Samsung pulls away from Apple

2012-08-15 08:35

San Francisco - Samsung extended its lead over Apple in the smartphone market in the second quarter despite a slowing demand for mobile phones.

Samsung sold 90.4 million mobile phones during the quarter, an increase of 29.5% compared to the same three-month period a year earlier, according to market-tracker Gartner Research.

Smartphones accounted for slightly more than half of the South Korean firm's handset sales, with people snapping up Samsung Galaxy smartphones powered by Google-backed Android software, Gartner reported.

Demand for the Galaxy SIII model topped Samsung's expectations, with 10 million reportedly being sold in the two months after its May release in a buying onslaught that caused product shortages.

Apple sold 28.9 million iPhones to claim 6.9% of the mobile handset market while Samsung's share climbed to 21.6%.

Feature phones

Meanwhile, worldwide mobile phones sales were said to have slipped 2.3% to 419 million units from the total seen in last year's second quarter.

"Demand slowed further in the second quarter of 2012," said Gartner principal research analyst Anshul Gupta.

"The challenging economic environment and users postponing upgrades to take advantage of high-profile device launches and promotions available later in the year slowed demand across markets."

Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone model in September prompting rivals to either discount or upgrade product lines in response.

Sales of feature phones, handsets that do not boast the computing versatility of smartphones, continued to decline in the quarter weakening the overall mobile phone market, Gupta said.

Smartphones accounted for 36.7% of handset sales in a growing portion of the market, Gartner reported.

Gupta predicted that high-profile smartphone launches such as an Apple iPhone 5, along with device launches from Chinese manufacturers in the remaining months of this year, will fuel demand.

"Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the smartphone market, together taking about half the market share, and widening the gap to other manufacturers," Gupta said.

Nokia was the second-place mobile phone seller but its share of the market declined 14.8% as it relied heavily on feature phone sales while trying to gain traction with Lumia smartphones, according to Gartner.

  • tuco.angeleyes - 2012-08-15 09:06

    We not surprised. Samsung rules!! - 2012-08-15 09:13

      I'm not so sure - I've just gone back to my iPhone after having a Samsung Galaxy S3 for a month. The phone is great (fast and good screen), but the battery life is dismal (lasts less than 24 hrs), Samsung Kies software is completely useless and I'm not that impressed with Android (had three crashes in one month already). iTunes and the Apple OS are still ahead in terms of intuitiveness, stability, feel and looks in my opinion.

      Spiral - 2012-08-15 09:30

      my biggest deciding factor between the iphone & Galaxy S3 is battery life... Endof - specs showed that the Samsung had a better battery life...? Quad core processors will do that to a handheld device!

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 12:41

      @endoffaith - When you Compare Samsung with anything else, you definately aint comparing Apples with Apples!

      attie.mostert.9 - 2012-08-15 13:23

      Hahaha, It looks like an Iphone, it smells like one, but still it drives like a Galaxy. It's like trading in your Merc for a Tata. Iphones are faster, stabler, more reliable and robust and have better customer service. They have forgotten what Galaxy still needs to learn

      swessels1 - 2012-08-15 20:23

      Don't be stupid. The Apple OS is very fragile. If you are a more advanced user that has the ability to learn and understand more complex functions of a phone. Then a Android phone is for you. If you find yourself contantly not knowing how to do something on a normal not smart phone. The IPhone is for you. Iphones are for stupid people. Infact the only reason Apple products are so popular is because most human beings lack the capacity to think logically. I mean freaking hell the price alone is a logic fail!!

  • joe.soap.1806253 - 2012-08-15 09:21

    Yay. ^_^

  • cjopperman - 2012-08-15 10:07

    I also love the new Samsung... The fridge not the phone... No thanks the Android lovers can keep their Ice cream sandwich software, or whatever it is called.

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 12:38

      *Tosses CJ.. his old Telkom Payphone Card*

  • Sharonzaz - 2012-08-15 10:48

    samsung has many devices but if you look at flagship models alone, it is still 20mill behind the iphone

      adrian.tyler - 2012-08-15 10:58

      No sense here. If the Galaxy S3 is far behind the iPhone then I want some of the sh*t you are tikking.

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-08-15 11:38

      @Sharonzaz 20 mill behind? maybe in your world but as the article clearly states, on planet Earth Samsung is far ahead of Apple. At least according to what the majority prefer. can't hide away from facts

      jbrandct - 2012-08-15 14:01

      The fanboys are out in full force !

  • Andriette - 2012-08-15 11:31

    Having compared the Samsung Galaxy Tablet and smartphone, they are just so much better than their Apple counterparts who just piggyback of a well known brand name. I used to own Apple products myself but have been converted. - 2012-08-15 14:58

      Ok what exactly is better about them? It's all very well making a sweeping statement, but back it up with some facts or even an opinion on an aspect please. My Galaxy S3 has a great screen and a powerful processor and once you have managed to install apps it is ok to use, BUT what what really lets the Samsung down is its software user interface. Seriously have you used Kies? I think a toddler programmed it! If Samsung really want to kick Apple they need to better the whole user experience, not just the phone aspect. Apple have Samsung solidly beaten in that regard - it is far easier to Sync all your devices (iPad, iPhone etc) in one go as well as transfer media and information using Apple software than Samsung any day of the week. Anyone who says otherwise is clearly not using the Kies software. I'll go back to my iPhone until Samsung learn to catch up with their software. Clearly there are a lot of Samsung fanboys on here judging by the thumbs down, but no-one can explain why they think they are better. As someone who has used both, I can say that the iPhone is easily the better user experience.

      adrian.tyler - 2012-08-16 08:25

      And that is the main reason why I don't like Apple. F*ck Kies, I agree it's crappy too. That's why I use USB drag and drop to transfer files, something Apple clearly hasn't heard of. Want to get some music off your friends computer? " Oh no, wait. I first have to sync my phone and setup iTunes. Oh sh*t, you're already using iTunes for your iPod? Looks like I have to leave it then."

  • tyron.greunen - 2012-08-15 18:20

    ive had the galaxy and now have an iphone.Althought both phones are great and similarly priced,the galaxy just feels cheap with its choice of plastics.the iphone on the other hand looks its price with the metal and glass.side by side the iphone just looks and feels like it is worth double than the galaxy.

  • tyron.greunen - 2012-08-15 18:22

    And might i add this isnt exactly the best time to compare sales,the critics will be silenced once the iphone5 is released next month.Then what is to be said about Samsung?

  • ronald.jeffs - 2012-08-16 21:16

    Apple - Missing Flash support - No USB support - No Multitasking - No Drag and Drop file management - No SD card reader - iTunes dependent for syncing with system - Can't connect as disk drive to computer - Expensive compared to other tablet in the market - Supports HD connector Kit but another R1000 for the same - Quick update will make your iPad look like old generation stuff - No Bluetooth file transfer - No SMS, Call or USSD (iPad) (can't check bundles from cell op's) - Low camera quality compared to other tablets on the market - Video calling only with FaceTime - No iTunes store SA support The list goes on... Apple are way behind Android....

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