Samsung has appointed a new head of its design team less than a month after the Galaxy S5 went on sale, a change that hints the company has finally taken years of negative feedback to heart.
The hardware on Samsung’s Galaxy S line of smartphones has helped make the company the largest manufacturer in the world, but the design and extensive use of plastic has come under fire again and again.Samsung`s vice president Min-hyouk Lee had been promoted to head of design team within the Mobile Communications Business unit. It’s a change that will allow his predecessor, Dong-Hoon Chang, to focus more on his role as head of the design strategy team, which is responsible for long-term design strategy across all of the Samsung Electronics’ businesses.
The change signals that Samsung has finally taken some of the negative feedback directed at the Galaxy S family onboard.Samsung’s new design head needs to develop a more distinct design language and pick better materials, according to Spencer.Expensive smartphones used to be differentiated with bigger screen sizes, but these days a growing number vendors are offering more affordable models with 5-inch or bigger screens. Now, new smartphones like the HTC One M8 and Huawei’s Ascend P7, are getting better materials to make them worth the extra investment.
Samsung is still the largest smartphone manufacturer by a wide margin, but the company isn’t invincible. During the first quarter its market share fell year-on-year, while competitors such as Huawei Technologies and Lenovo increased their shares, according to reports from multiple market research companies.