The mobile train has left the Windows 8 platform behind

“According to Canaccord Genuity, Apple took in 69% of the handset (all mobile phones, not just smartphones) profits in 2012. Samsung took in 34%, HTC accounted for 1%, BlackBerry and LG broke even, Motorola and Sony Ericsson both acounted for minus 1 percent and Nokia brought up the rear with a negative 2 percent of the industry profits,” John Kirk writes for TechPinions.

“No one not named Apple or Samsung is making any meaningful profits from the handset sector. Considering that both Microsoft and Google’s Android are based on a licensing model, this is more than a little shocking. Licensing is supposed to encourage variety among hardware manufacturers,” Kirk writes. “Clearly, that is not happening.”

Kirk writes, “Pundits like to predict the imminent demise of iOS, but those profit numbers say just the opposite. And even as Android’s market share has increased, iOS’s profit share has increased too. Market share is no guarantor of profits. This should be self-evident. But apparently, it’s not. The big losers here are Palm, Nokia, BlackBerry and Microsoft. Palm is gone and Nokia and Blackberry’s market shares and profits have fallen off a cliff. And Microsoft? After three years of flailing, Microsoft’s Windows 7 is dead and Windows 8 phone manufacturers are all in the red… The mobile ‘train’ has left the station and companies like HP, Lenovo, Dell and Microsoft are standing on the Windows 8 platform, watching it pull away.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dominick P.” for the heads up.]

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43 Comments

  1. ok, i a not a math wiz, but 69, plus 34, plus 1 makes 104. so either i am not understanding basic math (a condition i am willing to admit), or something about these numbers does not add up. i am pretty sure that when dealing with percentages, the number should never total more than 100%. i welcome all students of the “new math” to enlighten me.

    1. Apple took in 69% of the handset (all mobile phones, not just smartphones) profits in 2012. Samsung took in 34%, HTC accounted for 1%, BlackBerry and LG broke even, Motorola and Sony Ericsson both acounted for minus 1 percent and Nokia brought up the rear with a negative 2 percent of the industry profits,”

      69 + 34 + 1 – 1 – 1 – 2 = 100%

  2. So let me summarize… Windows 8 is not a very good mobile platform. Ironic given that it is a terrible desktop platform… Where people would say the desktop flaws are because it is built to be a mobile platform. God love Ballmer.

    1. @Chas

      “Stephenson’s Rocket”…Now there’s a reference that’s entirely apt with bonus points for something I haven’t heard for a very long time. Congratulations!

  3. To be fair not everyone can afford an iPad or Macs. Microsoft is a brand those consumers can go to for a tablet experience……it may not be all that great but those consumer need a product that can be like the iPad.

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