Samsung says it has shipped more than 100m Galaxy S smartphones since the release of the first Android-powered handset in June 2010. That includes 24m shipments of that first Galaxy S phone, 40m shipments of the Galaxy S II following its launch in April 2011, and now 40m shipments of the Galaxy S III since it went on sale in May 2012. While the milestone is hailed as ‘unit sales’ in Samsung’s press releases, these devices have been sold to mobile operators and retailers, rather than to actual consumers.  That said, there’s no doubt all three smartphones have been hugely popular, so we’re not picturing mountains of unsold Galaxy S handsets languishing on dusty shelves. The range has fuelled Samsung’s charge to the top of the global smartphone market-share rankings, with its pair of Galaxy Note-branded ‘phablets’ also proving popular.

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