Tirlapur, now also there are lots of low cost tablets in markets for pricing range of less than 100 Euros, but nothing from standard companies. So if something from standard companies like Google, Amazon etc, it can have a greater momentum.
the Samsung SII banned from several European markets?
@Mr. Roques, Recently US court lifted the ban on Samsung Galaxy 7 so am sure Smasung is targetting Europe next. Samsung will do some updates to its existing models so that it can re-enter European market.
But I don't think that may be the case for atleast next 2-3 quarters, due to the launch of low cost Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle, MS Surface etc.
@Jacob, very true. There are so many new tablets being launched, I think the end user is confused. Infact I am planning to buy one tablet myself but not sure which one to buy, so its better to wait for sometime, read the reviews and then make the purchase decision.
Jacob - I think you're probably right abt the Galaxy's short-term leadership position in Europe. It's been the case for mobile makers for some time now and the Android-Apple-Amazon competition is not something to take lightly.
Anna - I hear you. It's amazing to me how politicians around EU seem to insist that the problems are rooted in saving the currency and erasing debt. What they are ignoring is the deep structural and cultural issues that also must be addressed when mentioning the economics behind EU stability.
It's not often I agree with politicians, but I see wisdom in Blair's comment: "Frankly, what it needs is growth plus reform." Yes!!! It may sound ironic but growth and reform are like ying and yang, and each is essential to make a complete solution. Sure, you can reform everything and anything, but how do you replace the broken pieces in a way that makes sense not just for 2012, but for 2020 or some other other near-term milestone? Some of sort growth engine is critical... and I don't just mean old-style capitalism models. Someone smarter than me must have some brillant idea of how to get Europe to work as a whole again.
FWIW, here in Spain, we have a Prime Minister who got a lot of heat for making ignorant off-the-cuff comments (#SpainisnotUganda). It would be almost comical if Spain wasn't in such a sad state (we have more than 24% unemployment here - how can any Western country and the fourth-largest EU member have such an atrocious number if it didn't have major structural problems that austerity measures will simply not fix?!?). From where I'm sitting and from the comparison I see in this BBC chart, maybe some of these developing regions could offer the EU some advice ;-)
Jennifer, as of now Galaxy had made enough sales & profit to the parent company. But I don't think that may be the case for atleast next 2-3 quarters, due to the launch of low cost Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle, MS Surface etc. They may lose the grip over European mobile market, due to high competition.
Jennifer, I couldn't agree with you more. Lagarde and co can only offer talks and further austerity measures with no outright solution to the continuing plague. Germany and the rest oppose growth solution because to them it's simply a currency or debt crisis not a balance of trade issue. Here in the UK, its further government cuts etc. I hear talk of possible break up of EU. Will this alter anything? It's become politically marred now. Here's what Tony Blair Former UK prime minister offers, http://www.tonyblairoffice.org/news/entry/tony-blair-europe-needs-a-grand-plan-to-save-the-single-currency/
Right, Bolaji... there is a double whammy.... you have to hold the line on savings while spending money to move forward. That applies to government, companies and individuals I think. Somewhere in all the noise and in-between the ups and down, fiscal sanity has to be a common denominator across the board.
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