Try as it might, Apple and its legal team haven't been able to stop Samsung's meteoric rise in the mobile handset market. For the first time in Samsung's history, the company achieved mobile handset sales of more than 300 million units, and there's still nearly three weeks left in the year. No one expected Samsung to be as successful as it has in the mobile phone market, not even Samsung itself, which had set a lower target earlier in the year.
"We are incredibly proud of this record-breaking sales milestone and have exceeded the annual target announced early this year, which is testament to the enduring appeal of Samsung phones with consumers around the world," said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business. "Our performance in the mobile industry remains unrivaled. Samsung is the only manufacturer bringing such an exceptional choice of handsets to customers across a broad range of platforms including Android, Windows Phone and Samsung’s own bada platform — and on a truly global scale."
Samsung said it's confident it will enjoy similar success in 2012, and with Galaxy S sales still going strong, there's little reason to doubt it, especially if it's able to fend off Apple's barrage of patent infringement lawsuits. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple filed notice it will appeal a U.S. judge's ruling not to ban sales of Samsung's Galaxy phones and tablets in the U.S.