Thus far, the race between Apple and Samsung for title of top global smartphone provider has been a neck-to-neck affair with one company or the other occasionally receiving a boost from an analyst firm declaring that yes, Apple or yes, Samsung was in the lead. It has happened again.
Samsung presented the Youm brand of flexible displays at CES, but could LG bring their own flexible displays to market before them? According to the Korea Times, LG has flexible displays for next-generation smartphones and tablets that can be twisted and bent.
The final quarter of 2013 was very good for Samsung. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung’s market share grew to more than 29.6%, compared to 29.0% for the same quarter in 2012. In looking at the entire year, Samsung’s share increased to 32.4%, up from 30.4%. Apple’s market share, however, fell in both the final quarter and overall in 2013.
Samsung has dominated the smartphone market, and there aren’t too many people left that would even try to dispute that. However, the one market that Samsung desperately wants but hasn’t managed to claim is the tablet market.
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam claims Samsung would be a huge player in the mobile OS market if it ever decided to jump and create it’s own OS. McAdam’s had plenty to say on Samsung’s potential in the mobile OS world:
There’s a potential elephant in the room with Samsung. Samsung is a massive conglomerate with the resources to pull off a strong third mobile platform.
Well, folks, the July 2012 ComScore numbers are in and we’re seeing more of the same… Samsung and Android are both still leading in market share. Sammy posted a 25.6 percent lead in the U.S. market, down 0.3 percent from April, but still dominant overall.
Google is grappling with an ongoing antitrust case in Europe over its online search business, and if its rivals have anything to do with it, that might extend into Google’s power in the mobile sphere, too. Figures out today from Kantar Worldpanel may not help Google’s case very much.