Re: Samsung Takes Smartphone Lead From Apple
Maybe the combination of S5 and S6 sales being what put Samsung over the top is sort of representative of the whole playing field here. Samsung, and Android, for that matter, are just generally playing toward a wider market, so maybe this is not all that surprising. The numbers are actually very close, though I think you might be just slightly underestimating Windows/Blackberry's presence, Eric; If Android accounts for 65% of the market, and Samsung has just over half that (let's say 33% of the total), Apple must have just under that amount (32% or less). Meager as it still as overall, that means Blackberry and Windows do pick up a couple of percentage points each.
The bits about China were particularly interesting. I would have thought Samsung was quite strong in asian regions (it certainly is in South Korea, for obvious reasons), but it seems that China really is it's own region. As with many other products, we might be seeing those chinese smartphone brands over here sooner than we think. I don't think that's a bad thing - although we have a tight 2-3 player race in the US, more competition is always a good thing. As we move towards the IoT era, things may become more global as standards become more universal. Maybe all the differing market share situations from the various regions will come together for a nice, healthy marketplace.