Samsung led the way with a 29% share of the global smartphone market in Q4

Samsung led the way with a 29% share of the global smartphone market in Q4
Canalys released its fourth quarter stats and it was another big three months for Google's open source OS, Android. Of the 216.5 million smartphones shipped worldwide from October through December, a whopping 69% were Android flavored. Of the 438.1 million units shipped of all handsets, including featurephones, 34% of them were Android and 11% were powered by iOS. Speaking of the entire handset market, shipments were flat year-over-year, while those for smartphones rose 37%. Smartphones made up nearly half of all handsets shipped.

With 62.9 million units shipped in the quarter, Samsung was the top OEM for the period with a 29% share. Two phones, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung GALAXY Note II have been in demand, helping the manufacturer to achieve its share. With a 22.1% slice of the global smartphone pie on the fourth quarter, Apple finished second. Chinese smartphone producers Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo surprisingly rounded out the top five. There was a big gap between the 47.8 million phones shipped by number two Apple and the 11.8 million shipped by Huawei, which was number three. Lenovo edged out Sony to place in the top five and had remarkable growth of 216% over Q4 of 2011. For the year, Samsung finished on top, besting Apple by 74 million units with Nokia third.

After the 69.2% of the global smartphone market in Q4 2012 that belonged to Android, iOS was next with 22.1%. There was a big drop after that with BlackBerry and Microsoft making up 3.5% and 2.4% of the market respectively. That leaves Nokia on the bottom of the top five with a 1.5% share.


source: Canalys via AppleInsider


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17 Comments

1. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Samsung is doing it big.

7. cas_shekhar

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

sammy is the father of all phone manufacturer now.

2. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Which one could be easier to be placed in third spot? Taking some away from Samsung(29%) or Apple(22.1%) or Others(34.5%) ? My answer is the last one, Others(34.5%) for quite a while

3. ca.nal.yst

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

My Q4 2013 prediction Samsung 1 - 21% market share Motorola 2 - 19% market share Huawei 3 - 17% market share Sony 4 - 16% market share Lenovo 5 - 12% market share .... 12 Apple - 1% market share .... 14 BB - 0.5% market share .... 18 Nokia - 0.1% market share

4. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Not so fast dude

6. sonyisdead

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Motorola 19%, Sony 16%, Huawei 17%, Lenovo 12%, Apple 1%? LOL thanks for the laughs, you are a great comedian

9. ca.nal.yst

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

Steve Wozniak already said it... Apple is GOING DOWN!!! Do you need another hint? Perhaps a lighting strike on your head?

17. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

That's very much unrealistic dude. You can't expect Apple to go down THAT fast. In fact, it would take QUITE A LOT of CEO mistakes (Stephen Elop at Nokia, I'm looking at you) for a company as successful as Apple to go down drastically. I'm not saying that there are no indications of trouble inside Apple but that's just way too pessimistic.

10. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

My Q4 2013 prediction(REVISED) Samsung 1 - 21% market share Apple - 18% market share Sony - 13% market share Nokia - 9% market share LG - 8% market share OTHERS - 31% market share

5. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Microsoft, Blackberry and Nokia ??? Are you comparing OS or Phone Manufacturer ?? Nokia is producing Symbian and Windows Phone. This article does not make sense at all.

8. ca.nal.yst

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

It make sense... Nokia is a looser. what sense do you want? Microsoft = WP Nokia = Symbian

12. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Exactly. Nokia refers to Symbian here. Out of WP total, Nokia sold 4 million (given their in house report of 7 million smartphones sold ), while HTC did 1

11. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well well.. Microsoft 5.1 million phones. Wow. That's just lower than even I have expected. Thats THIRTY TIMES LESS than Google did! Lmao. All those Lumia 920 sold out stories become much clearer now - it's a low volume trick done by Nokia. The demand was obviously still high, but with unlimited supply I don't think it would sell more than 4 million units.

14. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

you mean like the nexus 4 (lg only manufactured around 400,000 units in total) or the blackberry z10 ???

15. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Similar story, yep!

13. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

lol.. these figures are dodgy at best

16. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Sure, keep telling that to yourself, Microsoft lover. There's NOTHING dodgy about them. Nokia reported 7 million smartphone sales in their q4 report. 3M Symbians and 4M Lumias

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