It’s Samsung’s World, We Just Live In It. There's constant talk of fragmentation in the Android device market, but one thing is clear: Samsung dominates. Samsung currently has a 63% share of all Android mobile devices, including smartphones, phablets, tablets – and even “fonblets” – a term Samsung coined during its Analyst Day when it announced that 100 million Galaxy S and Note phones will ship this year. In fact, Samsung controls the aggregate of all other manufacturers by a ratio of nearly 2:1. HTC, (the manufacturer of the popular HTC One phone series) and LG come in second and third, respectively. All together, HTC, LG, Sony, Motorola and all others make up less than ..
Yesterday Samsung added the iPhone 5 to its patent lawsuit against Apple and other manufacturers. This comes after Apple was awarded $1 billion for Samsung’s infringements. But sales of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III haven’t been hurt and appear to have been helped by the news. The powerhouse Android device saw average growth of 9% in new devices each week since August 1st, with huge spikes in Galaxy S III adoption occurring after the Apple lawsuit verdict and after the iPhone 5 announcement. The first spike in weekly growth coincides with the same week that a jury awarded Apple $1 billion for Samsung infringing on Apple’s patents. The deluge of post-litigation press coverage b..
Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, announced this morning, would make Google the #2 manufacturer of handsets for its widely used Android platform. Motorola currently has 29% of the Android market in the US, according to our mobile app analytics data. If the acquisition is completed, Motorola/Google will become one of the Big 3 Android device manufacturers in North America. Their 29% share would place them just ahead of Samsung (25%), and behind HTC (35%). Thus, while much of the conversation surrounding Motorola/Google has centered on Motorola’s impressive collection of patents, the smartphone market share implications are tremendous. The market share numbers prov..