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BizReport : : November 09, 2012

Galaxy S III world's best-selling smartphone, but not for long

Samsung shipped more of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, during the third quarter of 2012, than Apple's iPhone 4S, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics.

by Helen Leggatt

During Q2 2012, Samsung shipped 18 million Galaxy S III smartphones. Meanwhile, in the same quarter, Apple shipped 16.2 million iPhone 4S models, according to new figures released by Strategy Analytics.

"The Galaxy S3 captured an impressive 11 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world's best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever," said Neil Shah, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics.

That all sounds a bit grim for Apple; the company has recently been troubled with accusations of uninspiring technology updates as well as the fracas with Google Maps.

However, there's a glaring reason for the Galaxy S III's current world domination - the iPhone 5. As is often the case, sales of the previous model, the iPhone 4S, slowed in the run up to the release of the new model.

"The Apple iPhone 5 has gotten off to a solid start already with an estimated 6.0 million units shipped globally during Q3 2012," writes Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston in a recent blog post. "We expect the new iPhone 5 to out-ship Samsung's Galaxy S3 in the coming fourth quarter of 2012 and Apple should soon reclaim the title of the world's most popular smartphone model."

Tags: Apple, mobile market, sales, Samsung, smartphone trends

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  • Francisco Valdez

    it only takes 2 screws to open up the iphone and replace the battery lol.. big screen is old, everyone is starting to move to small. I noticed a lot of old people like the galaxy because of the bigger screen lolz. I personally dont want a tablet in my pocket, wish they woulda left the iphone the same size.

  • Pamemake Jones

    samsung galaxy s4...dropped the iphone for this...I will never go back to I have to dump my mac, ipad, apple tv, etc. There is so much better out there

  • TBorNot

    Silly humans, Apple and Google are the same company, united in one goal: Avenge Netscape!

  • Ming the Merciless

    SIII is a piece of shit...I bought two and returned both for extremely poor reception, and terrible quality images of the cameras...nasty grossly overpriced junk!

  • Joseph Poniatowski

    its probly your lack of knowledge you can change the settings but i cant expect you to read or something or mabey even learn anything that would be far too hard and complex for your simple mind to comprehend



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