Tossing out the Apple iPhone, which has had the title for about two years, research firm Strategy Analytics said.
An estimate 18 million Galaxy S3 models in the third quarter sold last year, compared with iPhone 4S sales of 16.2 million. Take that iPhone!
The flagship Galaxy S3 saw Strong sales at the end to take the title for the year, and also it's won over most of the smartphone public even iPhone users now wish they could switch. There is no phone better on the market right now, and the GS3 which comes with a large 4.8 inch touchscreen - helped Samsung post a record $7.3 billion operating profit in the July-September quarter.
Oh, and the Galaxy SIV is on it's way soon. Apple stop player hating, and get your act together.
"Samsung's Galaxy S3 has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia," said analyst Neil Mawston, adding the new iPhone 5 would likely reclaim the top spot for Apple in the current quarter. (Reporting by Tarmo Virki; Editing by David Holmes)
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