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Samsung went from almost no mobile income to more than Google's entire operation in two years

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Samsung went from almost no mobile income to more than Google's entire operation in two years
Industry analyst Horace Dediu from Asymco came with an interesting graphical comparison yesterday outlining the ascent of Samsung to its current state, where it splits 99% of the mobile profits with Apple, leaving HTC a one-percenter, but not in the rich sense.

In just two short years and change, after the introduction of the first Galaxy S with its novel at the time AMOLED display, Samsung went from almost no income from mobile, to about $5 billion out of the $7.4 in total that the company raked in the last quarter.

Not only it cannibalized all other phone makers profits, but it is has now made more money from phones and tablets than Google's entire operation for three straight quarters. Mr Dediu concludes that this stratospheric ascent of the Koreans is entirely due to their bet on Android, coupled with vertical integration synergies, and we can't agree more with that. Imagine, for instance, how much would a Lumia 920 with Android sell in comparison with the current Windows Phone 8 unit, given the unique OIS technology inside.

Have a look at a few charts that pretty much encompass everything that has been happening in the mobile industry since the iPhone introduction, up to the last quarter we have sales and operating income numbers from.

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posted on 15 Nov 2012, 04:29 20

1. shy2papa (Posts: 209; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


Oh yeah gooo Sammy keep giving us great phones :)

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 04:57 14

6. abdane (Posts: 476; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


the galaxy line is really a huge success for samsung, now wherever i go, i always see people with a galaxy phone in their hands !

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 05:05 14

8. MeoCao (unregistered)


Hat's off to you Sammy!

Hopefully others Android OEM will do better or it's not good for the industry when the power is so concentrated in a single company.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 07:15 5

17. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)


Sammy Gangnam Style!!!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 15:24 2

20. wojey (Posts: 14; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Um where? Because here in Miami everywhere i go i see people with an iphone. (It's really annoying)

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 16:17

21. metalpoet (unregistered)


come to utah bro its the same here, all the women running around with their stupid pink badazzled fuzzy cases of their iphone 5's! ugh its frustrating trying to explain to people the awesomeness of the galaxy line. i have a gs3 and i am so glad i stopped owning moto DROID devices!

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 17:14 1

27. wojey (Posts: 14; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Im not just talking about women. I'm tallking about EVERYBODY! You go to the mall... Iphone, you go to the movies... Iphone. You go to work... Iphone. You go to college/school/university... Iphone. I have an iphone myself and im not going to lie i like it but it does gets annoying where everywhere you go everyone has the same phone as you.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 19:51

28. metalpoet (unregistered)


Oh no i understand that its insane for everybody to have the exact same user friendly smartphone but 75% of all females that own any form of a cellphone in America own an iPhone!

I actually talked to this one couple that were both teachers at the local state college and when i started mentioning what an Android device could do, they just stared at me as if i spoke Chinese. BTW they owned iPhone 5's that they proudly admitted to spending $1,000 a peice that day they came out so it was my turn to look at them like they were retarded.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 12:32 1

18. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1085; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Sammy all the way but this is a little scarry...

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 13:57 1

19. AnTuTu (Posts: 867; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Samsung ---> The real king of smartphones :)

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 20:31

26. a_tumiwa (Posts: 279; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


great work Samsung!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 04:30 13

2. lallolu (Posts: 237; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


with android inside the Lumias, Nokia would have made good money.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 05:00 4

7. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


with their offline maps for free I would immediately buy that but Nokia sues HTC now so will never buy any Nokia product again.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 04:39 5

3. twens (Posts: 663; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Am so glad their hadwork is paying off.am using the note 2 now and the fon is just made for my taste.feels like they heard my cries when they made this fon.i just cant find a flaw mobile wise with this fon.it does everything if not to the best atleast close to best.everyday i discover new features.just lastnyt i discovered unlike the s3 this fon records video in slow and fast motions.video is great and pictures are good.battery is awesome. Keep up the good work sammy.more of my money will come to u.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 04:46 7

4. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


This is really cool. The Koreans are always associated with exponential growth. This is a miracle all over again for them.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_on_the_Han_River

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 05:37 2

13. dickwyn (Posts: 595; Member since: 07 May 2012)


nobody can stay on top for ever, just take Apple for instance. i'm not saying that Samsung will fall in the forseen future but just saying

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 06:39 2

15. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Your right but if Samsung can dominate in the windows phone 8 market; they will be more successful and if windows phone OS takes off Samsung will make a killing.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 18:45 1

22. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


The Asians always persevere and try to stay in front. Western companies like Apple, RIM, Nokia tend to get too comfortable in their position and slacks off

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 07:49

30. nofear (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Any Android device as long as they keep on innovating new features, improve more battery life and more for plugin and play in overall versatility. I'm sure Android community will grow. Unlike iDevice, look at them! any iDevice since its first device was introduced compare with its latest iDevice. Nada!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 04:53 3

5. Captain_Doug (Posts: 758; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I worry about HTC. I'm sure Motorola will do better in the next few years but HTC has been struggling for awhile. Hopefully the DNA is a success.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 06:12

14. lallolu (Posts: 237; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


DNA would have been highly successful but for the battery and the lack of SD card (or higher internal memory)

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 19:47

25. Captain_Doug (Posts: 758; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Would have been? It's not even out yet. There is absolutely no way to know how well it will do. And by success, i meant help to bring them back. I doubt it will sell as many as the S3 or even the Note 2 but it should still sell well enough to help keep HTC in the game.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 05:08

9. jove39 (Posts: 1300; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Samsung seems biggest winner of market share and Nokia is loosing share again...may be they are thinking of lets do a android phone too :)

Ohhh boy...look at apple's margins...seems sky high than anyone else!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 05:16 2

10. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Samsung and apple. The best companies!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 05:26 5

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


Thats what happens when you listen to you'r customers... "Listen"

Give us what we need.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 05:33 2

12. redmd (Posts: 895; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I'd like to see a Lumia with jellybean. I can't seem to imagine why Nokia can't produce phones on different platforms as Samsung did.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 06:41 3

16. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Yea the next thing Samsung needs to improve on is build quality; they should make GS4's build quality something else other than plastic.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 18:55

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


With flexible screen touted as next big thing, i think plastic will rule for quite sometime to come ... :)

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 15:50

29. ngo2dd (Posts: 786; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


they don't listen to the customers it is all marketing. They have tons of money to go towards it. They are slow as hell in update. The only line they update to ics is the not and their S2 line. I smear Samsung fanboy are the worst now.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 18:57

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


This is what happens when clients are given what they want and not the other way round. Of course innovation also played a role. Some spoilt brat wanted this slowed down through court cases but guess it's too late on that now.

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