Samsung’s Galaxy S III is currently the most popular smartphone in the world, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. The company said that the Galaxy S III surpassed the iPhone 4S after Samsung shipped 18 million units during the third quarter. Apple, meanwhile, shipped 16.2 million iPhone 4S units and 6 million iPhone 5 units during the quarter. Taking all iPhone models into consideration, Apple still has the lead.

“The Galaxy S3 captured an impressive 11 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever,” Strategy Analytics senior analyst Neil Shah said. The firm said that Samsung won’t hold the crown for long, however.

“Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia,” Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Maston said. “However, the Galaxy S3′s position as the world’s best-selling smartphone model is likely to be short-lived. The Apple iPhone 5 has gotten off to a solid start already with an estimated 6.0 million units shipped globally during Q3 2012. We expect the new iPhone 5 to out-ship Samsung’s Galaxy S3 in the coming fourth quarter of 2012 and Apple should soon reclaim the title of the world’s most popular smartphone model.”

[via Strategy Analytics]