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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 TakinYourPoints on 11/9/2012 2:43:32 PM , Rating: 2
The S3 outselling it is impressive, but context in time is important too. It was against an old model, and it wasn't by that big a margin. I do think that Samsung needs to release a new phone quickly though, one that improves battery life and the display. Right now those are the main hardware issues I have with the S3 relative to the iPhone (pentile display and half the battery life browsing with LTE).

As for the OS, the UI not really changing isn't my biggest problem, it is silly skeumorphic designs in some of the apps like calendar and podcasts (reel-to-reel tape, seriously). It is corny as hell, but with Forstall out of the picture and Jony Ive taking over UI design there should be much greater unification with the sleek design of the hardware the software.

And as for things getting stale, since when did a UI updating every year become an important thing? I've been fine with my desktop operating systems being pretty much the same for over a decade, so I get people getting "bored" with phone UIs every year. If swapping UIs more often meant something to me then I'd have already moved my main Windows partition over to Windows 8 (btw, I'm not, haha).

There is no question that Android OS and hardware are both improving quickly, but it is still in catch up mode. Perhaps in another year or two a switch will be worth looking into, but right now the compromises in performance, app selection, display quality, battery life, and build quality are too much for me in order to gain other things (SD card, keyboards, swappable battery).

By retrospooty on 11/10/2012 6:45:41 PM , Rating: 2
A ui update every year? No, but none in 6 years is where Apple is at. And no, Android isn't catching up, not the OS, its WAY better than IOS, and anyone that says different is simply full of shiz.

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook
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