Apple Dominated Japan’s Smartphone Market in 2020

According to research firm IDC (via GizChina), Apple dominated the smartphone market in Japan over the fourth quarter of 2020, with the iPhone brand accounting for over half of all phone sales in the country. As per the report, the mobile market reached 11.432 million shipments in Q4 2020, and 52.6% of all smartphone sales […]

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Samsung and KDDI collaborate to bring 5G enterprise solutions to Japan

Samsung Electronics today announced that it reached a new agreement with Japanese telecom operator KDDI for the commercialization of 5G network solutions to enterprises. Samsung and KDDI will create a joint 5G-centric business designed to prepare enterprises for the 5G era and help them develop new business models that can leverage the new technology. KDDI […]

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Samsung succeeds in verifying 5G network slicing tech in collaboration with KDDI

Samsung has announced that its network arm has succeeded in verifying the 5G network slicing technology in collaboration with Japanese carrier KDDI. The advanced 5G technology promises lower latency and higher speed than regular 5G networks by slicing a physical network into multiple virtual networks. The 5G network slicing test was done at a laboratory […]

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Apple Watch ECG Feature Receives Final Medical Approval in Japan

Apple’s ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notifications on the Apple Watch Series 4 and 5 have received domestic approval and certification from Japan’s medical authorities, indicating that both features should go live in the country very soon. The approval was confirmed by the Japanese Association for the Advancement of Medical Equipment (JAAME) on Friday, […]

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Japanese Developers Criticize Apple’s App Store Policies and Approval Process

The ongoing dispute between Apple and Epic Games has spurred complaints from Japanese game developers about Apple’s App Store business model and the way it handles third-party app submissions. Bloomberg reports that some developers in the Japanese gaming market have been emboldened by the dispute and are becoming more vocal about their own concerns, which […]

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Samsung could win big with the Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition in Japan

Samsung has struck gold with the release of the Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition. The company leveraged the K-pop group’s fandom to increase sales, but more importantly, the collaboration has brought a lot more attention to the flagship series as a whole. Samsung wants to keep that momentum going, and after the phone’s successful launch in […]

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Apple Watch ECG Feature Likely Coming Soon to Japan and Brazil

Apple has included an ECG function in new Apple Watch models since 2018, providing users in select territories with the ability to measure the electrical activity of their heart. Apple now appears to be ready to extend the ECG feature to Brazil and Japan, based on recent government filings. According to MacOtakara, Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and […]

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Samsung intros fashionable Galaxy Z Flip Thom Browne Edition to Japan

Samsung’s fashionable variant of its stylish foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip Thom Browne Edition, is going to be released in Japan by the end of the week. The product is already listed on the Galaxy Mobile website in Japan, but online reservations will be accepted from May 13. The smartphone, or rather the bundle, […]

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Galaxy S20+ 5G Olympic Games Edition is officially canceled

In a disappointing turn of events for Galaxy fans and supporters of the Olympic Games, Japanese carrier NTT Docomo has decided to cancel the release of the Galaxy S20+ 5G Olympic Games Edition.Originally planned to go on sale in July, the device has been canceled in light of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games being postponed, […]

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Galaxy S20 marketing plans in Japan quashed by Olympics delay

Samsung is supporting the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 games until next year, but that’s not to say it won’t suffer any losses in regards to its market influence in Japan. Samsung is a long-time Olympics partner, and according to a recent Reuters report citing an anonymous Samsung official, the company […]

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Samsung supports IOC’s decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

You may have seen this coming if you’ve kept up to date with recent worldwide events, but the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been officially postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Samsung, a long-time global partner of the Olympic Games, has addressed the issue and it has confirmed that it will ‘remain fully […]

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Olympics may be canceled but the Galaxy S20+ 5G Olympic Edition is real

Samsung and Japanese carrier NTT Docomo have announced the Galaxy S20+ 5G Olympic Games Edition; a limited run of the flagship bearing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo on a Matte Gold finish. It lacks the Samsung branding because ‘Galaxy’ is synonym to the company’s name in Japan, and because the device follows Samsung’s reworked 2020 […]

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Galaxy S10, A20, A30 help Samsung to secure a podium finish in Japan

Samsung Electronics is back on the podium in Japan after it managed to outperform Sony in terms of smartphone market share and climb up the ranks to secure third place in 2019. Samsung’s market share last year stood at 8.0%, up from 7.4% a year before, according to iNews24 citing market research firm IDC.Meanwhile, Sony […]

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Samsung is now a Gold Partner of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Samsung has been a Worldwide Paralympic Partner for the past couple of years, and the company has now reportedly become a Gold Partner of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in the ‘Wireless Communications Equipment’ category.As a Worldwide Paralympic Partner, Samsung has the right to use Paralympic Games emblem and designation in its marketing campaigns, but […]

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Apple’s ‘Back to School’ Event Kicks Off in Japan, Offering Gift Cards With Mac or iPad Purchase

Apple’s annual Back to School event launched in Japan today, with Apple offering students a gift card worth up to 18,000 yen ($165) when making a purchase.The highest gift card amount is available with the purchase of a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac Pro, or iMac, with Apple offering 12,000 yen for iPad Pro and […]

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Samsung Galaxy sits atop South Korea’s most valuable 100 brands, again

Samsung Galaxy was deemed the most valuable brand in South Korea for the 9th consecutive year. The brand sits atop the BrandStock Top (100) Index published over the weekend and outshines other local companies, including E-Mart and KakaoTalk, who occupy 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.Galaxy brand value boosted by Samsung’s marketing strategy in JapanInterestingly, the […]

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