Samsung Launches First Retail Store in North America

July 16, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Samsung has the habit of making Apple angry whenever it launches a new product. The Cupertino company never stops complaining that the South Korean mobile maker allegedly copies the designs of its devices. The latest move could see Apple coming out in full force again the Samsung.

The reason is that the Korean company has just opened its first North American retail store in Burnbay Metropolis at Metrotown, Vancouver, and the store looks a lot like the Apple Store.

There is a lot of floor space, and it is very much minimalistic, just like the Apple Store and the support staff wear blue shirts, just like the Genius Bar folks at Apple Stores.

There are large screens demonstrating products and Samsung has its own One to One station to help customers get their products set up.

The store launch comes as Samsung celebrates its latest patent victory over Apple’s attempt to block sales of Galaxy Nexus smartphones.

For the first quarter of this year, Samsung managed to get ahead of Apple in the smartphone segment with a market share of 29.1 percent as against Apple’s 24.2 percent share, according to the International Data Corporation.

Phone sales have helped Samsung record a quarterly profit of $9.5 billion and its newest smartphone, the Galaxy S III, is flying off the shelves.

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