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Samsung Passes Nokia As Biggest Handset Manufacturer 133

rtfa-troll writes "Tomi Ahonen reports that Samsung has become the largest manufacturer of smartphones (overtaking Apple) and of mobile phones (overtaking Nokia). During the first quarter of 2012 Samsung sold 93.5 million phones, with 44.5 million (48%) of those being smartphones. Apple would still lead on 'smart mobile devices' with 52 million sales including iPads, but not iPods. The last time the lead in mobile phone sales changed was in 14 years ago, in 1998, when Nokia overtook Ericsson. Ericsson never recovered and began leaving the mobile phone market three years later, creating Sony Ericsson, later Sony Mobile. It looks like the mobile phone market is going to be brutal, with Apple and Samsung crushing everybody else except possibly HTC, which is still rising, and Motorola (which has Google to look after it)."
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Samsung Passes Nokia As Biggest Handset Manufacturer

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  • Re:Meego (Score:5, Informative)

    by AliasMarlowe ( 1042386 ) on Friday April 27, 2012 @04:11PM (#39825703) Journal

    If only I could buy a new phone with Meego on it...

    In some countries, you can, such as Australia, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, etc. But not in the US, UK, Japan, or Germany (the Germans apparently are buying them from Switzerland). The Nokia N9 [] runs on Meego "Harmattan", which is actually intermediate between Maemo and Meego. It's deliberately withheld from the larger markets, because it causes some embarrassment to the Lumia series of WinPhones.

  • by Hope Thelps ( 322083 ) on Friday April 27, 2012 @04:24PM (#39825871)

    The only problem is that Samsung makes about a nickel on each phone it sells.

    Okay, doing a quick search on "samsung ,mobile phone profits". I see things like:

    "reported its highest quarterly profits since 2008, with net profit almost doubling to 5.05 trillion won ($4.5 billion) for the three months to March 31." (


    "Samsung’s quarterly handset division profits nearly tripled to 4.27 trillion won ($3.8 billion U.S.), accounting for 73 per cent of total profit" (

    Now, maybe those reports are wrong. And very possibly Apple makes much much more on their phones (I haven't checke but I believe it) BUT I really doubt Samsung are crying over results like that. This looks like a very very succesful business for them.

  • by 1s44c ( 552956 ) on Friday April 27, 2012 @04:24PM (#39825875)

    I 100% agree right up to the bit where you mention laughing. This isn't a laughing matter, it's a tragic commercial suicide. They could have been winning, instead they stabbed themselves in the gut with the Microsoft deal and limped around the marketplace dripping their lifeblood on the floor.

    An iphone like Nokia Linux phone would have been 100% win!

  • by Emetophobe ( 878584 ) on Friday April 27, 2012 @04:31PM (#39825965)

    There are better sources at BBC News [] or Bloomberg [].

  • by UnknowingFool ( 672806 ) on Friday April 27, 2012 @05:36PM (#39826821)
    At 44.5 million phones and $3.8B, Samsung is making $85 profit per smartphone. Apple sold 35.1M iPhones with revenue of $22.7B. At a modest 30% margin, that is $6.81B or $194 per smartphone. The margin might be higher on the iPhone though so Apple is killing on profit.
  • by recoiledsnake ( 879048 ) on Friday April 27, 2012 @06:24PM (#39827407)

    There are 85,000 apps in the Windows Phone marketplace now, not stellar but nothing to sneer at either.

    Really? Let's see if it's nothing to sneer at. Here's [] a list of the top apps in the entertainment category on the windows phone app store. It is a cesspool of misogynist "boob" apps, sex position apps, rip-off iOS and Android apps and the rest is just pure throw-away junk.


    It's not much different in the Android Marketplace... excuse me... Google Play. []

    However, I am sure "Pocket Girlfriend' is an app that you'd need.

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