Samsung's Galaxy S III outsold the iPhone last quarter

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



1. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Here come the flame wars....

15. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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…

55. Connie.Linghus

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 14, 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.

61. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

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


Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

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

90. dragonite99 unregistered

r u serious?????

94. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 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

25. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

59. Connie.Linghus

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

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

60. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

68. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

We can look for Ardent1....who claimed the GS3 was getting 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"

49. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 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

53. fanboy

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 07, 2011

stop plzzz

73. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 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...

56. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

69. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 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.

50. Apple-Royally-

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

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

85. Angkor

Posts: 108; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

2. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012


14. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

^^only comment needed.

3. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 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.

5. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

cool story bro

28. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 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."

4. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

baa baa i need iPhone baa baa


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

6. zzzzz

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

30. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

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

71. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

40. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

72. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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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