Jan fired up a quick link about this last night, but when your news editor holds a spear to your groin and tells you to write a story, you write that story.
Essentially 95% (94.7%, to be precise) of Q1 2013 Android profits went to the world’s top mobile manufacturer, the all-conquering Samsung.
That’s the story according to Strategy Analytics, detailed in a report written by the fantastically named Woody Oh. A career in blue movies beckons, surely.
Of the estimated $5.3 billion operating profit for Android in Q1 2013, Samsung grabbed $5.1 billion, leaving a $0.1 billion slither for LG and a second $0.1 billion slither to be divvied up among, er, ‘Others’.
The Analyticans write: “Samsung is, for now, the undisputed king of the global Android smartphone industry. We believe Samsung generates more revenue and profit from the Android platform than Google does.
“Samsung has strong market power and it may use this position to influence the future direction of the Android ecosystem. For example, Samsung could request first or exclusive updates of new software from Android before rival hardware vendors.”
Or, y’know, they could cosy up and launch a Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus Edition.