path of technology for the next decade”.
Roughly every ten years there’s a shift to a new computing paradigm. The computer hardware and process optimization of the 80’s gave way to the Microsoft software and productivity of the 90s. Google-dominated web-based information retrieval of the 00s yielded to the Apple-Android mobile duopoly and the warehouse of apps of the 10’s.
First time buyers of wearable tech in the US are plumping, unsurprisingly, for Fitbit, Apple and Samsung devices.
That’s according to YouGov US’ wearable tech tracker for the end of 2016. It expects 7 million people in the US to buy a wearable before the end of the year.
“THE car is the ultimate mobile device,” said Jeff Williams, an executive at Apple, last year. It was taken as another sign that the maker of iGadgets would be deepening its interest in the automotive sector.
Now Samsung Electronics, its big rival in the smartphone world, is following. On November 14th the South Korean company said it would pay $8bn for Harman.
Samsung’s purchase of Harman is strategically sound, worth the $8 billion, and positions Samsung well in the connected car market. Meanwhile, Samsung diversifies from a saturated smartphone market.The deal makes so much sense you have to wonder why Apple didn’t buy Harman.
Daydream View, Google’s new virtual-reality headset, is made of cloth. It uses a smartphone as a screen and looks like a fancy sleeping mask. “Cozy” was the word VR chief Clay Bavor used when he showed off the system in early October, urging consumers to think about being enveloped in a YouTube video or Google Street View map.