Samsung Dominates Android, Trounces Apple, Other Rivals
"Samsung should send Google (GOOG) a thank-you note for developing the Android operating system. The South Korean electronics giant has taken the free-to-use, open-source software and built a massive smartphone business around it.
"In the fourth quarter, Samsung accounted for 31.1% of smartphone sales worldwide, putting it in the lead, research firm Gartner reported Wednesday. Apple (AAPL), which uses its proprietary iOS operating system in its iPhone handsets, followed with 20.9% market share. China's Huawei Technologies leapfrogged from fifth place to third over BlackBerry (BBRY) and Taiwan's HTC, the previous No. 3 and No. 4 vendors, respectively.
"Google's Android, used by many makers, dominates the global smartphone market with a 69.7% share, followed by Apple-only iOS. Among Android vendors, Samsung was No. 1 with 42.5% market share in Q4. Huawei was a distant No. 2, at 6%.
" "The Android brand is being overshadowed by Samsung's brand, with the Galaxy name nearly a synonym for Android phones in consumers' mind share," Gartner analyst Anshul Gupta said in a statement."
The shame of it is that Nokia could have done the same, if its management were a bit savvier.
Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. continued to dominate the global smartphone market in the final quarter of 2012, but Samsung grew faster, according to the International Data Corp., which tracks the global market.
Samsung shipped 63.7 million smartphones in the fourth quarter, an increase of 76 percent from the year before, while Apple shipped a company-record 47.8 million, a 29.2 percent increase. Together the two companies made up just over half of the global smartphone market.
The total smartphone market in the quarter was 219.4 million units, up 36.4 percent from 2011. That represented 45.5 percent of the total mobile phone market, the highest percentage ever, IDC said.
The remaining companies among the top five vendors were: China’s Huawei, 10.8 million; Sony Corp., 9.8 million; and China’s ZTE, 9.5 million.