Before Apple iPhone 5 Launch, Samsung Galaxy S III is Top Seller

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Samsung’s flagship mobile product, the Galaxy S III, became the top selling smartphone in U.S.  during the month of August, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley, Business Insider reported Tuesday. The Galaxy S III supplanted the iPhone 4S as the best selling individual smartphone for the first time since the 4S launched last October.

Apple’s iOS trails Google’s Android OS overall in the U.S. and worldwide smartphone markets, but the iPhone has long been among the best selling phones in the category. This is due to the fact that Android’s overall marketshare is divided into literally hundreds of different products from dozens of manufacturers, while Apple produces just three smartphones: the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S.

Samsung Galaxy S III Top U.S. Smartphone August

The news of the Galaxy S III’s ascension to the top of the U.S. smartphone sales race is good, yet certainly temporary, news for the Korean electronics manufacturer. Apple is widely expected to unveil the next generation iPhone this month, and sales have slowed as a reflection of that expectation.

The Galaxy S III is also now facing legal action in the United States. After Apple’s patent infringement victory in late August, the Cupertino company has added the Galaxy S III to a list of allegedly infringing devices in a separate patent dispute with Samsung.

As a result, smartphone sales numbers recorded in August should be markedly different in the months ahead as Apple and other smartphone makers release new products and the market awaits the findings of the Samsung injunction hearings.

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2 Comments

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Ok, whoah!!! The GSIII and GN are the subject of a different suit Apple filed against Samsung in the same court in February, 2012. They are not part of the suit where the jury just returned a verdict. The December hearing is for the previous suit to decide if any of the previously listed phones will be banned. Few expect a temporary ban on the GSIII before March. Court just doesn’t move that fast, nor should it on an entirely new list of alleged violations.

Jim Tanous

Hi Brad,

Yes, you are absolutely correct. The connection of the S III to the injunction hearing was an error on my part. The article has been updated to identify that it is related to the separate litigation.

Thanks for catching that!

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