Samsung Galaxy S II release help company pass Apple in smartphone sales

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While the US still awaits the release of the latest Samsung smartphone, it hasn’t stopped the company selling huge amounts of the device. Now there is news that the Samsung Galaxy S II release helps the company pass Apple in smartphone sales for the first time.

The Galaxy S II is thought to be releasing next month in the US, but according to an article on Bloomberg, researchers estimate Samsung have achieved between 18 million and 21 million sales worldwide during the April to June quarter. This compares to Apple who have sold 20.3 million iPhones and Nokia with 16.7 million units.

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This is according to figures from Neil Mawston a London based analyst at Strategy Analytics, a company which is based in Boston. The data doesn’t include sales of tablet computers, and shows that Android is gaining ground fast on the two companies with regards to smartphones.

Nokia is trying to turn things around by turning to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system. Samsung also sells lower spec handsets which are not capable of downloading applications, but plans to more than double sales of its smartphones this year.

Including its lower-end devices Samsung are likely to have twenty percent market share this year. This compares to Nokia who currently have 26 percent share. The new Galaxy smartphone is planned to reach 120 countries via 140 carriers this year. The company released the handset in five cities in China last week, to push into the world’s largest market for cell phones.

The handset first reveled earlier this year has helped Samsung’s mobile division more than double its operating profits during the second quarter of this year. Samsung are currently embroiled in some patent disputes with Apple, who have accused the company of copying its products. While the claim and counter claims continue to go back and forth between the companies, the Galaxy S II continues to sell like hot cakes.

Things could about to change though as we draw closer to the release of the iPhone 5. The company have already teased they are going to launch a major product transition in September, and we can expect demand for the handset to be huge around the world during the busy holiday season.