KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung is expected to rake in 95 percent of all profits from the Android industry in the first quarter of 2013, leaving its rivals trailing behind.
That's according to research firm Stategy Analytics, which claims that the Android industry took in operating profits of $5.3bn in the first quarter, $5.1bn of which went to Samsung. If true, that means Samsung accounted for 95 percent of all Android profits - and did so even before it released its flagship Samsung Galaxy S4 handset.
Strategy Analytics said, "An efficient supply chain, sleek products and crisp marketing have been among the main drivers of Samsung's impressive profitability."
Neil Mawston, executive director of the research firm added that Samsung is the undisputed leader of the global Android industry.
"Samsung has strong market power and it may use this position to influence the future direction of the Android ecosystem. For example, Samsung could request first or exclusive updates of new software from Android before rival hardware vendors," he said.
Samsung's dominance within the industry became clear yesterday when Google announced that it will sell a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android. According to reports, Google approached Samsung about the new model and apparently didn't even consider other manufacturers.
LG was a distant second in terms of profits made in the Android industry, taking $100m or 2.5 percent of the market's profits.
"LG delivered a small profit during the quarter, but it currently lacks the volume scale needed to match Samsung's outsized profits," Strategy Analytics said.
Other, unnamed manufacturers accounted for just 2.7 percent of the profits combined, which seems to suggest that HTC and Sony aren't doing too well from Android at all. µ
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