Report: Android Phone Tops iPhone in Sales
The Samsung Galaxy S III is now the world's most popular smartphone model, barely edging out the iPhone 4S. However, this likely won't last.
The iPhone has fallen from its throne — at least for now.
Android has long been the market leader on the operating system side, but now an individual Android phone, Samsung’s Galaxy S III, has outsold an iPhone in a single quarter.
The report, from research firm Strategy Analytics, shows that the Galaxy S III sold 18 million units in the third quarter, giving it 10.7 percent of the market. Apple’s iPhone 4S, on the other hand, sold 16.2 million units — good for a close second place and 9.7 percent of the market, but not good enough to top Samsung, a competitor that it has been battling on the legal front worldwide.
But don’t expect this number to last. Apple’s sales were likely affected by the long-rumored iPhone 5, which was released just days before the quarter ended. Even so, the iPhone 5 still managed to sell 6 million units, good for third place.
“We expect the new iPhone 5 to out-ship Samsung’s Galaxy S III in the coming fourth quarter of 2012 and Apple should soon reclaim the title of the world’s most popular smartphone model,” Strategy Analytics’ Neil Mawston said in a statement.
Nonetheless, Android is still by far the most popular operating system — counting for 68.1 percent of the worldwide mobile market, according to research firm IDC.
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