Samsung is driving on the prime of the smartphone meals-chain — let’s hope they needless to say how they bought there
I used to be taking a look in the course of the knowledge at ABI Research today about Q3 2013 smartphone sales. At first glance, I saw the pie chart I expected to see, with Android having over 80 percent of the worldwide smartphone market and was ready to close the tab. We know Android outsells everyone, and that just wasn’t news I wanted to share. But right before I clicked away, a number at the top caught my eye.
Samsung sold 35 percent of all smartphones sold in Q3 of 2103. That’s a figure that’s fairly easy to come up with in the past if you wanted to do a little work, but there it was, laid out just like that. After a little poking around at their data, and calling in Andrew, our financial and numbers wünderkind, we realized just what that means.
They also sell more than all other Android vendors singly, and likely more than the rest of the top five combined. We don’t have that data handy, and aren’t about to guess. And quite frankly, none of the other vendors have the history or the weight of total sales behind them that Apple, Nokia and BlackBerry do. It wasn’t too awful long ago that they were the big three — the ones to beat, if you like — when it comes to domination of the mobile market.
This matters. Since the huge majority of these are likely to be Android phones (more data we don’t have from ABI and won’t guess at) it matters even more to us as Android enthusiasts. Samsung is clearly the dominant player in the entire Android ecosystem. If you had any doubts before, wash them away.
Google has carried Samsung to the top of smartphone mountain
With their new push for the enterprise market, these numbers are going to grow. You and I may not be enamored with things like boosted security and Knox strengthen, however we do not topic to Samsung. We’re outliers. Samsung will spend the money to do what it takes for his or her telephones to be as widespread in a industry surroundings as they’re with us “fashionable” people. Which is excellent information for folk pressured to make use of locked-up company telephones. Let’s hope Samsung additionally begins to supply extra “developer” telephones with out the entire further safety — and that individuals see the advantage in shopping for them.
For now, all that is nonetheless a excellent factor. Samsung is not prone to abandon a complete platform that anyone else writes for them and improves every year without cost, however we additionally want to watch carefully. Samsung will do what’s perfect for Samsung, like another firm. I do not are expecting Samsung to abruptly actually care about Tizen, or present greater than the token beef up they now provide (observe that I’m a Tizen fan, I am simply life like realizing that Samsung does not truly care about it). Now not when Google does the heavy lifting for them, and they’re nonetheless free to make it Samsung on the highest. However I will’t totally ignore the Hen Littles available in the market who’re sure Samsung is able to go away Android and smash the whole thing — as a result of in the event that they did, issues would now not be beautiful for Android gross sales and enhance.