“We’ve been hearing for years now about how Android is destroying iOS in market share. Ironically, though, Apple continues to make more money than all of the Android smartphone makers combined,” Tony Bradley reports for Forbes. “The most recent data from IDC shows that for Q3 of 2013 Android made up 81 percent of devices shipped [vs. Apple’s iOS at 12.9 percent].”

“Apple is quite comfortable with the market share data, because the profit numbers are all Apple,” Bradley reports. “Data from Canaccord Genuity shows that during that same period — Q3 of 2013 — Apple made more money than all of its competitors combined, taking in 56 percent of the profit in the mobile device market.”

“The cause of the discrepancy between market share and profit lies in the second half of the IDC market share statement about Android. It turns out that two thirds of the devices that make up Android’s 81 percent market share are cheap ‘junk phones.’ The remainder is primarily Samsung, which makes up 39.9 percent of the total Android devices shipped.,” Bradley reports. “Android dominates in market share. Android dominates in app downloads. At the end of the day, though, somehow Apple’s iOS is making all of the money. The bottom line is simple: You can’t reward investors, compensate employees, or pay the bills with market share. Apple can still ignore the market share data all the way to the bank.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We’re going to keep harping on this for as long as idiots like this, “Samsung Hits Apple iPhone Sales with Crippling Blow” (Douglas A. McIntyre, 24/7 Wall St.), and this, “Samsung creams Apple in third quarter smartphone sales” (Ansuya Harjani, CNBC Asia), continue publishing their idiocy-laced FUD.

As we explained back in November 2012:

Google made a crucial mistake: They gave away Android to “partners” who pushed and continue to push the product into the hands of the exact opposite type of user that Google needs for Android to truly thrive. Hence, Android is a backwater of second-rate, or worse, app versions that are only downloaded when free or ad-supported – but the Android user is notoriously cheap, so the ads don’t sell for much because they don’t work very well. You’d have guessed that Google would have understood this, but you’d have guessed wrong. Google built a platform that depends heavily on advertising support, but sold it to the very type of customer who’s the least likely to patronize ads.

iOS users are the ones who buy apps, so developers focus on iOS users. iOS users buy products, so accessory makers focus on iOS users. iOS users have money and the proven will to spend it, so vehicle makers focus on iOS users. Etcetera.

Android can have the Hee Haw demographic. Apple doesn’t want it or need it; it’s far more trouble than it’s worth.

Not all consumers are created equal. There are valuable customers, and then there is everybody else. Sticker prices are remarkably adroit at separating the wheat from the chaff. Apple collects the valuable consumers and leaves the leftover chaff for their “rivals.”

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