Samsung sells 30 million Galaxy S IIIs, nudging iPhone

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Although Android devices dominate the smartphone market, no single phone model could claim similar sales to the iPhone—until now. Samsung says its Galaxy S III has sold more than 30 million units worldwide in the past five months since its release.

The Galaxy S III hit that milestone in 157 days, selling three times more than the predecessor Galaxy S II in the same period, according to Samsung. In comparison, Apple says in its latest quarterly report that it sold 26.9 million iPhones in the past quarter.

The launch of the iPhone 5 has not significantly slowed demand for the Galaxy S III, though. Based on Samsung’s numbers, the company sold some 10 million devices since the iPhone 5 went on sale. The Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch display, 0.8 inches larger than the iPhone 5. Smartphone with even bigger screens from Samsung have been selling well, too, as the Galaxy Note II sold 3 million units in 30 days since launch.

Has the iPhone peaked?

Android was found on three out of every four smartphones shipped during the third quarter of 2012, IDC researchers report, and the percentage of smartphone owners who say they will definitely or probably buy another Apple handset has also declined for the first time.

Research from Strategy Analytics finds that 88 percent of U.S. iPhone owners are likely to buy another Apple device, a decrease from 93 percent last year. In Western Europe this stands at 75 percent a decrease from 88 percent last year.

"There is no doubt that Apple is continuing its success in retaining existing user base while attracting new customers," says Paul Brown, a director at Strategy Analytics. "However, negative press prompted by a perceived lack of recent innovation by Apple has meant we are starting to see some growth in the number of previously highly loyal consumers who are now reconsidering whether or not they will purchase a new iPhone for their next device."

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