Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jul 2012 10:10 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In case you were still doubting whether or not Apple's lawsuits against Samsung were a case of 'if you can't compete, litigate', Samsung's financial results should seal the deal. The company shipped round and about 50 million smartphones, twice as many smartphones as Apple shipped. So, not only is Android doing better on smartphones than iOS, there's now also a single manufacturer outselling Apple. Oh, the next avenue for de-emphasizing this achievement has already reared its head: Samsung has a wider portfolio, and as such, the comparison isn't fair. Nonsense, of course - Volkswagen sells lots more models than, say, Mazda, but that doesn't mean you can't compare them. Maybe, just maybe, having a wide portfolio of devices to meet the various different needs of the market is simply a very good strategy. It'll be interesting to see just how much Apple can take back with the next iPhone, especially since the full potential of the Galaxy SIII hasn't been realised yet and will be accounted for in Samsung's next quarter as well. Fun, such a fight between titans. Just too bad one of the two titans plays dirty by opting for the courtroom.
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by kristoph on Sat 28th Jul 2012 15:19 UTC
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I am not sure what it is your desperately trying to communicate here. That Android is doing better than iOS? No question of that. That Samsung is doing better by selling more stuff? No question of that either. That all this proves that Apple is trying to keep Samsung down through litigation - that seems like tin foil hat territory.

All of Apple's legal efforts have a marginal effect on the business of either company. Even if Apple were to win it's suit and get $8 billion from Samsung it would be a one quarter impact for both. I don't much agree with Apple's suits over these minor patents but really their a sideshow, business wise.

Also, keep in mind that Apple shipped 36 million iPhones while maintaining a net margin of 20%+ (and that includes their crazy tax discount thing).

Samsung shipped 50 million phones of various types at a net profit margin under 5%.

Do you think Apple could outsell Samsung if they cut their margins in half or if they released more phone in a broad range of categories. I've no idea. It doesn't matter. Your comparing Apples to Watermelons and making random inflammatory arguments that have no basis.

And you know, I actually think the really good stuff on Android is not even from Samsung. The Meizu MX and the Google Nexus 7 are by far the best Android device I've owned.

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RE: umm ...
by tomcat on Sun 29th Jul 2012 02:38 in reply to "umm ..."
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2006-01-06

That all this proves that Apple is trying to keep Samsung down through litigation - that seems like tin foil hat territory.


Oh, please. Stop. Apple is most certainly trying to restrain Samsung through litigation. Only the most diehard Apple fanboy would deny that. Look, it's simple. Apple lost its grip and head start in the home computer market to Microsoft because it was undercut by a lower-cost competitor that gradually increased functionality until it was on par with much of what Apple offered. Microsoft wasn't as good as Apple but, so what, it didn't matter because "good enough" was good enough to start taking away market share from Apple. Jobs resented Gates and, eventually, he came to resent Eric Schmidt, then-CEO of Google, for aping iOS with Android. Jobs went as far as to declare war on Android. Read the background on this history; it's illuminating. Apple learned its lesson from earlier times. Apple wants to slow down competitors until it gains such an advantage over its supply chain that no one else will be able to match its scale on pricing. Apple is in a race against competitors on that market axis. Samsung is the biggest threat, so Apple sues them in pretty much every market possible.

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