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Samsung Electronics posted record profits during the holiday shopping season, on strong sales of mobile phones and TVs from its premium to low-end lineups.
Samsung Electronics said its operating profit nearly doubled in the fourth quarter, on strong sales of high-end smartphones and the growth of its processor business for mobile devices.
Samsung has introduced a hardware upgrade kit for its smart TVs released in 2012, just a week before it is expected to unveil a new smart TV at the International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas.
Samsung Electronics is seeking to ban imports and sales of certain Ericsson products in the U.S., alleging that they infringe its patents. The move follows a similar one by Ericsson to ban some Samsung products there.
Microsoft has locked minors out of its mobile app store in South Korea since last month.
Samsung Electronics said Wednesday it has no plan to settle its ongoing patent disputes with Apple
Independent game makers are stretching smartphones to new limits, using their built-in sensors to create Wii-like games that can be played using mobile devices instead of a console.
Samsung Electronics said stronger-than-expected sales of its Galaxy smartphones sent operating profits up 90 percent in the latest quarter, but analysts warned its results could take a hit in the coming months as it books legal damages owed to Apple.
Facing stiff competition but aiming for aggressive sales goals, Samsung Electronics Wednesday in Korea released the Galaxy Note 2, its new smartphone-tablet hybrid, and said it will follow up with international launches over the next month.
In a blog post Monday, the electronics giant said it had hoped to reach a settlement with Apple.
A court in South Korea ordered temporary injunction on sales of some Apple and Samsung devices, saying both were in violation.