Telecom Lead India: Apple leads the devices market based
on revenue market share globally. Samsung is in the number two position.
According to Juniper Research, Apple’s iPhone revenue was
$22.7 billion in Q1 ($29.3 billion including the iPad), compared with Samsung’s
KRW18.9 trillion (~$17.0 billion) from its entire mobile division.
In the first quarter of 2012, nearly 60 percent of the
139 million smartphones shipped worldwide carried either the Apple (35.1
million) or Samsung (46.9 million) brand – up from 46 percent in the last three
months of 2011.
Samsung have shipped 11.8 million more units than Apple
Apple’s revenues from its mobile division continue to
remain significantly higher than Samsung’s, even when you take into account the
latter’s featurephones,” said Daniel Ashdown, Research Analyst
with Juniper Research.
Samsung Galaxy SII and Galaxy Note contribute substantial
unit volumes, while the company’s rise to top spot is evidence of the
smartphone’s entry into mass market price points with products like the Galaxy
HTC, which has not released shipment volumes for the last
two quarters, appears to be following Nokia and RIM in taking-stock of where
it’s best strategy lies.
Nokia’s Lumia launches do not appear to have kick-started
a rival yet, with the Finnish company shipping just 11.9 million smart devices
in the first quarter – less than half the number it shipped in the same period
a year previous.
RIM’s recent results – which run to a different financial
schedule – nevertheless hint at continuing problems for the Canadian firm.
However, with Juniper forecasting that smartphone shipments will
nearly double over the next five years – from nearly 600 million in 2012 to 1.1
billion by 2017 – there are still plenty of opportunities for other players to
make gains in this market.