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.
Analyst sees "ominous signs" for Android vendors. Says Q4 may be the quarter 'droid users switch to Apple's iPhone 4S
Drawing from AT&T's (T) and Verizon's (VZ) reports for the September quarter, Morgan Keegan's Tavis McCourt sees what could be bad news for the makers of Android phones and good news for Apple (AAPL).
In a note to clients issued Monday, he writes (I quote):
After analyzing AT&T and Verizon results, we believe it MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 24, 2011 10:58 AM ET
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