Now Samsung Goes Potty
First Nokia went potty, appointing its lawyer as CEO, then RIM went potty appointing a COO and a ‘COO for products’ then replacing the former with the latter and sacking 2,000 RIM-ers after missed profit forecasts and a 50% fall in the share price this year.
Now Samsung’s gone potty. This week it discontinued its practice of publishing its mobile phone sales data.
It’s odd that Samsung stopped issuing sales data just as it’s about to be the No.1 smartphone supplier.
According to Strategy Analytics, Q2 saw Samsung get 17.5% of the smartphone market, Apple get 18.5% and Nokia get 15.2%.
Battle was joined between Apple and Samsung for No.1 and you’d have thought Samsung would want to brag about its numbers.
But it didn’t. It reversed previous practice and said it was staying shtumm.
One reason could be that Samsung’s getting a lot of smartphone returns.
According to some sources, the return rate on Samsung’s Android phones is as high as 40%.
A 30-40% returns rate is, it is being said, common to Android purchases as users find the Android OS alien compared with iOS, Blackberry OS and Symbian.
And this is all happening within a month or so of the iPhone 5 launch.
Is Jobs the only sane guy in the smartphone asylum?