Apple and Samsung: 95.7% of shipments, 120% of profitsFebruary 13, 2014: 7:17 AM ET
Many combatants fought the smartphone wars. Most are bleeding money.
- IDC estimates that 95.7% of fourth quarter smartphone shipments originated either with Samsung (78.1%) or Apple (17.6%).
- Raymond James' Tavis McCourt estimates that in the broader market for mobile phones of all varieties -- smart and dumb -- Apple captured 87.4% of the industry's profits and Samsung 32.2%.
So many vendors lost money fighting the smartphone wars that Apple (AAPL) and Samsung's combined share of the industry's fourth quarter profits totaled a nonsensical 119.6%.
A year ago, according to McCourt, Apple accounted for 77.8% of mobile phone profits and Samsung 26.1%, for a total of 103.9%.
Below: IDC's spreadsheet for Q4 2014.