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Apple and Samsung’s complete dominance of mobile industry profits gets visualized

Published Feb 8th, 2013 10:40AM EST
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Woe to any company not named Apple (AAPL) or Samsung (005930) that tries to make money selling mobile phones these days. As previous research has shown, Apple and Samsung have completely dominated profits generated from selling mobile phones and the two companies now account for an incredible 103% of the profits created by the industry. Horace Dediu and the team at Asymco have now put together a handy chart that shows us just how much Apple and Samsung have come to completely own the mobile industry: As you can see from the picture above, the mobile industry’s two titans have completely crowded out their competitors as rivals BlackBerry (BBRY), LG (066570) and Nokia (NOK) are barely breaking even if they’re lucky. As recently as 2009, all three of those companies, as well as Apple and Samsung, were turning profits selling mobile devices but now it seems as though the market has turned into something of a duopoly when it comes to profitability.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.