Samsung CEO JK Shin expects the Samsung Galaxy S4 to surpass 10 million sales next week, less than a month after its debut. The milestone will make the new device the fastest-selling Samsung smartphone to date, a title that’s currently held by its predecessor, the Galaxy S III.
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Android and iOS managed to grab a whopping 92.3% of all smartphone shipments during the first quarter of 2013, with a total of 199.5 million units sold worldwide. There are no prizes for guessing which of the two platforms grabbed the most market share.
As successor to the hugely successful Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S4 always had big boots to fill — but it appears to be doing that with ease. In just four days last month, Samsung shipped a staggering 4 million Galaxy S4 handsets. It’s now on track to ship 10 million by the end of May.
Samsung is hoping to break its previous sales records and ship a whopping 500 million smartphones during 2013, according to sources in the Korean company’s supply chain, who have been speaking to DigiTimes.
One display manufacturer in China is said to be shipping approximately 10 million panels per month for Samsung’s entry-level and midrange devices.
Apple is beginning to close the gap on Samsung over shipments of smart connected devices, which includes computers, smartphones, and tablets. The Cupertino company grabbed 20.3% of the market by the end of 2012, according to IDC, while Samsung just about had the edge with a 21.2% share.
There’s good news and bad news for both iOS and Android fans in the latest report from research firm IDC.
The good news (for Android) is that by the end of this year, Android will account for most of the tablets in the world, with a 48.8% marketshare to Apple’s 46 percent.
AT&T will announce its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 later this month, but the carrier has today confirmed that the quarter saw its “best-ever” sales of both Android and iOS devices. More than 10 million smartphones were sold during the three-month period, with an average of more than 110,000 smartphone sales a day.
Samsung’s request to keep some of its sales data sealed in an ongoing patent dispute with Apple in the United States has been denied by District Judge Lucy Koh. The Korean electronics giant wanted to keep its figures secret while it appeals an earlier sealing order, but it will now have to disclose the information to Apple.
Shin Jong-kyun, the president of Samsung’s information technology and mobile communication division, was proud to announce that the Galaxy S III has surpassed 10 million devices sold (globally) in just under two months. Samsung not only created an amazing device, but made a wise decision to not only launch the device globally, but to make it available on all major carriers.
Not many surprises here. According to the latest research from the NPD Group, Android and iOS continue to dominate the OS arms race. Combined, these two powerhouse operating systems account for 90% of smartphone sales. Report after report, we continue to see the same thing: Android an iOS on top.