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Samsung overtakes Apple as top smartphone seller

Apple may have leapfrogged Nokia in July to sell the most smart phones in the world, but now Samsung has taken the lead.

This bodes well for the Galaxy Nexus: Samsung now sells more smart phones than any other company in the world, reports The Wall Street Journal. That's right, it's bigger than both Apple and Nokia.

Apple overtook Nokia in the summer, and holding off Samsung until now, but Samsung then sold more than 20 million smart phones in the three months ending 30 September. Nokia is still the biggest phone maker by volume, but Samsung is tops in terms of smart phones. Which is what it's all about nowadays, in developed markets anyway.

And we're sure Android has a lot to do with it.

Earlier this year Samsung stopped making public its smart phone sales numbers. Industry observers point out that Samsung's numbers are shipments while Apple's are sales, but the two figures might not be vastly different, reports Mac Rumors.

The good times will continue forth, if the Galaxy Nexus turns out to be as good as it looks. It was unveiled earlier this week, and boasts a 4.65-inch screen with pin-sharp clarity. It's also the first to run Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Google's mobile OS. It's even slimmer than Motorola's Droid Razr at points -- now that's seriously slim.

Inside are a 1.2GHz processor, 32GB storage, and NFC for wireless payments and communicating with other phones. Image-wise, there's a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording HD movies.

All of these make it a more than worthy challenger to Apple's iPhone 4S. You can see an in-depth comparison of the two along with the Motorola Droid Razr right here.

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