CES 2012: Samsung has best chance (right now) at total connected ecosystem

CES 2012: Samsung has best chance (right now) at total connected ecosystem

Summary: If anyone can build a totally connected ecosystem of home entertainment products and appliances, it's Samsung.

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LAS VEGAS -- One of the big themes at CES 2012 is the Internet-connected home, but few companies really have the products and resources in place to really make an ecosystem happen and be successful.

Samsung is one of the strongest -- if not THE strongest -- contender in this regard with prominent success in several consumer tech divisions, including televisions, smartphones, and even tablets (patent spats aside).

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While speaking to a packed (and overflowing) room of analysts and reporters on Monday afternoon, Samsung's president of consumer electronics Boon-Keun Yoon rattled off a slew of statistics that really reinforce this argument and the company's place in consumer electronics right now.

Here's just a glance of where Samsung is already:

  • Boasted to be the #1 television brand for the last six years (Samsung is selling roughly two TVs per second.)
  • Topped Apple in smartphone market share starting last year, now reaching 300 million in worldwide sales
  • Produces North America's #1 refrigerator

The refrigerator stat might seem useless to some consumers. But for anyone trying to build a completely unified, Internet-connected system at home, then that product might just seal the deal.

When it comes to arguably the most important component of the home entertainment center -- the television -- Samsung is pushing the envelope farther by making HDTVs that are larger, clearer and smarter. (Just consider the voice and gesture control support on the new UNES7500 LED TV.)

Furthermore, Samsung's HDTVs are evolving to the point where they could eliminate the need for other entertainment devices (such as gaming consoles, for some consumers) with the new Media Hub app market.

Games and other multimedia functions are more abundant as the pool of Samsung apps has grown from 500 to 25,000 in last two years. Furthermore, the number of these apps downloaded worldwide will reach nearly 20 million by the end of January 2012.

Other areas where Samsung is boosting its efforts to integrate smart technology: digital cameras, camcorders, and even washing machines.

Right now, Samsung probably has the best bet at syncing up its gadgets into a seamless system. We'll see how well Panasonic and Sony can compete later today, but Samsung made a case -- reinforced by an absolute abundance of new releases from monitors to 3D HDTVs to laptops -- that is hard to top.

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  • RE: CES 2012: Samsung has best chance (right now) at total connected ecosystem

    aack, talkback not working
    CobraA1
    • RE: CES 2012: Samsung has best chance (right now) at total connected ecosystem

      "The refrigerator stat might seem useless to some consumers. But for anyone trying to build a completely unified, Internet-connected system at home, then that product might just seal the deal."

      1) Build a tablet device into it.
      2) Build in a TODO list that is cloud based and accessible via a smart phone (I personally use Toodledo), and have it set up with a sample shopping list.
      3) Since the shopping list is cloud based, you can type it in on the fridge tablet, and access it at the store via the smart phone.
      4) ????
      5) Profit.

      The only thing I worry about is Samsung becoming an OEM specific walled garden. Which will not work.
      CobraA1
  • RE: CES 2012: Samsung has best chance (right now) at total connected ecosystem

    I do not trust Samsung do to anything but sell me a device. After that you are on your own. Galaxy S phone update???. Why would I want connected devices with support like that.
    computerchipt
    • RE: CES 2012: Samsung has best chance (right now) at total connected ecosystem

      @computerchipt
      If you have ever used an iphone 3g with iOS 4.2, then you will realise sometimes a new update is not always for the best. The phone took like 10 seconds (I timed it, because it was so extreme) to open settings!!, the sgs simply didn't have the power to run ICS smothly with touchwiz! and also, you can't sell someone a touchwiz phone, then take it away from them with an irreversable update
      beenman500
  • No one in their rihgt mind would want to enter a single oem ecosystem

    That would be so limiting. No thanks. However if Samsung continues to participate in cross vendor ecosystems that's wonderful.
    Johnny Vegas