Apple grabs a whopping 83% of global mobile profits for Q1 2017, Samsung in second place with 13%


When it comes to making money on the smartphone market, Apple is second to none. A new report from research firm Strategy Analytics indicates that Cupertino has accounted for 83.4% of the combined operating profits of the global smartphone market for Q1 2017,  a 3.6% increase compared to the same period for last year. This translates to financial gains of about $10.1 billion. 

Meanwhile, Samsung stands firmly in second place, grabbing 12.9% or $1.57 billion in operating profits. This is a significant decrease compared to the 21.9% recorded by the company in Q1 2016. According to industry watchers, Samsung has been struggling to improve its profitability due to market saturation and generally falling margins.

So, what's left for all of the other smartphone manufacturers out there? About 3.7%. Combined. Speaking to Yonhap News, a market expert put the situation into perspective:


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110 Comments

1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 546; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

With close to no innovation or following other innovation those profits are huge.The only reason i like iphones is for the 4 year update cycle.Android OEMS should at least provide software updates for 3 years.

3. Bankz

Posts: 2516; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, Apple are monsters. This is just unreal.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

you use same phone for 4 years? well, then thats good for you..

6. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

He meant 4 years of OS updates..

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Can't even use a same phone for a full 2 years... No way for 4 years, bruh. So 2 year updates suits me just fine.

47. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 664; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

That's because android is of low quality software compared to iOS. Watching the WWDC via my iPad Air 2 and picture in picture is so nice. It runs so smooth and seemlessly. On Android I cannot even use Amazon prime or Netflix with multi windows (I own a Xperia X too).

59. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"That's because android is of low quality software compared to iOS" Sure, keep telling yourself that despite what study shows: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/ios-and-android-reliability,news-23872.html

73. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Was that suppose to be funny? Because I have the iPad Pro and its certainly not smooth and the picture in picture is lame. For what it costs, it should be doing more. My Surface was only $180 more than my iPad Pro. The Surface is way better at doing everything the iPad does equally, without even bring up things the Surface does that the iPad can't even do.

93. Leo_MC

Posts: 6939; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Dude, I think Apple is keeping a batch of bad products specially designed for you, because your experience with their products is different than everybody elses. It's like "oh, techie wants a device, let's give him a bad one".

87. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

That's because your Android Tab sucks not that its matter since you have your beloved Air 2. I only buy Android/Android Tab with high-end spec so i don't have a performance issue with them. Think, if you buy a crappy netbook do you expect gaming laptop performance. Apparently most Apple fan do for something strange reason. If you already spent money on an iPad stick with that cause it's unlikely you would pay for a top end Android tab again.

91. Leo_MC

Posts: 6939; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

For Android phones that is true but try using an iPhone and you'll understand why it can handle 4years of usage.

94. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

@Leo_MC post #91 WTF? What I said in post #16 has nothing to do with quality of a device, be it an iPhone or an Android phone. I simply said I can't use a same phone for 4 years. I'll be extremely bored by it, and will want a new phone. I still have my Galaxy S4 and it runs just fine, so my S4 has already handled 4 years of usage! Are you high on crack?

95. Leo_MC

Posts: 6939; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I understand: YOU get bored very fast. Does that mean that 4-5y updates are a bad thing?

96. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Where did I even refer to 4 years of updates? I simply said I can't use a same phone for 4 years. 2 years of updates suits just me fine, because I do not use a same phone for up to 2 years. So it means that 4-5 years of updates isn't a pros for me, and just 2 years of updates isn't a cons for me, as well. WTF?

98. Leo_MC

Posts: 6939; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I must have miss interpreted what you have said, I thought you were critical to Apple's updating their phones for more than 4 years, because that's the idea you responded to.

66. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I'm still using my first Android phone from 2014 till today; a OnePlus One. Would have upgraded to the Note 7, but alas then went up in flames, now waiting for the Note 8...other phones just don't bring added use. Also, having longer term updates isn't necessarily for the 1st-hand owner, also helps with the resale value.

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yeah. No, I'm not a fan of using 3 year old hardware with the newest released software. It runs like garbage. Software and hardware that are released together work best together. Once you start cramming newer more taxing software on old ass hardware you start getting a poor experience. Besides the fact that it's hard to compare the iOS UI with Androids UI. In the time the iPhone has been released they've done minimal upgrading to the UI while Android has been through what 4 UI revisions? I've never seen another industry where people compare the % of profits made within the industry. The automotive industry doesn't do it, does anyone know of an industry that people brag about the % of profits each company realizes for a whole product category? It seems like this is only a thing to make Apple fanboys feel good about something.

89. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 965; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

The reason that the percentage of profit is mentioned is because of how crazy it does look. What other industry has a single company raking in that much money and dominating by that high of a percentage. Companies do look at other companies to see how they're competing in that space, since it is, after all, money that they're after. Apple cares not if most phones sold globally are Android, since they're the ones still making all the money. The auto industry doesn't have Ford or Chevy making 80-something percent of all auto sale revenue globally, so that's why we don't see the car companies mentioning this.

115. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What other industry? Oil, diamonds and more. Its only mentioned to stroke you all ego. Samsung does way more with less vs Apple who has more.

54. Skimshaddy

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

No way I can use the same phone for 4 years. I don't care if it still works great but I will get bored the s**t out of it. I have both iPhone and android phone so yes I am still buying new one every year. I did waste a lot of money but I can't stand having same one forever. Being said.. Time to upgrade new girlfriend too lol.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

thanks to huge profit margin (overpriced products) and sheeple...

5. Bankz

Posts: 2516; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lmao!!! The burn is real.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Nope, unlike you I don't give a s**t what a company makes. I am not like some of you sheep and buy my phone because it's name or because it's popular and has a little Apple on it ( not all of apple fans do that, some are true fans, not sheep). I buy my phones because it suits​ my needs.

43. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

My post #8 was meant for post #5 PA fix the comment section

52. apple-rulz

Posts: 1944; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Obviously you care about Apple very much, since you're always commenting on every article about them.

108. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

So it's ok for apple fan to commit in Samsung/Android articles but not the other way around. Whatever dumb azz. You must be one of the stupid sheep.

53. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I’m in the same boat as you, but at the rate things are going, Apple is going to be the only one left standing, as much as I dislike it. Just follow the money – the result is now almost inevitable. Samsung may hold on and continue to do what they are doing, but Apple will be the only one with the funding to innovate the most, and Samsung will be left to spend all of their profits on innovation, even if it is not enough to keep up with Apple. Apple has this one in the bag… they will be able to fight the world of Android with one hand tied behind their back (translation: they will only spend as much as they need to out-compete Google, and all the rest will go into other high-ranking people’s pockets. The iPhone becomes the phone of the rich people, and Android becomes the phone of the poor people, like me. At some point, we will have to come to terms with our “smartphone” fate. My preferred solution is to just like what I’ve got, and while I can appreciate the “niceness” and “exclusivity” of the iPhone, I simply do not need to have one of my own. If people want to get an iPhone, they are going to have to get more education… a bachelor’s degree at minimum, if not more. I just got mine, a bachelor of science in science, but I’m still going to spend money like the ol’ miserly man that I am. I don’t see the need to spend more than $100 on a new phone, and only every other year. I can sustain $50 a year as an ongoing budget item for mobile phones. I just hope that my worst fears are not realized; that big corporations will not conspire to take away the cheap options.

67. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"and Samsung will be left to spend all of their profits on innovation, even if it is not enough to keep up with Apple" You do realize Samsung is more than just a smartphone OEM, right? Besides, Samsung spends alot on R&D because Samsung is a supplier of various components to other manufacturers, so Samsung needs to keep innovating on the stuffs it supplies, and all that drives the R&D spendings up. Sorry, but Samsung isn't running out of cash anytime soon.

85. lyndon420

Posts: 6607; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Android isn't going away...but if it does it will be because there's an even better alternative to iOS. Apple needs Android for a competitive market...nobody likes a monopoly.

11. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

The only thing burning is the isheep that's contributing to this legal robbery Apple keeps getting away with. Lol Not sure why you are laughing. These nu bets suggest they are charging way more than they should be and you contributing to it. I would feel used, disgusted, and abused myself after seeing these numbers.

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