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Old 01-25-2013, 07:02 PM   #95
fjtorres
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Hey! Apple isn't the only "broken" company.
Guess who else is getting hammered?
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-575...ed-down-a-peg/

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Samsung and Apple still dominate the mobile industry, and no one really expects that to change. Reports from several tech research firms over the past couple of days pegged their combined smartphone market share in the fourth quarter at about 50 percent, and both are expected to see a boost from new products coming later this year.

However, with seemingly everyone in developed markets such as the U.S. and Europe already using a smartphone, much of the growth will come from emerging countries. But those regions require lower cost -- and less profitable -- products and a different strategy. Samsung's take is creating many different phones at different price points, while Apple pushes the older models of its devices.

Both are seeing strong demand from places like China. Samsung said that emerging-market demand for mid- and low-end smartphones should be solid this year, while Apple has said that China is its fastest-growing region. But Samsung, Apple, and other established vendors are now going up against cheap device makers like Huawei and ZTE that are quickly gaining ground.

IDC noted during its quarterly mobile market share report that Huawei is now the world's third-largest smartphone maker, a first for the Chinese company. While its market share is still fairly low compared to Samsung and Apple, it's making steady progress, as are other Chinese vendors. These companies are expected to move up the stack instead of only providing inexpensive phones.
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"For set businesses, especially in handsets and TV, we expect competition to intensify further due to slowing down of demand growth, new product launches, as well as expansion of mid- to low-end markets," Robert M. Yi, Samsung senior vice president of investor relations, said yesterday during a conference call.
One difference, a voice of reason:
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Of course, Samsung's business isn't just mobile devices. The company has a broad portfolio of products, including processors and displays, and those operations are expected to keep its overall growth rate high this year.

And even if the mobile market slows, it's still growing. Samsung plans to maintain its smartphone market share as it continues its strategy of supporting all major operating systems and offering a broad portfolio of products.

"There's a difference between the market slowing down and the market going down," IDC analyst Ramon Llamos said. "Clearly it's not going down. The sky's not falling."

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