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

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

On Monday, we showed you the chart above and told you to pay attention to the light green line and its trajectory. A quick glance at the legend will reveal that it is Samsung's market share it is representing, and its piece of the pie has gone down significantly over the last few quarters – close to 10%, or a little less than a third its total sales. 

As you can imagine, that's not just your typical fluctuation in the market, and all the evidence suggests that Samsung is genuinely worried – we know that it'll be slashing about 30% of its existing products in order to better focus on fewer devices, and it is also banking on tech that it considers hard to mimic, like advanced display solutions. It's likely that the company is also up to something else entirely that we don't know about. Which is why we asked you, does that thin line indicate the beginning of the end of Samsung's dominion in the smartphone market? Or can the company bounce back and reclaim whatever ground it lost?

You were fairly unequivocal – 52% of you voted that yes, Samsung won't be able to recuperate its losses. On the other end of the spectrum, 30.11% of you are far more optimistic, and think that the electronics giant can fight back and win back what it lost. And the final 17.89%? They're not entirely sure.

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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28 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am not sure whether their reign is over. 2015 will be crucial to them. Just market 2 flagship 1 mid end and 1 low end. Support them well I am sure the flock would return.

2. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

I don't have problem with the number of phones. More the variety more the choice but all the variations must have quality. Samsung chose low end cheap processors for their mid-rangers earlier over SD 4/6 series and beared the fruit with downfall of sales. Their mid-range lags like anything.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Samsung do have a lot of room for improvement that much is true. When is come to third parties bloatware less is more. Design wise I think it's ok to good, keep a high screen to body ratio and the rest would fall into places. i really like their new Galaxy S design its really a cut above the rest. Now just release a new OLED note 10.1 2015 already!

7. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

of course no one can be sure until it happens..

8. AlikMalix unregistered

joey, I've been saying the same thing... I'm actually hoping for tizen too... I like Apple's "closed" ecosystem, per se, it'll be nice to see another player that controls it's own ecosystem...

10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Yes they are going down because they only managed to sell 73 million smartphones in Q3 2014 :( I don't know why PA didn't post this. http://www.sammobile.com/2014/12/16/samsung-sold-73-million-smartphones-in-q3-2014/

17. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Samsung problem is not about selling phones, It's about making profits. http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2014/10/07/samsung-profits-down-sixty-percent-no-recovery-plan/

23. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Nice link broski. That's just another proof since their maketshare and units "shipped" went down.

27. torr310

Posts: 1609; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I would rather have at least 3 big players in the game (Android system) than just have one!

3. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

if they could get back on their feet in 2015 then it'd be a total Yes

4. hafini_27

Posts: 942; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I do think Samsung will stay strong next year. Just get the S6 right and they are good

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1408; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Poll-results-Do-you-expect-an-industry-status-quo-change-in-2014_id54656 Poll result in April vs December. Smartphone trend really change so fast

6. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

LOL, LOL

11. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

samsung dethroned by xiaomi! and not ever by lg, sony, htc. . so according to the survey the reader are believe that xiaomi is gonna be the number one now? lol lol lol

12. nosmas05

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Samsung and everyone else's phone sales have dropped because the competition started improving on their products. Now you have more choices. Samsung products are improved every year. They produce new and good products every year. Everywhere I look I see mostly iPhones, Galaxy's, and Notes but more Samsung's. They will continue to dominate as long as they continue making innovative phones on all levels. Apple thought they were untouchable when Samsung came out with the large phones and they stayed with the small size for years until now. They did not believe it would take off. Samsung tries out stuff while improving on their existing products. If they stop doing that that will be their demise.

13. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Samsung are Under Pressure now because they thought they could get away with producing low par phones at over the Top Prices,in China even worse as there more Budget phones and the iPhones just becoming Popular,so Samsung have got to Stop Showing off there Prototype phones and get them into Production like the Flexi phones and Tablets,the Galaxy S6 might just change things for Samsung,but like before we got All the Rumours what the Galaxy S5 was to Offer and Samsung just released a Plain Looking Smartphone,so the Critics really Slagged Samsung Down and is was here own Fault

14. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I really think Samsung has its moment back in 2012 with the S3. I still see that phone everywhere (in the USA.) It seems like half my coworkers either bought an S3 or S4. But unless Samsung can significantly improve and redesign the S6, they'll continue to see migrations to LG and HTC who have more impressive designs.

15. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

I know I don't plan on making that s-mistake again

16. dris1953

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Hmm ... The Samsung's actual problem isn't so many different phones, nor the design of those. It's damn software/UI bundled with bloatware ... and if they can somehow mend that lousy Touchwiz, it would be a large step in right direction. Also, mind the pricing - in last 2 years, we have seen exponential growth of Chinese manufacturers who offer solid phones for an affordable price. And, for the phone wingnuts, I do own Samsung, S5 now and S3 before it ... those two are solid phones but ... I always have feeling that they can do better (without rooting).

18. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

i think it will becouse of samsung f**king stupid policy they announce aphone u buy it when its released then u make your biggest mistake cuz they are going to release so many new variants of it like s5 and like wat these idiots in this company are tying to do now with the note 4 and i hope it wont happen cuz it would be a shock for its fans who bought it .

25. willard12 unregistered

I still don't understand the logic behind people who complain when a new device is released. If Samsung comes out with a new product, does that mean that the one you purcahsed no longer works? If people buy something with the hopes that a manufacuterer will not make anything else then they are delusional and have psychological problems. You either like what you bought, or you don't. If Samsung doesn't release a newer and improved device, then LG and HTC will. Should people be mad because other manufacturers now have better devices after their purchases? Should iphone 6 owners be mad when the 6s comes out this spring?

28. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

try to buy anewly released device and after 1 week u find anewly released version of your device lets see how much the value of your device will be decreased in this case.

29. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

and also ure making wrong comparison here ure comparing different flagships but iam talking here about the same flagship with different processor ,different screen, etc if they gonnna put that iin their devices they should have made it from the begining not lees than month after releasing the device.

19. LUCAS-COSTA

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

I think is the end for Samsung, LG, Sony and other expensive brands. In the future, only chinese smartphones brands like Meizu, Huawei, OnePlus and Oppo will sell, because they are cheaper and better.

21. vjyanand4u

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Lg will come back because they are better than samsung , samsung enjoyed with too many models but now facing the heat from xiaomi lenovo one plus one and zte,

22. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

I don't care if Samsung wins or not, as long as Android wins is all that matters.

24. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

Its funny how these "experts" here talk while samsung is selling close to 400 million phones. Even if Samsung stops selling phones, theyre not going anywhere. lol gtfoh.

26. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Nope they aren't. I've had several different phones but I end up going back to Sammy. Call it a personal preference, but they are the phone manufacturer to beat and will be for some time to come! Samsung FTW!!!! And it's not for the win either, it's more like f*k the world lol!!!!

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