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Friday, 28 October 2011

Samsung overtakes Apple in smartphone market

I recently blogged that Samsung sales of phones in 2010 left Apple standing. This, of course referred to all phones, not just smartphones.

But now we learn that Samsung sell more smartphones now than Apple.

My contract comes to an end next April and I, for one, will move over to a Samsung Galaxy 3 phone which is due to be on the Shelves next February.

Read the article in City A.M. below.
Samsung overtakes Apple in smartphone market
Friday 28th October 2011, 8:06amby John Dunne at City A.M.

Samsung Electronics Co overtook Apple Inc as the world's top smartphone maker in the July-September period with a 44 percent jump in shipments, and forecast strong sales in the current quarter in a clear warning to its rivals.

Samsung only entered the smartphone market in earnest last year, but its sales have skyrocketed thanks to a sleek production system that rapidly brings new products to market. Apple introduced its first iPhone in 2007.

"In the handset division, Samsung has no real rival models to challenge its products except for the iPhone 4S. Apple and Samsung will continue to dominate the market in the fourth quarter," said Kim Hyun-joong, a fund manager at Midas Asset Management, which owns Samsung shares.

Profits from the South Korean firm's telecoms division, announced on Friday, more than doubled from a year ago to a record 2.5 trillion won (1.3 billion pounds) and accounted for 60 percent of Samsung's total profit, offsetting a plunge in earnings from its bread-and-butter memory chips.

Shipments of smartphones jumped 44 percent from the preceding quarter to 27.8 million units, up nearly four times from a year ago, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

Apple's iPhone sales shrank by 16 percent to 17.1 million units in the third quarter. Samsung had 23.8 percent of the global smartphone market in the third quarter, 9 points higher than Apple. Samsung's flagship Galaxy line of products is powered by Google's (GOOG.O) Android software.

Full article at City A.M.

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