Samsung captures 95% of Q1 2013 Android profits

Samsung captures 95% of Q1 2013 Android profitsJan 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.

via: Strategy Analytics blog

Read more about: Android

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JanSt / MOD  May. 16, 2013 at 16:13

So it''s true? I had just made it all up :p

Treab  May. 17, 2013 at 00:35

thats gotta be balls... how could LG, HTC, ZTE, sony etc, survive on 0.2 billion shared... its not possible for them to... this is going to be guess work done badly...

JanSt / MOD  May. 17, 2013 at 06:44

Agree to an extent, Treab. Although, this IS about profit! But I reckon the thing is mostly made up, tbh

JanSt / MOD  May. 17, 2013 at 07:06

On the other hand:
News that a top eBay seller just slashed the Xperia Z to £415 topped Google's news frontpage. The same Z that practically killed Sony's T...

And, although I don't claim Ireland is representative for, ahem, much at all: I'm currently looking to replace my N9.
The Top Irish buy & sell site is like a flagship graveyard at the moment. If it's not a Galaxy S4, a HTC One or an iPhone, it's not selling. The local Vodafone store only stocks budget phones and the SGS3 and 4 - other mid- and high-end devices need to be ordered in.

Personally, I think the situation is a lot worse for most companies than they currently admit.

EDIT: Just checked: Xperia Z already €50 off on prepay on Vodafone Ireland.

Treab  May. 17, 2013 at 15:48

Agree to an extent, Treab. Although, this IS about profit! But I reckon the thing is mostly made up, tbh

But if sony etc made 0.1 billion profit they would be bust by now... i think it maybe possible via direct sales but the hardware they sell to other manufacturers (like sony's camera) isn't accounted for...


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