Rumors by Dan Seifert on Thursday October 20, 2011.
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According to a "person familiar with the situation" reporting to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung sold more smartphones in the third quarter than Apple.
The source says that Samsung could have shipped as many as 20 million smartphones in the third quarter, led by the popularity of its Galaxy S II flagship. Apple reported iPhone sales of 17.1 million for its quarter than ended on September 24, lower than the 20 million that Wall Street analysts expected it to sell.
Unfortunately, as of earlier this year, Samsung will no longer provide figures that state how many smartphones and tablets it has shipped, so we can never really know for certain if it actually outperformed Apple in smartphone sales. Samsung is due to release its third quarter financial results next week.
Commenting on Apple's new iPhone 4S, Samsung executive vice president of global product strategy Won-Pyo Hong said "The iPhone 4S wasn't surprising to us. Apple always brings creative products to the marketplace." With regards to Google's intent to acquire Motorola, Hong said "This is to protect the Android ecosystem and its partners," and that Samsung welcomes the acquisition. Samsung recently partnered with Google to launch the Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone to run the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.