Nearly half of all smartphones sold in Europe right now are made by Samsung

Nearly half of all smartphones sold in Europe right now are made by SamsungWe all know Samsung is selling smartphones by the bucket-load right now, but the latest numbers from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech will probably surprise even the most feverish of Sammy fanbois.

The figures show nearly half of all smartphones sold in Europe's five leading markets from March to May had Samsung's name on the front.

Think about it: the Apple iPhone 5, Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 925, HTC One, BlackBerry Z10... take your pick, it doesn't matter, because for every single one sold, Samsung sold one of its own mobile devices.

Well, nearly anyway. Kantar doesn't give the exact numbers – the stats relate to operating systems rather than individual manufacturers, but it's some achievement all the same.

Needless to say, the figures for Android as a whole look pretty good too. Google's OS accounted for 70% of smartphone sales in Europe's premier markets, up from 61.3% a year ago. Returning to the overall European picture, iOS was a distant second on 17.8% and Windows Phone third with 6.8%.

Spain is by far the most pro-Android of all the main players, with the OS having grabbed an incredible 92.5% market share over the three months.

Looking at the UK specifically, the picture is a bit more balanced, with the iPhone far more popular here than most markets on the continent. Android still dominated the quarter with 56.6% of sales (up 4.5% on last year), but Apple's iOS grabbed a solid 29.9% share itself (up from 29.1%).

Windows Phone took 7.8%, (up from 4.1%), while BlackBerry's 5.3% share was less than half the 12.6% figure it recorded a year ago.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 2, 2013 at 19:28

"Think about it: the Apple iPhone 5, Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 925, HTC One, BlackBerry Z10... take your pick, it doesn't matter, because for every single one sold, Samsung sold one of its own mobile devices."
Early evening, and Mensa is closed, but there is a logic fail :p All those devices combined make one for one. So, LG probably sold 0.001 for every 1 Sammy ...

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