We live in the era of the smartphone. Arguably the most seminal technological development of the last decade, the smartphone has become an intrinsic part of modern life. We can assuage the sheer magnitude and significance of the smartphone by the fact that sales revenue amounted to nearly $428.9 billion in 2016. Many components make up a smartphone. However, at the heart of it all lies the SoC. The System on Chip (SoC) is the central processing brains of any smartphone, containing the CPU, GPU, and every other component required to power a modern smartphone.
There are many SoC manufacturers but, without a doubt, Qualcomm is the name that is most recognisable so far.
The State Of Smartphone Application Processors Market
It is widely known that Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) is the largest SoC manufacturer in the world; it has been for quite some time. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line of processors are highly popular and have been a mainstay in Android flagships for many years now. A cursory look at the numbers would tell us that Qualcomm is indeed the dominant force in the industry. In Q3 2016, Qualcomm had a 39.87% market share of the SoC industry. They were followed by MediaTek in second with a 30.42% market share. Samsung (20.53%) and Hisilicon (8.94%) stand at the third and fourth position, respectively. This puts Qualcomm firmly in the lead as the industry leader. This also reflects in their revenue and profitability.