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Samsung (SSNLF.PK) can continue selling the Galaxy Nexus in the U.S. for now: a federal circuit...

Samsung (SSNLF.PK) can continue selling the Galaxy Nexus in the U.S. for now: a federal circuit court has extended the stay on Judge Lucy Koh's injunction on the phone, granted at Apple's (AAPL) request. An appeals court will rule on the injunction following an Aug. 20 hearing. Verizon is now offering the Nexus, which has been supplanted by the Galaxy S III as Samsung's flagship U.S. model, for free with a 2-year contract.
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  • It appears that Samsung is able to release new smartphones faster than Apple's lawyers can file new claims. My take-away from this is that the product cycles are getting even shorter. In the longer run that may make conditions tougher for profits for all manufacturers.
    30 Jul 2012, 06:37 PM Reply Like
  • End user price and contracts are relevant for U.S. markets. Overseas most users need to pay in full for their smartphones. What this has done is push the upgrade cycle further out. So each smartphone vendor needs to attract new users at this point. We are not yet in a mature smartphone market, despite the slowdown. I think the recent weakness in smartphone markets is mostly a factor of uncertainty about the economy holding back purchases. That might be slow to change, but I think a few months into 2013 we can expect sales to pick up again. I still think this is a growth market through 2015. At this point in time, about 25% of iPhone sales are in the U.S., meaning that overseas sales at end user price points not discounted for contracts will be more important. The U.S. smartphone market is nearing saturation as the number of people willing to get a high dollar data plan each month is limited by macro-economic conditions.
    31 Jul 2012, 02:44 PM Reply Like
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