Samsung grabs smartphone sales crown from Apple

Samsung Overtakes Apple

Samsung is suddenly the world’s largest smartphone seller, for now anyway, having shipped 27.8 million units between July and September. That gives the South Korean company nearly 24 percent of the global smartphone market, which has been driven by its adoption of Google’s Android mobile operating system.

Samsung has demonstrated that it is possible, at least in the short term, to differentiate and grow by using the Android ecosystem,” said Alex Spektor, an analyst at Strategy Analytics.

Apple comes in second place with 17.1 percent, but it is important to note that the iPhone 4S, the slimmed-down, faster version of the iPhone 4, wasn’t launched until the fourth quarter, so many consumers might have been holding out for that.

Nokia, meanwhile, remains in third place with 16.8 percent market share. However, the Finnish company is still on top of the overall mobile market with a 27.3%, followed by Samsung with 22.6% and LG with 5.4%.

The news that Samsung is noticeably overtaking Apple will likely give the Cupertino-based company cause to redouble its legal efforts. Reports say Steve Jobs had vowed to do everything he could to “destroy” the Android, which he accused of copying the iOS. According to a soon-to-be-released biography about the departed Apple co-founder, Jobs was quoted as saying that “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong.”