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iPhone 5 is expected to take the top spot in Q4

Research firm Strategy Analytics has announced its smartphone market share numbers for Q3 2012. The numbers show that Samsung Galaxy S III overtook the Apple iPhone 4S to become the world's best selling smartphone for Q3.

Samsung shipped 18 million Galaxy S III smartphones during Q3 of 2012. The quantity of units shipped gave Samsung's smart phone 11% of the smartphone market globally. Strategy Analytics attributes the Galaxy S III's large touchscreen and extensive distribution around the world along with generous operator subsidies as the main reasons for the smartphones success.

Apple shipped 16.2 million iPhone 4S smartphones, giving it second place in the global smartphone market. Much of the reason that the iPhone slipped from the top spot was because consumers were holding off to purchase the anticipated iPhone 5 at the end of Q3. Apple shipped 6 million units of the iPhone 5 in Q3 of 2012 with very little time on market.
 
The total number of smartphones shipped in Q3 of 2012 added up to 167.8 million.

The Samsung Galaxy S III grew its market share significantly between Q2 of 2012 and Q3 growing from 3.5% to 10.7% of the global market. Comparatively, the iPhone 4S slipped from 12.7% of the market in Q2 of 2012 to 9.7%. The brand-new iPhone 5 grabbed 3.6% of the market.
 
However, the research firm expects the win for Samsung to be very short-lived. Strategy Analytics says that it expects the iPhone 5 to out ship the Galaxy S III in Q4 2012 allowing the iPhone to regain the title as the world's most popular smartphone.

Source: Strategy Analytics



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By JackBurton on 11/8/2012 10:36:30 AM , Rating: -1
Please, I like how the Android boneheads like skew the numbers. Let's compare apples to apples (no pun intended). Comparing every junk phone you can install an Android OS on to a SINGLE iPhone is not an apples to apples comparison. You can ONLY get iOS on an iPhone, so there is no point comparing OS sales numbers. Well, unless you just want to mislead people.

If you want a TRUE comparison, compare ANY Android phone model to ANY iPhone, and let's see how those numbers look.


By retrospooty on 11/8/2012 1:22:40 PM , Rating: 1
You cant compare Apples to Apples because Apple has only 1 model. Android is so much more than that. That is Androids strength. At this point, with Jelly BEan it is a far better OS and those 2 facts are why is is outselling iPhone 5 to 1. That was 2.5 to 1 last year, 4 to 1 earlier this year and will be 7 to 1 by the end of next year. Android is sprinting while IOS stagnates. Deal with it.


By kmmatney on 11/9/2012 6:42:42 AM , Rating: 2
"At this point, with Jelly BEan it is a far better OS and those 2 facts are why is is outselling iPhone 5 to 1."

Except that the GSIII doesn't come with jelly bean (and hardly any Android phones do, for that matter).


By retrospooty on 11/9/2012 7:00:06 AM , Rating: 2
Good point . Its outselling IOS 5 to 1 and that was primarily with lesser OS. Now that job is out and far better than iOS the widening gap will widen even faster.


By theapparition on 11/12/2012 9:59:07 AM , Rating: 1
Someone should tell Apple, as they like to report iOS activations, which also include iPad. Also, there is not only one iPhone model. Right now, you can buy 3. iPhone 5, iPhone 4S on discount and iPhone 4 on BOGO or free offers.

You act like this is your life. I find it quite pathetic when people have to align themselves so much with a product or ideal because they have no self worth. In reality, can't you be happy for yourself and those that make a different choice than yours.


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