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What’s Up In Korea This Week? [25. Mar]
  ·  2013년 03월 25일

beSUCCESS covers weekly news in Korea, 25 Mar.

Will Samsung Be The First To Release Tizen Phones? On The Samsung-Google Alliance
  ·  2013년 03월 26일

Samsung has developed to become the world’s biggest handset maker since the introduction of its Galaxy S smartphone series equipped with Google’s Android mobile operating platform. In contrast with Apple’s iOS, Samsung strengthened its partnership with Google for the Android mobile operating system which boasted being open platform. However, it seems that things may change with the demand for an improved variety of mobile platforms from handset manufacturers as well as mobile carriers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Will Set New Paradigm With Flexible, Unbreakable OLED Panels
  ·  2013년 03월 27일

The rumor has it that the Galaxy Note 3 will come with an OLED (rumored to be ‘unbreakable’ and resistant to drop shocks) HD screens. This means that Samsung will set a new paradigm between smartphone manufacturers. What kind of shift in dynamics will there be?

KakaoTalk Launches PC Version
  ·  2013년 03월 28일

KakaoTalk launched the KakaoTalk PC version (beta test) from yesterday, 26 March 2013. You would be able to log in using your KakaoTalk ID, not your phone number. Verification would be made via phone and you would log in as usual and communicate PC to PC or PC to smartphone (they’re synchronized).

Cooliris brings endless photo discovery experience to iPad and iPhone
  ·  2013년 04월 04일

Cooliris today announced the release of the new Cooliris mobile app which offers endless discovery of friends’ and followers’ photos, and adds Dropbox to the portfolio of media sources users can seamlessly explore from the app. Cooliris has already integrated the mobile library, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Google+/Picasa, Twitter, SmugMug, Google Drive, Google Images, Yandex.Fotki in Russia, and Renren in China. Cooliris, which has reached the #1 iPad app in 75 countries for…

BeLAUNCH Is Proud To Announce That CEO Of CoolIris Will Be Joining Our Speaker Line-Up on May 1st – 3rd
2013년 04월 10일

CoolIris CEO, Soujanya Bhumkar, has taken several recent trips to Seoul and I had the pleasure of catching up with him to find out more about what he has been up to during his visits. I had expected a press interview, with Soujanya explaining more about CoolIris’ new products, but he was much more interested in discussing the rise of entrepreneurship in Korea. He was clearly excited about the potential for Korean…

Korean Online Community Website Attacked By Hackers – Thoughts?
  ·  2013년 04월 11일

The title just says ‘Korean community website’ because I personally do not think it is a major website. The website in question is the infamous and controversial “Ilgan Best”. Apparently, an international hacking group, Anonymous, have attacked the website. The website is humor-centered with jokes and political viewpoints. These are heavily biased, although that goes for any online community really. To give you the low-down of the event: 1. Ilgan Best came…

Galaxy Rated As Most Valuable Band Again
  ·  2013년 04월 11일

Samsung’s “Galaxy” series was again rated as Korea’s most valuable brand in the first quarter of 2013. Brandstock, a local research firm conducted a survey and Samsung received 938 points, retaining the top spot for the second consecutive year. The supermarket chain “Emart” followed with 924 points. Samsung outstripped Nokia as the world’s biggest smartphone maker and sold more than 40 million units worldwide. Samsung controlled 30.4% of global smartphone market, surpassing…

Global Forum Opened By ICT
  ·  2013년 04월 11일

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (hereby ICT) held its first international meeting in preparation for the plenipotentiary conference of the “International Telecommunication Union” to be held at Busan next year. The ITU plenipotentiary conference is expected to bring together about 3,000 people from different governments, international organizations, and businesses in 193 nations. 100 representatives from 38 member states from the Asia-Pacific region attended the meeting to get global ICT…

Korean Market For Smartphone Face Stagnation
  ·  2013년 04월 11일

Two words: market saturation. According to Strategy Analytics, the Korean smartphone market growth for smartphones will slow down this year and possibly post a negative growth in 2016. The local market for smartphones is expected to grow 8% from a year earlier to around 33.1 million units this year. This marks a remarkable slowdown from an explosive 717% on-year growth in 2010 as well as a 75% growth last year. According to the…

What Can We Make Of Apple’s Apology?
  ·  2013년 04월 11일

I read somewhere that it was gratifying for Koreans to watch Tim Cook (the Head of Apple Inc.) ‘beg’ for China’s forgiveness. Well, I guess that can be true to a certain extent, although I personally don’t agree with this. I also read somewhere that ‘apparently being the CEO of the best company in the world means to always say that you’re sorry.’ So, obviously, there’s a lot of emotions involved. It…

KakaoPage Launched: What About LINE and Joyn?
  ·  2013년 04월 11일

Kakao – the famous operator for the mobile messenger KakaoTalk unveiled a new mobile content platform, KakaoPage. It is seeking to bolster their revenue with a new business model. We wrote about this previously, but we thought an update was necessary now that it is officially launched! The launch can be seen as the homegrown startup’s move to solidify revenue sources. It also has an incredibly large (and growing!) subscription base. The…

Samsung Accused For Stealing OLED Technology From LG, Police Raid Pursues
  ·  2013년 04월 11일

Following reports of office raids the day before, Samsung Display denied that it had been investigated for technology espionage against its rival LG Display. Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency – also the cyber crime unit of the country – conducted plant and office raids based on allegations that Samsung stole LG’s patented OLED technology through suppliers. “Samsung is the only company in the world possessing OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology. Our concern is that…

Electric Vehicle Sharing Service To Be Launched By LG
  ·  2013년 04월 11일

Is South Korea becoming more environmentally friendly? LG CNS (LG’s IT arm) will launch an electric vehicle sharing service for residents in Seoul. The service will be operated by EverOn (an affiliate of LG CNS). Drivers will be able to rent electric vehicles through them for a minimum of one hour at an hourly rate of 6,300 won (approx. $5.50 USD) and by the end of April will have 120 electric vehicles…

[Part I] What Is The Rationale Behind IP Disputes?
  ·  2013년 04월 11일

*This is a 3-Part article on IP disputes. The first part talks about the rationale behind IP disputes, the second talks about current legal battles between Apple and Samsung, and the third talks about cross-licensing. For the global electronics industry in the past, patent infringement was not an issue. Ramp up the design factor, appeal to customers, create a feel that was different from other – and the software, or how much…

Marketing Strategy For Your Startup
  ·  2013년 04월 11일

1. Users Are Important. Success lies with the loyalty of your users, or fans. By now you should know the importance that influencers, users, and fans have to your brand. These are the people who are driving viral interactions for you naturally. You need to nurture them, keep them loving and adoring your brand. One thing you can do is give your fans a shout out every now and them. Successful startups…

7 Websites To Know When Wanting To Do Business In Korea
  ·  2013년 04월 12일

Here is a list of great websites you should know about when you want to do business in Korea:             KOTRA (Korea Trade Association). http://english.kotra.or.kr/             KOCCA (Korea Creative Content Agency). http://www.kocca.kr/eng/index.html             KOVA (Korea Venture Business Association). http://venture.or.kr/kova/index.jsp             Invest Korea. http://www.investkorea.org/ikwork/iko/eng/main/index.jsp             The Korean Law…

Korea101: The Basic Facts
  ·  2013년 04월 12일

Achieved a place in top 15 global economies, and has stayed there 8th in terms of ‘Ease of Doing Business’ Smartphone penetration: 97%. Internet speeds (top 3 in world for last 10 years) Population: 49.8m GDP per capita: $22,424 ($2,300 in 1980) GDP growth (2011): 3.6% Inflation (2011): 4.0% Key cities: Seoul (9.8m); Busan (3.4m); Incheon (2.5m)

[Part II] Ongoing Patent Battles In Korea
  ·  2013년 04월 12일

This is the second part to IP disputes in Korea. Part I here: http://betech.asia/2013/04/part-i-what-is-the-rationale-behind-ip-disputes/ Samsung Electronics v LG Electronics Recently, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics have locked horns over the eye-scrolling technology that was embedded in Samsung’s Galaxy S4 unveiled in New York earlier this month. This is LG’s stance: LG LG had rights to the eye-scrolling technology- it applied for a related patent in Korea in December 2005. LG also applied for…

Korea Safe And Stable For Business
  ·  2013년 04월 12일

Seoul is keeping a staunch watch on any military provocation from North Korea through a close cooperation with the U.S., China, and the international community. Representatives of eBay, Google, GE Healthcare, Citibank Korea, BASF Korea, Siemens, Standard Chartered Bank Korea, Dongwoo Fine-Chem, Denso, Bank of China and S-Oil joined in the luncheon with President Park. With some representatives stating their wider investment plans for this year, the members, expressed faith in the…