Analyst Suggests Samsung Smartphones Outsold Apple and Nokia in Q2

According to a London-based analyst with research firm Strategy Analytics, which itself is based in Boston, MA, Samsung may have sold more smartphones than both Nokia and Apple globally in Q2. The analyst, Neil Mawston, claimed in an e-mail response that Samsung sold an estimated 18 to 21 million smartphones this past quarter due to Samsung’s strong worldwide market presence and demand for Android-based devices.

Sales data in a Bloomberg story outlining Mawston’s response suggests Nokia sold roughly 16.7 million units in the same time frame, to Apple’s 20.3 million. Using those numbers, if Mawston’s low-end estimate is correct, Samsung easily surpassed Nokia, which has been struggling in the high-end smartphone space as of late. Apple, however, may still hold a lead should Samsung’s actual smartphone sales figures miss the upper estimate by a few percentage points. We should point out, however, that none of these estimates account for tablet sales, which remain very strong for Apple—not so much so for Android-based devices.

The last year has seen Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS clearly distance themselves from all other smartphone operating systems, at least in mindshare, if not market share. Microsoft is still trying to claw its way out of the trenches with its Windows Phone OS, which is due for a major update in the next few months. But with Google’s and Apple’s momentum, it is clearly going to be an uphill battle for Microsoft. What comes of the recent synergy between Nokia and Microsoft remains to be seen.

Samsung's Galaxy S II

RIM, makers of once dominant Blackberry devices, has also been struggling, with the company recently laying off thousands of employees. It’s important to remember, however, that the smartphone market has been advancing very rapidly in recent years. Today’s killer products are tomorrow’s outdated relics and it’s not only a company that can deliver today that will come out on top, but one that is agile enough to quickly adapt to changing market conditions. Something RIM knows all too much about.

Taking a step back and looking at the situation from a tech-enthusiasts perspective, we can see why Samsung has done so well. The company has consistently delivered innovative devices, with sleek, appealing form factors, and the necessary performance to deliver a solid user experience. Couple Samsung’s design prowess with the massive resources Google is putting behind Android and it’s easy to see how Samsung has done so well.

There continues to be much activity in the space and Apple does have an iPhone 5 looming. Much of the information regarding the iPhone is rumor and speculation at this point, but even if it is only a marginal upgrade from the current iPhone, Apple will no doubt sell millions of them. Whether or not Samsung's recent success will be shortlived won't be known for some time, but it is obviously a company with the ability to take on Apple and others if recent performance is any indicator.

Via:  Bloomberg
ThunderBird 3 years ago

For the reason I understand why Samsung is not pushing out android updates to owners, they are busy selling and developing next generation smart phones. So I will cut them some slack.

To me this is At&t responsibility to ensure the owners have the option to run the latest version of android.

That Galaxy S 2 will be my next phone providing I see a positive review on it here at HotHardware (hint hint) ;)

rapid1 3 years ago

From everything I have heard Samsung Galaxy S2 sold probably more than all other smart phones combined of all brands without even being available in the US or Canada. The capabilities of the phone seem to be very high end for when they were released. The construction of the phones body though seems to leave some things to be desired especially in strength of construction. I have also heard several mentions about heat issues. My sister in law had an iPhone 4 for a couple of months, she dropped it, and it shattered. The closest thing construction wise from what I have heard to the iPhone 4 is the Samsung Galaxy S2, but I don't recall heat issues with the iPhone. Either way by the time it actually gets to the US Apple may have the GS2 blocked anyway, and within a month to 2 months it will be a mid level phone again as well even if released in August on the 12th in the US.

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