Samsung’s Galaxy S III Now The Best Selling Smartphone In The World

The iPhone 4S reign has finally come to an end as a new report by Strategy Analytics shows the Galaxy S III overtook Apple’s device as the best-selling smartphone in the third quarter of 2012. The figures show the S III shipped 18 million units in the third quarter, compared to the iPhone 4S shipping just 16.2 million. As for market share, the Galaxy S III now holds a 10.7% share of the global smartphone market compared to the iPhone 4S’ 9.7%.

It’s likely worth noting that iPhone 4S sales were affected by the upcoming launch of the iPhone 5 as the iPhone 5 sold six million in the third quarter, which is an impressive feat considering it was only out for a matter of weeks. However, Samsung’s efforts to hold the top smartphone spot aren’t slowing down as the company announced it has sold more than 30 million units this year, 10 million of which came in the last two months alone.

Given that the ever important holiday season is right around the corner, it’ll be interesting to see how these results play out. Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics says in a press release:

“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.”

No matter which smartphone takes the top spot, there doesn’t seem to be anyone capable of stopping Apple or Samsung from taking over the smartphone world.

The Next Web via Strategy Analytics

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  • mikkej2k

    One company gives you what you ask for , the other tells you what you want.

  • Props to Samsung on its S3 for good sales but keep in mind the 4S was almost a year old last quarter and this only includes 9 days of iPhone 5 sales. 4th Quarter of head-to-head holiday sales iPhone 5 vs. GS3 will show which is the true best seller.

    Overall it’s nice to see someone on Apple’s heels. Will force more new features and ideas out of the companies.

    • steveb944

      I agreed until your last sentence. This will only make Apple want to sue Samsung even more. Apple never has anything new nowadays, just piggy backing off others

      • cybersedan

        Couldn’t agree more, this kind of challenge should naturally spur innovation, but with Apple being who they are I’d more quickly bet on litigation…

  • dgu

    Okay so how about releasing the jelly Bean updates for the best selling phone now.

    • fixxmyhead

      they have already. the international ones has had it for weeks now and the sprint one already has JB. blame it on the carriers its there fault. the sprint s3 is the same hardware as the US variants except for the radios so why does one have it and not the others? carriers

      • dgu

        I know. I really meant to put t mobile in there.

    • Benjamin@tmo

      Spoke to a samsung rep yesterday when he came into our retail store. just a few weeks left till it’s launched on Tmo

      • curious

        what else did he share

    • 1St quarter of 2013. My ONLY gripe about owning an s3

  • BallaOnnaBudget

    This will probably be a short lived victory when the Q4 results are released. I’m not an analyst but i’m sure iPhone 5 will dominate.

    • fixxmyhead

      that screen name lol. did u get that from the tosh?

  • Whiskers

    Now if Samsung will release the WP8 version on T-mobile we will have another winner.

  • Y314K

    And the way this was achieved was Samsung releasing the device across all carriers within a week an no longer then a month of each carrier… No one had to move carriers or have to over think changes to one carrier choices for this device…

    HTC will never recoup any of their cloud from before by still tying their phones to a single carrier…. Of all the new phones, Nexus 4 / Note II / Moto’s… Etc… I would of chosen the HTC Butterfly/DNA but from TMobile for both of my lines with Data… I will not move to Verizon for it no matter how much I like the phone…. So HTC… U will continue to Fail on Sales because u are still playing under old antiquated rules of exclusivity… HTC = Fail until they change this…

  • Apple with have a stylus on the iPhone 6.

  • Jose Hernandez

    Galaxy S3, best selling smartphone in the world, yet we are still waiting for the Jelly Bean update. What a Joke!!

  • Good reading here…thank you

  • James

    Let’s be real here. iPhone 5 has been out for what 6 weeks? iPhone 5 by the end of 2012 will crush the S3 sales.

    • od312

      That’s largely becsuse there are more dim bulbs in the world, as opposed to bright ones :)

      • MisterBlue

        And it’s usually the dim bulbs who call other people dim.

        • therealmikebrown

          By your logic, that would include you.

    • Kod

      Boy shutup nobody use iPhone no more

  • YourDistantCousin

    As much as I want to sing this phone’s praises, I simply cannot. So many of the GS3’s features are great, but quality control on the manufacturing end has been a serious issue both for me and for others from what I’ve read. I’ve owned two GS3’s; bought brand new from two different TMO stores (one near my work, the other closer to home). Got the first one home, very excited, and the volume button fell right off. Thought it was fluke, so I stopped by the store closest to my home to get a replacement. Got the replacement (gain brand new), and after two phone calls this time the Power button came off. I am guessing that because this phone is such a hot seller that perhaps they can’t keep up with the quality control during production. But that’s it for me for the S3; I returned it for a different phone. The One S is great so far; it does have a smaller screen, but no build issues.

  • Mirad77

    Can someone remind me of the recent lawsuit from Apple then explain to me that they didn’t see this coming.

  • Mike Mack

    I don’t care about sales. The best phone in the world is the note 2

  • Kod

    iPhone’s are the worst phone can’t see Samsung too much money….rip iPhones since 2007