The good news for Samsung last year is that it bought $23.9bn worth of semiconductor orders in 2012, while Apple ordered a mere $21.4bn which implies that Samsung is buying more chips than Apple, or perhaps is just getting a worse deal. If the information from Gartner that The Inquirer picked up on is correct, Samsung accounted for 8% of the total semiconductor market in 2012, a very impressive feat. That is more than Dell and HP's market share combined which supports the theory that the falling sales we saw in PCs was not reflected at all in the smartphone and tablet markets.
Unfortunately that success comes at a price as Samsung's OS of choice, Android, is expected to see more than one million malware threats by the end of 2013. According to Trend Micro there were about 350,000 malware threats over 2012 with only one in five Android devices actually having any sort of security software installed. Perhaps it is time to start thinking more about protecting your phone, especially if you have banking apps or the so called "pay by bonk" enabled on your phone.
"Apple, thanks in large part to its hugely popular iPhone and iPad products, was the largest consumer of semiconductor chips, that is, until 2012. Gartner claims that Samsung has overtaken Apple to become the largest semiconductor user with eight percent of all chips sold going to the firm."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD alllllmost promises profitability by year end @ The Register
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- Micron intros high-endurance MLC SSD for data center storage @ DigiTimes
- Foxit outfoxes fiendish flaw to fix foxed-up Firefox PDF plugin @ The Register
- iPad 5 with iOS7 launches alongside JOBS film at Easter @ Kitguru
- Desktop PC: Intel Says the End is Near @ Benchmark Reviews
- Professional Graphics Creation on Linux @ Linux.com