…but its pretty clear Apple leads by far in R&D and innovation.
Can you prove that?
If you said Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were innovative at some moments, I would agree, but in R&D? Many of the best aspects in the Apple ecosystem were not invented and managed by Apple itself.
Look at these graphs.
Actually, most judges in charge of these lawsuits between Samsung Electronics and Apple are not supporting Samsung. Except in East Asia where Apple’s influence both in terms of politics and market share is yet small. Foxconn and Samsung are much more powerful and have better connections.
The United States District Court for the Northern District of California just became the third court to order a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the second, after the DÃ¼sseldorf Regional Court, to do so over an iPad design patent (an Australian injunction, which was subsequently lifted, was based on two technical patents).
That’s why that British ruling was made into a major news worldwide.
Samsung also has Tizen and Bada. But it never gave up Windows Mobile/Phone. Google released their own hardware: Google Nexus 7 designed by Asus and made in China and Nexus Q, designed by Google and made in the US and bought Motorola Mobility. Those moves were not meant to alienate hardware partners in China and South Korea. Google cannot sell too many Nexus 7 at those low prices. Consumers are happy to buy US$200 units, but HP and Samsung got into the tablet markets in the first place expecting Apple-like profits. Apple made $200 profits out of every iPhone and iPad. Most analysts predict Google cannot make profits out of a $199 8GB Nexus 7. Most observers also agree that Google bought Motorola for its patents. That also means it wants to protect its hardware partners of Android.
Samsung’s weakest in the US and strongest in South Korea. Since Cupertino-based Apple is strongest in the US, Samsung announced and released some of their flagship mobile products in the UK, not in South Korea or the US, but Apple market share’s being threatened even in the US market as this article points out.
Or, go directly to Nielsen’s: