Despite Samsung’s continued and seemingly untouchable reign at the top of the Android food chain, the platform has never been more attractive in the eyes of handset makers worldwide. With the once mighty HTC taking a backseat, other manufacturers are taking advantage of the lull by strengthening their positions in the market, with many even making a financial comeback.
As reported by DigiTimes, the following Android manufacturers deserve a mention for successfully turning things around.
Starting with LG — we learned from its Q4 2012 financial report, which it shared with the world last month, that its smartphone shipments grew 23% from the previous quarter to 8.6 million units. This helped the company post $2.58 billion in revenues in Q4, the highest of the year.
Some of the strongest performers include the Nexus 4 and Optimus G, as well as the L-series smartphones.
Then there’s Lenovo, which is rapidly making its presence known in the Android universe. According to the latest data, the company has finally returned to profitability in Q4 2012, the first time after being in the red for quite a while. Lenovo now holds the runner-up position in the Chinese handset market.
Other companies that are expected to return to profits this year are Sony Mobile and ZTE, with both projected to ship 50 million handsets in 2013. We’ve seen some very promising and delectable offerings from the Xperia maker as of late, which gives some hope that 2013 will be Sony’s breakout year.
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I’m personally rooting for Sony, I want them to be the top Android handset maker.
I’d like to see an almost tied four-way race between representatives from different countries each with a strong record in design. Samsung, South Korea; Sony, Japan; Asus, Taiwan/China; Nokia.
Unfortunately Nokia are still sticking to their guns on Windows Phone. Although staying with this decision and looking at the recent market share of all Windows Phones combined, I’m inclined to wonder if somebody is actually pointing a gun at Nokia to force them down this road.
I’m sure there is.Nokia could build a great Android phone.
Yes indeed. Even though Symbian was falling behind the times about 2009-2010 there was still a lot to like about Nokia’s smartphones. Had they adopted Android rather than Windows Phone in 2011, we could have a very different scenario today. It isn’t to late for them yet, but with all versions and makers of Windows Phone combined managing to get just barely over 3% of market share at present, there must be some legally binding contract stopping Nokia from at least testing out one non Windows model. It certainly isn’t the success of WP that is keeping them on the current path. If they have 2% of theMarket share
I don’t care who the top of the Android manufacture is, it will change year after year. What I care about is that none of these manufactures throw a fork in the road.
If by “fork in the road” you mean go off on some other platform,I agree. Having put up with Windows phone for 6 months (every day discovering something it couldn’t do or not as well as Symbian) and having heard the complaints from Apple and Blackberry owners of the limitations of their systems Android , any maker, beats them hands down.