It is a matter of time before Motorola (MOT) loses its position as the No.2 handset maker behind Nokia (NOK). And ’tis Samsung that will do MOT in.
According to new Gartner figures Samsung now has 13.4% of the global handset market to 14.6% for MOT. But, the US company has dropped from 21.9% in the second quarter last year.
Based on IDC numbers quoted in the FT "Samsung passed Motorola in the second quarter." Both firms can’t be right, but the news is so bad, it almost does not matter.
The press and investors like to blame Ed Zander, Motorola’s CEO for the problem. That may be so, but it will take a Herculean effort by the entire handset division to get the company out of an unbelievable mess.
Douglas A. McIntyre