Samsung and Apple account for 60pc of smartphones shipped

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Duo make up more than half the total number of shipments in the first quarter of this year as they strengthen their hold on the smartphone market 

The smartphone market is increasingly being dominated by Samsung and Apple, with almost 60 per cent of the 139 million smartphones shipped in Q1 carrying one of the brand names.

Data from mobile analyst firm Juniper Research showed this figure to be up from 46 per cent in the last three months of 2011. Samsung shipped 46.9 million smartphones in Q1 compared to Apple’s figure of 35.1 million.

Juniper Research said that with the iPhone craze now dying down, it believes Samsung may hang onto its lead in Q2.

However it said that although Samsung is currently the number one smartphone brand, Apple is still making more money.

Apple’s iPhone revenue was $22.7 billion in Q1 ($29.3 billion including the iPad), compared with Samsung’s revenues of $17 billion from its entire mobile divisi0n.

Juniper Research said that while flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note contribute substantial volume units, the company’s rise to number one is evidence of the smartphone’s entry into mass market price points with products like the Galaxy Y.

It added that it is forecasting smartphone shipments will nearly double in the next five years – from nearly 600 million in 2012 to 1.1 billion in 2017 – there are still a number of opportunities for other manufacturer to make gains in the market.

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