Top OEM vs. Market Share

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by BobRon, Aug 30, 2015.


One year from now, which company will have the greatest number of units owned by users?

  1. Samsung

    8 vote(s)
  2. Apple

    3 vote(s)
  3. Nokia, Blackberry, LG, or HTC

    0 vote(s)
  4. Other

    1 vote(s)
  1. BobRon macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2012
    This is a question about the difference between the "Top OEM" and "Global Smartphone Market Share".

    We can all agree that the biggest players in the market are Apple and Samsung. Statista says that Samsung has a greater market share, but comScore says Apple has a higher OEM. Is there a difference between the two, or do one of the data collection companies have the data wrong?

    As a side note, who do you think will be the leader in number of mobile phones in user's hands one year from now?
  2. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Sorry but this poll is DOA...Samsung has a large margin in total devices sold per year and that won't be changing any time soon.
  3. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    What do you mean by Top OEM? Higher market share, or higher profits?

    If it is profits, then Apple clearly rules the roost, out-earning the rest of the entire industry many times over.

    I suppose a debate could be raised about which is more meaningful - market share or profits, but that has pretty much been done to death, IMO.
  4. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 603


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    Samsung provide phones at price points as little as £10 all the way up to £800, so naturally they will sell more devices worldwide than anybody.

    Apple makes more profit and have lead the flagship market in the past for devices sold but that is just one market segment and the only one Apple compete in. Samsung spreads itself very wide in comparison and reaches markets like Eastern Europe, Russia and India where lower priced devices are popular and can boost number for overall marketshare. You'd have to ask the manufacturers whether they would prefer more profit or devices sold in a business sense. It doesn't make much difference to the consumer as long as they can get the phone they want.

    Both companies do very well in what they set out to achieve.

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