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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: 5471; 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: 425; 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: 132; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


Y...:D

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 01:48 4

6. wumberpeb (Posts: 425; 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: 132; 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: 502; 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 16 May 2012, 01:47

120. tahnik (Posts: 132; 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, 05:24 4

24. rf1975 (Posts: 241; 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 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: 425; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


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

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, 02:03 3

11. plgladio (Posts: 311; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Oh! Thanks for that..

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 02:37 5

17. raunak (Posts: 502; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


you already made a new account?LOL

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 01:53 4

8. wumberpeb (Posts: 425; 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: 13902; 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, 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: 43; 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, 05:23 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, 05:40 4

26. rf1975 (Posts: 241; 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: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Not another..... sho sho

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 02:06 4

12. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 356; 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: 43; 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: 6792; 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: 5372; 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: 13902; 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, 12:44 1

59. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I don't like bets, I think they are childish.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:28 1

46. snowgator (Posts: 3199; 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.....

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 17:39 1

93. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol.. how am i a bad man?

he mouthed off, so i offered a bet and he accepted it. it was his own free will. and he lost fair and square... like normal.. he was wrong.

besides, im pretty sure the bulk of the boards is pretty happy of his departure from the looks of it.

but who are we kidding, we all know that taco doesnt have an ounce of honor and will continue to post under his name or a new name, regardless of the bet.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 03:42 3

20. xtian1103 (Posts: 355; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


wow samsung earned $5 billion on 1st quarter, apple's 2012 1st fiscal year profit was $13.06 billion. samsung shipped 44.5 million smartphones, apple sold 37.04 million. Shipped vs Sold... i'd say marketshare for samsung and revenue for apple!

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 04:28 4

21. paulyyd (Posts: 326; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


Lol you all must have no lives. Paying attention to a bet that was made on a comment thread on a mobile news website... Lol

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:38 7

33. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its been brought up so many times by both taco, myself, and everyone else, if you even visit semi regularly u would know about it.

BYE BYE TACO :)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 07:31 2

29. charudutt (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


pls nokia bcome NO1 again..... hate u sammy....
samsung just copies others!!!!:P hated it like any thing!!!

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:18 4

30. snowgator (Posts: 3199; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Glad I could help, Sammy! Love my Focus S. So outperforms my Wife's Titan. Looking ahead excitedly to the GS3 and their WP8 offerings.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:36 7

31. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Adieu dear sweet Taco50, Adieu.

How we will almost miss you. The feelings are nearly unfathomable. Like the wannabe-Joker to my Batman. The knock off Kryptonite to my Superman. You will be almost missed! :)

Now I expect you to honor your bet and do not come back. Do not come back as Taco50 or as any of the other screen names you created while you were banned.. or as any other names period. Dont worry, im sure some other lonely troll will take your place.

For those that dont have a clue whats going on, Taco50 accepted a bet back in Q4-2012 that whichever's "team" lost against the other in sales had to be self banned forever. Taco50 of course picked Apple and I picked Samsung. Everyone told me it was a bad bet... even Sniggs and Michael Heller. Thankfully, my forward thinking about sales proved to be right.

Now Taco, take the walk of shame. See ya! (hopefully not) :)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 10:30 3

36. Sniggly (Posts: 6792; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Saying I thought it was a bad bet implies that I thought you had little chance of winning. That wasn't the case. However, I didn't think it was a sure enough thing to risk your tenure here on.

Congratulations on winning, man. Just try not to become insufferable about it.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 10:37 4

38. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no intentions of becoming insufferable. just enjoying the moment and ready to call taco on the fact that i think he will still be around and not honor the bet. been waiting months for this report. gotta enjoy it a little :)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 10:34 4

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


Now wait, he can't leave without all of us singing him the goodbye song
can he?

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey-ey, goodbye! :)

Now, can you make another bet with eaxvac please? :p

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:40 1

53. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Not so fast bud. Check out the links I posted

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:51

34. APPLE_ROYALLY (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


We see u selling more than us®
We say keep it up®
We thank®you for ur support and hardwares®
We like doing business with you®
We will continue to do so®
We asked apple, they told us to ¿¿¿¿¿
We say its encrypted®
We would like to no what that is®
We like this®
We are Apple royallist®
We like that®

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 09:01

35. APPLE_ROYALLY (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


We see sales better than us®
We have more profits than you®
We see you are selling all sorts ov handsets®
We are selling only 2®
We are above you®
We like that®

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:31 1

48. snowgator (Posts: 3199; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Ummmm ..... well....

Geez, I got nothing. What was the point of the really poor poetry????

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:44 1

58. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I think this may be Ilia. He got a temp ban and has lost his mind

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:52

65. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


just because you did that does not mean everyone else does, and Lilia has been arguing with this guy before, APPLE_ROYALLY's comment is in favor of iOS

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:54 1

68. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


If ilia is arguing with himself he's really lost it.

This little poems remind me of Ilia's nonsense flipped to be pro Apple.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 13:03

70. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


he is been doing that for a while, I find them amusing when he is not using them to insult people ( and brands) but this one is quite harmless

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 11:58 1

40. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/04/27/estimate_claims_apple_bested_samsung_by_3m_to_remain_top_smartphone_vendor.html

Not so fast everyone. This report is an estimate. Here's another article from the same website where Apple wins by 3 million.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:03 3

41. Sniggly (Posts: 6792; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Lol, called it. I knew you'd cop out.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:07 1

42. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Not a cop out. Why are you ok with one estimate and not the other? Let's let the dust settle to see what really happened. Samsung refuses to report actual sales now.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:21 3

44. Sniggly (Posts: 6792; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It's not a refusal. It's just not something they or any other manufacturer really does apart from Apple, and even Apple's numbers look funky sometimes.

And what are you waiting for? For Samsung CEO to come to Phonearena and comment to confirm that the original estimate was correct?

If you want to stick around, why don't you just ask for it instead of being a sore loser?

And really, why DO you want to stick around? You're almost universally reviled, your comments often ignored or scoffed at. You usually make yourself out to be a bigger fool with each new post you write. Why not cut your losses and go somewhere where your comments will be welcomed by all the other iFanboys doing their circle jerk?

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:27 1

45. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Check out the CNN money link. I base my comments on facts which drives you all crazy. You guys can't handle the fact android is a 2nd rate OS.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:35 1

50. Sniggly (Posts: 6792; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh yeah? Of that's so, then why was I able to silence you three times in a row over separate issues? For instance, your claim that iPhone owners are more tech savvy, that Android turned out to be just like IOS, and that Apple was doing well in its court attacks on "copycats."

You know full well that I posted a link to the survey you were misquoting for your first claim, that I pointed out that apart from a touchscreen, the G1 looked nothing like the iPhone, and finally that Motorola had just won an early ITC victory against Apple.

Each time you fell silent. If you were so right about everything, it should have been no problem to come back and shut me down. But you haven't.

You're delusional if you think that you're considered an idiot because we're all jealous of Apple or IOS.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:20 1

43. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Here's CNN money also reporting Apple is the top smartphone seller.

http://money.cnn.com/2012/04/27/technology/nokia-samsung/

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:29 2

47. Sniggly (Posts: 6792; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


CNN, unsurprisingly, is quoting the same marketing firm you are. Therefore, they don't count as a second source.

Also, we all know that CNN is a paid shill of Apple that will rarely publish anything even remotely negative about the company, while they will attack Google at the drop of a hat.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:34 1

49. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Wow listen to you! CNN is payed off by Apple? Are you serious? You fandroids have some major insecurity issues. You guys won't accept anything negative about Google and come back with retarded stuff like CNN is payed of by Apple.

Haha sad

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:39 1

52. Sniggly (Posts: 6792; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It's pretty much obvious, Taco. CNN has their collective tech noses shoved so far up Apple's ass that they're popping out of their mouth like particularly chunky projectile vomit. Every Apple article (and there are a LOT of them) sings Apple's praises without fail, while every Google related topic spreads fear mongering and other bulls**t.

And if you really can't fathom that they're capable of bias, just look at their godawfully coverage of Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:41 1

54. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I'm not saying the news has no bias, but they really could care less about google vs android

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