Android claims 70% of the global smartphone market in 2012
As you can imagine, Apple and Samsung have remained the top smartphone manufacturers of the world in 2012, both selling hundreds of millions of handsets. Of course, what's important is not the volume, but the revenue, and in this respect it is once again Apple and Samsung who are way ahead of the others. Interestingly, the mobile industry is starting to look more and more like a two-horse race, but not between Apple and Google, but between Apple and Samsung, because even Google isn't making as much from Android as does Samsung.
These latest statistics by Strategy Analytics also show that 2012 has been a year of a subtle slow-down for the growth of the mobile industry. While overall smartphone shipments grew by 64% in 2011, this percentage for 2012 was "just" 43. With such awesome handsets in store for us in 2013, though, we wouldn't be too worried about the future of the industry.
9. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3303; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
When you have the OS spread on thousands of devices across the world, it's not hard for the figures to be somewhat more inflated.
In terms of profit, I don't think it'll match the statistics in the article.
13. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Everywhere outside the US the iPhone has been getting twamped senseless by android. You maybe right the the profit stats would be different but that's because apple are quite uniquely blood thirsty for gouging profits from Ifans who as we have seen are quite willing to even sell internal organs to buy literally the same apple device over and over.
14. rf1975 (Posts: 241; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
Yes, you are correct. But it is not because Android devices are better than iPhone. It is simply because of the price. In my area people can buy S3 for $495, but iPhone will cost $790.
16. mr.techdude (Posts: 541; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
No, u r not correct rf1975, android is much ,much bet ta then apples iPhone why well there's the flagship devices like the gs3, gnote 2, HTC one x/+, HTC DNA/butterfly these device put iPhone too sham cause there cheaper and clearly much more up-to-date in innovation and technology, how much is a 16 gig iPhone 5 hmmmmm..... 800 BUCKS where a much betta HTC one x/+ with a 64 gig is no more then $600 and u have the really cheap handsets considered as the low range devices, u see android is all about choices, if u want a high end handset u just get it and same to low range handset
23. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
It's like we're living in the Industrial Revolution of Mobile Devices!
Am I right or am I right? Seriously, though. =]
19. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Who cares about profit? Do you work for APPLE? I care about getting a good smartphone...iPhone is ok....but overpriced...I esp. dislike paying so much extra, or would, if I bought it, for the different amounts of memory storage.
22. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
I didnt know apple profit was a metric a user should be worried about that doesnt own apple stock.
Otherwise that just means YOU ARE PAYING MORE AND GETTING LESS.
Way to brag about that troll.
24. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Profiteering more than industry average is called CHEATING. Don;t worry like everything else even the profit share will come down ... it just needs 2 or 3 more season of patent trolling by apple nothing else :)
2. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
This is what happens when you have variety of phones to choose from!
3. Aeires (unregistered)
Makes sense that an OEM would make more than the company that gives the OS out for free (not counting fees and whatnot). Android has been extremely good for Google, despite that.
7. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
I'm waiting for a Motorola Nexus then that might take a shift from Samsung v. Apple.
11. CorianU (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
I for one don't really care about their market share. Competition is key for the consumer to win in the end
15. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Simply ungodly. And the only other OS to do that in recent times is Windows.
17. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
"As you can imagine, Apple and Samsung have remained the top smartphone manufacturers of the world in 2012"....
No Ray, Samsung remains the top manufacturer of 2012!
20. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
If people purchased a product based upon upon how advanced it was, then APPLE would probably sink into the lower single digits...
25. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
12% for other os ... Ubuntu, Tizen, sailfish coming and this could increase further. Ubuntu is already a known name amongst ~20 million+ users of Ubuntu on desktop.