Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 10:44 UTC
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A new tipping point in the world of tablets: today the analysts at Gartner have released their tablet sales numbers for 2013, and Android has topped the list for the most popular platform for the first time, outselling Apple’s range of iPad tablets nearly twofold. Of the 195 million tablets sold in 2013, Android took nearly 62% of sales on 121 million tablets, while Apple sold 70 million iPad tablets for a 36% share.

In comparison, last year, Apple led the tablet category with nearly 53% of sales on 61 million units, compared to Android at nearly 46% with 53 million tablets sold.

This was always inevitable. Apple won't mind though - they're still raking in the profits.

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RE[5]: Comment by Morgan
by aldo on Tue 4th Mar 2014 12:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Morgan"
aldo
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This is nonsense. The best selling phones of the last two years have been Samsung's flagship models. The mobile phone market will never be one where people only care about price.

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RE[6]: Comment by Morgan
by Windows Sucks on Tue 4th Mar 2014 16:16 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Morgan"
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This is nonsense. The best selling phones of the last two years have been Samsung's flagship models. The mobile phone market will never be one where people only care about price.


Actually if you look at Samsung's numbers last year their flag ship phones have stalled as with their earnings.

In Android land the majority of the devices selling are cheap phones.

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RE[7]: Comment by Morgan
by aldo on Tue 4th Mar 2014 19:47 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Morgan"
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And yet, actually the best selling smartphone of 2014 was the Galaxy S4, ffs.

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RE[6]: Comment by Morgan
by mkone on Wed 5th Mar 2014 18:51 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Morgan"
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2006-03-14

This is nonsense. The best selling phones of the last two years have been Samsung's flagship models. The mobile phone market will never be one where people only care about price.


Non sequitur. Samsung flagship phone are outselling the iPhone, but they are cheaper as well. Now, £100 may not sound like much when you are selling so many more phones, but fro ma profitability angle, it is a lot. If Apple is making £300 profit per phone, by selling for £100 less, Samsung will be making about £200 (all other things equal). So Samsung has to sell 3 phone for every 2 Apple does, just to keep up. As the prices are inevitably pushed down towards the manufacturing cost, Samsung will make lower profits, and it will become even harder to differentiate themselves. They will end up competing on price. Happened with PCs, will happen with smartphones. Check this out:

http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-smartphone-profit-share-2014-2

In fact, the S5 is cheaper at launch than the S4, in part because customer can choose other Android devices. It's basic, non controversial economics this.

Same thing happened with PCs, where Macs tend ot be more high end and more expensive, in part due to the fact that if you want a Mac, you get an Apple.

If I want an Android phone, I can get:
- a Samsung
- a Motorola
- a Nokia
- an HTC
- a Huawei
- a Sony
- an LG

and others I haven't bothered to list.

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