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Samsung Is The World’s Largest Smartphone Manufacturer By A Long Shot

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-smartphone-shipments-2012-11

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In the case of smartphone makers, a rising tide does not lift all boats equally.

According to estimates from Canaccord Genuity, Samsung has shot further ahead of the pack as the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, shipping 56.3 million units in the third quarter. 

Apple is in an increasingly distant, but still formidable, second place.

Apple’s consolation is that it still takes a larger share of industry profits, despite shipping approximately half as many units as Samsung. 

The rest of the industry is grouped around five to nine million quarterly smartphone shipments.

One notable exception is Nokia, which only sold 2.9 million Windows-powered Lumia phones in the quarter. Lumia sales were ravaged after Microsoft announced that current Lumia owners would not get a full upgrade to Windows Phone 8. With Windows Phone 8 now launched, Nokia needs to see significant growth in sales if the one-time large! st manuf acturer of smartphones is to halt its tailspin.

Two other manufacturers to watch are Chinese up-and-comers Huawei and ZTE, which have catapulted from nowhere to 7.6 and 6.8 million smartphone shipments last quarter, respectively. The companies specialize in low-cost smartphones and could make a huge splash in the market with the heft of the Chinese government’s support. Those close ties, however, have drawn scrutiny from regulators in some markets.

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Android’s market share may have surged over the past two years, but iOS is still the place where app developers get paid. According to a report from mobile analytics firm Flurry, developers only get $0.24 of Android revenue for every dollar of iOS revenue.

As we discuss in a recent note, end-user market share makes for sexy headlines, but the real “network effect” of smartphone platforms is with developers. Unsurprisingly, they are going to go where they can get paid—and users will eventually follow. In something of a foreboding trend for Android, Flurry also found that iOS accounted for 73 percent of new project starts in the last quarter of 2011, up from 63 percent at the beginning of the year.

Click here to read our note on the role of the “network effect” in the mobile platform wars→

Cross-Platform Revenue Comparison: iOS vs. Android

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