Quarter (Q1) 2015 results show once again that Apple has smartphone market profits on the lock down. 92%. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple raked in 92% of all smartphone industry profits in Q1 2015. In other words, Android manufacturers and others are all sharing only 8% of the industry’s profits. All those manufacturers? Who really is making money on Android OS?
If my horrible math is not as horrible as I think it is, that means that the remaining 8% of the smartphone market’s profit is shared between Samsung, LG, Sony, TECNO, Infinix, Pliris Mobile, Asus, OnePlus, Xiaomi, BlackBerry, Micromax, Microsoft, Alcatel, BLU, Yezz, Huawei, Lenovo, Lava, Gionee, HTC, Acer, and the scores of other smartphone brands scattered across the planet. Mind you, many of those on that list are reporting losses.
But let me paint the picture more accurately:
- iOS with 13.8% marketshare makes 92% of the profit
- Android with 78% marketshare makes 8% of the profit
- The others….oh, well
Mindboggling situation. Certainly, some of those Android brands are running at a loss, and many are making margins so small on the grand scale.
- So, no-one is making profit from Windows Phone.
- No-one is making profit from Firefox.
- No-one is making profit from Sailfish.
Many Android brands are struggling and returning losses. Samsung has been the poster boy for Android OS, but even its returns have been dropping in recent times. Perhaps if we asked the question, who exactly is making money on Android (tons of money, that is), the only answer would be “Google”.
Like I said in October 2014, perhaps iOS is the only viable smartphone platform. Who is going to prove that wrong?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.