ABI Research looked at smartphone shipments for Q1 2012 and confirmed what we already knew — Apple and Samsung are the big winners in the smartphone market. According to ABI, Samsung sold 43 million smartphones in the quarter, while Apple sold 35 million iPhones. Combined, the two companies grabbed 55 percent of global smartphone shipments and 90 percent of the global profits in the smartphone industry.
While Apple and Samsung prospered, HTC and Motorola slipped says ABI. Motorola’s shipments fell from 5.4 million in Q4 2011 to 5.1 million in Q1 2012. HTC’s decline was even steeper with the manufacturer dropping down to 6.9 million shipped handsets from 10.1 million in the previous quarter. HTC even fell behind Nokia and Rim which shipped 11.9 million and 11.1 million handsets, respectively. Before you start calling HTC dead, remember — some of this decrease could be the result of a strong holiday quarter followed by a traditionally weak opening quarter.
The take-home message from this report is that Apple and Samsung are leading in the smartphone wars and appear to be solidiying their position, not losing their grip.
[Via Ars Technica]