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In 6 Months, Samsung Has Sold 40 Million Galaxy S4s Worldwide

The complete domination and saturation of the Android market continues to go to Samsung with the latest comment on Galaxy S4 sales. Speaking to Korean News, Samsung CEO JK Shin reported that the S4 has already pushed 40 million units to people around the world. That is 40 million units in 6 months. Crazy. 

While still impressive, these are the kinds of numbers that we have grown to expect from Samsung. It is also worth noting that this number does not take into account the sales of the Galaxy Note 3, which is pretty popular on its own accord. This just goes to show that Samsung seems to have figured out how to manufacture and market an Android product the right way.

Do you think the other major OEMs (HTC, Motorola, LG) can match Samsung’s success? Or is there only room for one company at the top?

Via: SamMobile

  • Kevin Mueller

    My S4 has been great. I came from the GNex, before that I was 100% Moto until I got the Bionic, what a let down. Having a removable SD card on the S4 is huge (coming from the GNex) and being able to replace the battery (except I never get below 30% in a day now) is great. At this point it would be hard for me to switch to someone else, I have been very happy.

  • MicroNix

    No. And I hate to have to use the phrase that the iSheep used to use on all of us but Samsungs “just work”. I can not say the same at all for my last Motorola device. Its more than marketing here.

  • These numbers may be higher than they really are for all we know

  • Daistaar

    If you want to compete with Samsung you need to appeal to Enterprise. Samsung is the only real Android player that is being adopted within Enterprise and Blackberry not HTC is on the way out. HTC is focused on consumer which is fine but blinkfeed isn’t exactly selling units. The next OEM to appeal to Enterprise will find their adoption rate jump as people are looking to replace Blackberry and Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, particularly Samsung, are the only ones to fill the void. Microsoft’s Window’s Mobile platform could grow if they can grow their marketplace to a respectable level. Right now it’s HTC’s game to capture third place if they can break into enterprise (since they are already appealing to consumers) although it does look like Motorola has the inside edge of being directly affiliated with Google.

  • schoat333

    I think Motorola Is on the right track now. They are the only other OEM that has the ability to catch up and beat Samsung

    • michael arazan

      And they have Google’s resources for innovative software that could be given to them to really push free and break out. Who knows what Google is sitting on with innovations in their R&D.

  • I wonder how many of those were Google Play Editions. I’d be positively shocked if that number exceeded 10,000, and I think I’m being generous at that. I love mine, though!

  • coolsilver

    Too bad they still lock the bootloaders down.

    • Tehk17

      Not on my S4 they haven’t

  • Godzilla

    To answer the question at the end of the article the simple answer, for now, is no. HTC has major financial issues and I personally have my doubts about them surviving alone in the next year or so, I think it likely they will get bought out. Motorola is finally growing but is no where near competing with Samsung in terms of sales. Google has LOST money on the acquisition of motorola and isnt looking to make any money anytime soon. That leaves LG as the only quickly growing and stable OEM out there to compete with Samsung. If they keep building their business the right way they might compete in a year or two.

    • Mike Hilal

      Honestly, I wouldnt mind seeing HTC go away. The might make a beautiful phone….but it’s riddled with horrific flaws. Button layout and Sense 5 kept me far away from this device…despite all of it’s virtues.

      • michael arazan

        I wouldn’t be surprised if by next year other companies try to buy out HTC, especially for any patents. Apple has enough cash and reason to do so, and could give them the freedom they want to get out from under Samsung for most of their hardware.

  • Godzilla

    This is my first non motorola phone in my entire life and I am very very happy with it to say the least.

  • jbdan

    I’ve had mine since launch on tmo is a great phone. Just a butt hair too big though imo. I run both gpe hybrids and tweaked TW roms. Believe it or not, I actually prefer the tweaked out TW roms. Just like with anything in life I’m ready for a change. Had the gs3 and now 4…..ready for a different manufacturer/experience & the N5

  • Daniel Grabowski

    I blame Apple for Samsung’s success. The whole patent lawsuit trial issue gave Apple haters someone to love and I feel like that swayed a lot of people in their favor and made a name for them. Its right around the trial time that you seen Samsung’s market share skyrocket and many early adopters to Android found Samsung’s as their next upgrade.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    That’s it?

  • aye_winchell

    LG possible in 2-3 years, i like where they are going, even if im not a big fan of there design yet, building nexus devices gets you some good cred. Same for moto, its going to take a couple device cycles and some google marketing monies, not to mention they actually have to sell things around. I dont think htc gets there, i like the what they did with the one but it could be to little to late in the US market which will hurt them in the long run, not that they cant survive but you have to have both foreign and domestic (US, North America) sales to be on Sammy’s level.

    Bottom line is lg is the only one close to having both the NA sales and the worldwide sales to get there, but anything is possible.

    • Godzilla

      I agree, HTC is in major financial trouble and wont be able to compete fairly. That leaves LG as the only major player left.

      • aye_winchell

        right now, moto could get there, but not in the time frame i mentioned, maybe 3-5 years for them, but who knows, that’s an eternity in this business.

    • Higher_Ground

      I’m guessing LG’s mobile operations are separate from the rest of the business, but if it wasn’t, I think they’ve got a lot more stability for long term sucess. It’s a conglomeration, and their revenue is >100 billion, so they are pretty much the only ones that have the lasting potential to rival samsung. Motorola and HTC combined wouldn’t fair any better.

      • aye_winchell

        Yup, regardless of if they are separate or not, they have the infrastructure to compete around the world, where as while HTC could because they have a footprint in NA and international markets, they won’t because they don’t have the financial stability to get there at least in my opinion. Moto on the other hand has the financial stability (not buy themselves but with google behind them) to compete on sammy’s level, but cant because they don’t have the footprint in the international market that the rest have. Its like Sony, So could compete, they have the money and the international footprint but not the NA footprint, its like a three legged stool, and only sammy has all three legs right now.

  • Prox

    TouchWiz still blows

    • Godzilla

      Im not saying it does not blow, but it is actually somewhat easy to cover it up, especially using Nova Launcher.

      • Prox

        you speak the truth

      • Dre Fay

        I’ve grown fond of apex launcher myself.

      • Tehk17

        That doesn’t cover up the lag or heavy RAM usage or the ugly UI present everywhere else on the device.

        The only way to truly get rid of it is to go AOSP. I am never using TW again.

        Coming from an S4 user.

        • creed

          I hate touchwiz as much as the next guy, but I’m sure about this “lag” you speak of.

          • Tehk17

            I used my S4 with TW for a few months and there was definitely lag and frame drops, which were not present after I went AOSP.

    • n11

      Blows my ASS.

  • porter86

    Well the S4 is better than the HTC One (http://versus.com/en/samsung-galaxy-s4-vs-htc-one ) even if it does have cheap plastic instead of quality materials. But like others have commented, it’s probably more the fact that they spend so much on advertising!

    • T4rd

      On paper and in reality are two different things. I’m pretty sure most reputable reviews found that they prefered the One over the S4 by a considerably margin.

      • porter86

        I would rather have the One as well. Much better quality and things like removable batteries and card slots are just gimmicks for nerds.

        • Jeff C

          until you have a removable battery and SD card then your outlook changes

          • LionStone

            Until you realize having better battery technology in a sealed phone, rendered messing with extra batteries unnecessary and SD cards also are just extra that a small % of people still prefer.

          • Jeff C

            you must live such an exciting life that you can get through all your days with one charge.

          • LionStone

            Yep not really that hard to do and I have everything turned on, sync, Auto Upload to G+, stream music constantly, take lots of pics/vids and share all the time, etc. If I lived wayy in the backcountry, I might want a phone with an extra battery, but when there’s power to be had everywhere, even in the mountains I have solar, I’ve found I don’t need an extra battery. If I anticipate heavy usage I just give it a bump here or there and I do have a 4000 mah external charger for emergency backup when traveling, but its rare that I need to use that.

        • LANCE

          trust me removable/ replaceable battery is great when traveling, or a heavy user, plus i don’t mind the plastic because i put a case on my investment anyway i rather have the better internals than an aluminium can with a battery i cant replace

        • Godzilla

          How is an SD card a gimmick? It is something that has been with Android phones since the beginning and Samsung has stuck with them because they realize they make people’s lives easier

      • Justin W

        Agreed – I loved my HTC One because of the quality, design, software features, but wanted a bigger device. If I had the option of an HTC One with a 5.0-5.5″ screen, I would have picked that over the Note 3 I have now.

        Edit: I say 5.5″ because with front-facing speakers, you are going to have quite a bit of extra bulk, whereas the Note 3 doesn’t have that.

  • Dre Fay

    I really want Motorola to be up there with Samsung battling it out.

    • Godzilla

      I think we would all love that, however the X has barely sold 6 million units across all carriers, not exactly competing is it?

      • aye_winchell

        But that’s only in the US, and not fully on Verizon, that’s not to say you’re not right, but its hard to judge what they are capable of since they are only in a small piece of one market, if they can get on all carriers and get into the international market i have no doubt its “possible” for moto to get there, but you’re right they are not competing with them at this very moment.

      • Blue Sun

        Motorola wasn’t really prepared for a full roll out when they released the X. In addition, there are still people trying to holding out for custom orders on non-AT&T carriers too. In the end, these factors have not boosted the number of units moving.

        • Godzilla

          The point is that motorola isnt even close to competing, as much as we would all love them to.

          • michael arazan

            As long as Moto stays on the road to making good functional phone that are very useful, like hands free voice actions, I think they can come back, but it’ll be a few more phones, unless Google implements some really cool software innovations they already own and give it to Moto, which would be wise to do.

      • michael arazan

        That’s motorolas fault for giving moto maker exclusivity to ATT. I hate seeing Moto X commercials showing off moto maker and at the end hearing only on att. And a lot of people will think its only on att after the exclusive is over, and won’t bother.

  • What $12.5 BILLION in marketing buys you. They spend more than Nike and McDonalds.

    • T4rd

      Pretty much. Not that the S4 is a bad phone by any means (I got my wife one and she’s happy with it) and it doesn’t deserve a certain degree of success, but I’d attribute marketing to about 90% of Samsung’s phone sales.

      • Jeff C

        but they are also marketing a pretty good device(s). if they market a piece of poop and it sold like hot cakes, then we’d have a problem

      • Godzilla

        you could build the best phone on the planet with titanium and a nuclear battery and it wont sell without marketing.

        • Weber

          I’d buy that phone.

      • Sean

        They saw what Apple was doing and followed suit. Apple hasn’t built better products; they just tell people they have, and then Apple reaps the benefits.

  • Capt. Crunch

    Damn Samsung gets it, now if only HTC and Moto could do that

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  • T S

    samsung has the marketing dollars to put behind their products. unless one of the other OEM’s are willing to throw those kind of bucks around for their products, i see it being a Sammy dominated world.

    • It’s not just the marketing dollars but Samsung also controls a significant chunk of their supply chain. That goes a long way in helping Samsung be this successful and is something that is difficult for its competitors to match. Unfortunately.