Although there are hundreds of companies making and selling cellphones, Apple and Samsung accounted for 95% of the industry’s profits in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Apple alone claimed 70% of the cellphone industry’s total worldwide profit of $16 billion, while Samsung had 25%, according to a report released late Thursday night by Counterpoint Technology Market Research.
In third place was Nokia with 2%. That left the remaining 3% to be split by about 300 companies.
“Apple has essentially created the smartphone sector as we see it today and its combination of beautiful, easy-to-use products coupled with a rich content and application environment has enabled it to attract outsize profits,” Couterpoint Research said in its report. “Only Samsung has come close to replicating this success.”
The two leaders’ shares of the profit pool are up from sharply from 2011, when Apple had 51% of industry earnings, followed by Samsung with 15% and Nokia with 12%, Counterpoint said.
In 2010, Apple had 43% while Nokia had 20% and Samsung had 16%.