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Apple and Samsung both issue profit warnings, but get close on TV

The two biggest announcements concerning Apple, around the turn of the year, were a shock profits warning, and a TV alliance with Samsung. The two are not unrelated. As Apple comes under pressure because of trade wars with China, market slowdown and over-reliance on one product, so it will have to become less rigid about keeping its walled garden intact. Hence at least a glimpse of a more open Apple ecosystem, as provided by the Samsung announcement at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Samsung may operate in more open ecosystems than Apple, but it has its own challenges – defending its leadership of the smartphone market, especially against Huawei, and now weakness in some of the…

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