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Samsung dominates the Android market

Samsung is destroying all other competitors in the Android smartphone market with the popularity of its devices. A new report is in from Strategy Analytics that shows during Q1 of 2013, Samsung captured 95% of global Android smartphone profits.

Strategy Analytics reports that total smartphone profits during the quarter reached $5.3 billion according to estimates. The research firm also says that the Android platform accounted for 43% of the entire smartphone industry's operating profits. 

Samsung is estimated to have generated $5.1 billion in operating profit around the globe during Q1. Strategy Analytics says that Samsung owes the massive share of profits it grabbed to its efficient supply chain, sleek products, and effective marketing.

LG was in second place with a mere 3% of the global profit share. The research firm estimates that LG generated operating profits during Q1 of $0.1 billion leaving all other Android device makers to fight over the $0.1 billion that was left.

Strategy Analytics believes that Samsung is such a heavyweight in the Android smartphone market that it could use its power to request first or exclusive updates for Android software before rival manufacturers. 

Source: Strategy Analytics

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RE: Not to mention...
By ven1ger on 5/16/2013 4:48:13 PM , Rating: 2
What you are failing at is that one company trying to do everything will fail or stumble eventually than where you have many companies invested in a product to produce better products and more choice.

Apple makes a lot of profit but they are now falling behind the curve in producing better products, they are playing catchup because they are now competing against Google as the OS developer and a bunch of hardware developer to make better products. The diversity that is the Android ecosystem is why it has overtaken Apple in both the OS and the hardware for smartphones and soon if not already the tablet market.

Eventually Microsoft may overtake Apple because they are not trying to be the only player that makes all the decisions. They (MS) probably would like to be the only player but so far they haven't followed Apple's strategy because they've probably realized a long time ago that it doesn't drive the market as quickly. Already, Apple's lost in marketshare has already been offset with an increase in MS's marketshare.

I'd rather see Apple change it's strategy to a more open ecosystem to include more partners or at the minimum let others develop the hardware for them while they concentrate on their OS but that's not Apple's style, which I believe to be their greatest weakness.

RE: Not to mention...
By retrospooty on 5/16/2013 7:59:42 PM , Rating: 2
Its the old rule of manufacturing... A product that is closed will always lose out to an open one unless it is significantly better, or significantly cheaper than the competition.

Apple/IOS started in 2007 as "significantly better" and they reaped the rewards, but that train ended last year. Its only going to continue unless Apple releases something different. If the iPhone 5s comes out with a 4 inch screen with a lousy 1136x640 screen with lower res and dpi than all of its competitors and only offers a speed increase, its not going to be well received by the tech community.

RE: Not to mention...
By ven1ger on 5/16/2013 10:29:21 PM , Rating: 3
Apple cannot do everything, otherwise there would only be IBM by now...8-).

Apple is trailing in the OS department and trailing in the hardware department and the signs are showing that they are not "innovating" fast enough, they are being out-"innovated" by everyone else and 2nd best or soon 3rd best if MS has anything to say about it. The smartphone/tablet market is extremely volatile, and Apple needs to move a lot quicker, otherwise Apple devices will become another niche product.

RE: Not to mention...
By retrospooty on 5/17/2013 8:06:36 AM , Rating: 2
Totally agreed. It's got to be hard for even the die hard fanboys to not see that at this point.

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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