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Samsung's Galaxy S III continues to be a big seller

Apple may be basking in glory of the iPhone 5, but Samsung has a heavyweight champion of its own in the smartphone sector. Samsung this weekend announced that it has shipped 30 million of its latest flagship smartphone: the Galaxy S III.
 
The Galaxy S III has only been on the market since May, so that makes the feat even more astounding. Incredibly, the Galaxy S III's sales performance vastly outpaces that of its predecessor -- it took Samsung 14 months to cross the 30 million unit sales threshold with the Galaxy S II.
 
 
The Galaxy S III played a big roll in Samsung's blockbuster Q3 earnings report. The South Korean company saw $7.4 billion in profit (up 90 percent from the same period a year ago), which was mostly buoyed by 56.3 million smartphones shipped during the quarter.

Samsung has also struck a cord with audiences with its humorous television commercials that poke fun at rabid Apple fans that wait in long lines to purchase the latest iDevice.

Source: BusinessWeek



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Good or bad thing, is the ultimate question.
By quiksilvr on 11/5/2012 9:44:33 AM , Rating: 3
I was hoping that companies such as Motorola, HTC and LG would step up to the challenge of Samsung and create a nice level playing field where multiple Android phone manufacturers would have a strong hold in the market.

But that isn't the case. Motorola only exists in the world of Verizon, HTC is in free fall, and LG's only saving grace right now is the Nexus 4 (and Optimus G).

It makes one wonder if Samsung's success is really a success for the mobile operating system that is Android, or is this the worrysome path of a duopoly between Samsung and Apple.




RE: Good or bad thing, is the ultimate question.
By jjlj on 11/5/2012 10:06:42 AM , Rating: 2
While I own an S3, I and come from a Galaxy Nexus and a Droid X before that and BB Curve before that. I have no loyalty to any one manufacture. I got the S3 over the razr max hd as a split second decision and I'm happy with my choice so far.

Who knows what my next phone will be. I do hope motorola puts out some killer new phones in the next few years.


By retrospooty on 11/5/2012 10:50:47 AM , Rating: 2
" I do hope motorola puts out some killer new phones in the next few years."

That is what they are saying. The Google input wont see any devices until late 2013. The current crop of Razr's etc are all Motorola designed from prior to Google. Cant wait either.


By Samus on 11/5/2012 11:50:25 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know man, I own a LOT of Samsung stuff. I keep buying Samsung because of my great experiences with the brand.

I'm on my third consecutive Samsung cell phone (Samsung Transform, Conquer 4G, Galaxy S3) meanwhile owning a 46" Samsung D6600 TV, a Samsung washer/dryer, Samsung 830 SSD, Samsung 24" LCD (although I had to solder in a new capacitor that blew, common problem) and various other Samsung do-dads. The list goes on, there must be a dozen Samsung products in my house, some not even by choice, but many are.

It used to be Sony was the go-to brand for electronics in the 80's-90's. In the late 90's and 00's the market was fragmented because Sony quality fell, new brands materialized, and most production was outsourced to China for electronics. Toshiba began Chinese television production in 2004, joining the rest of its Japanese rivals.

The problem with Chinese production isn't that the Chinese make crap, it's that they are given peanuts to manufacture products and simply can't do it at high quality for those peanuts. The Chinese are clearly capable of making quality products (HTC for example) but they have positioned themselves as a 3rd tier manufacturing partner, based entirely on price. The quality is reflected in this price. 2nd tier manufacturing countries like Taiwan, S. Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, etc are more expensive, but the quality is higher because of this.

What I'm saying, is if we were willing to pay the Chinese more to manufacture products, they would do a better job. Conspiracy theorists would say we intentionally pay them peanuts to manufacture in order to make homeland products look superior, but big business doesn't work on conspiracy. It works on profit.


By retrospooty on 11/5/2012 12:00:03 PM , Rating: 4
You are starting to sound as narrow minded as Tony. Well, TODAY only Samsung is making multiple billions, so no-one else matters and never will. Let it play out, this is all just in its infancy and you have already declared a winner.

Last time I checked (this weekend BTW) you can walk in to pretty much any mobile phone store and buy Android phones from Samsung, Moto, HTC, LG, Sony , Google itself, and several smaller ones.

HTC and LG have some killer phones on the way, and next year we will start seeing Google input on moto phones.

So far, no-one has won, the only thing that is clear is 2 losers. Palm and RIMM. Palm couldnt make decent hardware if it's life depended on it (and it did) and RIMM cant innovate anywhere close to fast enough. The rest is up for grabs.


By TakinYourPoints on 11/5/2012 12:38:08 PM , Rating: 2
There are other devices out there but Samsung is far and away the only ones outside of Apple having any wild success in the market. You can certainly buy other phones, hell, there are loads of great WP devices out there, but it doesn't mean that people are buying them in any real numbers. Everyone's numbers are reflecting that, just look at how much financial trouble HTC is in right now.

HTC and the other losers in the Android race can turn themselves around, certainly, but that's more far fetched than Samsung continuing to dominate way that they have. I don't claim to have a crystal ball, but momentum does count for a lot. Public opinion of those others continue to decline.

I didn't even discount other Android manufacturers btw, there is a difference between disappearing completely and being a distant second/third place.


By retrospooty on 11/5/2012 12:47:21 PM , Rating: 2
"It'll certainly end up being a duopoly"

All I am saying it that this whole smartphone thing is in its infancy. Android is now outselling iPhone 5 to 1 and that gap is widening every quarter in this growing market. There is plenty of room for any vendor to step to the front. Right now its Samsung... That is nothing more than right now.


By TakinYourPoints on 11/5/2012 9:31:53 PM , Rating: 1
I'm assuming that you're talking about the entirety of Samsung's devices (crap-phones and top of the line). If we're comparing top of the line then Samsung is far from top, the prior iPhone cleared 30 million in almost half the time the S3 did, and the iPhone 5 looks to do more than that in a single quarter.

Not that I care for sales matches like you and Swash do. Only consideration for me is that a platform has enough users and developer support to make it solid for applications. Hence my use of Windows, OS X, and iOS. After that marketshare really doesn't matter much to me as I don't engage in bragging contests like much of this board does.


By ShaolinSoccer on 11/5/2012 1:04:43 PM , Rating: 2
My first smartphone was an HTC 4g. Was quite happy with that. Now I have a Samsung GS3 and quite happy with that. When I'm ready to upgrade, I'll buy whatever I think is the best phone for me at that time. Might be a totally different company. Though I will admit that I wish I waited and got the Samsung Note 2 lol.


RE: Good or bad thing, is the ultimate question.
By xti on 11/5/2012 3:03:29 PM , Rating: 2
I wish I had waited for the Note2 as well instead of GS3.

it was my first android phone coming from apple IP4, the GS3 is a good phone, there are some OS stuff i wish was cleaner, but thats not necessarily samsungs fault.

made me appreciate iOS a lot more, but still happy with GS3


By Pirks on 11/6/2012 4:19:31 PM , Rating: 2
hehe, losers :P

*caressing my Note 1*


By inperfectdarkness on 11/6/2012 2:24:03 AM , Rating: 2
i personally wish sanyo had never been bought by kyocera. sanyo was the greatest manufacturer in the market until that happened. the awards speak for themselves.


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