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Android dominates smartphones in Q3 2012, Samsung widens its sales lead

0. phoneArena 14 Nov 2012, 02:55 posted on

Android continues expanding its dominance of the smartphone market, Samsung keeps on increasing its lead as the biggest smartphone maker…

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posted on 14 Nov 2012, 02:58 10

1. tedkord (Posts: 12301; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Does this surprise anyone?

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:09 3

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14254; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I'm not really thoroughly convinced that these are accurate results. Results can be and are often skewed. It's not hard to dominate when you can have Android on so many devices including the cheap ones.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:26 17

8. MeoCao (unregistered)


Sure, but we should remember top Android phones are now way better than last year while iPhone remains essentially the same.

Andoid ruled even when there were issues like lag or weak ecosystem, so is there any doubt that it will increase the lead after huge improvement while competition stays the same?

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 21:30

43. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Of course and of course

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:29 15

9. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Is that because Apple wasn't on top?
Don't cry, the truth hurts after all

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:29 6

10. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Dude get off apple nuts

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:32 4

12. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Why are iPhone fans always so insecure that they have to justify their lack of market adoption with the age old "Android is cheaper" statement. So what? Nobody's denying this. You're not really pointing out anything new. Can't you just live with the fact that the iPhone is and always will be more expensive than the average Android device, and quit whining about it when the stats will inevitably show that what is cheaper will sell more? This is getting really old.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:54 5

18. tedkord (Posts: 12301; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Its old and mostly irrelevant. The Galaxy S3 sold over 30 million units in its first months. The Note sold well. These are not cheap phones. The RAZR Maxx sold millions. Also, not cheap.

Android is wining because it offers choices and freedom along with power and flexibility. That combination will always win over a one size fits all philosophy.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 05:22 2

29. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


What about the cheap 3GS and the iP4™

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 05:33

32. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Those are cheap, but nonetheless Apple consistently ranks as having the most expensive phones on average.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:33

13. tedkord (Posts: 12301; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I know. The only numbers you ever believe are numbers that come from Apple.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 05:15

28. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Why do you even come on Phone Arena? All you do is hate on every article thats not praising your beloved iPhone. Phone Arena is a site for phone enthusiast. Your not a smartphone enthusiast at all. Your an iPhone enthusiast. Go visit an iPhone site or if you must stay on PA just chill with the hate.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 05:29

31. jacko1977 (Posts: 428; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


just like apple pulls numbers out of the air to make themselves look better

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 05:55 3

36. Aeires (unregistered)


So tell me, how do you pronounce your name backwards?

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 08:55

37. snowgator (Posts: 3601; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Almost spit coffee laughing....

:-D

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 11:53

40. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 890; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Mxy.. that is the most Foxx News answer I've ever heard in a forum.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 13:24

42. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Don't lose heart ... these figures will be skewed more and more against AAPLE as people start waking up to realities :)

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 02:58 1

2. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


It would be nice to see the breakdown of each company by smartphones vs featurephones instead of total mobile device sales, but these charts never do. Oh well. I'm wondering what percentage of Nokia's 82,300,600 are Windows devices.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:05

3. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


You can conclude that right from the first chart, since Nokia is almost a synonym for WP devices in terms of sale. So definitely below 1.5 percent!

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:24

7. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well, Nokia would like to believe it's a synonym for WP at any rate, but their WP sales history has been downright atrocious given the amount of attention they've gotten for their Lumia series. HTC and Samsung have been hot on their tail despite treating WP7 as a forgotten son compared to Android. WP8 should change this though.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 05:12

26. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


If I recall correctly, reports in WP devices sales earlier this year told that Lumias make for practically all of the WP distribution system.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 05:27

30. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Reports varied anywhere between 30% and 60% of the total WP market, although 50% seems familiar for some reason (I think it may have been Nokia 50%, HTC 30%, Samsung 20%, but don't quote me).

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 09:03

38. snowgator (Posts: 3601; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Symbian is still selling as well, so Nokia has a little from them.

I am a Windows Phone fan, but also a realist. Nokia needs huge sales jumps now that WP 8 is at least in the ball park of features with Android and iOS. It doesn't need to be Samsung Android numbers, just closer to 10% in Q4 of this year and Q1 of next year. That is a huge task and would be nothing short of amazing if they got there.

I can take a little comfort from the fact that outside of Android, only WP grew in sales % from last year. The fact that it is less then 3% world wide sales (about 5% in US, I think) is still painful.

Android's continued improvement in sales goes right along with their improvement in performance. ICS/Jellybean is so much better then Gingerbread, which in itself was a huge improvement. Sometimes you have to take a step back and just give respect. Amazing results.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 12:45

41. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Yeah, 10% by the end of Q4 would be pretty amazing, but I don't think Nokia, HTC, and Samsung could even produce that number of WP smartphones even if there was that much demand for them. An increase to 5% would be fantastic. I could imagine WP possibly being at 10% by Q4 2013 perhaps, but they have a very tough hill to climb, and Microsoft is pretty much the only company in the world right now equipped to make it (what with their billions of dollars and all.)

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:14 3

5. tiara6918 (Posts: 2075; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Samsung keeps on going up while apple keeps on falling down

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:20

6. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Does it matter? Apple's goal has never been market-share dominance. The iPhone 5 continues to sell out, that should be good enough for them. The iOS-Android market is looking more like the Mac-PC market with every passing quarter.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:30

11. tedkord (Posts: 12301; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I seem to recall someone predicting exactly that would happen about 2 years ago. Now who was it...?

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:36

15. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Probably any industry analyst you'll ever talk to, any informed observer, and any Android fanboy who wanted to see it happen whether it was feasible or not. Is that the person you're thinking of?

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:36

16. MeoCao (unregistered)


Apple are happy to return to its old role? I don't think so. We know that rulers rather die than relinquish power, just ask people like Gaddaffi.

This explain while Apple try to use any means to stop its rivals.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:43 1

17. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Are you seriously comparing Apple to Gaddaffi (who by the way is dead so I can't ask him without the help of an Ouija board)? Give me a break. Apple's mission is quality over quantity.

Honestly, people who compare companies who are a little litigation-happy to dictators who rule through oppression, fear and murder really need to put things in perspective.

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