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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:58 PM

40. Globally, approximately 70% of smartphones are Android.

And that number is expanding fast. Apple got a head start in the U.S., but they lag behind almost everywhere else in the world. The American bourgeois consumerism that drives the iPhones popularity doesn't resonate globally. Most people just want an inexpensive smartphone that runs their apps reliably, and aren't really interested in overpaying for brands. Apple has no interest in competing for the budget market, and has effectively ceded it to the Android device makers.

iPhones are the Nikes of the telecom world. There are lots of people who swear by them, they are inarguably high quality, and they certainly dominate public perception, but by the numbers they actually make up a small portion of overall market sales. Much of Apple's current percentage, globally, is due to their early lead in the market. Many market analysts expect that Apple will end up with no more than 10%-20% of the overall global market in the long term, after the technology stabilizes and the first few generations of the handsets are phased out of use. Apples current sales volume accounts for only about 17% of the global market. Their numbers are simply not high enough to expect anything more than 20% (and don't get me wrong, Apple will still be an insanely rich company with that kind of marketshare.) Samsung, by contrast, accounts for more than 30% of global smartphone sales, and it is only one of many companies making Android devices.

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