Apple has been fighting tooth and nail to take out Samsung's Galaxy line of products, so no doubt the Cupertino-based company won't be too pleased to hear that the Galaxy S III has taken the most popular smartphone title from the iPhone 4S. According to Research firm Strategy Analytics, the Galaxy S III was the most popular smartphone in Q3 2012.
Strategy Analytics reports that Samsung's Galaxy S III shipped 18 million units worldwide during the third quarter and accounted for 10.7 percent of all smartphones shipped globally. Apple's iPhone 4S shipped 16.2 million units worldwide. This is compared to 19.4 million units in the previous quarter. Samsung shipped just 5.4 million Galaxy S III devices in the second quarter. Apple's iPhone 5, which just became available towards the end of the quarter, shipped 6 million units.
While 18 million Galaxy S IIIs is no small feat, it's important to remember that the Galaxy S III launched during the summer and is more popular than ever. The iPhone 4S, on the other hand, was launched in October of 2011 and so is considerably older. Additionally, the iPhone 4S saw its shipments impacted by the launch of the iPhone 5 in September.