Having just crossed the 30 million mark some three days ago, Samsung’s Galaxy S III is making headlines again today as it was just named the best selling smartphone across the globe in Q3 2013, beating out the iPhone by nearly two million units.
If you had any doubts about Samsung’s commanding position in not only Android, but the market in general, let them end here. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung managed to sell 18 million Galaxy S IIIs this past quarter, while the iPhone 4S sold 16.2 million.
Android phones managing to outsell iOS phones is nothing new. Android accounted for 75% of smartphone sales overall in Q3 2012. But any single handset still has trouble tackling the iPhone in a head-to-head numbers match. The Samsung Galaxy S III managed to take the spot of best selling phone in the US early last September. Doing the same thing on a global scale is impressive to say the least.
Unfortunately, Samsung’s victory is still bittersweet. Obtaining the position of best-selling phone in the world is no easy task, but Samsung was just able to edge out the iPhone 4S. A phone that released in October of 2011. These latest numbers don’t include the iPhone 5. So there’s a good chance Samsung’s victory will be short lived.
Still, if today’s news makes on thing clear, it’s that Samsung and Android are forces to be reckoned with. And that won’t be changing anytime soon.