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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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RE: Context
By cyberguyz on 5/17/2013 5:22:50 PM , Rating: 2
er... no LAG.


RE: Context
By retrospooty on 5/17/2013 5:49:52 PM , Rating: 2
stock unrooted? What carrier?


RE: Context
By Solandri on 5/17/2013 5:50:08 PM , Rating: 2
It wasn't the phone's processor lagging. Someone made a point about spreading a part of a video where the S4 loads up the app manager and it lagged. When you do that the first time after the phone has been turned on, Android reads all the app and widget info from flash memory to make sure it has the latest updated info. Flash memory speed is slow compared to the CPU and RAM, so if you've got a lot of apps this will take a few hundred milliseconds, which shows up in the video as lag.

It's not something you encounter in regular use, and even for the app drawer it only happens the first time you open it (unless you've opened up so many other apps that it fills RAM and force closes the app drawer which was still running in the background).

I've heard of some lag if you have the hover and eye scrolling features enabled. Since you own one, it'd be good to get your opinion on that. (I'm waiting for the rumored waterproof version coming out in July).


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