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January 9, 2017updated 16 Feb 2017 3:39pm

What is Samsung?

Samsung is the largest vendor in the worldwide smartphone market.

By Ellie Burns

Samsung is a South Korean electronics company which sells televisions, household appliances and perhaps most notably, mobile devices.

As of Q2 2016, Samsung was the largest vendor in the worldwide smartphone market with a 22.8 percent market share in 2016Q2. The company has experienced year-on-year growth of 7.7 percent. Samsung’s Galaxy devices compete with second largest smartphone vendor Apple in the premium smartphone market.

Samsung devices run on the Android operating system. Some of its devices run on Samsung’s own operating system, Tizen.


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Samsung has faced problems with profitability in recent years. The company, however, saw a bounce-back with strong sales of its Galaxy S7, released in 2016.

In 2016, Samsung also faced a crisis when Galaxy Note 7 devices, announced in August, were reported to be catching fire.

The battery of the Galaxy Note 7 contained several design flaws that mean the separator, designed to prevent the device from short circuiting, could bend leading to both positive and negative electrodes to touch one another and in turn short-circuit the device.

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Samsung was originally founded in 1938. After selling off its printer division earlier this year Samsung may divest further divisions in the future.

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