Samsung Thumps Apple And Nokia On Phone Sales

 

  • Galaxy S3 is its top-seller
  • Android is top on smartphone OS
  • Lumia 920 sales to prop up Nokia

Samsung has finished first in the race of highest mobile phone sales for the third quarter of 2012, out-running Apple and Nokia.

 

  • Galaxy S3 is its top-seller
  • Android is top on smartphone OS
  • Lumia 920 sales to prop up Nokia

Samsung has finished first in the race of highest mobile phone sales for the third quarter of 2012, out-running Apple and Nokia.

According to technology research firm Gartner, Samsung sold 98 million phones in Q3, gaining a 22.9% market share. Its top-selling smartphone of the quarter is the Galaxy S3.

In the sub-market of smartphones, Samsung sold 55 million units, while Apple sold 23.6 million. For the mobile phone numbers for the quarter, Nokia outsold Apple with 82 million sales, though it only sold 7.2 million smartphones.

For the lower-end phone segment, Nokia continued to dominate and has just now begun to see sales from its Windows Phone 8 Lumia 920.

The launch of new Lumia devices with Windows Phone 8 should halt Nokia's decline in the fourth quarter, says Gartner. However, there may not be large improvement to Nokia's position until next year, it adds.

For BlackBerry, Research In Motion placed third on the smartphone vendor front, while HTC was number four. However, according to Gartner analyst Anshul Gupta, that could quickly change.

"Both HTC and RIM have seen their sales declining in past few quarters, and the challenges might prevent them from holding on to their current rankings in coming quarters," he says.

Meanwhile, Android continues to come on top for smartphone operating systems, taking 72.4% of the pie on devices sold in the third quarter. Apple iOS represented 13.9% of devices sold, while BlackBerry had 5.3%. Windows Phone represented 2.4%.

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