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Samsung's Galaxy S III outsold the iPhone last quarter

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Samsung's Galaxy S III outsold the iPhone last quarter
Here on PA we’ve noted before that the iPhone has an asymmetrical sales arc – initial sales are always huge, and that push continues through the holidays leading to monster Q4 sales numbers, and in the U.S. the result is Apple bumping up a few percentage points in the overall market share numbers. In Q1 their numbers usually stay strong as production catches up with demand. Buy Q2 of the following year Android starts to reassert its market share numbers, and in Q3 iPhone fans usually know enough to wait for the next model, practically conceding the market share game for a quarter.

And that isn’t just in terms of aggregate sales across an entire mobile operating system, as Samsung’s mammoth Galaxy S III launch was enough to unseat the iPhone last quarter as the best selling phone in the U.S. That information comes from Michael Walkley of Canaccord Genuity, who did channel checks on all four of the major U.S. carriers. The iPhone 4S has a mild handicap since they don’t offer a version on T-Mobile while Samsung launched versions of their phone for all four carriers, but in reality the Galaxy S III ended the quarter as the top seller for both Spring and Verizon even with the head to head competition.

Samsung isn’t likely to hold on to the title for long – there are some major product announcements coming from others in the Android camp, and there will be also be a major push for Windows Phone 8 devices in Q3. And perhaps most significantly, Apple just made it official that the iPhone 5 will be shown off on September 12th, and we would expect the device to go on sale later in the month or early October, after which it will presumably reclaim the title of best-selling phone for a least a couple of quarters.

Still, we imagine that executives at Samsung headquarters are looking to be cheered up right about now, and these numbers must bring a bit of a smile to them as they ponder their next set of legal maneuvers.

source: Canaccord Genuity via BI

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posted on 04 Sep 2012, 14:07 4

1. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Here come the flame wars....

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 14:30 10

15. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


please dont incite it… just say something knowledgable if you feel like commenting such as how this reflects a small portion of iphone sales that slump due to the expected new model…

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 15:57 4

55. Connie.Linghus (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


We must remember that this victory is only temporary as, when the New iPhone is released with all its' new features and the tremendously huge expansion in iPhone screen size, all current Android flagship devices will become iNsiGniFiCant and Apple will once again rule like it did in its' hayday for the iGods have spoken.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 16:08 11

61. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


"Tremendously huge expansion"??? What, are they making an iPhablet? That would be revolutionary! Changing everything, again...

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 17:09 9

67. MATOZ (Posts: 74; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


do you said: "huge ... screen size"?
let me .... give you a HUGE .... ja! (laugh)... to you!

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 20:45 1

90. dragonite99 (unregistered)


r u serious?????

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 00:26

94. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


yes, because people are st*pid who want to have monopolized market without proper competition through ridiculous patents and rotten and ill behaviour of Apple:
goo [dot] gl/AWKfX

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 14:39 21

25. tedkord (Posts: 12285; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It's to bad Taco was banned. He could explain why his "inside sources" told him the Galaxy S3 was a flop, not selling in the US.

Unless, of course, that was his evil spoofing twin.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 16:06 3

59. Connie.Linghus (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


Again, he was banned. Why is this site so restrictive? What happened to truth and justice (and, the American way)?

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 16:08 21

60. tedkord (Posts: 12285; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I don't know about justice or the American Way, but truth and Taco are mutually exclusive.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 17:26 4

68. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


We can look for Ardent1....who claimed the GS3 was getting returned....in droves.....after the verdict.

I love it when Apple fanboys are wrong. That needs to be the name of a show "When Fanboyism Goes Bad"

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 15:39

49. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


its an android variant (aka copy cat) of the iPhone so of course the features people want of the Iphone combined with the most popular OS and the name of Samsung its only natural for people to gravitate to that device.

Just because it sold the most its not the best that is in the eye of the beholder

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 15:53 4

53. fanboy (Posts: 38; Member since: 07 Mar 2011)


stop plzzz

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 17:36

73. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


it was a joke in response to the verdict of the lawsuit.
but between s voice and s cloud s beam and the home button it is an iphone variant...

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 15:58 13

56. tedkord (Posts: 12285; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It's superior to the iPhone 4s in every respect.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 17:27

69. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


I see zero alike visually or with the interface that is anything like an iPhone, in my opinion. Also, the iPhone 5 isn't adding any features that haven't been available on many Android platforms for about a year or more.

These(iPhones) are not the droids you are looking for. Move along.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 15:45 1

50. Apple-Royally- (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)


Bad news for iPhone, but the new iPhone will bring sales back to normal.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 19:56 1

85. Angkor (Posts: 108; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Galaxy S3 is a short term victory wait until iPhone 5 is release, those iPhone lovers will be sleeping in line for it may be a week in advance.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 14:09 16

2. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Yeaaaaaaaaahhhh!

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 14:29 5

14. nicholassss (Posts: 368; Member since: 10 May 2012)


^^only comment needed.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 14:12 16

3. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Are you serious? Was this unexpected to ANYBODY!?!? Of course it outsold the iPhone. Not only because it's the arguably best phone on the market, but also because of the expected announcement/release of the new iPhone.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 14:15 1

5. StreetNerd (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


cool story bro

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 14:41 12

28. tedkord (Posts: 12285; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Most of us expected it. But it's nice to see in print, especially since some here claimed that it was flopping in the US. Well, one did anyway, according to his "inside sources."

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 14:14 6

4. sarb009 (Posts: 310; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


baa baa i need iPhone baa baa

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 20:27 1

88. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


OMG lmfao that was really so funny...
I can't stop laughing sarb009! O GOD.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 14:20 4

6. zzzzz (Posts: 18; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Coward Samsung releases their phone when there is no new models released... Cheap Samsung...

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 14:45 16

30. ibap (Posts: 765; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


So I suppose if Apple did something similar, you'd say it was just good market strategy?

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 17:30

71. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly.

The hypocrisy and logic from the pro Apple folks is amazing.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 14:58 6

40. ph00ny (Posts: 1267; Member since: 26 May 2011)


so they should change their product cycle to meet apple's? That sounds well dumb

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 17:31

72. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea...last time I checked...that was good business. Why even try to compete with the media frenzy of a new iPhone release?

Its called smart business.

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