Galaxy S III: The World’s Best-Selling Smartphone (for now)

It’s been a great ride, but the iPhone 4S is no longer the world’s top-selling smartphone. That distinction now belongs to the Samsung Galaxy S III. Here’s VentureBeat with the details:

“Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone model shipped 18.0 million units worldwide  during the third quarter of 2012,” Neil Shah, a senior analyst with Strategy Analytics said. “The Galaxy S3 captured an  impressive 11 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally.”

In the same quarter, Apple shipped 16.2 million iPhone 4S units. That  second-place finish was partially achieved due to the widely-rumored iPhone 5,  which motivated consumers to hold off on purchases.

While it’s doubtless nice for Samsung to hold the title, the Korean company  should not get too comfortable, says Neil Mawston, Strategy Analytics executive  director.

“The Galaxy S3’s position as the world’s best-selling smartphone model is  likely to be short-lived … 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.”

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