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.

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



42. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012


37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung makes smart phones, feature phones, go phones, windows phones, android phones, etc plus they r a great company. They should sale the most. Apple makes smartphones, and the jus hit the prepay market, and that's with a smartphone too. Samsungs market share should b higher, but not due to being a better company but due to selling more of a variety of phones.

38. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ppl still have to buy those variety of phones tho, regardless. They must make phones that ppl want...not saying they are a better company, but that they have a product that ppl want. Just like Apple. We can probably eliminate Win Mo and WP7 phones Sorry MS fans. Most or a good chunk of the market share is probably from Android phones. But yea....even vs other Android manufactures.....ppl complain about Motorola making too many Android phones....and dont realize Samsung has more Android phones out than Motorola. Motorola kinda stopped making low end phones while Samsung and HTC started making more. And Motorola doesnt even make WP phones.

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I agree

23. bstepchin

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

I agree. I've had an iPhone for a couple of years, and while it's a great device and gets the job done, I got tired of it and decided to try the galaxy s iii. I find the galaxy to be more entertaining because of the options that android provides, like widgets, and the extra features of the device itself, but one thing I miss (and this is about the only thing) on the iPhone is the well-executed notification system. Also, some apps that I had on iPhone don't run as smooth on my galaxy, but that's a minor issue. Overall, I am definitely enjoying the galaxy, but in the end, both devices are great and have their strengths and weaknesses, so it just really comes down to personal preference. I hope that one day everyone quits bickering about which device is best, because that's not any better than the patent wars.

25. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Agreed. It is what gets the Job done. I too was an iPhone user but about a year ago during my renewal period opted for S2 Skyrocket after waiting for the iPhone 4s which turned out to be a duplicate of the iPhone 4, in my opinion, and really offered nothing really innovating. I had a need for increased data speed as I am always on the go for work producing and receiving large data files thus LTE was a top priority. Also I wanted the freedom to differentiated myself from everyone else via wallpapers widgets etc... and Android offered that ability. It came down to personal preferences. One thing that saddens me though is that Apple is engaging in this petty patent war. This really tarnishes their fine reputation in my eyes and really makes them seem like a bully in the local school yard. and we know how much everyone hates Bullies. and sooner then later bullies always get the terrible whipping that's coming to them by someone else bigger and stronger then they are.

28. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

OMG!! You do not believe that SIRI is innovative? lol....

32. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

LTE is pretty awesome.

18. webOSlove unregistered

I'm (obviously) not an Android or iOS fan, but id much rather see Samsung take it over. iOS is such a tired OS. It still feels the same since 2007 (not exactly the same though) Android 4.0 has copied webOS in some ways, like the cards and notifications, but with Android, swiping away cards just feels like a clunky add on rather than something that's part of the UI. Being a webOS fan, id rather see Android (if not webOS) take over the mobile space over iOS

44. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Well samsung is copy machine along with android if u see they samsung models after first iphone release they all seems to look alike the iphones samsung noobs dont have a different thing to do

45. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Wah wah. My smartphone platform of choice is getting its ass kicked in consumer preference. (And features, function, etc...)

46. webOSlove unregistered

the only reason people dont choose webOS over Android is because 90% percent of them dont even know its a choice that exists . everyone i know who has switched from android to webOS finds it much better and intuitive. in my opinion webOS s a hell of alot better

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: 17544; 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!

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

my old single core SGS1 doesnt lag with ICS. your just a troll with your eyes closed as always.

27. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

my captivate works supremely with JB :-)

30. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm going this on the Verizon variant right now. Zero lag anywhere on this phone. Period. I can't even make it lag by opening lots of apps. I've tried. Not surprising, as with Gingerbread my Thunderbolt had no lag (as I showed on YouTube with a demo of the phone)

36. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I have a RAZR that on GB and with Blur didnt or didnt as much. A Rezound on GB and Sense UI that didnt or didnt as much. A G Nex with stock ICS that didnt. I wonder do ppl equate the launcher with overall phone use. Cuz I just installed Apex and Nova launcher....and they are both faster, less laggy than stock ICS or Blur launchers. Sense UI launcher is pretty lag free too. On my Droid X1 ....the stock launcher was laggy as hell...but the rest of the phone was better.

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.

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