Samsung and Apple reportedly earned 87.9% of the smartphone market profits for the last 6 years21
However, it seems that Apple holds the upper hand, as it has generated significantly more profits than the Korean manufacturer - $132.87 billion went to Cupertino, while Samsung earned no more or less than $56.11 billion.
The remainder of $26 billion is split between Nokia, BlackBerry, HTC, and LG. According to Dediu, Nokia's earnings for the last 6 years account for a total of $20.5 billion, which grants the Finnish company the third place among the most profitable smartphone manufacturers. HTC, on the other hand, lands on the fourth place with 2.8% of the total industry earnings, whereas BlackBerry and LG take the 5th and 6th place. Sony balances the books with 0% earnings, but Motorola scores an unpleasant financial result of -2.8%, which means that the company lost significantly more than it earned.
$215b: Net phone operating profits earned last 6 yrs.Moto: -2.8%Sony: 0LG: 1.2HTC: 2.8RIM: 1.9Nokia: 9.5Samsung: 26.1Apple: 61.8— Horace Dediu (@asymco) March 18, 2014