40% of Android smartphone sales are from Samsung

Sales data for smartphones in the first quarter of 2012 was posted Wednesday by Gartner, and included some positive revelations for Samsung. The South Korean manufacturer sold 38 million smartphones compared to Apple's 33.1 million iPhones, and Samsung's share of all Android smartphone sales was more than 40 percent, reports BetaNews.

In contrast, none of Samsung's competitors managed to top 10 percent of Android smartphone sales. Samsung's 38 million smartphone units figure is a 25.9% year over year improvement from Q1 2011. Additionally, Samsung toppled Nokia as overall global mobile device sales leader, even when including sales of "regular" cell phones as opposed to just smartphones.

However, not all of Samsung's 38 million smartphones are Android, as the company also manufactures smartphones with Windows Phone and its own Bada operating systems.

According to Gartner's data, combined sales from Samsung and Apple come close to 50% of smartphone sales market share. And while some speculated that Windows Phone would emerge as a third dominant mobile operating system, it instead appears that the market will split mostly between Android and iOS, which took 56.1% and 22.9% of sales market share respectively. Microsoft arrived at sixth place with 1.9% sales market share, behind the Symbian (8.6% sales market share), Research In Motion (6.9%) and Bada (2.7%) operating systems.

Gartner's data represents actual sales to end users instead of product shipments.

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Chica Ami said,
Basically without Samsung, Android marketshare is less than 10%. Congratulations.

Yes, and your point is? Without Apple, iphone's market share is 0%. It's obvious in a multiple company model like Android, one company would take the lead in sales and not spread out evenly. Samsung is juste more aggressive and their purpose is to overrun the competition by flooding the market. And they're doing pretty well too.

Samsung is growing marketshare by pricing Android smartphones (in NA) at dumbphone prices - and this is especially true in the case of VZW and LTE. (Looking merely at contract/subsidized smartphones, SAMSUNG is the most common in the sub-$100 range - both LTE and non-LTE, with Motorola second and HTC (unsurprisingly) a distant third.) There are eight sub-$100 Android LTE smartphones offered by VZW under contract - and SAMSUNG alone accounts for four (including the only FREE LTE Android smartphone - the DROID CHARGE), Motorola for one (DROID BIONIC), LG for two (Lucid Certified Pre-Owned and Revolution) and the Pantech Breakout is the only other one.

Good for Samsung, although I am not a big fan of their design or hardware (aside from their superb displays)...I applaud their success.

And WP @ 6th place with only 1.9%? LOL

MS's share while lower should also be pointed out that unit sales wise it's a bit higher. The market as a whole is just growing faster than WP, at least in Q1. Q2 should be telling.

rfirth said,
This is why HTC has been having financial trouble lately, and why Nokia was wise to steer clear of Android.

So true, people forget HTC has been losing share these past two quarters. Android has been flooded with devices, they screwed themselves over by releasing so many new phones so quick.

rfirth said,
This is why HTC has been having financial trouble lately, and why Nokia was wise to steer clear of Android.

Yep, Nokia was wise to steer clear of the frying pan and go right into the fire.

GP007 said,

So true, people forget HTC has been losing share these past two quarters. Android has been flooded with devices, they screwed themselves over by releasing so many new phones so quick.

the one series supose to be a change in direction but then they are releasing ville C and Desire C... cant understand them.

But then samsung do not escape from multiple device neither there are so many galaxys.

What this companies dont understand its that they dont "need" to diferentiate, i bet that if any of those big name OEM release an stock ICS experience with gurantee to get updates that phone will sell

rfirth said,
This is why HTC has been having financial trouble lately, and why Nokia was wise to steer clear of Android.

HTC has been losing market because they have been putting out bad phones. Also no one knows how Nokia would have done with Android... but we all know how they are doing with Windows phones.. Terrible.. They are bleeding money or are almost dry.

Melfster said,
Android = Samsung Nobody should buy
anything else people are stupid if they do.

Motorola and HTC make some nice phones too.

simplezz said,

Motorola and HTC make some nice phones too.

Not really Have Motorola phone and HTC. Both those companies are struggling.

Melfster said,

Not really Have Motorola phone and HTC. Both those companies are struggling.

HTC is struggling with Android phones yeah right.

/s

simplezz said,

Motorola and HTC make some nice phones too.

Yet both have been going south marketshare wise. I find it pretty laughable that Samsung can have 40% while no other OEM can break 10%, talk about fighting for scraps. And people thought Nokia would do well getting into that? I doubt it.

GP007 said,

Yet both have been going south marketshare wise. I find it pretty laughable that Samsung can have 40% while no other OEM can break 10%, talk about fighting for scraps. And people thought Nokia would do well getting into that? I doubt it.

Would have certainly been much better than the < 1% they have now with WP.

recursive said,

Would have certainly been much better than the < 1% they have now with WP.

You have to start from somewhere and regardless of what Nokia picked, even if it was Android they'd be starting from 0%. All I've seen from that data posted by other marketshare agencies is that WP, since Nokia started, has seen a nice boost in it's share. If that % is, say, 2.2% or maybe higher in Q2 then I'd say Nokia is doing it's job.