Samsung has hinted at lowering their overall mobile device lineup by about 30%. The driver behind this is cost. Having less devices to launch should lower the overall cost of doing business in the ever expanding Android market. That does not mean they have slowed down. Samsung has recently filed for trademarks for five new devices: The Galaxy E3, J7, J5 and J3. Rumors of a Galaxy J1 tend to suggest that the J series of devices will have specs closer to the lower end of the mobile device spectrum. There is no guarantee that these devices will come to market; however, if Samsung is focusing on lowering cost, the introduction of new low end devices may be the way to go.
Among the 11 new trademarks and patents that Samsung has filed for, the most interesting is Samsung Nudge. This was listed as a “software used for capturing gestures, facial, and voice recognition for the touchless control of computer applications, computers, phones, smartwatches, and other mobile and multimedia devices.” Is this Samsung’s attempt to directly compete with Google or Motorola? We have seen touchless controls for Android before. This may very well be the TouchWiz control set Samsung has needed since launching the less than successful S-Voice some time ago. Be on the lookout for these features at more when Samsung presents at the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, this year.