Samsung, Apple Account for Half of all Global Smartphone Shipments, IDC Says

Smartphone shipments around the world seem to have stagnated with the mobile phone market growing just 1 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2012, but there's still reason for Samsung and Apple to celebrate. The two companies dominate the market, shipping nearly half of the world's smartphones and have more than doubled their combined market share over the past two years.

Worldwide smartphone shipments totaled 153.9 million in the second quarter, and of those, Samsung shipped 50.2 million and Apple another 26 million. Sitting in a distant third is Nokia, which shipped 10.2 million smartphones in Q2, followed by HTC (8.8 million), ZTE (8.8 million), and all others (50.7 million).

Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphone

"Samsung and Apple have quickly become the global smartphone heavyweights though both employ somewhat different approaches to the market," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "Samsung employs a 'shotgun' strategy wherein many models are created that cover a wide range of market segments. Apple, in contrast, offers a small number of high-profile models. While both companies have expanded their geographic presence in pursuit of market share, the two companies will inevitably come into greater conflict as both try to generate additional gains."

Tensions between Apple and Samsung are already at a boiling point. Apple has been aggressively targeting Samsung in patent lawsuits around the world, claiming the rival smartphone maker copied the look and feel of its iDevices when designing the Galaxy line of tablets and smartphones.
Via:  IDC
Ricofrost 2 years ago

This will never end, but its really getting old now. Lets face it everyone copies everyone. Apple can claim all the want but we all know they copied ideas.

Funny looks like an IPad but came out before IPad....

I'm just sick of them making out like they invented everything.

diggity0 2 years ago

Apple would be better off if they spent their resources on releasing new and innovative products instead of getting bogged down with these legal actions. No one that actually buys and uses these phones confuses them with each other. I know what an iphone looks like and I can tell the difference between and iphone and an android phone. Right now the cooler phones with more features are the android phones, and Samsung's phones are one of the best examples of an android phone. That's why people are buying them, not because people think it's an iphone. Apple seems to have this idea that their products are instant classics and timeless. Everyone else who produces consumer electronics realizes that products need to be refreshed constantly. Apple's slow reaction time is allowing it's competitor's to surpass them.

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