Apple and Samsung: 95.7% of shipments, 120% of profits

February 13, 2014: 7:17 AM ET

Many combatants fought the smartphone wars. Most are bleeding money. 

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 7.12.19 AMFORTUNE -- Two sets of stats came out this week that should give the smartphone also-rans pause. 

  • 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.

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  • Google: Nexus One store closing soon

    Google receives its last shipment of Nexus Ones

    Google announced today that they would soon be closing the Nexus One store and would cease selling Nexus Ones to the public.  Google (GOOG) would make additional Nexus One devices available to developers through its Android developer program.

    Support will still be offered to Nexus One customers:

    Customer support will still be available for current Nexus One customers. And Nexus One will continue to be sold MORE

    - Jul 16, 2010 5:17 PM ET
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