Ten Surprising Facts About Samsung
With longstanding courtroom skirmishes with Apple and exploding batteries inside its latest smartphone, Samsung Electronics has made a lot of news lately—but clearly not the kind of news that the multinational conglomerate wants. However, the South Korean electronics giant has come up with the right combination of tech savvy, business history and product dedication to overcome these controversies. So, to remind our readers about the past and bring them up to speed on the present, we've put together the following interesting facts about Samsung. The company remains the market-share leader of global smartphone sales, with nearly 77 million products sold in the second quarter of this year, according to Gartner. (Apple finished second, with just over 44 million smartphones sold worldwide.) That's not bad for a business that started out selling fish, vegetables and fruit to customers in Manchuria and Beijing in the late 1930s and early 1940s. In this slideshow, we cover everything from early products to prolific patent research to building designs to enterprise-focused services.