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Samsung records record profit for latest quarter, becomes world's top smartphone manufacturer

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Samsung records record profit for latest quarter, becomes world's top smartphone manufacturer
Thanks to some hefty profits in the division that makes smartphones, Samsung hopped above Apple to become the global leader in smartphone production in the first quarter of 2012. The Korean based manufacturer had profits of $5.2 billion for the three month period. According to Strategy Analytics, for the first quarter of this year Samsung shipped 44.5 million smartphones. That topped the 35.1 million Apple iPhone units that the Cupertino based firm reported it sold during its fiscal second quarter. During the first quarter last year, it was Nokia that led all smartphone manufacturers with 24.2 million phones shipped. Apple was second with 18.6 million followed by the 12.6 million shipped by Samsung. Nokia's smartphone shipments dropped by more than half in the first quarter of 2012 to 11.8 million.

Samsung owned the largest marketshare of smartphone producers in the first quarter with a 30.6% slice of the pie. Combined with Apple's 24.1% share, the two rivals control more than half of the world-wide smartphone market.  Lee Sei-Cheol of Meritz Securities says, "The smartphone market has almost only two players, Samsung and Apple." Nokia, which had the largest marketshare in the 2011 first quarter, saw it's ownership of the global smartphone market drop from 23.5% to 8.2%.

The Samsung Galaxy S II helped propel Samsung to the top

The Samsung Galaxy S II helped propel Samsung to the top

Including featurephones, Samsung took over the top spot in the global handset business with a 25.4% marketshare. That edged out Nokia's 22.5% cut of the global handset business and allowed Samsung to take the top spot for the first time ever. Alex Spektor, associate director at Strategy Analytics said, "Five years after it captured the number-two spot from Motorola, Samsung has finally become the world’s largest handset vendor in volume terms." Apple, with its lack of featurephones, finished third in total handset marketshare with a 9.5% reading.

According to Strategy Analytics, year over year growth in smartphone shipments dropped from 86% in the first quarter of 2011 to the 41.1% growth recorded in the opening quarter of 2012. Looking at the raw numbers, 145.3 million smartphones were shipped in the first three months of 2012 compared to the prior year's 103 million. Total handset shipments globally were 368 million, ahead of the 356.4 million handsets sold in Q1 of 2011. Growth in handset sales slumped to 3.3% during this year's opening quarter from 19.4% growth last year.

source: AppleInsider

Samsung is the global leader in smartphone (L) and total handset marketshare (R)
Samsung is the global leader in smartphone (L) and total handset marketshare (R)

Samsung is the global leader in smartphone (L) and total handset marketshare (R)


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posted on 27 Apr 2012, 01:25 14

1. nexumus (Posts: 19; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


Bye taco.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 04:45 6

22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Bye, bye taco. :D

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 05:33 2

25. Bashok (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Dec 2010)


what was this bet im hearing about?

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 01:29 13

2. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Adios Taco, it's been a pleasure

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 01:35 5

4. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Not a pleasure, he was very boring

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 01:38 1

5. tahnik (Posts: 189; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


Y...:D

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 01:48 4

6. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


I disagree. The fact that we all know about the bet between remix and taco speaks volumes to his popularity, however negative it always was. Boring, however, is not the right term. Can't think of a single comment he ever posted that didn't have 48 replies. I'd say he's the furthest thing from boring on this entire site...

I certainly won't miss the persistent "Android is an Apple knockoff" or "everything Android lags" speech. Gallito will have to pick up the slack for his fallen comrade

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 01:31 9

3. tahnik (Posts: 189; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


Lol...Apple has only 1 phone....samsung is doing well though....

Just saying...I didn't like the idea of scloud...iCloud=sCloud
I mean Apple didn't invented cloud but why samsung would choose this kind of name which is similar to Apple?

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 02:33 8

15. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


who says apple has only one phone on the market?
there are three - 3gs, 4 & 4s and if i remember right 3gs is free on contract. I bet 3gs accounts for atleast 30% of sales.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 05:24 4

24. rf1975 (Posts: 259; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


You are right. Samsung copy apple whenever possible. But they do not like if some one pointed out that. I think we all know they made a remote for their TV almost similar to iPhone. And they make fun of Apple and their fans but when Nokia start the campaign "Blown Away by Lumia" samsung started crying by saying it is unethical. What they are doing in Australia is ethical?

posted on 16 May 2012, 01:47

120. tahnik (Posts: 189; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


lol then mark my words..Samsung releases phone every week...(3,4 in months may be)...

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 01:52 5

7. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


The power of copying.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 01:54 9

9. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Working hard to fill someone's shoes? Go to bed kid

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 02:03 3

11. plgladio (Posts: 314; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Oh! Thanks for that..

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 02:37 4

16. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


lmao, read and understand what I'm trying to say and my agenda. You should get back to school.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 02:37 5

17. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


you already made a new account?LOL

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 01:53 4

8. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Getting off the topic of he who shalt not be named, I'm not sure what's more shocking; Samsung and Apple's year over year numbers, or Nokia's?

I mean, what a drop off...

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 10:40 4

39. remixfa (Posts: 14594; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


nokia's numbers are not suprising. they are basically starting over from the beginning. "nokia" from the past is gone.. and for now, so are their sales numbers. they will grow back though.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 05:23 1

23. guildsa654 (Posts: 27; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


I don't know, I just don't feel Samsungto be a top one. But it's your opinion. SO i'll respect it. :)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 02:00 5

10. guildsa654 (Posts: 27; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


I hope Nokia return to top again because I just don't feel Samsung to be a top smartphone manufacturer (No offense S fans)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 02:19 5

14. Deicide (Posts: 82; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


Why don't you feel like Samsung should be number one? They make top notched products and have really strived in the mobile handset and tablet markets. Not to mention that they make a lot of other electronical products like PCs, hardware, and home electronics. I believe that they have earned this top spot through smart marketing and premium products. Samsung has really reinvented their image into a global competitor and leader in the electronics business. Samsung has much more experience than Nokia has. Nokia is, albeit a really good phone company, but has recently failed to assess right marketing strategies, and this is what happens to them. You reap what you sow; and in Nokia's case they put out a dead OS(Symbian), and look what they got, a plummeting market share and their name diminished from it's former glory. I really don't understand how you don't feel that Samsung should be on top after all that they've done.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 05:40 4

26. rf1975 (Posts: 259; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Do not worry. They can be a top copier.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 06:21 3

27. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Not another..... sho sho

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 02:06 4

12. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 393; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


only symbian is helping nokia to survive.wp is helping to fail.nokia's attitude has made them reached this position.samsung has proved that nothing is impossible,whether u copy or not.because fanboys cries if they dislike.everything is fair in business,everyone copies each other to achieve their goals.so not necessary to target a specific brand.nokia wake up and tie ur knot with another os most likely android.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 02:12 5

13. Deicide (Posts: 82; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


They did experiment with Android, but Stephen Elop, who before was working with Microsoft before moving to Nokia, went toward the approach of WP7. WP7 is not bad, it has potential and hopefully we'll see it with the upcoming WP8 Apollo release. Nokia has really boosted the sales of WP7 and now WP7 rules majority market share in Finland(Nokia's home country). Symbian is dead and should of been terminated a long time ago, if only Nokia had promoted Symbian more into U.S markets. I think there's already too much manufacturers for Android it's nice to see a company exclusive for WP7. I would've gotten the Lumia 900, if I didn't have this gorgeous Galaxy Note.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 03:02 4

18. GuiltyBystander (Posts: 199; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Congratulations to Samsung, well deserved.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 03:14 4

19. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Okay, well then. It's been a fun game, Taco. Thanks for playing.

Now, lemme guess, it's time for the cop out? I'll be secretly glad. Making fun of you and destroying your weaksauce bulls**t has been a source of nearly unparalleled entertainment.

Sex is still better, however.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 06:41 5

28. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


You though he could win? He didn't have a chance

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:37 5

32. remixfa (Posts: 14594; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Arent you glad you guys were wrong about the bet? Bad bet my butt. Not only was it not even close, I got rid of taco..

:) i think we all just won something there. :)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:28 1

46. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Okay, Sniggs.... How do you really feel??

I kinda passed up on the "Taco" comments above (AMAZING it was the very first post, wasn't it?), but really he will be talked about for years even IF he stays away. I mean we still bring up "Bada Peter" to this day, and he was a flash in the pan compared to Taco. Truthfully, he made me think through things about Apple and wasn't always wrong. He and Gemini were interesting, except when they got personal.

Moral of the story? Remixfa is a bad, bad man.....

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