Samsung Galaxy S III crosses 40 million units

The entire Galaxy lineup pushes Samsung - and Android - forward

Samsung Electronics recently announced that its flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S III, has sold over 40 million units since its launch in Summer 2012. The company says the phone currently has average daily sales of 190,000 units.

The entire Galaxy S product line has sold 100 million units for Samsung. The Galaxy S III's predecessor, the Galaxy S II, hit sales of over 40 million units in 20 months on the market.

In contrast, demand for Apple's iPhone 5 may be lower than previous models, according to reports from the Wall Street Journal, Nikkei, and the New York Times. All three outlets cite Apple's cutbacks on screen orders for the latest iPhone. The news has sent Apple's stock tumbling down to a closing price of $485.92 today, down 3.15 percent. The company is expected to share official earnings numbers on January 23.

Research firm Strategy Analytics expects that this will be the year of Samsung ascendant, with estimates of 320 million Samsung smartphones shipped in 2013 versus 180 million iPhones. Kiwoon Securities analyst Kim Sung-in told Reuters that he expects the number of Samsung phones sold to reach 320 million, with tablet sales doubling to 32 million units.

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 5 years ago
It is amazing how they have taken the fight to Apple. It really is all about screen acreage.

The problem is that it is incredibly difficult to make android worth developing for. Their owners are cheapskates (joke). Whereas Apple owners are happy to flash the cash. It will be interesting to see how MS Phone 8 owners behave.
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Dave Herod Senior Programmer, Codemasters5 years ago
I have an S2. As for spending, I'll buy apps that actually seem useful, but I spend almost nothing on games. I've bought a few when they were in sales, but I've never spent a penny on in-app purchases. I've still yet to find a single game on Android I can rate higher than "meh".
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Bryan Robertson Gameplay Programmer, Ubisoft Toronto5 years ago
I get the impression that one of Android's greatest strengths (for technical users), is also one of it's greatest downfalls when it comes to making money from the platform. The fact that it's an open platform makes it a lot easier for people to pirate games instead of paying for them. That and there are so many different kinds of Android device, with different performance characteristics, making it more difficult to develop for.

As a technical user though, I wouldn't own anything but an Android. Being able to do things like run Python on my phone is perfect for me.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd5 years ago
I buy a decent number of apps on my S3 (which is rooted and heavily customized). I don't think anyone bothers with rooting to pirate. I'm sure people do pirate on Android, but it's just as easy to jailbreak an iPhone as it is to root an Android phone.

As for sales, sure, it's tough to justify focusing on Android over iOS... right now. That won't be the case in a year or two. This is Macs vs PCs all over again. Ultimately Apple will be relegated to less than 10% of the market with Android holding a commanding 70% - 80%, if not more depending on how badly Windows Phone 8 fails. This is already the way things are moving, with Apple down to just 17% of the worldwide market and Android near 60%.

An open platform will always beat a closed one. One company, no matter how clever, can't compete with the innovation caused by competition against the entire world, and Android has clearly surpassed iOS as an operating system, while Android hardware is also clearly more compelling at this point on all sides of the market (low end and high). That's just the reality of the world, and Apple will always have a place in that world, but as with computers, that place will be a small corner with very satisfied consumers ingrained in their services, not really the dominant market driver.
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 5 years ago
I just wonder why the market is listening to those analysts. They expect a miracle, not profit . Apple sold 27 million iPhones in Q3 2012, and rumoured to sold a bit more in Q4. But will now the numbers on the 23rd.
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