Samsung Electric Industries was established as a part of Samsung Group in 1969 in Swoon, South Korea. It is one of the largest producers of smartphones and tablets, fueled by the popularity of its Samsung Galaxy line of devices. It also develops, manufactures and sells a large range of products like televisions, cameras, computers, laptops, home appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines among others. Samsung is generally regarded as pioneering the phablet market through the Samsung Galaxy Note family of devices. Samsung has operations in Korea, China, Latin and North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and Africa.