The Samsung Galaxy S4 launched to high acclaim, but reports of slow sales have dogged the handset since. While new of initial sales reaching 10 million in one month were impressive, the ever-so-suspect “insiders” note that shipments since then have slumped. One report said Samsung was accelerating their Galaxy S5 efforts in response to those slow sales.
Officially, Samsung has sold 40 million Galaxy S4 units. According to Samsung CEO J.K. Shin, Samsung reached 30 million devices shipped four months after launch, and recently topped the 40 million mark. If it’s true that total Android activation number has now topped one billion, the S4 has about 4% of the total Android market share.
The news, which is from a Korean site and subject to Google translation for us, also notes that Samsung is dedicating themselves to fixing the issue that causes batteries to swell or explode. The translated text notes that Shin was not clear on the cause of the issue, and said the batteries were made by a Chinese company, not Samsung.
This seems to echo a report recently regarding the overall sales of smartphones, which had the Galaxy S4 sitting firmly at the top of the heap. With 40 million devices sold, Samsung definitely has a hit on their hand, as usual. Having been launched in April, it’s reasonable to think that Samsung could sell 100 million devices by the time their annual refresh cycle comes again.