SamsungEditor: Adam Zeis
Samsung is a large Korean multinational company which spans industries such as television sets, shipbuilding, semiconductors such as memory and processors, in addition to phones, tablets, and other connected devices. Food processing, textiles, insurance, securities, construction, and retail are other major industries Samsung operates within, though electronics continues to be their biggest source of revenue. Within the connected devices space, Samsung has been emphasizing watches, though all of their devices communicate well with one another. Samsung is the largest Android device manufacturer worldwide, though they’re also the primary support of another mobile operating system, Tizen, and previously invested in an OS called Bada. Samsung was founded in 1938 as a trading company, and didn’t get into electronics until the late 60s. Oh-Hyun Kwon is the CEO of Samsung Electronics. Their headquarters is in Samsung Town, Seoul. Samsung creates a fifth of South Korea's total exports, and has a revenue equal to 17% of South Korea's GDP.
Samsung's first Android smartphone was the Galaxy, released in 2009, and their first Android tablet was the Galaxy Tab was announced in 2010. Traditionally, Samsung's Android user interface has been something called TouchWiz, which included a wide array of Samsung-made apps and customizations. For example, there are fitness tools, note-taking apps, news readers, multi-window viewers, and lots more. Samsung has had to go through a number of patent litigations with Apple, and was found by California court to be infringing on some Apple patents in 2012. These include technologies for voice search, slide-to-unlock, data synchronization, and others.
Samsung's subsidiaries include Ace Digitech, Cheil Industries, Cheil Worldwide, Credu, Imarket Korea, Samsung Card, Samsung SDS (a multinational IT service company), Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Samsung Electronics, Samsung Engineering, Samsung Everland, Samsung Fine Chemicals, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, Samsung Heavy Industries, Samsung Life Insurance, Samsung Machine Tools, Samsung Medical Center, Samsung SDI, Samsung Securities, Samsung Techwin, Shilla Hotels and Resorts, and S-1 Corporation.