“The smartphone war is often depicted as a battle between iOS and a world of Android phonemakers, but a report released this week suggests that in terms of profit, Apple really has one main challenger — Samsung,” Rachelle Dragani reports for MacNewsWorld.
“The South Korean manufacturer and Apple together account for 95 percent of the Q4 2011 profit in the handset industry, according to a report from Canaccord Genuity. Apple accounted for 80 percent of the industry’s profit in that time frame, outselling all other smartphones combined at AT&T and Sprint, the report states,” Dragani reports. “Samsung has stepped up to the plate and captured 15 percent of the remaining profit.”
MacDailyNews Take: Some “main challenger.” If this were a basketball game, it would be 80-15; the 2011 NCAA National Champion Kentucky Wildcats vs. Mount Holyoke College. (Note for Samsung: Mount Holyoke is an all-female institution.)
Dragani reports, “With Samsung as a main competitor, Apple can focus its attack against a single challenger… The competition for profit is only going to worsen the blood feud between the two companies. The two are already engaged in multiple heated legal battles over patents.
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