Samsung and Apple take over smartphone sales in Q2 2012

Samsung and Apple take over smartphone sales in Q2 2012
Samsung and Apple have continued holding a solid position in smartphone sales in the second quarter of 2012, and now it seems like the Android-iOS rivalry is shifting more towards a competition between the two firms. The latest IDC report shows some interesting trends occurring in the three months from April to June.

First, Samsung absolutely smashed previous smartphone sale records with the whopping 50.2 million smartphones it sold. That’s nearly twice as many as Apple’s 26 million iPhone sales in Q2 2012.

And when it comes to the rest, Nokia, the third-biggest smartphone maker has continued sliding and ended up with only 10.2 million smartphones sold, dangerously close to HTC and ZTE. If this trend continues, we wouldn’t be surprised if HTC or ZTE outsell the Finns and become the third biggest samrtphone manufacturer.

Samsung and Apple take over smartphone sales in Q2 2012


Speaking of ZTE, the company is now in the top five of smartphone makers. This is largely due to the cheaper devices it sells in China, but also increased presence in the United States and Latin America. In the latter two markets though, ZTE doesn’t have the carrier recognition as carriers use their own brand on top of ZTE-made phones.

Overall, the phone market grew comparatively slowly. For smartphones, the growth was 42.1% year-over-year in Q2 2012, the lowest since the fourth quarter of 2009. There was a total of 153.9 million smartphones in 2Q12, up from to 108.3 million devices at the same time last year.

source: IDC


Samsung and Apple take over smartphone sales in Q2 2012

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46 Comments

1. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Nothing shows the number of galaxy s family, galaxy note and galaxy nexus smartphones sold?

2. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Samsung doesn't report it. They don't even report smartphone sales so the 50 million is an analyst best guess.

4. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

oh samsung this samsung that please taquito haha.. When are you going to give up on this feud between you and Android fans? Why does it matter if its analyst projection they could have very well sold more then that or a bit less either way SAMSUNG is on a roll.

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I'm answering his question of why no breakdown

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i dont see iphone broken down by model either, taco.. so whats your point? Even if their guess is off 20% which is pretty unheard of, they still smashed apple. Get over it.

35. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly.... Just last year the iPhone 3GS was in the top 5 phones sold at the beginning of the year. All of Apple sales arent the 4 and 4S. Those cheaper iPhones are getting sold too...

7. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I believe the recent court mandates that both companies divulge financial records makes that statement incorrect taco. Please, try to stay on top of things if you're going to troll. I mean, it's one thing to troll, but it's another to troll with the wrong information.

9. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Thank you Roscuthii i was going to add that.. and oh how he loves to troll that poor taquito..

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Ok care to provide a link then with Samsung sales by device?

17. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Care to provide a link that backs up your statement? I mean, you are the one that claimed this information is incorrect. Burden of proof is on the plaintiff you know.

20. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

What I said is a fact and I can provide proof. You however can not.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17051; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Fair enough, but we're talking 52 million to 26 million. Do you think the analysts could be over 26 million units off? Face it, just like last quarter, Samsung is the biggest smartphone seller in the world.

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Samsung obviously had a great quarter. I was answering his question of why no breakdown for which smartphones sold how much.

24. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

We know at least 10 million of those were galaxy s3's

40. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

I was answering his question i was answering her question... Nobody asked you to answer their question.. breakdown or no breakdown.. you are gonna have a nasty breakdown in the future... Can you stop your b!tch!ng n jus read the post n get out... I knw no one asked me to n this is a public post... Neither did anyone to you... So it woould be good if you can stop your whining... Thx...

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Nokia will definitely reach the 2nd position after samsung in Q213 with WP8 sales.

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

CAN WE PLEASE STOP TALKING BOUT APPLE VS SAMSUNG? can't go a whole WEEK without iPhoneareana talking post negative articles

29. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Really, iPhonearea? You're an idiot if you think that this site is biased towards Apple.

6. stevetruman

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 27, 2012

im just wondering why idiots buyin' android?? as we al knoe that some of the fone will support android latest.. half of my friends fone's doesnt get update for ics end up wasting their penny and still cursing samsung..!!oneday i guessed samsung gotta end up like nokia or BB..!!!!!

8. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Go take some English lessons.

10. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

i have come to the conclusion that when apple updates they only update for certain things and call it brand new for instance the in-app purchase but and maps are going to be fix on and added in the iOS 6 update while apps on android can usually be update independently of the OS. apple needs to do the same thing instead of making a whole new version of ios just for a few changes here and there.

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

What? Apps on iOS get independent updates all the time. There's already a fix in place for in app purchases, but theyre working on a better one

31. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

yes for sold apps im talking about the system apps and settings

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the fix doesnt come until iOS6 releases, troll.

11. s.mrabet

Posts: 147; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

U are very smart man, go buy an iphone!

41. stevetruman

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 27, 2012

m an die-hard fan of android.. but m just frustated over android update..!!jus waiting for new fone of google-motorola which mite get update mostly..!! I just hate samsung or lg or another android manufacturers as they all should think of making limitation to get next android updates.. !!!

43. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

well man this is policy of any OEM if a device dont get outdated who will buy their new devices so they make sure old devices dont get updated for longer then they want :P its fact deal with it no matter IOS Android WP all same

15. tedkord

Posts: 17051; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Because it's so much more powerful than the competition, offers choice, and unlike three years ago, it's as smooth and fluid as any other mobile OS.

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

No it still lags. I've tested it myself. Jellybean is attempting to address the lag issues.

22. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Isn't attempting, JB addressed the lag with triple buffering. So now you got real multitasking, real time notifications (push byebye) animated backgrounds with no lag - iOS is still stuck in year 2007, but is magic!

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