Beleaguered Samsung blows it in rush to beat Apple iPhone 7 to market

“In its rush to beat rival products to market, notably Apple’s new iPhone, Samsung Electronics has accelerated new phone launch cycles, but its haste is raising concerns that it fell short on quality testing,” Se Young Lee reports for Reuters. “Since last year, the South Korean firm, the world’s largest maker of smartphones, has brought forward the launch of its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series models by roughly a month.”

“On Friday, two weeks after launch, Samsung recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in 10 markets including South Korea and the United States after finding its batteries were prone to ignite, and halted sales of the 988,900 won device in those markets indefinitely,” Lee reports. “The recall looks set to hamstring a revival in Samsung’s mobile business just as Apple gears up to launch its new iPhones this month.”

Lee reports, “The scale of the unprecedented recall, which some analysts forecast will cost Samsung nearly $5 billion in revenue this year, follows a separate supply-chain management issue that led to disappointing sales of the Galaxy S6 series last year.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Haste makes waste, IP-thieving, trade dress-trampling dummies.

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    1. While I can’t pretend to be sorry for Samsung, I am sorry for it’s customers having to deal with this dangerous situation.

      It just goes to show you how one issue can derail a product – one issue out of many thousands of potential failures in the design, fabrication/sourcing, assembly, software, etc. chain. We do not want to see Apple in the same situation in the future…quality and user experience trump schedule every time. Don’t lose sight of that, Apple. There is much more to be lost than there is to be gained. A reputation that is built over years and decades can be quickly lost due to one poor decision.

        1. In my humble opinion, the world needs more so-called priggishness and less shoot-from-the-hip, kiss-my-ass, you-missed-my-point ramblings. Just for the sake of balance, mind—impressionable young internet travellers can’t have an idea of the mental dangers here, or be able to see through our amoral, irresponsible flippancy.

  1. Samsung is still trying to grab “what used to be.” No feature/s of smartphones today are enough to get a major proportion of users to run out and buy a new phone.

    Smartphones today are “ho-hum” with no particular whiz bang like back in 2007 and up to maybe 2010 or so.

    We are in the long term evolution phase where smartphones are just like cars and most people expect to keep a phone 3-4 years.

    Samsungs management strategy must change to the long term view. Apple’s team has switched to fewer changes over longer cycles in laptops and it seems so in iPhones.

    1. Really? Before smartphones I got a new cellphone every two years or so, and today, I use my iPhone exponentially more than I ever used a traditional cellphone or home computer. Matter of fact, two years is too long to use the same smartphone because it’s constantly going in and out of pockets/purses, it falls, it gets whacked, it’s prodded, and it is used more. If Apple slows the cycle to three or four years then they will lose an exponential amount of customers to the “next toy”. People need a new pocket computer every year or two, but want to be happy with the purchase. The Note 7 appeared to be a worthy contender until cutting edge without proper testing turned into an explosive issue.

      A $5B loss could be sandbagging, especially if the airlines decide to ban all Samsung phones on planes.

      1. Ooowww. Hadn’t thought of banning Samsung phones on planes! The FAA has the power.

        One just burned in a Perth hotel. Are hotels going to ban Samsung phones?

        Great point you raised.

    2. In the “long-term evolution” phase u speak of, basic things like safety, reliability, quality, and security will play increasingly important roles in why people buy what they buy. This bodes very well for Apple. And, apparently, it bodes poorly for Samsung.

      In addition, people will increasingly scrutinize finer points of differentiation. This also bodes well for Apple. One example, I take a lot of snapshots with my iPhone 6S Plus on hiking, biking, and backpack trips, and also in general. My friends are Very Impressed with the quality of all these photos. And the battery runs like a champ.

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