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Samsung: Smartphone hardware progressed too quickly

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With many flagship phones currently running near identical specs sheets, Samsung has suggested that smartphone hardware progressed too quickly.

Claiming that the rapid rate of progression has not allowed companies, developers or consumers the chance to fully maximise the potential of each hardware advancement, Samsung has suggested that the smartphone scene is now being forced to adopt a more software centric development route.

“My view is that it probably did happen too fast,” Kyle Brown, Samsung’s Head of Technical Product Management for IM said when questioned on the rapid rate of smartphone hardware progression. “We are now looking at it as what did we miss during that process.”

Speaking exclusively with TrustedReviews he added: “The hardware race was what everyone was involved in at first, but now it has come to what can we add services wise and usability wise that is going to make our devices even better.

“Because you’ve got a dual-core or quad-core chip you can do so many more things but you lose a bit because you haven’t had to maximise that usage.”

As a result of the rapidly evolving smartphone hardware, which saw flagship phones jump from single-core to dual-core to quad-core and even octo-core processors within the space of 18 months, Brown has suggested that, specs wise, flagship phones have started to become quite samey.

“Looking at the market everyone is using quite similar processors at the moment so it’s now about what added stuff manufacturers can add on that really matters,” he said.

“If you look at the way technology has evolved, whenever you offer people more processing power, somehow they find a way of filling it and sometimes you lose a bit of efficiency in doing that process.

“In terms of what Samsung is trying to achieve, right now innovation has slowed down in terms of processors and memory, they are always going to increase but it is what we do with them that is important.”

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Christian Myonga

January 15, 2014, 2:49 pm

the rapidly growth of progress of hardware of smartphones nowadays is not only causing the samey in specs sheet but also is shortening the life cycle of models as a result sales of smartphones per model decline every Quarter since Q2 2013 for developing market compared to total smartphones exported.

LittleBlueDot

January 16, 2014, 3:23 pm

So say the company that started the trend of flooding the market with devices iterations. They should take a look in the mirror first. Considering what Samsung's counts as innovations and the lack of quality of the software they've produced I wouldn't count on them to produce anything worthwhile. At least until someone else, *cough* Apple *cough*, has done it first.

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