"Undisputed king of smartphones" Samsung hoards 95 per cent of Q1 Android profits

Global Android smartphone profits reached approximately $5.3 billion (£3.48bn) during the first quarter 2013, and one company took home the lion's share of that cash - Samsung.

According to stats from Strategy Analytics, Samsung's Android smartphone shipments resulted in $5.1 billion (£3.35bn) of worldwide profit during the quarter, or 95 per cent.

"An efficient supply chain, sleek products and crisp marketing have been among the main drivers of Samsung's impressive profitability," Strategy Analytics' senior analyst Woody Oh said in a statement.

LG landed at number with 2.5 per cent, while "others" made up the remaining 2.7 per cent, Strategy Analytics said.

"LG delivered a small profit during the quarter, but it currently lacks the volume scale needed to match Samsung's outsized profits," Oh said.

Overall, the smartphone industry saw $12.5 billion (£8.2bn) in profits during the quarter, 43 per cent of which went to Android.

According to stats released this week from Gartner, Samsung was the number one mobile phone maker, capturing 23.6 per cent of the market with more than 100 million units sold in the first quarter. In the smartphone realm, the company's share was higher, at 30.8 per cent, with 64.7 million units sold.

"Samsung is, for now, the undisputed king of the global Android smartphone industry," Neil Mawston, executive director of Strategy Analytics, said in a statement. "We believe Samsung generates more revenue and profit from the Android platform than Google does."

Samsung could use its strong reputation and massive power to influence the future direction of the Android ecosystem, Mawston suggested, adding that Samsung could request first, or exclusive, updates of new software from Google before rival hardware vendors.

Rumours suggest that there has, in fact, been "tension" between Google and Samsung on that very point. But during a recent public appearance, Google's Eric Schmidt shot down that idea. "I can assure you, the press coverage of tension [with Samsung] is not correct," he said at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference last month.

Samsung's first-quarter profits, meanwhile, came prior to the late-April launch of its newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4. According to Gartner's principal research analyst, Anshul Gupta, the phone is expected "to be very popular despite being more of an evolution than a truly revolutionary device compared to the S3."