Samsung and Android controlled the global smart mobile device market in Q1

Samsung and Android controlled the global smart mobile device market in Q1
The latest data from research firm Canalys shows that Samsung had a 26.6% share of the global smart mobile device market in the first quarter. Apple was next with a 19.3% slice of the pie. The smart mobile device market consists of smartphones, notebooks and tablets and Canalys' data reveals that 308.7 million of those devices shipped in the first three months of the year. Samsung's share worked out to 82.2 million smart mobile devices shipped in the period, compared to Apple's 59.6 million.

In third place was Lenovo with a 5% market share (15 million smart mobile devices shipped), followed by Sony's 3.2% (9.8 million devices shipped) and Huawei's 3.1% share (9.7 million devices shipped). Smartphones were the fastest growing device among the smart mobile trio.

Turning to mobile platforms, Android represented 59.5% of smart mobile devices shipped globally in the first quarter, followed up by the 19.3% share belonging to iOS. Thanks to the large number of Windows powered notebooks, Microsoft came in third with an 18.1% share.

If we remove the tablets and notebooks from the data and concentrate on smartphones, Canalys shows Android with a whopping 75.6% global market share in the first quarter. Samsung alone accounts for about half of those shipments. Apple controlled 20% of the market with Huawei, ZTE and LG rounding out the top five. Strong domestic sales by the Chinese manufacturers helped keep companies like HTC, Sony and BlackBerry out of the top five.

source: Canalys via electronista



1. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

75% marketshare for Android. It could reach 80% this quarter!

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Android just keeps going, and going, and going.

17. osmaankhaan unregistered

Android and samsung to be precise..

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Samsung is offering a compelling value proposition for multiple segments of the Android market. Don't put them down for their accomplishment. They are the envy of everyone else, including Apple and MS.

8. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

and if you consider that about 50% of those were cheap-ass feature phones sold in mainland China, you would realize that its real share of the smartphone market is around 40%, which sounds about right.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You tap dance better than Gregory Hines.

15. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Lol. Such phones don't even count, haha. Reality check - a single high end Android phone(Galaxy S3) sold 5x more than all WP8 phones combined. Look at the manufacturer rank, and then do your math again. Read and use your head before you post

18. osmaankhaan unregistered

First of all an android phone can never be a feature phone rather its feature jam packed phone and if at all its cheaper in mainland China its for humans ultimately, if u don't consider buyers as humans there u r the cheap-ass around here..

21. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I guess you live in Mainland China...bmud statement

2. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

and what's new ? it's always Samsung and Android, Apple is always 2nd...

5. night_elf

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

New is that Microsoft nearly reached Apple, and somehow i doubt that Microsoft has 18.1%.

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Um, it's not new. About 90 percent of notebooks sold are running windows

10. night_elf

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

It's new they were at nearly 7% last year and now they are at 18.1%. You would wonder if Linux goes to 20% in one quarter on the PC market, its the same with Windows Mobile.

16. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well, compared to last year you have windows tablets and slightly increased WP sales ..and also slight drop in overall Apple sales

12. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

18.1 with notebooks!!!

3. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

I wanna b a part of Samsung executve board haha

6. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Damn I just read the article from electronista..what an embarassing piece of writing! They try to defend Apple saying shipments numbers are "virtually meaningless" and then throw in links from January 2011 to support their theory.

11. chistoefurpuffer

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Funny how HTC didn't even make the top 5. Kinda disappointed.

13. FlushGordon unregistered

Unless Apple is serious with that low cost iphone, expect Samsung's lead to widen even more next year

14. deadstroke

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Go android... plus all android devices!!! ^-^

19. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I thought HTC is one of the top 5, why they can't make it? (sigh) I'm very disappointed! Keep it up HTC!

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