Poll: Is Samsung's dominion over the smartphone market coming to an end?

IDC: Smartphone Vendor Market Share 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011 Chart

What do you see when you look at that light green line up above? A massive dip in Samsung's smartphone sales volume, that's what. 

This has been the story for the South Korean electronics giant's smartphone division as of late, and we know that the company won't stand idly – a near 10% drop in market share over the course of just one year is pretty worrying, after all. 

From what we know so far, Samsung will be going with a two-pronged approach – first, it'll slash the absolutely ridiculous number of marginally different devices it produces by as much as 30%, and also invest in tech that competitors will have a hard (if not impossible) time mimicking or outright copying. 

Right now, this means advanced display solutions, including foldable screens that the company claims it will be able to produce in small quantities (30,000 to 40,000 per month) in the latter half of 2015, but it could be working on something else entirely at the same time, too. In any case, unless it's able to come up with something in the meantime, the company might be looking at an equally depressing third quarter in 2015.

Do you think Samsung will be able to recuperate and regain its share in the short term (or ever)? Or do you think that we're looking at the end of Samsung's dominion over the smartphone market, at least in terms of market share? 

Is Samsung's dominion over the smartphone market coming to an end?

Yes
52%
I'm not sure
17.89%
No
30.11%

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71 Comments

1. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I sure hope so :)

15. maherk

Posts: 6633; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Hoping for a company to fail? Lol get a life buddy I find it funny(not really) that phonearena is asking such a question to bunch of fanboys. Put Apple instead of Samsung and you'll get the same results, but reality is much different than what the kids on here believe. Samsung and Apple are going no where, they have the money to always come back stronger.

17. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1408; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

with such greed from typical CEO, sure they have the money to always come back stronger, their wallets stronger and thicker of course.

20. Awalker

Posts: 1957; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I just don't want Samsung to be the face of Android anymore. There's a lot of great Android manufacturers out there and they were being drowned out by Samsung. I'm glad that other people are looking elsewhere.

37. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 905; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Yeah but none of them make phones as good as Samsung. Nothing comes close to the Note 4 and also the S5 which came out at the start of the year has better if not the same spces as the rest of the android devices.

58. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

yes, I agree. Samsung do make great phones but their phones doesnt look as premium in looks as other OEMs and most people can see better than they can think. It doesnt matter if they are using expensive material and latest tech when they make it appear cheap. Customers always get attracted to the looks of the phone. Even chinese phones apear more premium than samsung if you put them side by side. 2nd thing is, samsung charge higher prices than it should be, specially in low end and mid range catagory.

56. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

I am GLAD Samsung is leading. They are LEADING FOR A REASON. They didn't get there by FREE. If someone else can take up the baton, go for it. But RIGHT Now, EVERYONE ELSE is a small fish can't hang with Samsung. Until then, stop writing these dumb articles. Seriously, you fools think people get to no 1 by chance? The last couple years I checked Samsung made the best phones and cameras and displays. Yea... samsung going down... gtfoh.

63. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Like who for example? Because if they were making better devices, Samsung wouldn't be number one. Go to your local carrier store or even Best Buy. Now, think of the phone syou see on the rack. The vast majority are from Samsung and of course Apple and that's it. Those other phones when compared side by side to an Apple device or a Samsung device look ugly. There are exception. The LG G3 looks good, but it is boring for its size. At the cost of the Note 4, it doesn't offer what the Note does. So which you think people are gonna buy? Next, the Galaxy S vs similar from another OEM. Here we have the same issue, what is being offered at said price point. It's 199.99 of contract. The Samsung devices always offers a better camera, better display, removable battery and more. What other OEM offers such at the same price range? OH! NONE OF THEM. Samsung isn't on top because they put themselves there. They are on top because consumers preferred their phones over alternatives. The phones from Moto are ugly. Xperia's look good in books, but in person they are ugly. In fact most of the phones are now ugly. Samsung phones look dated because they used the same design on so many models, but ti isn't ugly and the functions are awesome. Samsung is still the dominate OEM in the USA amongst Android sells. I don't see that changing. Now in other countries, they have a serious problem with the China making phones with similar features for less money. However, no OEM, whether it be Apple, Microsoft or any Android OEM has anything better than the Galaxy Note or the Galaxy S.

69. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

What does the Note 4 have that the LG G3 doesn't? (other than the obvious one, the S-Pen)

25. DroidMystic

Posts: 91; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

That not true because Apple iPhone 6 does make same records on the sell while the Galaxy S5 was a fiasco compare to the sale of the previous Galaxy series. In fact Samsung phone got expensive but doesn't give much better experience than the competitors like Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo or Motorola. Chinese are very serious about taking Android OS to the population in a very affordable price than Samsung does. But Apple iPhone still selling well although companies like Xiaomi or Huawei came around. If you say Samsung have money to come back strong why did Nokia lose share market against Samsung? Money is not the issue but the approach you take compte the most as Nokia didn't go for Android OS but Samsung did. But if Samsung keep on making so expensive phone and doesn't improve the quality of his phone the end of the domination will nail them down more in 2015 as one of the biggest mistake is the Note 4 coming again with Snapdragon 810 with 64-bit but only if 3Gb ram. The phone still the same with same quality only improvement over the previous one is the CPU and that goings to be still expensive. Not to mention that the Galaxy S6 specs doesn't impress too. Samsung will fail for sure.

27. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

"But reality is much different than what the kids on here believe" Almost similar words I have heard about Nokia 5 years ago when they had more than 50% of global cellphone market share. No innovation = Closer to death Just read the history and learn

29. maherk

Posts: 6633; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Symbian is the reason smarty boy, and Nokia opted to go against the grain and went with Windows as their primary OS instead of Android, and that's why they are no where to be seen on the smartphone market anymore. Samsung lacks innovation? Lmao check the latest Lollipop 5.0, it has lots of cues from touchwiz, same goes for the iOS8. How about the phablet market, who came up with it? Who introduced the 1st true smartwatch anong all OEMs? Who introduced health apps and fingerprint scanners and pedometers to our gadgets and most importantly made it go mainstream? Yeah, i guess Nokia did that. As a guy who was all about Nokia(had every Nokia flagship you could think off including the n8), i would've loved if they went with Android, and i am pretty sure they would've been the leaders in the Android market, but lack of innovation isn't why they're gone, it's their CEO's choice of ditching Android for Windows.

34. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I never thought I'd engage here anymore but I feel the need to place a few points that you're missing. Make no mistake, Samsung's ship is slowly taking a dive. They won't go Blackberry or Nokia anytime soon (but they could), but there aren't in the best position they used to be in. It certainly the time to push the panic button (apparently, the guy operating the photocopier probably wandered off into the unknown) It's funny you mention Lollipop and iOS being Touchwiz rip offs when iOS doesn't resemble anything Touchwiz, and Lollipop has its own authentic design chops. Saying Touchwiz looks like any of the two confirms your loss of credit on identifying any visual distinctions in modern UIs, the least you can do is stay away from UI design -- as far as you can. Also, it doesn't matter who started what. All that matters now is who is doing it better, realize this and you won't act like a mindless fanboy.

35. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I don't see where he said it looks like tw but they took ques from them and he is correct. Actually tw while ugly has far more options than that of Google own OS.

36. maherk

Posts: 6633; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I didn't say they are touchwiz rip offs kiddo, i just pointed out the fact that all the gimmicks found in Samsung phones that people complained about, are now getting ported to other phones and OSs. Not to mention that even Google went bananas with colors all over their latest version of Android OS, when touchwiz were always criticized for being "carroonish", same goes to iOS7. Samsung ain't going anywhere for all those hoping for a company to fail, they don't only rely on their mobile industry, they are the leaders of every electric segment you might think of. They have the power, money, and the engineers to overcome any problem they will face.

40. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Its easy tell how much you're in denial by the way you've become so defensive, do you even read after yourself? I like the part of your comment where you state all your anecdotes as fact (including all the BS rant). You say "all" of Samsung's gimmicks have been copied by Google and Apple yet you still forget the crapware like Smart Stare or whatever the freak its called, that take up useful space on the device. And remind me again what is cartoonish about iOS8 apart from the failed attempt by Samsung to replicate the flat look that was introduced by Apple with iOS7

46. maherk

Posts: 6633; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Smart stay is gimmicky yet it was ported to Sony Z phones and LGs as well. Thanks for proving yourself wrong, you saved me time in doing so.

64. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

He said they took cues from TouchWiz, he didn't say theirs look like TouchWiz. Big difference. Also he is correct. Apple took several cues from TW.

70. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Seeing the graph I suppose this question should be asked for Apple rather than Samsung. No?

19. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Had been a big fan of Samsung since the original Galaxy S. I had the s2, s3, s4, & s5 but the s3 & s5 for me were big let downs. After trying Htc and Nokia I'm now moving over to the Sony Z series. More premium look & feel, less bloated ui, & no gimmicks like heart rate monitors.

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1408; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Over conglomerate, lost of focus. Samsung's reputation is like LG in Asia, if you think Samsung won't die because of diversification, take a look at Hitachi, Toshiba, and Fujitsu. Brands to-be-extinct because of diversification.

24. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

LOL here we go another dumb comment. Hitachi, Toshiba and Fujitsu have survived even today because they diversified beyond consumer electronics.

45. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Hitachi, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Panasonic no longer huge brand in electronic but they excel in other industry. Hitachi for example also make train, power plant, elevator, medical equipment.

3. ilovephablets

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Samsung makes the best phablet, but when it comes to phones i have to give it to htc, they are doing a great job.

5. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

I can't wait for M9 to come out and get rid of my S5 !

6. ilovephablets

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The m9 is goinf to be an excellent smartphone, its going to be much better than the s6 in my opinion.

59. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

So you have held and used both to determine that?

65. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yeah, to phones that don't exist yet are already going to be better than the other based on what? Your opinion? Do you even know what the they are even going to look like? The S6 is getting a whole new look and feel job done on it and yet you say the M9 is going to be better? In what way? How can you make such a claim? Have any facts to back it up?

11. limporgyuk

Posts: 348; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

I can't wait for M9 to come out and get rid of my G3 !

4. ilovephablets

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

I really dont want samsung to die, i love their oled screens and their removable batteries.

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