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Reports from SERI Quarterly, SERI's in-depth quarterly journal on the Korean and Northeast Asian economies

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  • KakaoTalk, a Mobile Social Platform Pioneer
    October 2013 KakaoTalk, a Mobile Social Platform Pioneer

    KakaoTalk, an instant messenger app for smartphones, emerged from nowhere to become a near ubiquitous part of Koreans’ daily lives. Its fast rise to dominance came from Kakao’s unique development approach, and a philosophy of constant improvement. Innovations like the provision of a gaming infrastructure helped Kakao to become profitable in record time.

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  • The Rise of Korean Budget Airlines
    October 2013 The Rise of Korean Budget Airlines

    The arrival of budget airlines in Korea has brought new competition to Korea’s long standing airline duopoly, to strong response from consumers. These firms have cut costs, streamlined organizations, and deployed social marketing techniques to attain a high share of domestic and short distance routes.

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  • Samjin’s Touch Remote Control
    July 2013 Samjin’s Touch Remote Control

    The introduction of smart TVs, like the introduction of smart phones, has mandated a change in user input methods. Samjin, a Korean partner of Samsung, has brought new innovation to the classic TV remote, whose design has remained the same for decades. Samjin’s remote introduces touch gestures that are changing the face of a familiar device.

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  • Phablet Phenom: Samsung Galaxy Note Pens Best-Seller
    April 2013 Phablet Phenom: Samsung Galaxy Note Pens Best-Seller

    Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note was the world’s first commercially successful “phablet,” a phone whose screen size is between that of a phone and a full sized tablet. With its 5.3” screen, the Galaxy Note debuted to skeptical criticism about its size. The market soon proved doubters wrong, and the Galaxy Note became a global best seller.

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  • KakaoTalk, a Mobile Social Platform Pioneer
    January 2013 KakaoTalk, a Mobile Social Platform Pioneer

    KakaoTalk, an instant messenger app for smartphones, emerged from nowhere to become a near ubiquitous part of Koreans’ daily lives. Its fast rise to dominance came from Kakao’s unique development approach, and a philosophy of constant improvement. Innovations like the provision of a gaming infrastructure helped Kakao to become profitable in record time.

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