Strategy Analytics: Samsung took home 95% of Q1 Android profits
The overall smartphone industry reported $12.5 billion in sales during the first quarter, 43% of which was related to Android. And when you break down Android sales even more, you get to see the domination that Samsung has on the platform. Based on numbers from Gartner, Sammy had 30.8% of the smartphone market with 64.7 million units delivered to end users. That's right, we said end users, not shipments.
Despite this domination of the Android platform by Samsung, Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently denied that there is any tension between Google and Samsung. Last year, there was some speculation that Google had a fear that Samsung would start dictating standards for Android in the face of strong sales for two Android models, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung GALAXY Note II. But the fact that Samsung introduced a stock Android model of the Samsung Galaxy S4 at Google I/O would seem to indicate some level of cooperation between the two still exists.
3. wendygarett (unregistered)
Innovation takes all profits...
11. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Samsung earning all those billions: how much are they paying you, wendy?
35. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
I wonder what Nokia Wp8 took...
Stop being jelly, jealous™
Get over it..
37. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
O no this is sad, Wendy has been sent to a weeks holiday by PA™
4. mr.techdude (Posts: 536; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Give HTC some time and that number will shrink
6. wendygarett (unregistered)
HTC is already downhill, even worse than the LG for now...
I wish Samsung can acquire android with those massive profit...
15. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Samsung is not gonna win forever. Enough said.
30. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 779; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
True, the tech industry is a highly dynamic and unpredictable one, nobody wins forever, but for now, Samsung are truly enjoying and cashing in on their time in the limelight.
33. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Yup, they're enjoying it very much. And I can imagine their happy faces right now.
34. aries.phills (Posts: 132; Member since: 17 May 2011)
True. But for now, they are having the largest piece of the pie and are enjoying their success ride.
36. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
SAMSUNG GOOGLE ANDROID AND ALL ANDROID OEM=FTW™®©
5. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
I guess the average Joe, thinks what we perceive as gimmicky is very useful to them. I guess people have decided that functionality is far more important than the looks of the phone, and people still like that "plastic". So that should settle the fight between samsung fans and HTC fans. Sales speaks for themselves. S4 broke the S3 sales record, and where is HTC one? So lets stop complaining about the s4 built. Samsung is a huge company, I guess they knew what they were doing. We don't. So lets trust samsung that when they make a decision, it is based on a research they conducted. From an iPhone user, with an open mind
7. wendygarett (unregistered)
Not to mention, consumer see the true innovation from Samsung, and zero from other like HTC, same old 4.7 inch, Sony and moto, sub par spec, and LG? Forget that, just another butthurt copycat to crave attention from other, and tend to forget that they have bad reputation for making poor quality material...
so far only Samsung listen to their customer, they deserve to get more than that
9. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
I don't think this ends the debate about plastic vs high quality material. It does though settle the debate between heavily advertising your product vs hardly advertising at all.... turns out advertising is pretty important
And I'm not really following the rationale in the "lets just trust Samsung" argument you're trying to push. Sounds like you're advocating ignoring personal preference and opinions on the S4 and buying it because its selling well and everyone else is getting it.
13. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
I wasn't pushing anything to you. I was expressing my opinion. Take it or leave it. It is just that. My opinion, how I see things. Ofcos we won't see things the same way, considering we don't even come from the same country and we are not exposed to the same things and so on. I was stating my own opinion, just say you expressed yours buddy. But the fact is average Joes don't mind the plastic build, as much as we tech sites visitors seems to prefer. Samsung sell their products to them, we are just a small percentage, those average jokes are what fills up samsung bank account
14. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Meant average Joes, not jokes, iPhone autocorrect can be a pain sometimes.
46. jcarrigan (unregistered)
From an Avid Android fan to SlimSoulja86, Its nice to see an iPhone user have such an open mind. Yes the auto correct is a pain and i had toturn it off on my GS3 but I will also give credit where it is due. Apple has some of the best marketing in the world and that is how they have become so big, because they created a status symbol. Its only natural that people become annoyed when EVERYONE around you has an iPhone, but they do know how to make a sleek and sexy phone. its so unfortunate that i have acclimated myself with the big screens and freedom of android compared to the locked down system of IOS.
50. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Yes thanks, I know what an opinion is. I just thought that was a ridiculous statement.
"So lets trust samsung that when they make a decision, it is based on a research they conducted..." I mean doesn't every company do market research? I'm still not following why we should just "trust Samsung."
23. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
theres really no debate.
samsung has the following over htc and other manufacturers
better reliability (just follow the galaxy series) besides apple ...no other manufacturer seems to get it
so yeah based on those three things.
who gives a shiz they spend more advertising
47. jcarrigan (unregistered)
yeah years ago motorola used to be synonymous with cellphones, but they lost it all and ended up being purchased for their patents pretty much because moto failed to come out with anything that could stand the test of time. and they pretty much crippled their devices. Sasmung is the android king for now. Lets see what happens in the next few years because everytime i think ive seen it all with smartphones, its just keeps getting better! :)
45. Taters (Posts: 2596; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Or it could be other perfect valid reasons like bigger screen, expandable storage, better button placement, thinner and smaller profile, extra software features, much better daylight camera etc....
Also the HTC one having dead pixels, gaps, and buttons that don't work, a s**tty camera etc. Might factor in as well.
I dont get this marketing bull crap that seems to make people rule out other possible reasons why a consumer chooses one product over the other. Maybe it is because .....gasp.... People like one product better and haven't even seen a gs4 commercial....
48. jcarrigan (unregistered)
exactly i have yet to see a single galaxy s 4 commercial but im seeing the htc one commercials.
43. Taters (Posts: 2596; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
All anyone with half a brain needs to do is read that article where they said more HTC One's were returned than GS4's to see why Samsung dominates. Samsung sold a lot more GS4's and were returned a lot less. Usually it would be the more sold, the more returned and not the other way around.
That right there shows you why plastic is best and Samsung manufacturing and build quality prowess is quite high rather than cheap and plasticky.
Simple logic HTC and Apple fan boys don't seem to understand......
49. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Your logic is twisted. Just because people are buying the the S4 doesn't mean plastic is better, it means that a lot of people want to buy the S4. Don't make unnecessary connections
8. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Wow! This should have been Motorola, but they got lazy. They, along with VZW, made Android or Droid a household name, but they let Samsung come in and steal the spotlight completely! Oh well, great job Samsung!
17. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1094; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
haha(i should put " . " here but it's too mainstream to complete the 5 character rule.)
12. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
They should have posted Microsoft's profit from Android as well. I'll bet Microsoft earns more than most of the other Android OEM's, who barely eek out a living...
Nokia will come back, and claim their share of profits too. Wait and see :o`
24. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
anyone who used a nokia in the past understands that they are a great company.. but there's a problem
ios owns windows
android owns windows
im betting fox will triumph over windows
windows needs developers and well they are still lacking.. i mean there's still no youtube. i have owned the lumia 9 series for months up until i traded it 3 weeks ago.
40. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
With Windows 8 & WP8 not doing too good right now, they better hope Google doesn't figure out any work arounds. It's seem Android will be M$ only revenue stream for a couple more years. I think Google should rethink their Chrome OS though. I see a whole lot of frustrated and confused faces looking at new Windows notebooks and desktops. Apple and Google would be smart to present their OSs as a much simpler alternatives, but Chromebooks just as confusing for those who aren't connected 24/7.
16. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1094; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
this is the reason why nokia didnt go to the android road. every phone company uses the same ecosystem, android. and they only battle for profit in getting people to buy their branded products. samsung will never be beaten in the android world. it will always be on top unless competitors did something that samsung cant. and that people will crave for it.
nokia's road is working = profit in WP ecosystem. like samsung = profit in android.
hear that? NOKIA WILL NEVER GO ANDROID. cheers
19. mayur007 (Posts: 360; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
yup nokia has made a monopoly in windows 8 platform
when we think of android we tend to think Samsung
its same as for windows phones
when we think of windows phone we tend to think nokia
26. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
it would be great if nokia began making devices for android
samsung would finally have a worthy competitor. they would push each other more to better refine their products.
nokia has some great engineers back there.
samsung does too. it would be a great race
comparing samsung to the other manufacturers in the android camp is like comparing any nfl team to a highschool varsity team.
18. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 May 2013)
This makes me sad actually :/
HTC, Sony and LG are giving so much effort now.. 50% is enough for Samsung..
25. FlushGordon (unregistered)
The HTC ultrapixel was a big fat marketing lie plus they still don't listen to their customers (micro sd...hello?)
SONY's TFT screen technology sucks plus they have a knack of putting in some outdated specs in their premium handsets
LG takes forever to update their flagships (if ever)
Now you wonder why?
27. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1094; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
no, it was not a marketing lie. ultrapixel is real. but not that great. pureview ois is just better.
44. Taters (Posts: 2596; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
50%?! What?! They invest more in R&D than most people not named Nokia combined. That is 50%? Stupid kids these days. Lol
21. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
I couldn't care less about their pockets stuffed with money, but where it goes, that's more interesting. Credit for Sammy for investing more the half of it in R&D and education.
22. FlushGordon (unregistered)
Sue them Apple!
Those are LOST potential profits!
28. Jason2k13 (Posts: 627; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
lol xperia Z didnt even make a dent in Samsung's sales, even before S4 came out.
29. deacz (Posts: 148; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
Yeap stop buying samsung for a bit now or there will be just one good manufacturer and then im sure samsungs profits will go even higher.
With us users at the loosing end
32. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 779; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Incredible stuff by Samsung, but I do hope Huawei, ZTE, HTC and LG can unsettle them in the future as we do need more fierce competition, we don't want Samsung to dominate and stop innovation.
42. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 205; Member since: 14 May 2013)
Samsung innovates as of now so they deserve it. Although you are right, competition drives innovation and we need it.
39. aveaphane (unregistered)
That's so amazing ! Long live Sammy although it may not last that long if Nokia and Apple pump up their game