Apple, Samsung took different routes to top of phone heap

04/23/2012 | Wall Street Journal, The

Apple and Samsung Electronics are expected to confirm their dominance among smartphone-makers when they report earnings this week. The companies have taken sharply divergent paths to the top, notes to this analysis, which compares their strategies. The pair -- the only major manufacturers to gain market share in the fourth quarter -- earned 91% of the industry's profit in that quarter, compared with 61% a year earlier, research firm Strategy Analytics reports.

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