IFA 2006 and IFA 2014: How Samsung has changed
IFA 2014 ended last week, and some of the staff here at Samsung Tomorrow seemed to be experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, looking completely lost at the office. Noticing the looks on their colleagues’ faces, some senior staff offered solace. “I went through that when I was there for IFA 2006.”
2006? That is like 2 World Cup’s ago, which coincidently was also held in Germany. It sparked a conversation comparing Samsung at IFA 2006 and 2014. Here are a few things we came to realize.
Point #1 Twice the booth size, new building and an exclusive exhibition.
IFA has been an annual event since 2006, and was held biannually before that. It was held in Messe Berlin and Samsung’s booth was located in hall #20, which was considered a prime spot given its size (3900 square meters).
Earlier this May, Messe Berlin welcomed a new 8727 square-meter venue called CityCube Berlin, which Messe Berlin invested 83 million Euro to build. For the 54th IFA, CityCube, which is twice the size of Hall #20, was solely dedicated to Samsung to exhibit its latest products.
IFA welcomed Samsung setting up its exclusive booth at the CityCube. “We expect great synergy working together with Samsung, a company with world class technology,” they stated last May at the Pre-IFA event.
Point #2 Products Reflects the Trend
Back in 2006, it was all about MP3 players. At IFA 2006, Samsung announced the YP-K5, the first MP3 players with a music sharing concept. It generated a lot of buzz partly for its built-in speaker, which popped up like a slide, and was impressive for such a small device.
People also loved YP-T9, a Bluetooth supported MP3 player, which was compatible with various devices and wireless headsets.
TVs were actually a big hit at IFA 2006. Samsung showcased the bestselling ‘Bordeaux’ LCD TVs (named so because of their wine-glass-style design) and lineups for Full HD TVs, which eventually put Samsung ahead of the game, letting them set trends in the TV industry.
At IFA 2014, Samsung once again showcased a wide range of advanced TVs, such as the 105” Bendable UHD TV and Curved UHD TVs. It also announced the Curved Soundbar, offering a ‘Total Curved Solution’. Through IFA 2014, Samsung reaffirmed its position as the #1 in the TV industry.
People were also raving about the ‘Premium Lounge’ in the Digital Appliance zone, a dedicated booth for Samsung’s premium kitchen appliances, the Chef Collection.
Through a collaboration with Arclinea(remember Milan?), an established Italian furniture brand, the 112 square meter ‘Premium Lounge’ was installed. Decorated with 100% Chef Collection products, the ‘Premium Lounge’ showcased:
– Highly advanced BMF(Bottom Mounted Freezer) with stylish design
– Ovens that can cook with High-Pressure Steam
– Induction that utilzes Virtual Flame for safety and usability
– Innovative WaterWall dishwasher
Especially, under the theme of ‘Bringing Your Future Home’ Samsung installed the Smart Home booth at this year’s IFA. It not only showcased the capability to connect various types of product, but also the ability to connect non-Samsung products as well, addressing the current state of Smart Home.
The structure of the Smart Home booth was similar to a regular house. It consisted of a front door, a living room, a kitchen, a laundry room and an office. Samsung held a number of scheduled demonstrations to show people how Smart Home actually works.
Prior to IFA 2014, Samsung held the Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2. Around 1,500 people participated, eager to see the next big thing. Among other things, Samsung announced the highly-anticipated Galaxy Note 4, the 4th Note series since the first 5” Galaxy Note with the S Pen.
At the Unpacked event, Samsung also announced:
– Galaxy Note Edge with a curved display on the edge
– Gear S, a standalone wearable device
– Gear VR, a virtual reality headset
– Gear Circle, necklet-like wearable device
Point #3 TVs were cool. This year, they got cooler.
The technological advancements that have been achieved over the past 8 years is quite astonishing. Let’s take TV, for example. Back in 2006, most of the TVs were HD, while Full HD TV was introduced for the first time. Over the 8 years, we’ve seen TV evolve from HD (1k resolution)->Full HD (2k) to, finally, UHD (8k).
Design has evolved greatly as well. 8 years ago, it was all about LCD TVs and Flat panel TVs. This year at IFA, Samsung showcased the Bendable TV, which was very popular among the exhibitors.
The first half of 2006 was all about Samsung ‘Bordeaux’ LCD TVs. People really liked the blue and wine color applied at the bottom of the TV, which made it look like red wine in a glass. So if you take a look at the images from the press release for TVs now and then, you can definitely feel the difference in design.
Point #4 Samsung takes #1 in Flat Panel TV Market Share for 34 quarters Straight
Back in 2006, Samsung led the flat panel TV market share with 15%. That year, Samsung had already led the market share during Q1 with Panasonic (12.3%), Philipps (10.6%) and LG (10.2%) trailing behind.
8 years later, Samsung recorded 34 straight quarters with the #1 market share in flat panel TVs with a share of more than 30%. This is twice the share as 8 years ago.
|Q2 2006 Flat Panel TV Market ShareTOP5||Q2 2014 Flat Panel TV Market ShareTOP5|
|Samsung Electronics (15.0%)||Samsung Electronics (31.8%)|
|Panasonic (12.3%)||LG (16.5%)|
|Sony (11.9%)||Sony (8.5%)|
|Philipps (10.6%)||Hisense (5.2%)|
Point #5 Keynote Speech shows the Difference in each
This year is the 5th time Samsung opened up IFA with the keynote speech: 2003 & 2004 (by JS Choi, VP of Future Strategy Division at Samsung), 2008 (by JW Park, president of digital media at Samsung Electronics) and 2009 & 2014 (by BK Yoon, president of Consumer Electronics at Samsung Electronics).
At the IFA 2013 keynote, Samsung introduced the phrase ‘digital renaissance,’ predicting a digital revolution in digital appliances. In 2006, the theme was ‘future of the digital appliances,’ “For the next few years, consumers will experience various content and service through digital appliances and this will eventually lead to a digital boom. In result, we will experience the ‘digital renaissance.’
In 2008, JW Park said, “Based on the unique leadership of Samsung Electronics, we will work to provide consumers with Seamless Experience to eliminate Digital Fatigue and Digital Divide” The next year BK Yoon said “Building upon the 5E(Essence•Engagement•Expression•Experience•Eco) leadership, Samsung will add human value and emotion in digital technology. We call this digital humanism.”
At this year’s IFA keynote, the keyword was the ‘Future Home” BK Yoon offered his vision for future home. Called Adaptive Home, it consists of Show Me Home, Know Me Home and Tell Me Home.
BK Yoon said that the biggest transformation will start from Home. He said “We need a lifestyle oriented innovation where a future home understands the need of consumers.” While emphasizing the importance of partnerships he also said that “Samsung will take a lead in realizing the future home.”
So what do you think about the past 8 years? The difference is quite staggering isn’t it? We can see that Samsung has continuously pushed the boundaries for technological advancement year after year. Which was your most memorable IFA? Which was your favorite product at IFA 2014? Leave a comment below to let us know! Thanks!
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