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Announcement comes from companies CEO JK Shin

Samsung launched its Galaxy S4 smartphone back in April and the device has proven to be incredibly popular. It took the smartphone about two months to sell 20 million units and four months after launch to hit 30 million units. As the phone has aged and competition increased, it's sales pace has declined.

The Galaxy S4 sold only about 5 million units in August. However, Samsung CEO JK Shin recently stated that over 40 million Galaxy S4 smartphones have been sold globally since the device launched. Considering the phone is been around for about six months, this is an impressive feat for Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S IV

Samsung has continued to roll out some interesting new products following the launch of the Galaxy S4. Most recently, Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The Galaxy Note 3 has impressed both reviewers and customers; however, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch has proven to be rather unloved in many reviews.

Source: Sammobile

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RE: Impressive.
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/24/2013 6:44:05 PM , Rating: 2
While I love my 16GB GS4 to bits, Samsung shot themselves in the foot with this one. Here's how:

Samsung created both 16GB and 32GB versions of this phone and equipped them with MicroSD card slots that can handle another 64GB in both models. The problem is they limited sales of the 32GB version of this phone only to select vendors in the U.S. To date you still can't get a 32GB SGS4 in Canada without smuggling one from an American AT&T store.

While that doesn't appear to be a problem, you need to realize that with all the bloat and crap Samsung loads up their phones with, that 16GB shrinks down to about 7GB of usable storage. To make matters worse, all versions of Android from Ice Cream Sandwich onwards do not allow you to store your apps on external storage. This is a conscious design decision by Google and it will not change for the base Android OS. That pretty much made having such a high capacity MicroSD slot pointless. So those with 16GB SGS4s were pretty much screwed after paying almost $700 for their phones.

Word spread like wildfire.

After a huge amount of complaints and threats of lawsuits from early 16GB SGS4 owners, Samsung released a proprietary patch that allows apps to be moved to external storage. Unfortunately that was too little - too late. The damage was already done. Those who lived in locations that could not get a 32GB SGS4 looked to other options and turned away from Samsung. To this day you still can't get a 32GB SGS4 anywhere in Canada and only AT&T in the U.S. (AFAIK Verizon & T-Mobile don't offer 32GB SGS4s).

To be honest I am surprised that Samsung sold as many of these that it did with this attitude.

Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade my SGS4 for any other phone on the market (except maybe a 32GB Krait-based SGS4 ;) ) since I know how to get around Samsung's screwups. Most owners unfortunately don't my little tricks.

RE: Impressive.
By retrospooty on 10/24/2013 10:39:45 PM , Rating: 2
There's one trick for Samsung phones that all should do. Completely wipe it and load a custom ROM because Samsung's ROMs are sheeeut. wouldn't have the problem with 16gb if there weren't so much bloatware. Absolutely out of control rediculous. takes up all the storage and it takes up all the RAM. That's the reason to note 3 has 3gb ram, to manage the bloat.

RE: Impressive.
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/25/2013 10:11:42 AM , Rating: 2
Oh I agree to a point. Samsung's ROMS are far too bloated and eat up all the resources on your phone.

Problem is that most roms available on xda-developers require your phone to first be rooted and have a custom recovery installed. Both of which will void the warranty and bump your customer image counter all by themselves without getting into the nice, lean, custom rom.

The average joe is not going to want to take on this kind of risk, and instead of buying the 16GB SGS4 will look to the 32GB from Motorola, LG, HTC and as much as I hate to say this --- Apple.

RE: Impressive.
By Reclaimer77 on 10/25/2013 11:55:59 AM , Rating: 2
Do you realize how small apps are? Its hyperbole to state that SD cards are now useless.

You're making a non-issue into a travesty.

RE: Impressive.
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/26/2013 9:52:05 AM , Rating: 2
I know that, but perception is still 99% of reality.

Most possible potential SGS4 ownrs don't have the same technical savvy as either you or I. They saw a very powerful 16GB smartphone selling for $600-$700 that has only 7GB of usable storage. The common response was "WTF!!?? No Thanks! I'll buy one of (LG,HTC,Motorola)'s 32GB smartphones".

If Samsung wants to know why GS4 sales are not as strong as the SGS3's, maybe they should reflect on what it is they made available to the world markets when the released them.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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