“Samsung’s recent success in mobile phones has been spectacular. It overtook Nokia for the top spot in overall unit sales,” Horace Dediu reports for Asymco. “It went from having almost no smartphone sales to selling over 50 million units per quarter in a matter of two years.”

“Not only did it overtake Nokia, the market share leader for 14 years, but is making more profits than Nokia ever did,” Dediu reports. “So much profit in fact that it has overtaken Google’s decisively.”

Dediu reports, “The reason I point this out is that Samsung’s success is dependent on having ridden on the back of Android. Samsung’s ascent can be precisely timed to their adoption of Android… There are many questions of course: Is Samsung’s trajectory sustainable? Why aren’t there other vendors successful with Android? Why isn’t Google successful with Android? Why isn’t Google’s Motorola successful with Android? What would happen if Samsung soaks up so much profit from mobile that it’s in a position to acquire Google and control the trajectory of their enabling platform?”

More info and a plethora of the usual excellent charts in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Which company most closely copied Apple’s iPhone? That is the root of Samsung’s “success.” Hopefully, when all is finally said and done, crime won’t pay.

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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