Google vs. Samsung

“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.]

Related article:
Next year, Apple and Microsoft could make 600% more from Android than Google – November 13, 2012
Steve Jobs: ‘I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product; I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this’ – October 20, 2011


    1. also, Samsung got their production process ramped up supplying parts for Apple, so when it came time to manufacture their own sh**, they were way ahead of any other Android peddler.

  1. It’s all lies. They do not sell 50mill phones per quarter.

    30% web usage for mobiles devices points to flat out fakery on the part of Samsung and ALL of Android. Most manufactures are honest and report real sales, successes and failure. Samsung is reporting lies, fakery and foolishness, so people think they are awesome. Awesome = Buy Me…

    Investigate this Media Vision of phones, maker.

    1. You are right. Thats how corporate Korea works. In order for Korean businesses to get loans and grants from the bank or government they have to report growth and profits from year to year. If they don’t report growth then they can and will lose a lot of money and support. Large Korean businesses often have about 3 or 4 different records books each used to show to different entities. Samsung is just the epitome of the standard large Korean Corporation.

      1. Large Korean businesses often have about 3 or 4 different records books each used to show to different entities.

        OH MY FSCK.

        ‘Samsung’: Korean for massively sized accounting fraud.
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        Does this have something to do with western penis size envy? Is that what’s REALLY going on here? Hmm.

      2. Reading through the full report, I got a second impression. It’s summed up in one word:


        I can EASILY see Samsung having spent sooo much money on:
        – Marketing
        – Defense Lawyers
        – Lawsuit Verdicts
        – Bribes
        – Business Espionage

        And sooo much time:
        – Cooking The Books
        – Faking the statistics
        – Hiding The Deficits and Red Ink
        – Banking On A Fantasy Future

        That they go BUST one day in an implosion that rivals ENRON.

        I’m only imagining here. No need to go dump their stock over it or anything. Only considering the sparse data, having déja vu and remembering the last time I saw fraud on this massive scale. Hmm. Tick Tick Tick…

        This could end up being BEYOND interesting.

  2. Does Google make enough money from extra clicks on phones to justify the cost of producing and maintaining android? If the real money on android is made by samsung, then why not start charging to license the OS? Is their agreement with device makers that android always be free? Why aren’t google shareholders clambering to monetize their android product? Why aren’t the execs? Inquiring minds want to know.

    1. The minute Googe starts to charge for Android is the point at which Apple sues Google directly..SS cannot buy Google without Google divesting MMI aqcuqistion. BTW, I believe ORCL may ultimately prevail versus GOOG. There was never a jury decision because the judge ruked the Java APIs non copyrightable. This was without precendent. HTC’s setlement with Apple gives some credibility to validity of Apple patents that SS is fighting. Unforutnately, slow judical system is huring Apple. SS has likely sold more than 20 million infringing devcies since the verdict. Injunction hearing in 3 yeaks and then the inevitable appeal delay. Injunction should have been immediate as the threat of an injunction cuased a spike in SS sales for those SS lovers who wanted to get the phone befroe any ban.

      Most Android users don’t use the web becuase they simpky got the phone because it was free and looked better than thier slider feature phone. They maight download a few free games and then just use the phone to play some time wasting game, to text and to jabber.

  3. there is know way that google is going take on samsung…google created android for the specif purpose of giving it out for free…that would be a bad publicity move especially considering their “do no evil” mission statement

  4. Google pours tons of time and money and has to work it’s ass off with Android for little profit. Apple pours tons of time and money and has to work it’s ass off for iOS AND design and engineer breakthrough phones and gadgets.

    Now tell me again why would Samsung want to buy Google when it could just sit back and use Android and copy Apple? I mean why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?

    Apple was even giving them their designs and paying them to make their phone parts. Who wouldn’t love this deal?

  5. “It went from having almost no smartphone sales to selling over 50 million units per quarter in a matter of two years.”

    All while riding on the back of ripped off Apple technology! YEAH! That’s doing business!

    ‘Samsung’: Korean for tape worm.

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