Jan 26 AT 1:41 PM Dustin Earley 17 Comments

Samsung goes candid on their competition and the future of electronics


To say that 2011 was a huge year for Samsung would be an understatement. When they released the Behold II in the very tail-end of 2009, it seemed 2010 would be the year Samsung fell off the face of the earth. And then the Galaxy S happened. The six months that followed the original Galaxy S release were impressive to say the least. They paved the way for an absolutely massive 2011 for Samsung and have left us wondering what Samsung is going to bring to the table in 2012.

Ryan Bidan, Product Marketing Manager for Samsung, recently sat down with Laptop magazine and handed out some insight on where Samsung is headed in the future, how they view their competition and more.

Speaking on how Samsung plans to stay competitive against Amazon and Apple in 2012, Bidan said it’s all about choice. By taking a look at Samsung’s current tablet lineup, you might say that’s a no-brainer. They’ve released a 10.1-inch tablet to compete closely with the iPad, along with 8.9, 7.7, 7.0 and 5.3-inch variations that all feature varied specs and special features to differentiate them from the competition.

Bidan says people are going to want more from a smaller tablet than what Amazon has to offer. Not only do Samsung’s smaller tablets trump Amazon’s in specs, but they also boast features like an IR blaster and the Galaxy Note’s S pen. Both of these features will likely make a reappearance in Samsung’s 2012 lineup of tablets and devices. But it’s not just about an enhanced stylus or giant remote, it’s about how your devices work with each other to create one big unified experience.

Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, is Google’s first attempt at creating a unifying experience. While Bidan does mention that it’s a step in the right direction, and that TouchWiz has already been headed in the direction, he says a truly unified approach goes beyond UI. Samsung has a hand in nearly every type of consumer electronic you can imagine, including TVs and appliances — both of which Samsung wants to connect to your phone and tablet.

It would seem Samsung wants to make 2012 the year in which consumers commit to Samsung for every electronic in their house. And they want to make sure every single one of them communicates seamlessly for a totally unified experience. By next fall, you very well could be sending 1080p video from your quad-core Galaxy S III to your ultra-high resolution Galaxy Tab 11, editing it with an S pen and sending it to your TV, all while starting the washing machine with a widget on your homescreen.

Source: Laptop Magazine

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

    They are doing something right, I would love to fill my house with Samsung gadgets.

    • Jeff Pan

      They are getting thinks right after starting slowly.

  • crunchybutternut

    Washing machine? pssh..
    I want to drive myself to work on my tablet, while laying in the back seat!

  • Trinhbo

    2012 should be a very exciting year. I’m dying to hear more about the rumored Samsung Galaxy Tab 11.6! And the thought of getting notifications on my phone of when a Samsung washing or drying machine finishes its cycle would be really convenient, especially for parents with little kids.

  • Bpear96

    Samsung is really getting QUITE good :D

  • Paul

    Don’t forget the Microwave, Samsung makes those, and even saw a Fridge once. Wow, the Behold II, a friend of mine got one of those and I spent a lot of time playing with it, what an ‘interesting’ phone, but ultimately junk.

  • Starship

    I’d buy a tablet/TV remote hybrid.

  • iamXiV92a

    They make fantastic products, but keep the updates (mobile) coming in a timely manner please!

  • Craig Mogi

    If the current trend continues, I think my next phone is going to be a Samsung phone, because right now, Samsung >> Motorola. I also won’t mind some other Samsung gadgets around the house, most of the designs are pretty ‘sexy’.

  • Paul Jamieson

    I’m waiting for the next batch of Google TV’s (Ver 2.0) to hit the market ..
    Hopefully upgradeable .. software wise .. as TV’s are already pushing the limit of what the
    naked eye can actually distinguish from a hardware standpoint …
    As my next phone is going to be a Samsung Note … I am hoping that they are completely
    compatible with each other, and that the WiFi Direct …works too ..

  • Eli

    Samsung, have you yet decided how you will update Galaxy S1 & Galaxy Tablet 7″ owners to the ICS all have you just left us in the cold?
    Your fast to release new mobile products, yet so slow to update them.
    Your quick to reduce the value of your mobile products in 3/4 months after paying full price upon release-now making it worthless to resale. I got a higher return from my iPhone 3 to buy my first Android device-Galaxy Tab 7″ and Im still stuck in the dark ages. Galaxy Tab 7″ for sale going back to iPhone. Ay least you get consistant updates/higher resale return.

    • Dikembe

      I certainly hope you’re ready to pay out the yin yang for it. not just talking about the cost of the phone. a mandatory 30% chunk out of everything, no sites like Amazon free app and getjar gold.

      Then factor in that version updates aren’t necessarily complete. need I remind you that the major feature this year’s os version is not present in any older phone.

      What, you thought you paid Samsung equally as you have the fruity company?

  • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus

    I love that last paragraph. Lol. It makes me think of the future. Samsung has come really far and they are an awesome manufacturer now! :D

  • Louis91

    Now if only I can get ice cream sandwich on my galaxy s2…

  • spazby

    I love samsung products

  • Gir

    I own a Samsung 8000 series TV and, I have been thinking about getting the IR tablet. But the year is so young, and I just have to see what they come out with this year before I take the leap. I just wish my G-Nex was a bit more Samsung friendly, I will have to look at the All-Share a bit more.

  • Frettfreak

    Sign me up. I am a samsung FAN no doubt! Have a lots of samsung around the house but would love more.

    I like to think of Samsung as cool devices for the non-d-bag! Haha oh and F- Apple. :)