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Samsung is king of the Android castle in Q1

Reports from 2013's first quarter have indicated that Samsung is reigning supreme when it comes to profits. With a total operating profit of $12.5 billion for the entire smartphone industry, Samsun managed to capture about 43% or $5.3 billion US.  However, when compared to the Android market alone, Samsung was the undisputed glory child bringing in almost 95% of the over-all Android market. In dollars and cents, Samsung helped themselves to  $5.1 billion US dollars worth of operating profit. 

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All hail the Android king! / © Samsung

Claiming that Samsung boasts an “efficient supply chain, sleek products, and crisp marketing”, senior analysts at Strategy Analytics say it’s no surprise that Samsung is coming out on top of this battle, enabling them to make some calls in regards to how Android is shaped and what the market will look like.

Samsung captures almost 95% of the Android Market / © Strategy Analytics

As seen in the table above, Samsung lead the pack with a lion’s share of 95% of the profit with LG trailing far behind with 2.5% and the remaining vendors lumped into a pile with 2.7%.

Hot of the heels of this news, it’s no surprise that Google announced it would be selling the Samsung Galaxy 4 with stock Android. With this move, Samsung is posed to wield considerable market power, enabling faster updates and a more widespread distribution of it’s Galaxy products. 

It comes as no surprise that Samsung is leading the Android pack with it's latest innovation in it's Galaxy and Nexus products. What do you expect next to come next from them?

Source: ZDNet


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  • ljhaye May 17, 2013 Link to comment

    This can't be a good thing for android as a whole if other OEMs are struggling to make money then they are more prone to jump ship. Samsung influencing android is a terrible but plausible idea. They have too many nexus opportunities while other OEMs haven't had any. What happened to open and diversity in android?

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