Who Are the Biggest Smartphone Winners of 2012?

One of the biggest investment themes during 2012 has been the growth of mobile computing through the smartphone revolution. Preliminary data indicates that global shipments of smartphones grew more than 35% during 2012, as compared with growth of just 1% in the overall shipment of cell phones. This remarkable growth has driven smartphone penetration up to 47%.

As Motley Fool analyst Andrew Tonner discusses in the following video, the big winners in 2012 were Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Samsung, and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG). Apple and Samsung both grew market share through the shipment of popular smartphones, while Google's Android operating system runs devices made by Samsung and other manufacturers.

The losers in the smartphone revolution during 2012 were Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM). Both manufacturers lost market share to Apple and Samsung and are faced with an important test in 2013. Customer adoption of Nokia's Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows-based smartphones and Research In Motion's upcoming smartphone release represent critical turning points in which these companies can either regain momentum or see the industry leaders leaving them behind for good.

As Andrew discusses, there's no doubt that Apple is at the center of technology's largest revolution ever and that longtime shareholders have been handsomely rewarded, with more than 1,000% gains. However, there is a debate raging as to whether Apple remains a buy. The Motley Fool's senior technology analyst and managing bureau chief, Eric Bleeker, is prepared to fill you in on both reasons to buy and reasons to sell Apple, and what opportunities are left for the company (and, more importantly, your portfolio) going forward. To get instant access to his latest thinking on Apple, simply click here now.


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  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2012, at 12:18 AM, applefan1 wrote:

    Why don't you wait until the FINAL numbers for the year are in rather than making comments before hand? This is what is so messed up about some of these analysts and members of the media. They don't know when to keep their mouths shut and release their commentary until AFTER the year has finished. It's just stupid. A lot of sales are happening between how and tomorrow night, and there is also a mad rush on Wednesday as people get their Christmas money, etc.

  • Report this Comment On December 25, 2012, at 1:13 AM, llIlllIlllIlllIl wrote:

    Idiot article. Nokia has successfully turned around what was a quickly failing business and avoided bankruptcy, and has incredible products out in the market now, it is a winner for 2012.

  • Report this Comment On December 26, 2012, at 12:36 AM, InvestingnSport wrote:

    Billionaire investor and businessman Mark Cuban, who owns NBA team Dallas Mavericks, swaps iPhone 5 for Nokia Lumia 920.

  • Report this Comment On December 26, 2012, at 2:46 PM, techy46 wrote:

    Lumia 920!

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