Samsung mobile marketing chief resigns ahead of Galaxy S6 launch

By Shawn Knight ยท 10 replies
Feb 3, 2015
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  1. After just over a month on the job, the Samsung executive in charge of the company's next flagship smartphone launch has abruptly resigned. Lee Sang-chul, who is currently overseeing Samsung's Russian operations, will take over in place of the departed...

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,355   +2,004

    Oh that's got to leave you with such a warm and fuzzy feeling ......
  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +651

    You see this all the time. A business becomes a "hit", then over time, they stop innovating, resting on what they've done in the past, someone new comes along, knocks them off, then they start firing people, cutting staff, cutting corners, produce junk and can't figure out why it's not working. What Samsung, like a bunch of wireless makers needs to do is INNOVATE. Think OUTSIDE the box. Instead of coming up with newer devices, which look like last years devices, but with marginal upgraded specs that do nothing more than run the battery down faster & have a HIGHER price, come up with something "cool". The sloped sides aren't gonna do it.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Like their own operating system? Or maybe a smartwatch. Or a giant phone that has a stylus?

    I'm not defending Samsung (I picked HTC for my android phone), but the point is, I think they're trying to do exactly what you're saying. Sure, companies can get comfy with success, but everyone knows it happens and they try to prevent it. You've also heard the expression 'if it aint broke, don't fix it'. You can bet someone at Samsung has made it very clear they do NOT want a Windows 8 fiasco of over-innovating.

    So what do they do? they make incremental improvements and each phone is another 'meh'. It's not just a case of them not innovating... what you're describing has also happened to Apple with their iPad. Apple however has the advantage of leaving out features on purpose so they can charge you again later. (4G, 5inch screen, NFC...)

    But one thing Apple and Samsung have in common is that they've made such good products that no one needs to upgrade from them. The only reason to upgrade from your S4 would be your battery isn't holding a charge anymore, but wait! you can just replace it! I think they should consider the fact that maybe everyone already has a perfectly good Galaxy and they should lower their sales expectations.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,670   +1,959

    One might say, the guy left for another galaxy :)
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    It makes absolutely no difference which manufacturer you choose, they all offer pretty much the same thing, it's just a matter of personal taste. Smartphone innovation has reached it's ceiling for the time being, when was the last time you saw any innovation coming from any of the manufacturers?
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  7. emmzo

    emmzo TS Booster Posts: 142   +37

    Not much has changed since S3, while HTC invested in design and Sony in overall quality, Galaxys remained the same dull phones, with slightly better specs each generation, which account to nothing in personal experience. So I won`t hold my breath for S6, moreover if this guy really resigned because he had failed.
  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Windows 8 was innovative... it just sucked. I guess before we decide if a company is innovating we have to decide if their product has to be enjoyed for it to count as an innovation.

    The best example I can think of is Tesla. Their Model S scored the highest of any car ever on Consumer Reports tests, and it unanimously chosen as the car of the year by Motor Trend (Those choices are very rarely unanimous among the judges.)

    You're right about phones though... they've slowed down improving as tech has gotten better. But that's also because most of the easy stuff has been done. I'm not sure what else I even want my phone to do.
  9. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 452   +181

    I still own a Galaxy S2 and was perfectly happy with it until I recently updated it to Android 4. Now it takes a little longer to open everything and my battery drains twice as fast. It's getting annoying so I'll probably get a new phone. But if it wasn't for that, I'd have stayed on the S2 forever!
  10. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    My general impressions are that if you're looking for a truly different product, it's going to be under a different moniker.

    All the Galaxy lines of phones, (and Apple iPhones, HTC One, Lg G-series etc), will share similar features from the previous model. Simply for the fact that they are device refresh to the previous generations in a new device.

    I'd think the next Galaxy S6 will be a safe bet if you're looking for a good phone. But it's not going to blow you away and have you instantly wanting to replace your Galaxy S5.

    I don't pretend to know why Seok-pil left, but I'd still expect the next phone to be a good product for the simple fact that it's newer components and probably slightly better specs. Where I'd specifically look for major differences is in the software to see if Samsung can innovate with the new device. If he left unhappy with the company that could be for various reasons. There's still thousands of brilliant minds working on the next phone, one leaving won't ruin a product.
  11. If you have a S4 or S5, you probably fine unless you have a particular issue or contract is up, no need for a newer model.

    I had a S3 and liked it until kitkat, battery got worse not better and more lag than ever before. Wasn't great to begin with. Now with the S5, have great battery life (no im not using power saving or ultra mode). I did not change carrier, still Sprint.

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