[Weekly News] What’s up in Korea? (14. Jan)
2013 1월 14

RIM, HTC, Nokia, LG Phone News
In 2012, there were a total of 1,740,000,000 phones sold worldwide, said Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com/). This year there will be an increase of 5% of that number to 1,830,000,000.

RIM, HTC and Nokia’s plans are as follows:

RIM – 6 different devices of BlackBerry (BB). Low to high priced

HTC – premium smartphone M7 will be launched. Mid to high priced.

Nokia – Expansion of product portfolio – cheap Lumia 620 to high-end Lumia 920.

LG will be launching a new phone – the code name is “GK” but nothing official is out yet. It will have a 5.5 inch full HD screen and a quadcore application processor – and it will be launched within the first quarter of the year. Also, Optimus G2 will be launched soon.

Samsung engages in NDA with partner companies

Samsung and its partner companies are involved in a NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement). This is probably due to the litigation they were involved in with design and various other patent issues, so that their information is protected.

If any information is leaked from the partner companies, they will have to pay the maximum penalty of KRW 1,000,000,000

Today Samsung announced that it will be taking orders for their 214cm UHD TV 85S9s. Its frame design gives a sense of the monitor floating in mid-air. It is a complete set with a 120W speakers, multitasking, and Smart TV. With Samsung aiming to be number 1 in the TV industry, it will be interesting to see how it competes with LG.

Also, Samsung confirmed that they do not intend to publish the Windows RT platform tablet, ‘ATIV Tab’ at IFA 2012. They will not be launching this in the states yet.

KakaoTalk 'Bull Project 2.0'

KakaoTalk have been working on the ‘겁나 빠른 황소 프로젝트’ (Bloody Fast Bull Project) since 2011. The project aims to speed up the process of sending KakaoTalk messages so that it’s 5~20 times faster than before. This was initiated because users complained that messages are not being sent due to an incredibly high number of users.

To reduce load of traffic a lighter telecommunications protocol will be made to improve messaging  and server relay speeds. Efficiency is set to improve with the new system that has been reduced from three steps to two, so that the data usage is optimized.

We will be writing more on this new feature, so keep posted!

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