Samsung has become the biggest phone manufacturer in the world, and the latest numbers prove it. Not only did Samsung ship more phones than any other company, it shipped more phones than the next three companies combined. If that doesn’t amaze (and mildly scare) you, I don’t know what will.
Samsung shipped a total of 120 million phones in only one quarter. This is a 7% boost over last year and nets Samsung 29% of the mobile phone market. The next largest shipment was from Nokia, which controls 15.5% of the mobile phone market (its share dropped from last year). Next is Apple with 8%, and LG with 4.4%. Apple saw a 26% rise from last year, which is very impressive.
In all fairness, these numbers indicate phone shipments, not smartphone shipments. Apple doesn’t make any dumb phones, nor does it make “cheap” phones, so obviously it will be behind companies that rule developing/poor countries with dumb phone shipments. These numbers also show shipments, not sales, but that shouldn’t make a large difference.
While it’s nice to see Samsung on top, we hope that this isn’t the start of a monopoly and a company that moves far away from open source. What do you think of these numbers? Are they impressive, or are they a warning sign of worse times ahead? Leave a comment!