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Samsung is Korean and one of the largest companies in the world, with interests in electronics, shipbuilding, engineering, construction, finance, hotels and even in theme parks. Samsung Electronics alone had revenues of $135 billion in 2010. This includes the leading Flash memory chip maker in the world, the largest builder of flat LCD screens and the TV sets that use them, the second largest chip maker after Intel, and the second largest handset operation after Nokia and catching fast. Samsung like many handset vendors has been caught out by the iPhone design and has been losing ground in smart phones until it launched the Galaxy range of smart phones in tablets in 2010 which use the Android operating system, since which it has been gaining ground. Samsung also fabricates the A4 chip which Apple uses to power its iphone4 and the iPad. Since 2008 Samsung has shipped more handsets in the US than any other handset vendor, overtaking Motorola.

Samsung hedges its OS bets with latest ATIV

24 June, 2013

New ATIV Q tablet supports both Windows 8 and Android, but its real attraction lies in high resolution display

Samsung sets up US unit to cash in on display IPR

30 May, 2013

Korean firm gets more proactive about generating revenue from its OLED and LCD innovations, and acquiring new IPR

Samsung increases market lead and profits

26 April, 2013

Takes one-third of Q1 smartphone market, as iPhone stagnates, and reports 42% leap in earnings, with Galaxy the top driver

Samsung wins LTE contract in Ireland

11 April, 2013

Deal with Three follows similar win in UK, as Korean firm establishes itself as a 4G contender in Europe

Samsung beats estimates with Q1 profit

5 April, 2013

Galaxy is main driver for growth again, though analysts question whether huge marketing spend will hurt margins

Apple pushes for new Samsung trial

28 March, 2013

As the two vendors continue to bicker over last summer's $1.05bn award against Samsung, Apple wants retrial rather than appeal

Samsung hits back at Ericsson lawsuit

19 March, 2013

Files two complaints in Texas, accusing Swedish firm of behaving like a patent troll and breaching contracts

Samsung will have Tizen smartphones by September

18 March, 2013

Already has NTT Docomo and Orange to launch a high end smartphone running the Linux OS

Samsung promises first Tizen phone later this year

15 March, 2013

Makes its feelings about Windows Phone and Windows 8 clear

Samsung's mobile chief becomes co-CEO

15 March, 2013

Korean firm now run by triumvirate of executives, seeking to unify its various businesses more effectively

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