I have often said that no-one stays on top – or even hangs around – forever. A cursory study of human history makes that clear.

No-one stays on top forever: Samsung now King of mobile

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I have often said that no-one stays on top – or even hangs around – forever. A cursory study of human history makes that clear.

Where is the once-reknowned Egyptian empire today? A handful of pyramids that tourists visit.

Where are the Greek and Roman empires today? We only remember them when movies like “Thor” or “Wrath of the Titans” are released.

Not too long ago, the sun never set on the British empire. What is left of it is the tiny island of the mainland of Europe – and a couple of even tinier islands scattered here and there.

Remember the Soviet Union? Oh; you were in primary school then? Well, put together present-day Russia, Ukraine, Uzbek, Kazakh, Byelorussia, Azerbaija, Georgia, and 8 other existing countries in Asia today, and that whole aggregate used to be the soviet Union. Its why the KGB (their secret police) is now called the “KG-Used-to-B.”

Nokia Ruled Mobile for 14 Years

Nokia ruled the mobile space for 14 years. Well, Samsung is reported to have shipped 93.5 million phones last quarter, against Nokia’s 82.7 million.

Pronto! Samsung becomes king of the mobile space.

Smartphones: from Nokia to Apple, and now to Samsung

Nokia also used to rule the smartphone world unchallenged for a period of about ten (10) years. Then Apple snapped it out of their hands recently but learnt that uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.

Samsung’s smartphones shipments for last quarter also reveals that they have taken the number one spot out of the hands of Apple. It was clear that the Apple model could not keep the number one slot for long. Samsung shipped 44.5 million smartphones, leaving Apple’s 35.1 million in the dust.

All hail the new undisputed Champ

Like Nokia was once the undisputed champ, Samsung has made it clear that they mean business. Samsung has been aggressively chasing Nokia for years. Sadly, Nokia’s recent (mis)handling of Symbian helped make Sammy’s dreams come true faster than anticipated.

Whether it was sooner or later, it didn’t matter: no-one stays on top forever. All hail the new champ. All hail Samsung. The more things change, the more things stay the same.


  1. I suspect being at the top will not be like it was in the “old days” with Nokia. I really can’t see another phone manufacturer dominating the market in the same way for such a long period. I could be wrong.

  2. I saw this coming. The aggressive nature with which Samsung has been producing mouth watering gadgets since the launch of their galaxy s and the successful sales can only lead to becoming no 1. They did not tow the line of apple by making only one smartphone but figured out that even within the smartphone space, people will have diff tastes. So they make phones with different screen sizes, diff price points, physical keyboards and touch screens e.t.c and so everyone get to have something that soothes your comfort and style.
    However, Samsung won’t be there for ever as well. Who do you guys think will snap the no 1 off Samsung?

  3. You are absolutely right. The mobile world is perhaps the most competitive industry is today’s world. Staying on top for so long in that ultra competitive market is near impossible. Nokia stayed on top for that long because there were no real competitors. As soon as a real one in the shape of apple came along, nokia snapped. The coming of android was the icing on the cake

  4. The mobile landscape reminds me of the boxing and lawn tennis arena.

    No one dominates for long – unlike in the past where one person can be @ the top for long!

  5. Eye.bee.kay:

    No one dominates for long? Nokia dominated for 14 years, that is not long enough for you? “Maybe you mean “No one dominates forever.”

  6. @Jay Baba, by definition, glendaROBOTs do NOT have necks! So, i can not be on ITs neck.

    By simple deduction, a neckless entity can not have a functioning head, even if the head is suspended on the hunanoid.

    Finally, if the head is not functioning, how can any correct deductive reasoning emanate therefrom?

    You catch my drift?

  7. Eye.bee.kay:

    You post things here and you want people to be impressed on what you posted. You are just making a fool of yourself by those silly arguments you are making.

    I for one always have a good laugh when reading your “I am so intellectual even though I do not have an idea what I am posting” comments.

  8. @jujukemist erm…why are you lol-in @ ZTE and Huawei? Have you seen some of their devices like the media pad from zte or Ascend from Huawei that claimed thinnest smartphone? Isn’t it how the ridiculously expensive HTC (i saved for so long for one of their devices, thus the beef) crawled from oblivion to become a key player? I believe Huawei especially has a bright future…its just the brand name that turns me off- Huawei. Sound like all those metallic 18mp chinko phones (my mallam is an addicted chinko phone buyer)

  9. I think the best way to stay on top is to push into the market multiple devices just like Samsung is doing. Nokia did same little wonder they were numero uno for 14yrs. I new Apple’s case was a one off situation & it won’t last.I must add also that Samy should pursue with much more intensity other os platform not just android & bada.

  10. @arumob – have you not noticed there are Samsung Windows Phones as well? Samsung has the market literally covered.

  11. This day was bound to come. No surprise. I remember predicting two years ago on this blog that Nokia and Symbian’s reign would soon be over and I foresee Samsung taking over the pack. That day has come. I don’t see Nokia and WindowsPhone catching up with Samsung and Android ever.

    Something about Samsung is that they are so unlike solid matter. They are more like liquid metal, they morph, they blend. They change. They evolve in a hurry to meet any extinction level threat.Apart from iOS and Palm OS, there is NO mobile Operating system that Samsung has not tempered with. Be it Symbian, Windows Phone, Windows PC, Android, Bada or even Touch whiz itself. So you see, no matter what OS wins the mobile war in the not-so-distant future, Samsung would still remain relevant. They’re innovative. They can copy. They drive Technology. They have Tech building parts. In fact the ground is set for Samsung to continue dominating the Mobilesphere for the next two decades. My opinion.

    Apple is. A niche product. The short time they were number one in smartphone sales did not not last for a full year. they have to diversify to actually make it. What is intrinsically evil in Apple making a phone with a 4.3inch screen? Why can’t there be a low cost iPhone? And by the way, must the 3.5 inch diagonal of the iPhone be the only “sweetspot” for an Apple mobile device? SMH. Until Apple learn to diversify to serve different individual need, there’s a limit they can go. Though as they are the top seller in the high end smartphone region they are still said to rake in “80%” of mobile profit. A good marketing model though, if you ask me. But that can’t win mind shares.

    Samsung ON the other hand is poised to continue its dominance. The only saviour for Nokia was Belle and that has been jettisoned. I fail to see Windows phone doing better than it has done anytime soon. Still wonder what Elop and Nokia board were thinking…? They should let the beast loose. Allow Belle and Meego to compete legitimately with Windows phone. They shouldn’t take sides. Heck, they should even adopt Android too. Let’s see where the rabbit hole lead us!. Let’s have a healthy competition and not deliberately crippling some platforms in favour of others. Nokia 808 pureview, anyone? That should be one helluva awesome Belle device…

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