Samsung doesn’t try to change the world, they just want to give it what it wants

by: ŠtefanFebruary 11, 2013

Different companies have different rhetoric when it comes to explaining their very reason for existing. Apple likes to say that they make the products that their employees want to use. That’s a fancy way of saying they don’t really care what users want, because they know what’s best. Samsung on the other hand, in an interview with The New York Times, bluntly said that they have no problem with simply listening to the market and then giving it exactly what it craves. The exact quote, credited to Samsung Executive Vice President Kim Hyun-suk, reads:

“We get most of our ideas from the market. The market is a driver, so we don’t intend to drive the market in a certain direction.”

You can interpret that statement in several ways. You can say to yourself that Samsung waits to see what other companies do, and then follows in their footsteps, which means they’re not innovative. But you can also say that Samsung is a huge risk taker because they’re crazy enough to launch products like the Galaxy Camera and the Galaxy Note, both of which created two new product categories: the connected camera and the phablet.

Whatever you want to believe is fine by us because there is no definitive answer. Companies steal ideas from each other all the time. Taking someone else’s work, refining it, and then making it your own is called progress. Lawyers might not like that, but screw them, who likes lawyers anyway?

Next month we’re probably going to see the Galaxy S4. Many of the features that will be demoed on stage will be forgotten by the time the presentation is over. The few that do stick however, those will be the ones that people will use to judge Samsung.

Let’s hope S Voice II isn’t one of those features.

  • Thomo

    You’re hating on S Voice in that last line there but I’ve found it quite useful in the last few months. I haven’t played with it extensivly but I’ve turned on the alarm option, and now when my alarm goes off every morning I can just say “Snooze” and it shuts up for 5 minutes. It’s pretty accurate, only 1 in every 10 or so do I need to repeat, and it doesn’t require me to move much, if at all.

    And correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s not like anyone else has released something along those lines.

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      It’s a joke. Don’t take it so seriously. Everyone shits on S Voice. It’s the cool thing to do. That and come on, it looks *exactly* like Siri!

      • Thomo

        Fair enough, subtext is harder to pick up in written word, needs more

        • Stefan Constantinescu

          If only that existed!

          • rogerdebris

            It does exist, ya noob. It looks like this:


      • 1ceTr0n

        Your sarcasm needs serious work Stefan

      • rogerdebris

        Yeah, just follow the crowd, Stefan. You’re so cool!

        Hope you caught the sarcasm in that…

  • Ibrahim Ng’eno

    I recall dell having a 5″ “phablet” waaaay before the note was ever announced, I love what somsung have done and are doing but credit where credit is due, they did not create a new product category there, they revived one which a lot of people assumed was dead

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      No one bought the Streak. Lots of people got the Note. Big difference.

      • RarestName

        But Dell’s still the company which created the phablet product category.

        • Abdullah Qaraeen

          5″ isn’t a phablet… phones will be 5″ now, 5.3″+ is a phablet…

          • RarestName

            Sadly, that’ll inevitably happen, but when Dell released the Streak, it was released as a phablet because its screen was bigger than other phones at that point of time.

          • Kamal

            Although Apple wasn’t the first company to create a tablet, I think it’s fair to say Apple started tablets. The reason for this is because people actually bought the iPad, while other tablets were unpopular.

          • RarestName

            That’s the point in Stefan’s comment which is confusing me. Not a lot of people bought the Streak but a lot of people bought the Note, so people say that the credit goes to Samsung because they brought it to the mainstream. However, they contradict themselves when talking about Apple. It’s really weird.

          • Ibrahim Ng’eno

            look up the meaning of the term “start”

            If you were not the first to do something, then you cannot have “started” it. If you popularise something, then say it that way, that you made it popular, not that you started it.

            Words have meanings, use em.

      • Ibrahim Ng’eno

        “No one bought the streak” — If even one person bought the device than your wrong ….

        My point was that Samsung did not create this category, they dominated it, big difference

  • Jason

    This is why I love Samsung. Not only do they try to give us what we want, they actually do innovate much more than Apple.

    The only reason people think they don’t innovate is because Apple can release any shit they want and people will automatically call it innovative.