Samsung Caught Lying, Continues to Lie

In a statement issued to CNET UK today, Samsung stated, “The Galaxy Note 3 maximises its CPU/GPU frequencies when running features that demand substantial performance. This was not an attempt to exaggerate particular benchmarking results. We remain committed to providing our customers with the best possible user experience.”

But Samsung has already admitted that yes, it does benchmark boosting, while somehow nonetheless claiming that it does not. Complete doublespeak.

“A maximum GPU frequency of 533MHz is applicable for running apps that are usually used in full-screen mode,” Samsung said, “such as the S Browser, Gallery, Camera, Video Player, and certain benchmarking apps, which also demand substantial performance.”

Go read.

How BlackBerry Blew It

Good article from The Globe and Mail.

The most important decision they made was firing the two guys in charge who understood the brand, then pursuing some half-cocked strategy of copying everybody else with a touchscreen-only device while not adopting a popular platform (android). Given that they desperately needed a new modern OS, it’s hard to see why they never tried to adopt and reskin Android.

Of course they could have stuck it out with the BB-keyboard style devices. That would at least have made to their current customers, but instead they delayed their keyboard devices and showed up with an out-of-date touchscreen keyboard two years late.

The article is a good one and it illustrates a lot of failures that happened along the way for Blackberry. It wasn’t just one screw up; it was dozens over a period of six years. But one common thread is that BlackBerry took forever to make decisions, literally years in some cases. The end result is shockingly inexcusable: a total failure to execute. 

Discussions among the senior leaders in Mr. Lazaridis’ organization dragged on for a year – far too long, according to several insiders.

 

Finally, close to six years after Apple unveiled the iPhone, the long-awaited BlackBerry 10 made its debut at a glitzy launch event in January

Sad.

 

C is for… America?

You know, for an iPhone that was “intended” to capture Chinese market share, Apple sure is buying a lot of iPhone 5C ads in the USA.

And putting it on the front page of their English language website.

And in America, only the 5C can be preordered.

Sometimes, Apple’s strategy is hard to figure out because of one’s own preconceived notions: a cheap phone is needed for nascent consumers in emerging markets (read: “poor people in poor countries”), right?

Apple’s marketing of the 5C tells a completely different story. This phone was designed for affluent westerners–maybe even people who live in Silicon Valley–who want a stylish, new, low-cost device.