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Samsung shifts four million Galaxy S4 smartphones in five days

Could launch a Google model at Google I/O today
Wed May 15 2013, 12:45
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KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung reportedly has boasted that the Galaxy S4 is its fastest selling smartphone to date, having shifted four million units in just five days.

That's according to Korean news website The Chosunilbo, which apparently has heard from a Samsung executive about the rush of Galaxy S4 sales.

"As of the end of April, we supplied four million Galaxy S4 handsets to telecommunication operators around the world," the website quotes the executive as saying. It's worth noting that the executive was referring to shipments to mobile operators rather than sales to end users.

The executive said that the buzz hasn't died down since the handset's release, as Samsung has managed to shift an additional two million handsets since, and is expecting to hit the 10 million mark before the end of May.

"As of Friday, we have sold more than [six] million units, and we predict that we could break the 10 million mark by as early as the end of this month," the executive added.

In comparison, Samsung's previous flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S3, took three weeks to break the three million mark. The Samsung Galaxy S2, on the other hand, took 55 days to hit three million shipments.

There are rumours that, in a bid to continue the momentum, Samsung could be planning to launch a "Google version" of the Samsung Galaxy S4 at Google's I/O conference this afternoon. The Galaxy S4 hardware specifications apparently will remain unchanged, while the phone will be preloaded with an untouched version of Google's Android 4.2 mobile operating system.

Given that the clutter of Samsung's Touchwiz user interface was one of our biggest complaints about the handset, we think it will be nice if the rumours are true. µ

 

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