Apple, Samsung Snag 99% of Mobile Phone Profits
May 4, 2012 11:53 AM
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Apple commands 73%, Samsung captures 26%
It's no secret that Samsung and Apple are dominating the smartphone market. According to
IDC's figures for Q1 2012
, Samsung had a 29.1 percent share of the worldwide smartphone market while Apple was not far behind with 24.2 percent.
With Samsung and Apple together commanding over 50 percent of the smartphone market, you would expect for them to take home a healthy portion of profits as well. While this is true, according to Asymco, the disparity between the profits reaped by Samsung and Apple compared with the also-rans in this sector is astonishing.
According to Asymco, the pair accounts for 99 percent of worldwide mobile phone operating profit. Samsung is using its nearly 30 percent share of the smartphone market to obtain 26 percent of the profits.
However, the biggest winner is Apple, which is pulling in an estimated 73 percent of the profits from the mobile market. Apple's performance shouldn't come as a surprise to many considering that the
company pulled in $11.6 billion in profits
during the first quarter (fiscal Q2).
HTC barely made a blip with just 1 percent of operating profits. LG,
, and Sony have all posted losses with regards to their respective mobile phone divisions, so they don't even factor into this equation.
Samsung Galaxy S III
"Seen this way, the story isn’t so much that Apple 'took the profits from the incumbents'", stated Horace Dediu of Asymco. "Rather, it’s that Apple created a vast new pool of profits. And one need not look far to find out where they came from: operators. These profits were mostly carrier premiums for the iPhone 4S."
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Why was LG news?
5/4/2012 12:58:45 PM
So when LG announced it was dropping Windows Phone from its lineup due to poor sales that was news for every site out there?
Seriously LG hasnt made a decent phone in ages just look at 2009 onward.
LG has to realize the problem is not Windows Phone OS and by looking at the graph they could have said the same about Android - The problem is LG.
I really like your other stuff LG but you have to know you suck at phones stop blaming Microsoft.
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