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Amazon calls Kindle Fire HD a “best-seller” and announces a new OTA update to celebrate

Amazon has recently described the Kindle Fire HD as the "#1 best-selling product across all of Amazon worldwide." That's some pretty serious sales if accurate. Of course, since Amazon almost never releases actual sales figures when they talk about products a little skepticism is needed. Maybe it is the best-selling thing on Amazon ever, or maybe they mean it's the best-seller this week. Without numbers it's hard to be sure.

Google Nexus 7 is retailers best selling Android tablet ever

Carphone Warehouse announced that in the short time it has carried the Google Nexus 7, it has quickly become its best-selling Android tablet. This is not them calling it the best-selling Android tablet currently; it is the best-selling one in the history of the retailer. This just shows how the market is moving towards the more affordable, 7-inch tablet models and the power of the Google branding.

HTC Q3 income down 79% year-on-year

HTC has seen its finances shrink a little in the third quarter of 2012. HTC announced that both net revenues and income were down year over year. HTC's third quarter revenue was NT$70.2bn (US$2.4bn) this quarter, which is even a sizable drop from the NT$91bn they earned last quarter. Net income did not do much better, as it dropped to NT$3.9bn (US$133m). In Q3 of 2011 HTC recorded revenue of NT$135.82bn (US$4.54bn) and profits of NT$18.68bn (US$625m). It is quite easy to see where this substantial drop is a serious problem for HTC. Even though HTC predicted decreased numbers, seeing them finalized on paper is a scary thing. HTC has some solid devices hitting the market in the new quarter, so hopefully we will see these numbers rebound. On the Android front, the One X+ is expected to drop soon, and should prove to be a huge success for HTC. They are also receiving a strong push from Microsoft on the Windows Phone side of the equation. Let's hope that the end of the Q4 2012 does not bring as much doom and gloom for HTC. Still, it's not all bad. While the numbers are down, at least they turned a profit, which is more than some companies can say. [timeline]

Samsung Galaxy S III hits 20 million units sold

We all knew that the Samsung Galaxy S III is an incredibly popular handset, but today the company gave us an idea of just how popular it is. The Galaxy S III has hit the 20 million sales milestone, which is pretty impressive. Even more impressive is the fact that the smartphone surpassed the 20 million mark only 100 days after launch.

Samsung is now the #1 phone manufacturer in the world

There's a lot of Samsung news on Android Community lately, but can you blame us? Sammy seems to bring out a new smartphone every week, and their high-end devices like the Galaxy Note and the upcoming Galaxy S III are among the most coveted worldwide. A milestone that Samsung's been working towards for years has finally been passed: they've unseated Nokia as the number one phone manufacturer on the planet. According to IHS iSuppli, Samsung sold 25.4% of the mobile phones (including smartphones and "feature phones") in the first quarter of 2012.

Samsung says Galaxy Note is coming to America soon

Samsung's plus-sized Galaxy Note smartphone has proven to be a surprise hit, as the company announced today that they've shipped a whopping 1 million units worldwide. For an expensive and ostensibly niche phone, that's a gigantic figure, especially considering that it's only available in Europe, South Korea and a few other markets. US fans still have to import a Galaxy Note if they want to try out the 5.3-inch monster for themselves, but that may change soon enough: the company noted in its congratulatory announcement that it will be coming to the US in 2012.

Amazon Kindle Fire sells an estimated 95,000 units on first day

Amazon's next-generation Kindle tablet is lighting up the sales charts. After the Kindle Fire shot to the top of Amazon's internal sales, Fox News is reporting that the retailer has pre-sold a whopping 95,000 units - and that was just the first day of pre-orders. We're still more than a month away from the November release date, and notably, zero consumers have a had a chance to try out the tablet at retail.
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