With Apple dealing with softening demand for the iPhone 5 and its stock price sliding today, Samsung announcing that it has shipped over 100 million Galaxy S devices—over 40 million of the SIII alone—must sting a bit.
A huge achievement for Samsung, kudos to them copying, er, making a great smartphone. Here’s the strange thing, this is truly a big deal for Samsung. Even their Flickr stream boasts great pictures of happy employees with creative celebratory poses, but their press release, boring beyond measure:
- Samsung has announced that global channel sales of the company’s flagship smartphone, GALAXY S III and its two predecessors GALAXY S and GALAXY S II have surpassed 100 million units sales as of January 13, 2013.
- Samsung GALAXY smartphones are intuitive and easy to use, display photos and videos on dazzling screens, and deliver a premium user experience with a design that is elegant and feels natural.
- The GALAXY S, has reached over 24 million global channel shipments, achieving 10 million of these during the first seven months after its launch in June 2010.
- Building on this success Samsung launched the GALAXY S II in April 2011. This smartphone reached around 40 million shipments, achieving 10 million global channel sales in just five months.
- In May 2012, Samsung unveiled the GALAXY S III – a smartphone designed for humans and inspired by nature. It revolutionized the user experience, and was critically acclaimed, achieving 20 million global channel sales in just 100 days – which made it Samsung’s fastest selling smartphone yet.
- GALAXY S III has now passed the mark of 40 million unit channel sales.
Really? That’s it? Come on Samsung this is awesome news. Even TNW noticed the lack of corporate glee.
What does this mean for Apple? Well, in some ways, not too much. Samsung shipped a lot of phones and lots of models of the Galaxy S series, but Apple sticks to just 2-3 models at a time. Android is certainly getting better and more popular, but let’s face it Samsung has flooded the market with lots and lots of device. No wonder they are hitting the mark.
On the other hand, this does make it harder and harder for Apple to ignore calls for a low-cost iPhone.
Well Apple, if it’s strong competition you want, looks like you’ve got it.