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Where Apple Is Losing Ground

With Apple's earnings miss still fresh in investors' minds, it's more apparent than ever that the Cupertino giant is far from invincible. In today's edition, research analyst Lyons George discusses why disappointing Wall Street is the least of Apple's worries -- especially in light of the quarter Samsung just posted. After setting the record for most phones shipped by a single manufacturer during a given quarter, the South Korean company is enjoying a significant upswing in global market share. Watch as Lyons discusses why Samsung's gain is Apple's pain, and what investors should be looking out for going forward.

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  • Report this Comment On July 29, 2012, at 8:30 AM, HiramWalker wrote:

    When iPhone was not available on Verizon, Android share in the USA grew and exceeded Apple. Now that iPhone is available on Verizon that trend is reversing, so much so that in the most recent quarter (just announced last week) iPhone share is greater than 50% of smartphones on both AT&T and Verizon. If the next iPhone finally becomes available on China's largest carrier, we may soon see that trend in China also.

  • Report this Comment On July 29, 2012, at 9:15 AM, pbearl300 wrote:


    Samsung had $8bln in total revenue, and ships to retailers not consumers so we don't really know what they sold (remember that a good part of their revenue is selling displays to Apple). Apple 'ships' directly to consumers and reports sales, not 'shipped'. Apples revenue was near $40Bln.

    AND, samsung DOES actually sell product in all the same categories. Really fools?

  • Report this Comment On July 31, 2012, at 10:51 AM, Melci wrote:

    Actually, Apple is continually gaining ground against Android. Samung is just grabbing share from fellow Android OEMs, not Apple.

    The iPhone started out with a measly 5% marketshare in 2007, reached 10% in 2008, plateaued at 17% 2009-2010 then surged to 24% Marketshare 2011 and now 32% in 2012 according to ComScore.  

    In the USA, The iPhone has surged from 23% this time last year to 33% this year while Android has fallen from 60% down to 56% according to Strategy Analytics.

    The iPad has just hit 68% Marketshare, the highest share it has had in almost 2 years compared to 62% last year according to Strategy Analytics. In contrast, Android has plateaued on 29%.

    I don't think Apple is too worried.

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