Samsung reaches 10 million Galaxy S4 sales milestone, new colours and wallet app coming

Korean Smartphone giant Samsung has claimed that its Galaxy S4 smartphone has sold over 10 million units since its release on April 27.

By comparison, the Galaxy S3 reached the 10 million units after 50 days, the Galaxy S2 took five months and the original Galaxy S took seven months.

If the figures are accurate, it means sales of the smartphone average out to about four units per second.

The sales results come despite shipping delays and components shortages, with the company scaling back its Australian launch for the device as a result.

“On behalf of Samsung, I would like to thank the millions of customers around the world who have chosen the Samsung Galaxy S4. At Samsung we’ll continue to pursue innovation inspired by and for people,” Samsung Mobile chief executive JK Shin, said in a statement.

The electronics giant had also announced that, aside from having a tougher and more hardy version of the phone in the pipeline, the company is also planning on releasing it in a range of different colours over the coming months, including Blue Arctic and Red Aurora, followed by Purple Mirage and Brown Autumn.

Another new variation soon to hit the market is dubbed ‘the Google Edition’, announced at the Google I/O conference last week.

The Galaxy S4 Google Edition will, like Google’s Nexus devices, run a ‘stock’ version of Android without Samsung’s custom apps and add-ons, such as TouchWiz, which should mean faster updates to new versions of Android.

However, according to a report in CNet, the ‘Google Edition’ will only initially be released in the US.

Meanwhile, Engadget reports the Korean phone giant has taken a tentative first step in delivering its mobile payment platform with the release of Samsung Wallet in Korea.

In February, Samsung signed a deal with Visa to deliver a contactless payment platform, using the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in the Galaxy S4, allowing users to pay for goods at a checkout store swiping their smartphone.


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