During the previous quarter, the Samsung Galaxy III continued to top the iPhone 4S as the best selling smartphone in the U.S. During the July through September quarter, the Galaxy III took 10.7 percent of the smartphone market versus 9.7 for the iPhone 4S, according to AppleInsider.
In total, 18 million Galaxy III units were sold during the quarter compared to 16.2 million for the iPhone 4S. In third place was the iPhone 5, which only launched on September 21. In its first nine days of release, the sixth-generation iPhone saw sales of 6 million units.
Late last month, Apple reported total iPhone sales during of the quarter of 26.9 million units. At the time, the company did not breakdown sales according to iPhone model. During the quarter, Apple also sold the now-retired iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.
During the month of September, the Galaxy III officially overtook the iPhone 4S as the nation’s best selling smartphone. However, that streak most likely ended the following month as the iPhone 5 took over.