Samsung takes 80 percent of Indonesia Android smartphone market

South Korean company dominates supply of Google Android smartphones, and is eyeing more marketshare on Windows 8 phones.
Written by Liau Yun Qing, Contributor

Samsung Electronics Indonesia provides 80 percent of Google Android smartphones in Indonesia where it also holds about half of the tablet market share.

In a The Jakarta Post report Wednesday, Andre Rompis, vice president of mobile division at Samsung Indonesia, shared the stats but did not elaborate on the total number of mobile phones which it sold in the country.

Andre added that Samsung's Galaxy Tab product line holds about 50 percent of the local tablet market while the rest is divided among other brands.

The executive noted that even though Samsung holds the lead in the Android market, it will "continuously working on many platforms". The report said Samsung introduced several Windows 8-based smartphones and laptops under the Ativ product line last year.

Citing figures from research firm IDC, The Jakarta Post said Android's market share was 56 percent of smartphone operating systems (OSes) in Indonesia in 2012. However, its share is expected to drop to 53 percent this year while Windows 8 smartphones enter the Indonesian market.

Android is also expected to face competition from Nokia and Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerry smartphones in 2013, the report said.

In a previous report in September, IDC said Android first overtook BlackBerry as the most popular smartphone OS in Indonesia during the second quater. Indonesia had been the ailing RIM's last few strongholds due to its BlackBerry Messenger which made the device popular among the youth.

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