BOSTON -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Global smartphone applications processor market showed an impressive 58 percent year-on-year growth in Q3 2012 to reach $3.8 billion, according to the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service report, “Smartphone Apps Processor Market Share Q3 2012: Galaxy Momentum Helps Samsung Maintain Number Two Spot.”
Based on Strategy Analytics estimates, Qualcomm led the smartphone applications processor market with 42 percent revenue share in Q3 2012. However, Qualcomm came under pressure from the growing competition during the quarter.
Some of the highlights of this Strategy Analytics report include:
According to Sravan Kundojjala, Senior Analyst, “Qualcomm’s 28 nm-based LTE Snapdragon processors have helped Qualcomm to widen its technology lead over competitors. However, Qualcomm faced increased competition in the crucial Android ecosystem from integrated processor vendors including Broadcom, MediaTek, Spreadtrum and ST-Ericsson in Q3 2012. Strategy Analytics estimates that Qualcomm’s share in the Android ecosystem dropped from over 60 percent in early 2011 to about 35 percent in Q3 2012. Strategy Analytics believes that Qualcomm still has plenty of room for growth in future quarters despite increasing competition as less than 50 percent of Qualcomm's chipsets are smartphone applications processors.”
According to Stuart Robinson, Director of the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service, “MediaTek’s smartphone applications processor shipments showed ten-fold year-over-year growth in Q3 2012. MediaTek continues to chase Qualcomm hard with its integrated strategy and the company gained significant share during the quarter. Strategy Analytics believes that MediaTek has room for improvement in order to break into global smartphone manufacturers’ supply chains.”
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