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Samsung's flagship phone is king of the Android market

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) continues on its tear in the smartphone industry.  Nearly as profitable as arch-rival Apple, Inc. (AAPL) [1][2], Samsung is on pace to sell 390 million smartphones this year, an incredible number.

Early sales numbers from the Galaxy S IV are looking healthy.  Despite criticism over its plastic-body, strong marketing appears to have come through for Samsung.  The company's co-CEO JK Shin announced to The Korea Times that the handset will hit the 10 million unit sales mark next week, a mere four weeks after its global launch.

By contrast, Samsung's last-generation flagship phone, the Galaxy S IIItook seven weeks to hit that mark.

The Samsung handset had a rather bizarre unveil:

... but appears to be keeping pace sales-wise.  It should get another little boost on June 26, when an unlocked version comes to Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Play store, priced at $649 USD.

Source: Korea Times

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How to fix lag problems on the Samsung Galaxy S 4
By Mitch101 on 5/17/2013 10:31:39 AM , Rating: 3

Hopefully that’ll help. I know it’s really made my Galaxy a lot faster and even though I still see the occasional lag, it doesn’t interfere with how I use the phone any more. Now we just have to wait until Samsung rolls out an OTA update that will make the device really fly.

By retrospooty on 5/17/2013 10:53:10 AM , Rating: 2
Yup... "Sambloat" has gone beyond the absurd. I cant beleive they still include things like S-Voice. Google Now is 10x better, and faster and no bloat. the best thing to do is root it and disable every single Samsung service that isnt something you use. If I had an S4 I would kill all of them except the eye tracking. I know on my S3, its well over a dozen Samsung processes I had to disable and the S4 has more. Ridiculous.

By Mitch101 on 5/17/2013 10:59:01 AM , Rating: 2
Ive hear the nickname S'Lag for obviously Samsung Lag. HP Touchpad had similar issues where you needed to go and disable the logging levels they set because it was slowing down the device.

Still I think it embarrassing that with 8 cores it still has Lag and the average consumer wont know a thing about rooting the device get rid of it so they will have to wait for Samsung to fix.

By Flunk on 5/17/2013 11:09:30 AM , Rating: 2
Only 4 of the cores are actually usable at a time, but you're right about the bloat. This is why they have to sell a special "Google Experience" version without the crap.

By retrospooty on 5/17/2013 11:50:40 AM , Rating: 3
It has nothing to do with CPU power. It's just too much crap in memory to run efficiently given the speed and amount of memory . You could (in theory) have an 80 core I7 CPU in it and it would be the same.

By flyingpants1 on 5/18/2013 6:30:14 PM , Rating: 2
Based on what? The memory is nowhere near full capacity. It's CPU usage that causes the lag.

By crispbp04 on 5/17/2013 4:01:31 PM , Rating: 2
android is the new windows XP in terms of bloatware. There IS a such thing as too much freedom for a manufacturer. Just get an iPhone or Windows Phone and you won't have this issue.

By cyberguyz on 5/17/2013 12:24:43 PM , Rating: 2
I've recently acquired one of the Galaxy S4's (North American I337 model). I do not see any lag whatsoever even with Samsung's bloat.

For those who got on the SGS4 bandwagon really early, there were some nasty graphics and battery performance issues early on.

Those have been addressed by an OTA update. My update actually came thru when I was at the store starting it up with my SIM card.

In comparison to both of my SGS3s (both of those are running Cyanogen 10.1) I find it every bit as smooth. The Android 4.2.2 base on my SGS4 is very stable and I have had no app crashes at all. My current battery life is actually about 20% better than either of my SGS3s despite having a much faster CPU, higher density screen and (in the case of the i9300) more memory.

By ChronoReverse on 5/17/2013 6:03:09 PM , Rating: 2
The first OTA for the GS4 helped alleviate some of the lag issues for sure.

I'm running CM10.1 now though so I don't have to worry about it at all.

By Reclaimer77 on 5/18/2013 9:54:50 PM , Rating: 2
As usual with Android haters, every slight issue is a massive travesty.

The best is Mitch and his 8 cores rants, trying to equate obvious bugs in Samsung's TouchWiz UI with blanket proclamations about Android efficiency.

I guess ten plus million people didn't get the memo.

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