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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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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.


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