Samsung Galaxy S II rear

Earlier this month Nokia posted its Q1 2012 earnings that included some pretty rough results, and now a report is claiming that the Finnish firm has lost its position as world's largest phone manufacturer. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung surpassed Nokia in Q1 2012 in terms of handsets shipped, with Samsung moving a total of 93.5 million phones worldwide, 44.5 million of which were smartphones. Nokia is said to have shipped 82.7 million phones in the quarter. Rounding out the list of the top three worldwide handset vendors is Apple, which Strategy Analytics says shipped 35.1 million handsets in Q1 2012. The research firm also notes that in Q1 2012, Apple and Samsung together made up over half of the world's smartphone shipments, with the two companies being responsible for a total of 55 percent of all smartphones shipped during the quarter.

In other Samsung news, it seems that one company executive may have slipped up and referred to the Galaxy S II successor by name. Up until now Samsung has been referring to the device as its "next Galaxy," but last night during Samsung's Q1 2012 earnings call last night, senior VP Robert Yi said that the company is "anticipating very strong demand for Galaxy S3." Of course, since the name was spoken and not actually written out, it's not clear whether the name may be "Galaxy S3" or "Galaxy S III." It's worth noting, though, that the name "Galaxy S3" was recently spied in Samsung's own Kies software, suggesting that that could be the moniker of the device that'll likely be debuting on May 3rd. The good news is that we're now less than a week out from Samsung's big shindig in London and the end of the rumors and speculation surrounding the next Galaxy handset. Stay tuned.

Via The Verge (1), (2), Samsung, Strategy Analytics (1), (2)

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