Feeds

Samsung... no, Apple... no, Samsung tops Q1 smartphone sales chart

Bean counters come up with different totals

Top three mobile application threats

Here's a classic case of why you shouldn't rely entirely on market watchers: two of them yesterday claimed different phone makers top the world smartphone charts.

In the blue corner, we have Strategy Analytics, lifting Samsung's arm up high and emailing us to say the South Korean giant's 44.5m estimated smartphone shipments during Q1.

Apple, by contrast, shipped 35.06m iPhones, putting it in second place.

On the other side of the ring, however, IHS iSuppli is slapping Apple on the back, saying the iPhone maker shipped more smartphones than Samsung: 35.06m and 32m, respectively.

Apple's figures are clear cut: the number is the one the company filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Market watchers take this as accurate because, were Apple fibbing, it would be up on a securities fraud charge PDQ.

The trouble is, Samsung hasn't provided an equivalently verifiable number yet. Both companies derived their numbers from hints provided by Samsung during an earnings conference call yesterday.

iSuppli told Barrons' blogger Tiernan Ray that it calculated the figure from Samsung's statement that phone sales were down ten per cent quarter on quarter, but that smartphones' share of overall sales was the same or slightly higher.

SA says there were a greater proportion of smartphones in the sales mix than iSuppli accounts for, hence its larger number.

Who is correct? Impossible to say, though other research firms and brokers have chipped in to say Samsung top dog. The balance of probabilities is, then, that Apple was number two during Q1 2012. Both companies together account for 55 per cent of the world smartphone market, SA said.

Both concur, however, that Nokia came third, followed by RIM. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades
Li'l Shield moves up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, GameStream comes to notebooks
AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'
The Radeon R9 295X2: Water-cooled, 5,632 stream processors, 11.5TFLOPS
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android
Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.