Apple and Samsung now account for 99% of mobile profits
posted by Victor H. / Nov 14, 2012, 7:16 AM
The most notable change is the fact that Apple’s operating profit share dropped expectedly in Q3 2012 to 60%, but as the company launched the iPhone 5 late in the quarter, we expect this to improve slightly in Q4.
Samsung on the other hand grew tremendously with strong sales of its Galaxy smartphone series and grabbed 39% of the market’s profits. HTC got approximately 1%.
Interestingly, Dediu claims no other companies were profitable, but we do know that LG was one company that reported a very tiny profit, but still profit. It might be a fraction of the percentage but it’s still there. Still, Apple and Samsung’s grip on profits seems to be increasing.
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One word: Marketing
posted on Nov 14, 2012, 7:18 AM 8
Here's another 3 month paycheck for you Apple :)
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Nokia should make a comeback or this market will get boring very soon
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Htc better step it up
posted on Nov 14, 2012, 7:37 AM 2
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ah...here i thought htc is under losses...
posted on Nov 14, 2012, 9:07 AM 0
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Something to remember is profitability is not about how many units are sold, but how much the company makes on each unit. So going by that it says that Apple makes more on each device than other manufacturers. So a company could sell 5 million units and make $10 profit on each unit ($50 million profit), while another could sell 2.5 million units and make $30 on each unit ($75 million profit). In that case the second company is selling half as many units, but is 1.5 times more profitable than the first. If both devices are essentially the same, you're wasting money on the second company. I'm not saying that it's not worth it for someone to go with the second company. If the product from the first company just won't work for them, then it's worth it for them to go with company #2, but they're gonna pay extra for it. The problem I have with Apple in this case however is they have the least R&D, but the highest profit margin. So they make more money off of their customers than other companies. But then when they go into court to see what they have to pay for using other companies' tech, they try to force them to settle for less than what they'd charge if they were in the same position, irregardless of how important either company's patents are. They want exhorbitant money for their work and balk at paying a fair price for other's work. Even if I hadn't had issues with Apple in the past, I don't think I could justify supporting a company who does that. But that's just me.
posted on Nov 14, 2012, 9:54 AM 4
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well RIM is still just as deep in the Shi*ter as it has been
posted on Nov 14, 2012, 10:14 AM 2
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Not exactly. If you read the graph correctly, you'd see they only started getting operating losses in Q1 2012, they were profitable the whole time prior to that, and many of the quarters had larger profits than they've had it losses for the 2012 quarters. Over the period of time in tis
posted on Nov 14, 2012, 7:44 PM 0
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