All hail the Android king. Despite concerns, Samsung has posted its best profits in nearly two years for the second quarter of the year, backed by strong sales of its flagship phones Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, continuing the strong streak it achieved for Q1. Samsung’s situation seems markedly different from other Android vendors, such as BlackBerry and LG, which are scrambling to stay relevant.But truth be told, the South Korean tech giant’s strong numbers were achieved by ruthless reorganisation. Many in the mobile division were laid off. There were cost cuts. China’s operation was revamped and streamlined, with stronger emphasis on online phone distribution and the promotion of mid-tier phones. And the pressure will not likely abate, if ever, for Samsung in the second half of 2016 and the coming years.Note series almost a saviourSamsung has been pushing launches for its flagship phones since the Note 5 to protect its bottom line. Up until the Galaxy S4, flagship phones tended to show sustained sales through two quarters, but since the S5, the average life of sales is around a quarter and a half, prompting the South Korean company to push for early launch for the Note (August) and Galaxy… Read full this story
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