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Smartphone Sales Up by 47 Percent; Android Dominates

By - Source: Gartner | B 33 comments

Google's operating system continues to dominate market with 72.4 percent share.

Although worldwide phone sales decreased during the third quarter of 2012, sales of smartphones are continuing to rise, with Android spearheading the competitive market. More than 427 million phones were sold in the period, representing a decrease of 3 percent when compared to the same quarter a year ago, according to analyst Gartner. It is, however, a slight increase from the 419 million devices shipped during the second quarter.

Smartphone sales are continuing to flourish, though. An accumulative of 169 million smartphones were sold during the quarter, which is a considerable increase of 47 percent year-on-year. The top three vendors for sales during the quarter are Samsung, Apple and Nokia. The latter, though, had its market share slip by over 20 percent when compared to last year. It fell from 23.9 percent in Q3 2011 to 19.2 percent in this year's third quarter. Meanwhile, Apple and Samsung's market share both enjoyed an increase.


Google's Android mobile operating system continues to lead the smartphone market, with 72.4 percent of all smartphones sold in the quarter shipping with Android installed. This represents an increase from 52.5 percent last year. Apple's iOS follows in a distant second place with a 13.9 percent share.

Microsoft's Windows Phone saw its share increase from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 2.4 percent in the current quarter. Surprisingly, Samsung's Bada mobile operating system has passed Symbian's market share with a 3 percent share, an increase from 2.2 percent last year.

"After two consecutive quarter of decline in mobile phone sales, demand has improved in both mature and emerging markets as sales increased sequentially," Gartner principal research analyst Anshul Gupta said. "In China, sales of mobile phones grew driven by sales of smartphones, while demand of feature phones remained weak. In mature markets, we finally saw replacement sales pick up with the launch of new devices in the quarter."

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    Anonymous , November 16, 2012 2:07 AM
    so in other words, Apple is getting donkey punched in the smart phone buisness still by android, and samsung.

    Now we all see why apple sued em.
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    Azn Cracker , November 16, 2012 2:33 AM
    ben850Can you really count free phones as sales?

    they arn't free. It comes with a 2 year contract
  • 12 Hide
    Anonymous , November 16, 2012 2:41 AM
    ROFL, apple could NEVER afford to buy out samsung. dont kid yourself kdw75. a

    Samsung makes all the shit apple needs to make their crappy products.
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  • 16 Hide
    Anonymous , November 16, 2012 2:07 AM
    so in other words, Apple is getting donkey punched in the smart phone buisness still by android, and samsung.

    Now we all see why apple sued em.
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    killerclick , November 16, 2012 2:20 AM
    Microsoft is kicking ass at 2.4%
    WP8 FTW!
  • 16 Hide
    Azn Cracker , November 16, 2012 2:33 AM
    ben850Can you really count free phones as sales?

    they arn't free. It comes with a 2 year contract
  • 12 Hide
    Anonymous , November 16, 2012 2:41 AM
    ROFL, apple could NEVER afford to buy out samsung. dont kid yourself kdw75. a

    Samsung makes all the shit apple needs to make their crappy products.
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    bystander , November 16, 2012 2:44 AM
    killerclickMicrosoft is kicking ass at 2.4%WP8 FTW!

    Those are WP7 numbers. WP8 just released this month. We'll have to see Q4 to see how WP8 does.
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    Anonymous , November 16, 2012 2:47 AM
    If they could afford to buy samsung, they would make their own LCD, memory, ram, motherboard, hell the whole phone. and save billions, instead they sue "samsung" for making their own products because god forbid them "sell a phone, tablet, anything" without the Lame ass apple logo on it ey? even though they make the product for them slimebags.

    Apple without steve ripoff ideas jobs, is dead like a dog with 2 legs.
  • 10 Hide
    Anonymous , November 16, 2012 2:50 AM
    Hell even if steve jobs had sex with jesus, that company would not be able to afford samsung.
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    boyabunda , November 16, 2012 3:30 AM
    kdw75I am surprised Apple doesn't just buy Samsung.

    "The truth is, Samsung is involved in much more than just mobile phones and electronics. They are a massive company in Korea, and they are involved in almost every area of business, including shipbuilding, aviation, heavy machinery, retail, apparel, finance, chemicals, food, electronics and more. They also have a non-profit arm in medicine called Samsung Medical Centre which is one of the largest cancer centers in Asia." -- http://www.androidauthority.com/why-apple-is-very-afraid-of-samsung-26459/
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    Anonymous , November 16, 2012 3:58 AM
    yeah, i totally, AGREE. apple doesn;t have shit to stand on but a soapbox compared to Samsung.

    samsung makes all you say, and loads more "by that I mean Laughapple" more products than APPLE could dream of.

    Samsung is Diverse as a company willing to commit to new ideas, and intellect., apple is... well.. you answer that for yourself.

    go to http://www.samsung.com/us/#latest-home and pull your head outa your ass.

    Then go to Apples website. What do they make?

    Hmmm let me see... products that SAMSUNG sell's parts to, to even make them a company. (A company aint shit without a product.)

    Apple makes what? 4 devices max? (ipad, iphone, iphone, imac) cant name anymore since they are well... un original. And on top of that, the douchebags don't even make their own hardware and sue people over what? get for real.

    Apple is lucky samsung doesn't say F*ck off and F*ck your american company, we create all your wealth, components, hardware. To all you saying "samsung" relies on apple is so full of crap it isn't even funny.

    Apple does not cure cancer, apple does not do 80% of the things samsung does as a Company.

    Cry foul, and eat trash.
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    bystander , November 16, 2012 4:24 AM
    Samsung may do a lot of stuff, and may be a great company, but as far as most valuable companies go, Apple is still worth the most and has the most capital. If Samsung wanted to sell their company, Apple would be capable of doing so, at least as far as economics go.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_corporations_by_market_capitalization#2012

    Based on all the articles about how Samsung lost 7.5% value when they lost a $12 billion dollar settlement to Apple, that would put Samsung's value around $90 billion, compared to Apples $572 billion. I know it may seem weird that Apple can have that value, but they do.

    However, having the means doesn't mean jack unless Samsung wanted to sell.

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    freggo , November 16, 2012 5:06 AM
    kdw75I am surprised Apple doesn't just buy Samsung.


    Because they could not afford it !
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    freggo , November 16, 2012 5:08 AM
    ben850Can you really count free phones as sales?


    Just because you did not outright pay for them does not make them free!
    It sis simply calculated into your monthly fee.
    Do you really think ANYONE is giving you something for free?
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    freggo , November 16, 2012 5:14 AM
    bystanderSamsung may do a lot of stuff, and may be a great company, but as far as most valuable companies go, Apple is still worth the most and has the most capital.


    Don't confuse an overheated stock market with actual value!
    Apple does not have nearly the assest Sansung has, not nearly the market volum, and most importantly...
    has NO manufacturing.

    Samsung just raised their chip prices to Apple by a cool 20% and there is absolutely nothing Apple can do but write a check. Now THAT is true power! Apple is totally dependent on Asian companies and that lawsuit they 'won' (we do not have a final word on that) is going to cost them dearly.

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    stevelord , November 16, 2012 5:29 AM
    No surprise the Andridiots are chuckling their heads off. Gee....could it be that most of the brands on the list produce Android phones?

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    Anonymous , November 16, 2012 7:39 AM
    Despite Apple has a huge cash reserve, it is impossible for them to buy Samsung group which controls 20% GDP of south korea, one of the richest countries in the world. Even if Samsung group, for some extremely odd reasons, decide to sell off the mobile division to Apple, it would not have done any good to deter the domination of Android. The success of Android, is largely attribute to Google, who creates this open platform free of charge for all vendors to use. If Samsung stops making Android phone, there will be another vendor filling the void. It could be LG, or Sony, or Motorola, or RIM, or Nokia if they decide to dump Microsoft. If Apple really want to go "thermonuclear" with Android, they have no choice but to go after Google itself, which has a slim chance of winning in court.
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    Vorador2 , November 16, 2012 7:52 AM
    bystanderSamsung may do a lot of stuff, and may be a great company, but as far as most valuable companies go, Apple is still worth the most and has the most capital. If Samsung wanted to sell their company, Apple would be capable of doing so, at least as far as economics go.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_ [...] ation#2012Based on all the articles about how Samsung lost 7.5% value when they lost a $12 billion dollar settlement to Apple, that would put Samsung's value around $90 billion, compared to Apples $572 billion. I know it may seem weird that Apple can have that value, but they do.However, having the means doesn't mean jack unless Samsung wanted to sell.


    Apple has two things

    1º Overinflated stock prices
    2º Insane profits due to inflated prices on products that sell millions. 30-50% benefit on each sale depending on the product.

    Samsung has far less benefits overall, but it is a far bigger company with a a lot of divisions and departments. Apple completely depends on iPhone and iPad success to maintain their momentum, while Samsung could suffer setbacks on some of their products line like TVs or cameras and still keep trucking.

    Apple is a giant with feet of clay.
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    Anonymous , November 16, 2012 7:59 AM
    Apple has over $500 billion market cap, while Samsung Electronics only has $165 billion market cap. However, Samsung group is a consortium of several companies. Apple does not have enough to buy out the whole Samsung group. Apple does not even have enough to do a hostile takeover of Samsung Electronics in practical term, not without several American bankers backing them up and loan Apple obscene amount of money. And Samsung will not be that foolish to not recognize Apple, as a company with only 4 products, get its market cap by riding a bubble. When that bubble bursts, Apple will worth a lot less. So share swap will not be an option. If Apple really wants to buy Samsung Electronics, Samsung will demand cold hard cash which Apple only has $100 billion in reserve at the moment, and that's assuming Samsung will not ask for higher price than its current market cap.

    So the idea of buying Samsung (Electronics, not the group), is quite absurd.
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