5/16/2013 3:04:25 PM
Samsung hoovering up almost all Android profits, claims analysts
Samsung's dominance of the Android market has been further underlined, with analysts claiming the Korean phone make accounted for 95% of the operating system's first quarter profits of $5.3bn.
Research from Strategy Analytics said Samsung made $5.1bn in profits from Google's OS in the three months to 31 March, utterly outpacing second placed LG, which made $100m during the same period. Both Samsung and Google are reported to have been privately concerned about their reliance on one another, with the Korean phone maker keen to build its own operating system. After months of private sniping, an impasse appeared to be reached with the announcement yesterday at Google's I/O Conference, with the announcement of a Samsung Galaxy S4 that solely runs Google Android, similar to the Nexus family of devices.
Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, said: 'Samsung is, for now, the undisputed king of the global Android smartphone industry. We believe Samsung generates more revenue and profit from the Android platform than Google does. 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.'
Author: Graeme Neill