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November 16, 2012

Apple, Samsung, HTC Only Profitable Smartphone Companies

Apple and Samsung are controlling the mobile phone market, according to Asymco analyst Horace Dediu.

In fact, according to Dediu, only three Smartphone makers are profitable: Apple, Samsung and HTC.

HTC isn’t much competition for the other two companies, however.

“Apple’s share of operating profits from global mobile phones dropped to 60 percent in Q3. Samsung now at 39 percent and HTC one percent. No other companies profitable,” Dediu tweeted.

Dediu’s findings don’t bode well for rival Smartphone providers Motorola, Nokia, RIM and LG.

The prediction coincides with findings by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley.

Profit losses recorded by their rivals have given Apple and Samsung more than 100 percent of the mobile market in the third quarter of 2012, he found.

In fact, the two mobile giants scored 106 percent, according to an Oct. 29 Canaccord Genuity blog post.   The percentage is due to rivals Research In Motion (RIM), Nokia and Motorola posting operating losses during the third quarter.

This is not new for either company. In the second quarter, Apple and Samsung held 108 percent of the market.

Walkley also is estimating Apple will sell 193.9 million Smartphones next year, while Samsung will sell 303.6 million. Together, that is more than half of the mobile market. Huawei ran a distant third with an estimated 47.9 million Smartphone sales.