Featured: Samsung continues to beef up their ecosystem; acquires mSpot

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Samsung continues to build their cloud services, acquiring mobile entertainment services provider mSpot. This Pal Alto company knows a thing or two about getting entertainment on to your mobile devices. mSpot specializes in music, movie, and radio services for Android and has four successful apps listed on the Google Play Store.

Remember last week we reported that Samsung was trying to get into the mobile content consumption business? Samsung knows the future in mobile isn't all about hardware, it's the underlying software and ecosystem that's going to drive and continue to win the market. Creating a full-blown ecosystem overnight could prove to be a daunting task as some have speculated. Samsung took this speculation and turned it up a notch by purchasing an already established ecosystem.

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Samsung has also announced that mSpot software will come pre-installed on newly announced mobile devices, quite possibly even the Samsung Galaxy S3. The combination of existing Samsung Hubs and now mSpot's top class cloud and streaming services, Samsung will have a pretty powerful entertainment offering for their entire product line.

Samsung Electronics Acquires mSpot

Palo Alto, Calif. – May 9, 2012 – Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, announced today it is acquiring mSpot, Inc., a leading mobile cloud contents service provider based in Palo Alto, California.

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The acquisition will provide a cloud entertainment experience of music, video and radio services for users of Samsung devices, while extending mSpot's cloud and streaming solutions to a broader base of global entertainment fans. The combination will extend mSpot's top class cloud and streaming services, while further enhancing Samsung's mobile and tablet device entertainment offerings. The mSpot entertainment services will be a key pre-installed offering on newly announced Samsung mobile devices.

"mSpot shares our vision to bring a best-in class cloud and streaming entertainment experience to consumers, and they've backed it up with great technical solutions from a great engineering team," said TJ Kang, Senior Vice President of Samsung Electronics' Media Solution Center.

"Samsung is unparalleled in terms of global reach and cutting edge devices; with our combined resources, we are looking forward to redefining media consumption across the mobile universe with cloud services," said mSpot Chief Executive Officer Daren Tsui.

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The acquisition will include the full scope of technology, assets and human resources under mSpot.  Further details of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$142.2 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LED. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, mobile phones and semiconductor chips. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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About mSpot

mSpot was formed in 2004 and is a provider of innovative music and video delivery service for mobile devices. The company has been providing white-labeled cloud entertainment services for major US mobile carriers. It also has its own brand services available in the Android Marketplace or App Store. For more information, go towww.mspotcorporate.com

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