Samsung shipped 18 million SIII handsets during the quarter, compared to Apple’s 16.2 million iPhone 4S units. Of course, the iPhone 5, towards the end of that period, likely cannibalized 4S sales. Strategy Analytics thinks the iPhone 5 will likely trump Samsung in Q4.
Global smartphone shipments grew +39% annually in Q3 2012. Android beat iOS in Q3 smartphone market share by nearly 5-to-1.