Another smartphone market snapshot
“The two companies were the only major smartphone makers to gain share in the fourth quarter. Apple's market share reached 23.5%, up from 16% at the end of 2010. Samsung held 22.8% of the market in the same quarter, up from 9.4%.
In addition, Apple and Samsung combined to grab 91% of the operating profits of all cellphone makers in the fourth quarter, up from 61% last year, according to Strategy Analytics, a London-based market research firm.
"At this stage, it does look like these two are pulling away," said Manish Nigam, a technology analyst at Credit Suisse in Hong Kong.”