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In our little nook of the tech world, Samsung is by far probably the most recognizable model identify within the house, typically thought of synonymous with Android itself. Samsung telephones are perpetually part of Android Authority’s greatest smartphone roundups, and there’s good cause why Samsung is without doubt one of the greatest telephone producers on this planet. It’s a place the tech large held for 13 years, taking on from Nokia all the best way again in 2010, and solely not too long ago dropped to a detailed second place behind Apple, in line with IDC’s 2023 market share knowledge.
Samsung has a wealthy and storied historical past that may be traced again to 1938, however in the event you’ve ever questioned the place the identify “Samsung” comes from and what it means, you’re in the appropriate place.
What does Samsung imply?
Samsung is the mix of two phrases — Sam and Sung — that translate to “three stars.” In accordance with Samsung’s official historical past. It was chosen by founder Lee Byung-chull to replicate his imaginative and prescient for the corporate, with “three” which means massive, plentiful, and robust, whereas “star” represents shiny, lofty, and eternally shining. Actually, the three stars had been a major a part of Samsung’s emblem from its inception in 1938 to 1993, till it modified to the iteration we’re extra accustomed to in the present day.
From the Stars to the Galaxy
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Samsung launched the Galaxy branding with its first smartphone again in 2009, the Galaxy GT-I7500, earlier than the beginning of the Galaxy S sequence that everyone knows and love in 2010 and the now-defunct Galaxy Word line in 2011. Whereas it could appear logical and suits proper in with Samsung’s “star” theme, the historical past behind the Galaxy identify isn’t as easy.
As talked about by writer Geoffrey Cain in his ebook Samsung Rising (which is a wonderful learn), the Galaxy identify didn’t have something to do with the celebs. Whereas this specific anecdote hasn’t been acknowledged by Samsung, Cain says that Ed Ho, a former Senior Vice President on the firm, talked about that “Galaxy” comes from a Terlato Wines bottle of the identical identify that high-level Samsung executives loved. Cain continues, saying that the identify of the wine was used as inspiration as a result of it had a “premium ring” to it.
And now you understand the which means behind the identify of one of many world’s largest corporations and the fascinating cause behind its hottest Galaxy branding!
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And whereas the Electronics division accounts for almost 70 p.c of the corporate’s income, Samsung additionally has a presence, both globally or in its dwelling nation of South Korea, within the fields of shipbuilding, development, insurance coverage, protection, promoting, and leisure. All whereas holding sturdy to its family-owned roots.