Showing posts with label Samsung. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Samsung. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tablet, Phablet or Smartphone?

So how much would you pay for a tablet, or would you rather have a Phablet, or just a good smartphone? Does size matter? Do you have to be been seen with a 10”, 8”, 7” or a 5.5” device?
We find ourselves constantly asking what we want and what is the best fit for us? What is clear is that the only word that matters is ‘convergence’ and tablets may be just a stepping stone and far from the answer.
We have seen the emergence of eink readers and also their decline. Yes they may still sell and yes they may be good reading devices, but you don’t find many calculators around today as the functionality is absorbed into other more functional devices. The eInk readers are long past their sell by date and although the technogy still has legs the ereaders don’t.
We have seen many try to establish a tablet position on the back of the iPad. The reality is that many have failed and for a host of reasons. What is interesting is that the likes of the Kindle Fire and Nook which were aligned to retail brands and services have fared relatively well and driven down the price for many. Samsung and the Google offers have put in a respectable delivery but many more technology driven companies have failed.
Microsoft were determined to recapture the market with the Surface but it so far has lacked that something that it should have clearly had – the same OS and functionality as the laptop. The company is now writing off $1bn after missing sales targets, but isn't giving up and is unveiling two new Surface tablets.
Enter that supermarket Tesco with its Hudl tablet. Will it like the Amazon Fire appeal to Tesco’s customer base and offer a cheap but high quality alternative, or will it die a thousand cuts and have little style or designer appeal in a designer label world? It not just about delivering the cheapest, it’s also about creating something to be seen with. You don’t go to a black tie event clutching an Aldi bag. You may not want to be seen huddling up with a Hudl in public.
Having just upgraded to a Samsung Phablet, the Note 2, we don’t want to be carrying a luggable tablet around that has the same functionality, but is merely bigger. We don’t want to trying to manipulate spreadsheets and word documents on a smartphone that demands thin and nimble fingers and thumbs. The Samsung pen is a clear bonus and is truly amazing, but it’s the fact that Microsoft have given us a free Office app with our Office 365 licence so making all documents truly accessible and editable on the move. All our contacts, social networks, outlook email, gmail accounts, Skype and many more applications are now with us at all times. We can even watch our home security CCTV cameras and be alerted to disturbance and much more.
So it’s not just about, price, size, functionality and design but about lifestyle and that’s what make it easy to see today’s winners and hard to guess tommorrw’s.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Beating the Tin Drum

As far as the consumer is concerned is it the device, or the functionality it enables, or is it the content it can render that is ultimately the decider? Is it in fact cyclical and does the technology always come first, closely followed by the features and functions and the actual content come last, or are we now at a point of change?
Who today would buy, or even want the pre iPhone mobile? Was it purely down to the iconic design and presentation of the iPhone, or the apps it unleashed and app store? Would the device have been enough without the digital content?
We then have the drivers behind the major offers.
Apple’s iPod enabled iTunes to go mobile and was a phenomenal success like the Sony Walkman before it. But the iPod was nothing more than a mobile jukebox and when smartphones started to compete they needed to do more and the iconic iPhone was introduced. This masterpiece of design was king and spawned the lucrative world of apps and multimedia mobile. But again as Android replicated Apple’s offer they had to once again find something different - enter the iPad. The iPad was another winner and the true multi media player of choice but it wasn’t a phone and it wasn’t small enough to put in your pocket. Apart from the telephony the only real difference between the iPhone and iPad was size and in a mobile world the smaller size does matter too many. So when others started to introduce smaller tablets and larger smartphones the world started to change again.
Interestingly, the only real difference between many of today’s offers is the content and how well it renders of the device.
Some suggest that books are different and needed eInk dedicated readers. The reality is there are not and don’t. Amazon, Nook, Kobo have all adopted an increasingly agnostic device and operating system approach. This ‘platform’ approach is not dissimilar to all the major content services across all digital media. Today you can now play music, watch films and TV, play games, deal with emails, perform full office functions, access all media, community services and the internet on a device agnostic basis.
So devices are basically today’s fashion and quickly becoming tomorrow’s scrap. The apps are being developed for all operating platforms of significance, browsers are fully agnostic and content is available from all with everyone trying to mirror each other’s offer across all platforms. We now have the emergence of the super toys in the form of mobile watches, external snap on lenses and glasses, but is there no reason to believe that these will decide who wins and who losses? Some would suggest that they are a mere distraction and that, like so many before them, they do not offer sustainable advantage.
Maybe we are now entering the world where even the availability of media is not enough and it is the commercial package that will decide the winners. Perhaps the winners will not be the tin manufacturers, who as we have seen, now play on an increasingly level playing field, but the content packagers and community hubs who are becoming the ‘must haves’. Perhaps it’s those who have multi-faceted information on their community. This is where Amazon is scoring day in day out and where those who can design a place in their side lines can also survive. Amazon announced when it launched Amazon Matchbox that it had data on every book purchased since 1995 and I bet every search, basket and much more.
The latest rumour is that Amazon is about to launch a smartphone and give it away free within their service community. It isn’t such a farfetched idea and would certainly fire a shot across of the bows of the mobile technology companies who rely on selling units, be it to network providers, or direct. The shift would be from a device centric world where people watch the sales of smartphones to a service centric world where the consumer is attracted to who offers them the most convenience at the best price on whatever device.

As John Lennon once said, ‘ I may be a dreamer but iam not the only one.’

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Tomorrow's World, Today

When we look at the big technology spend on R&D in the last financial year we see Samsung spent $10.5bn, Microsoft $9.8bn, Google's $6.8bn, Sony's $4.6bn  and Apple's $3.4bn. A staggering total of some $35.1bn. So the obvious question is what is coming out of the spend and will it change our lives in the near future or is it still some way off making it to the market?

If we look at the current projected innovation we see two potential systemic changes, one that still appears unclear and one that is clearly some way off.

Turning Pages
The Samsung Galaxy S IV is scheduled to be unveiled this month and there are very strong rumours that it will extend the ‘Smart Stay’ feature which detects whether the users is looking at the screen to a new feature that will allow the phone to track the movement of your eyes down the screen and effectively scroll or turn pages without any fingers! This is a significant step when it comes to reading and starts to change the way we read. Imagine no more turning pages and the previous page turner really does become automatic.

This along with the other Samsung technology could start to differentiate it from the pack and given their cross Galaxy approach would make their Note and tablet offers very appealing.

I watch, I record
The Apple Glass project has seen considerable coverage and as it gets closer to the expected launch later this year the noise about it is only going to increase. The glasses are designed, futuristic and comprise a number of parts. They are even reported to come in different colours and there may well be deals pending with major glass designers to make them even ‘cooler’ tp wear.
They aim to lift the users heads from constant distraction of starring at a display to one where the display is closer to the senses and is shared with other activity. The main body of Glass is a soft-touch plastic that houses the processor, battery, and counterweight and then there is a thin metal strip that creates the arc of the glasses, with a set of rather typical pad arms and nose pads which allow the device to rest on your face.
Although it can be controlled by a touch sensor at the side or via defined head movements the Glass responds to and is aimed to be driven by voice commands. It gets its data via either its own Wifi or via a tethered device such as a smartphone and has a GPS chip.
We immediately think of the information benefit of seeing maps, getting directions whilst on the move but probably the most interesting feature will be the ability to take still or moving images as you see them by a single voice command. This obviously raises the question of privacy but also the ability to effectively upload them in real time to services such as Google’s own YouTube or Facebook, Twitter etc.  
Apple on the Wrist
We are less sure of the forthcoming watch with full iOS planned for later this year from Apple.
When we look at Pranav Mistry’s technology and ability to display on any surface we have to ask whether Apple are moving us forward in our interaction with technology or merely giving us designer blig?
We have to await more information but this would appear to be far behind both Samsung and Google in delivering us the future.
Microsoft’s Interactive Whiteboard
Whilst the other focus on the mobile world and making things smaller Microsoft continue to look at the larger canvas.
They are working on ‘SketchInsight’, which aims to redesign who we interact with data and access and present it. They are working on a more intuitive approach, which instead of forcing you to build a presentation in advance correlating the data and prettifying its presentation lets you call up pre loaded data to create interactive charts, maps and diagrams via a touch screen.
Whichever technology changes our interaction with and ability to exploit communications and technology is hard to call today but what is clear is that huge sums are being spent today in trying to invent the future and some will almost certainly succeed.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

So What Does Nook Want To be When It Grows Up?

The news that Barnes & Noble’s losses in its Nook Media division will be higher than the previous year and that revenue projections for 2013 will come in significantly below forecast, raises the question of whether it is positioned to slug it out with the technology giants, expand internationally, or whether at some time soon it will have to exit the device market and focus on its content?
Only last year it secured an attractive partner and cash from Microsoft and later Pearson bought a 5% stake in Nook Media. So is this a blip, or a serious issue?
This dilemma was covered by the New York Times in their article ‘Barnes & Noble Weighs Its E-Reader Investment.’ They questioned whether the losses signalled ‘that the digital approach that Barnes & Noble has been heavily investing in as its future for the last several years has essentially run its course.’
The question is whether a move away from, what after all, was never their core competency or strength - technology engineering, to what is their core strength - trading content, will work with the market, their partners and the consumers?
If we look at the market Nook appear to have the bases covered with their platform and devices and content on offer, but have they?
First, we have said before that neither the Barnes and Noble or the Nook brand is well know outside of the US and their launch into Europe last year was too low profile and far too late. The ebook business is a global business and sitting in the US and expecting instant recognition could prove a fatal error of judgement.  If we were to ask consumers on the main city streets of Europe even today if the knew of Nook or Barnes and Noble, what would be the response? If we asked the same people the same question about Apple and its iPad, Amazon and Kindle and even Samsung and Galaxy the results are almost certain to be very different.
This would not be the same in the US, but although Barnes and Noble have dominated the book market, they have failed to dominate the ebook or device market. Is there any reason to believe that, if they can’t do it at home, they can did it abroad? Being a follower isn’t always good in a rapidly changing and costly market. Barnes and Noble are not technology innovators and also do not have the deep pockets of their competitors. Apple have their own environment which is constantly being fuelled by ‘fans’ and is about a family of strong global brands. They sell, or facilitate the sale of content and apps on the back of a robust end to end technology range. Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer of ‘stuff’ and have created an effective marketplace and service offer. They sell technology and services to effectively ‘lock in’ consumers to their ‘one stop shop’ marketplace. Samsung are like Apple, but are today’s leader of the significant Android pack and have yet to really score on the content side. They are clear leaders and are heavily tracked by a host of technology players. Blackberry and Sony are fast becoming an ‘also rans’. Microsoft have the ability, but often lack the execution. If the Slate would have been a full Windows 8 device and not yet another deviant the story may be different even today.
We must also remember that Barnes and Noble / Microsoft partnership which married an Android based technology Nook platform with a Windows 8 one with its own Slate device running under Windows 8RT. Not exactly a compatible marriage. Imagine feeding those profiles into an online dating agency and expecting to find the love of your life!
At the core of this turmoil is the reality, that even tablets as we know them today may well be transient. As the mobile range of devices continues to converge and more intuitive devices such as glasses and watches emerge to connect to mobile servers and the cloud, do we honestly think the Nook has the legs to compete as it stands today?
Nook Media needs to shift itself fully to cover what it says on the can – media. It is still in a strong position to build a retail, library, education offer that is device agnostic and free of the cost of competing with giants, yet agile and canny enough to licence and brand build a true competitor to Amazon. Consumers increasingly want a seamless one stop trusted shop that covers media.  
Although Kobo now has deeper pockets and is backed by a media giant it faces the same challenges and same opportunities. They do have a better global presence, but do not have the right market awareness and perception today. Consumers recognise that technology isn’t for life but they want to know that their chosen platform will be around for some time.
We hope that Barnes and Noble decide what they want to be when they grow up and effectively communicate it and take some fast and bold steps to set the on that path.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Samsung and Apple Continue to Slug It Out

The mobile wars continue and there is now a clear two horse race today between Apple and Samsung. How long the battle will last and whether another player will come to join them is as uncertain and unpredictable as much of the future.

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the latest to deliver bad news to Apple, in that it has now rejected Apple's pinch-to-zoom patent because it claims prior patents covered the invention.
A total of 21 specific pinch to zoom methodologies are claimed by Apple's filing. All were rejected by the patent office on the basis that they had already been granted to previous applicants - something the USPTO had not discovered before approving the document in November 2010.

However, it’s not a final ruling and the process involves a number of further steps and even after that, the decision can be appealed in court. But it does give Apple a wake up call and brings further doubt over the £1bn damage win that Apple secures in their home court as the patent was one of the six cited in the case.

Meanwhile Samsung continue to try to overturn the jury’s verdict and this new ruling could drag the case on for years with appeals. Also Apple are likely to appeal the USPTO decision and in the judge has to decide on the final damage figure.

USPTO has now twice revoked Apple patents, as it took the same action in October against its so called 'rubber band" user-interface effect', which makes lists appear to bounce and snap back in place after a user has scrolled beyond their end.

Elsewhere the battles continue in 10 countries and news is not good for Apple. It has been asked to disclose the details of its patent-sharing deal with HTC to Samsung. It has also lost a UK appeal against a ruling that Samsung had not infringed its design rights and was also asked by the UK court to publish a statement on its website admitting that Samsung had not infringed its designs.

US sales bans from claims by Apple against Samsung's Galaxy Nexus phone and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer were also lifted in October.

Apple are clearly not having it their way in the courts since their August victory. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Apple 1 Samsung 0

Trademarks are trademarks, patents are patents and copyright is copyright and all should and need to be protected but one has to question the findings of a US jury in San Jose. They have delivered a massive blow to Samsung and awarded Apple $1.05bn (£665m) in damages in an intellectual property lawsuit.
The ironic thing is that Samsung are one of Apple’s largest suppliers of chips and other technology which underpin its own iOS technology. It also begs the question as to whether the result would have been the same if Samsung was US and Apple from South Korea?
Now follows lengthy and costly appeals and Apple pressing for import bans against Samsung’s devices and probably others.
Is this a good result for consumers? In the short run probably not as it will certainly slow down the Android market and restrict some devices. Apple will continue to dominate the tablet market and prices will remain at a premium. The one party that may be rubbing their hands today are also American and being late to the party now have a chance to shine through being different – Microsoft.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Australia Lifts Samsung Ban

An Australia court has overturned an earlier ban on the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy tab in the country. Apple had previously won an injunction against Samsung in Austrailia and Germany preventing sales of the Galaxy 10.1 tab, accusing of it copying its touch-screen technology and infringing its patents. Samsung has sought a ban on sales of Apple's iPhone 4S in Australia, Japan, France and Italy.

Today’s news means Samsung will no longer be restricted in Australia. However, they will not be able to start selling the tablet immediately as Justice Lindsay Foster granted a stay on the order until Friday, 2 December, which allows Apple time to appeal in the High Court.

The case is part of a long legal battle which we have previously reported and one which is focused on the two market leaders slugging it out bout in the courts and the shops for a bigger slice of the smartphones and tablet market.

recent article: Apple and Samsung Lock Horns

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Buffy the Facebook Mobile Slayer?

Will Facebook’s ‘Buffy’ be the vampire mobile slayer or a step too far?

Facebook are widely reported to be working with HTC to create its own Android smartphone, which is due out in 12 to 18 months. According to The Wall Street Journal the Facebook phone project has been codenamed, ‘Buffy’.

However why does it need to have its own hardware? Facebook is already tightly integrated into many Android smartphones and it is very questionable exactly what Facebook would gain over the wide adoption it already has. If Facebook believe that ‘Buffy’ could tightly integrate other Facebook services such as their email it could turn many off if all their all email and messaging from the phone have to be done through Facebook?

Facebook isn't a hardware company and perhaps they should stick to what they are good at. Even the likes of Google have struggled with the hardware and ended up buying Motorola and launching a Nexus with Samsung and Microsoft has many hardware nightmares most notably with their Zune player.

Ironically HTC, the world's fourth-biggest smartphone brand shares have fallen by 7%, which is the maximum allowed in one day. The fall has been driven by a cut its growth forecast. HTC had earlier forecast growth of 20% to 30% but despite a booming market now expected revenues for the final three months of 2011 to be little changed from a year earlier. This demonstrates the growth of Android adoption by many players.

Equally interesting is the news that Google and Samsung have confirmed that there are volume issues with their flagship mobile phone the Galaxy Nexus and Apple and that the battery problem that has dogged the new iOS 5 Apple operating system remains unfixed.

However, the one thing that is clear is that smartphones remain at the core of mobile technology, Android is now leading the wave and the more platforms tightly integrate applications and services the more the smartphone will become the device of choice. This has a significant bearing on how media providers, channels and cloud based services must adapt.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Sony Say Yes to Japan (Again) But No To Denmark

The news that Sony was going home to Japan to launch its latest devices in Japan this month along with a dedicated virtual library brought back fond memories of our visit to Kyoto this year and the pieces we wrote on the country that rewrites the rules.

Sony left the Japanese market in 2007 after seen a poor response on their initial ebook reader push. Since then the success of the iPad and Kindle has sent electronics makers scrambling to gain a slice of the growing tablet computer and ereader market. Sony will also open a digital bookstore offering some 20,000 titles for download, but does anyone care and will it make an impact second time around?

Sony predicts it will sell 300,000 e-readers in Japan next year and expects to get 50% of the Japanese market share by 2012.

However their move is not an exclusive as Sharp has also confirmed that it will launch its Galapagos e-reader tablet device on the Japanese before the end of the year along with their own online store. The online shop which is to be a partnership with the Culture Convenience Club Co, which operates the Tsutaya book and music chain, will offer 20,000 books and magazines by the spring will be expanded to also include video and music content.

Sony unveiled their latest devices in September and expanded their availability to Australia, China, Italy, and Spain as well as the United States and UK, but some will ask is that enough and why only this small handful of countries?

When Sony first blew its trumpet in the UK, a deal was put in the table to tie the devices to the Danish digital public library service. It was envisaged that the libraries would offer the devices on loan along with the ebook. The offer was turned down as it was unsupportable so the danish just bought them from Waterstones in the UK. Now Sony have stopped the sales and we have discovered that German Cash&Carry giant Metro is now selling Sony readers in its Danish outlets even though the Sony devices are still officiallly unavailable in Denmark.

The situation where some countries are seen as viable and others which border on them aren’t, appears to be a joke in this global world. How can companies such as Sony be expected to be taken seriously when they still only operate is a handful of countries and yet are a global electronics brand and organisation. It clearly shows that to buy local may be an unwise move.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Smartphone App Wars

Who will win the mobile app store battles and the associated operating system wars?
Samsung will launch a mobile application store in Europe on Sept. 14 for its Omnia smartphones. They join iPhone, Nokia’s Ovi, Rim/Blackberry and Palm Pre stores and as many operating system battles, carrier exclusives and even device showdowns.

In August Samsung released its mobile widget software development kit (SDK) and its Application Seller Site a month earlier. Users will initially be able to select from about 300 apps, including games and e-readers and they predict that this will increase to around 2,000 by the end of the year. Their SDK is different in that it will let developers create widgets for different Samsung phones using different operating systems, including the company's own proprietary OS.

Nokia is the market leader in terms of phones, smartphones and mobile but has struggled to get third-party developers to develop applications for their phones. They are not alone, after all why do you want to develop 4 apps that each have to be maintained and may not all earn out?

Then we have the formidable LG Electronics, which in July launched an online store for mobile phone applications.

Finally we have Microsoft who is hoping the launch in October of its new mobile phone software, will revive its flagging position in this lucrative market. Today they are estimated to have some 9% share against the 14.3% they enjoyed only a year ago. They are behind RIM’s 20.9% and Apple’s growing 13.7% and a long way behind Nokia’s 45%.

Microsoft’s big card is its ability to run Windows Mobile Office productivity apps such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. But is that enough and a strong enough differentiator today? They claim a trusted brand but is it it trusted enough and although they can line up all the big guns in support we think it too late, too tired and somehow lacking. Will it fully support touch and compete with the new touch environment.

What is clear is that consumers need to keep their options open in what is a dynamic market.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Korea Eyes up eBook Market

One day after announcing the Samsung Papyrus ebook reader we hear that other s are potentially waiting in the wings.

JoongAng Daily report that SK Telecom signed a memorandum of understanding with Neolux, a local e-book manufacturer in December. “Looking at Amazon and Google’s cases, e-books have potential to become a new digital convergence model for the mobile telecommunications industry,” said Kim Gwang-hi, head of the new business team at SKT. “We are in the process of seeking collaboration with other e-book companies as well and plan to launch a product this year.”

LG Telecom’s who are behind our favourite 3G Wrist Smartphone is reported to be also planning the join the leap to the e-book market.

The report also shows that we are not alone in getting books digitised and available to sell. Booktopia, Korea’s largest e-book database, has some 120,000 digital titles but only have half of them are available for sale. “In the past, authors and publishers didn’t consider electronic book copyrights when coming up with contracts,” said Choi Jong-su, vice president of Booktopia.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Another Day and Now a Samsung eReader

Samsung will launch a touchscreen e-book reader called Papyrus in Korea in June and potentially later in the U.K. and U.S.

The A5-sized e-ink device (5.8 x 8.3 inches), has an aluminum stylus and is rumoured to have only 512MB of memory with no memory-card slot, no Wi-Fi and no cellular WAN access. So little room for the library of e-books, PDFs or documents, and MP3 files and more importantly these rumors either don’t stack up or we are looking at a lame duck .The other rumour is the price, at under $300 it can compete but without the features again its relatively useless tin.

It is being touted as not just to be an e-reader, but a “notetaker, world clock, diary, memo taker, calculator, and contacts” but alas the rumours say a lot less than more.

So the electronic companies from the Far East look to be wakening up and could drive down the price but its down to content and channels so it will be interesting to see who bits and what the final release looks like.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Welcome to the Screen Racers

HP has just set up a company, in collaboration with 3M spin-off, called Phicot to make plastic eink screens which if successful could cost a tenth of the cost of today’s glass displays. The plastic sheet is just 40 microns thick, cheaper than glass and uses less space. In comparison the glass for an LCD is 0.7mm. thick , heavier and requires complex clean room manufacturing.

There's a long way to go before Phicot can create big screens with every pixel perfect; cracks, pinholes, bubbles and particles can all cause defects that reduce the yield. Today the displays use grayscale E-Ink with the promise colour screens ever coming.

So will large OLED beat the with cost effect panels? Again the answer is maybe and in the future but the difference is more down to a slowdown in the global economy than technology.

As we have written before OLED offers much; flexible displays, transparent displays that allow a window by day to function as a light by night, and plastic OLED lights that can be cut and molded into interesting shapes. However OLED is coming with Samsung planning a 14.1" OLED laptop and TV this year and costly manufacturing conversion is an issue.

So plasma and greayscale eink look to be the screen technologies for the time being at least.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Another Day at the Races

Microsoft and LG have signed a strategic collaboration agreement in R&D, marketing, applications, and services in mobile devices. Samsung Electronics announced on the same day the launch of the domestic version of the Omnia touch screen handset model. This is also based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system and will be available under an exclusive deal later this year.

Both these moves are clearly focused on helping Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system defend itself against Nokia’s Symbian a platform and which is used in two-thirds of smartphones. As we have already reported the remaining contenders are RIM’s Blackberry, Apple's iPhone and Google's Android.

In the same way that DOS versus Windows defined and help shape the PC era and Explora versus Netscape the Web browser initial battles the this ongoing smartphone battle will shape the smartphone market and have a significant impact on digital content and presentation in the digital content era. What will be the key is hard to say but Google certainly has been given a significant boost by its recent settlement.

Aligning digital search and discovery, content delivery and synergy with PCs in an online offer that is unique by its nature is something others will struggle to match. It’s a pity the price was so cheap.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Samsung Flat TV Update

Samsung has announced it has developed a 31-inch ultra-thin organic screen, raising the stakes in an worldwide race for organic displays. Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AM-OLED) is seen as a growth driver because they produce brighter images and use less power. The displays are only 4.3 mm thick, or one-tenth of a typical liquid crystal display panel, and consume less than half the electricity needed for a 32-inch LCD screen, making them attractive to the green movement.

Samsung SDI is also planning to mass-produce 14-inch screens in 2008.

The interesting thing is that as the quality of screens improves and they shrink in size then the potential for reading becomes greater. The screen is where the digital rubber hits the road and will determine whether consumers adopt them for reading or keep them for just for entertainment.