South Korean gadget giant Samsung Electronics said  on November 4, 2012, that the global sales of its flagship smartphone Galaxy S III has reached 30 million units, since it was launched in the month of May this year. The Galaxy S III smartphone now competes with Apple’s iPhone 5,  despite having being launched earlier.

JK Shin, the head of Samsung’s IT and mobile communications division said in a statement, “The Galaxy S III continues to be a runaway favorite with customers around the world”. The latest version of the Galaxy S series has a more powerful processor, which allows the user to watch videos and write emails simultaneously along with large 4.8 inch screen.

Samsung has sold 56.3 million smartphones till date, which includes its Galaxy S III, which in July-September represented 31.3% of the global market. Samsung and Apple have been at logger heads for a while, over issues related to patents in about ten countries worldwide, which include US and Germany.

Both parties accuse each other of stealing the others’ technology and designs. In the month of August, 2012, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages for illegally copying iPhone and iPad features for its Galaxy S Smartphones in the US. On the other hand, Japanese courts rejected Apple’s claim to ban the sales of Samsung phones in the country, whereas in the UK, the courts had ordered Apple to put up a notice on its website stating that Samsung had not breached its copyrights.


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