Samsung and Qualcomm will unite in an antitrust dispute trial against Broadcom. Both firms have agreed to do so as they have suffered from long-term exclusivity agreements that the US-based semiconductor company demanded they sign.
Per the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) and BusineesKorea sources, a representative of Qualcomm will attend a KFTC plenary session on Broadcom in June. “Qualcomm has expressed its intention to stand as a witness for Samsung Electronics.”
Broadcom was put under investigation by the KFTC for allegedly forcing Samsung to sign long-term contracts for buying smartphone components for three years. Last year, Broadcom submitted a consent resolution plan to provide $15 million as a win-win fund to companies that suffered damages.
The Korea Fair Trade Commission plenary session will determine whether the organization will finally accept or reject Broadcom’s proposal. If the consent resolution is finally accepted, the case will be closed and Broadcom will avoid legal penalties.
Samsung is opposing the consent resolution, arguing that Broadcom’s proposed $15 million win-win fund falls far short of the actual damages it caused. It demands that Broadcom promise to compensate for huge damage or substantial sanctions such as fines be imposed on Broadcom.
Yesterday’s enemy becomes today’s friend
Qualcomm will participate in the KFTC’s plenary session next month to lend its support to Samsung. It was Qualcomm, not Samsung, that reported Broadcom’s abuse of power to the KFTC in the first place.
Although it asserted that Broadcom’s enforcement of a long-term contract with Samsung prevented Qualcomm from selling its products to Samsung, Qualcomm also had a reason to seek a war of revenge against Broadcom.
Broadcom had previously reported Qualcomm to the KFTC over rebates. In 2009, Qualcomm was fined more than $151 million. In 2017, Broadcom attempted to acquire Qualcomm but failed due to opposition from US authorities.
Qualcomm was accused of using its patent rights to collect excessive fees while selling components to Samsung. In 2017, the KFTC caught Qualcomm on that charge and fined Qualcomm $755 million.
It was the largest-ever fine levied on a single company in the history of Korea. Qualcomm sued, claiming the penalty was unfair, but after more than six years of legal battles, the Supreme Court upheld the fine in April.
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Samsung Powers Up: Delivering a Whopping 70 Million OLED Display for iPhone 15 Series!
By the end of 2023, Samsung Display is likely to supply nearly 70 million units of OLED for the iPhone 15 series to Apple. The company’s OLED volume by model is estimated to be in the low 20 million units for the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, 9 to 10 million for Pro, and ~ 30 million for Pro Max.
Among the four iPhone 15 models, the 15 Pro Max OLED estimate, which Apple plans to produce the most, is four times higher for Samsung than for LG Display. Industry watchers say that Samsung Display’s iPhone 15 Pro Max OLED volume is in the mid-20 million units, three times that of LG Display.
The prevailing view is that LG Display will have 15% more OLED volume than Samsung Display (9 million to early 10 million units). Those who see it differently predict that Samsung Display will secure around 20 million units of 15% OLED, which will be more than LG Display.
Apple’s Surprising Victory: Takes the Crown in Indian Smartphone Exports, Samsung Drops to Second
For the first time, Apple surpassed Samsung in smartphone export from India. The company shipped 49% of the country’s total 12 million shipments in the second quarter. Samsung, on the other hand, secured 45% of India’s total smartphone shipments in the same period.
Apple clocked a rapid growth in export volumes in the last year by making iPhones through contract manufacturers in India. The Cupertino-based company’s share of exports soared from just 9% of the roughly 8 million smartphones shipped in Q2 2022, to almost half the total smartphone exports in Q2 2023.
Samsung’s share of export volumes fell from 50% in Q1 2023 to 45% in Q2 2023. This marks a sharp decline from Q2 2022 when the company had a dominating 84% of the export market from India. Meanwhile, exports by other Android brands (Xiaomi, Motorola, Vivo) declined from 10% in Q1 2023, to 6% in Q2 2023.
Google Messages adds waveforms to Voice Recorder UI
Instead of holding down the mic to record, you will now see a panel with a start/stop button and options to cancel, delete, or attach the recording. You will also see a waveform and a timer while recording, and you can play back the recording before sending it.
The voice messages preview will also show a waveform between the play/pause button and the timer, making it more noticeable than the current straight line.
These changes are not widely available yet, but some users have reported seeing them on their phones. These new changes are part of a bigger redesign that Google is working on for Messages, which includes a revamped home screen that is still in beta testing. Google might announce new features soon.