Taiwan Teams Up With Apple To Take On Samsung... calls Samsung "Evil"
Taiwan Teams Up With Apple To Take On Samsung
By Dan Ritter | More Articles
April 17, 2013
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The ordeal comes at a particularly interesting time given the market tensions between Taiwan and South Korea. Samsung has become the largest player in the $294 billion global smartphone market. Meanwhile, HTC’s share of the ever-competitive smartphone market has declined, heaping pressure on the company’s flagship HTC One phone to perform well.
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And HTC isn’t the only Taiwanese tech company fighting to stay ahead on the tech market. In particular, it’s not the only company competing directly with Samsung. HTC and other domestic tech giants like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM) have been forging alliances with U.S.-based companies like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB). TSMC is slated to take a larger share of chip production for Apples iPads and iPhones, a position currently dominated by Samsung. Meanwhile, HTC First just went on sale sporting Facebook Home.
The development of the false-review campaign seems to have stoked competitive flames. Reports indicate that local Taiwanese news slammed Samsung’s tactics as “evil,” suggesting that a loose but broad industry alliance against the Korean tech maker could develop. What’s more, Apple — Samsung’s largest chip client — has been itching to get away from the company for a while now. With a fire lit at both ends, Samsung has found itself in the middle of a highly undesirable situation.