The South Korean company benefited from a push into the high end; demand is robust for phones that consumers can use to watch videos, download movies and send email. The company is also taking advantage of the popularity of Google Inc.'s Android operating system, while also stepping up production in Europe of phones using its own software and software from Microsoft Corp.
Samsung doesn't disclose its smartphone shipments but a source told the WSJ that the company shipped 20 million units in the last quarter. Apple said earlier this week that it sold 17.1 million smartphones in its last quarter and Nokia reported today that it shipped 16.8 million smartphones.
Google and Samsung have just announced the Galaxy Nexus which is the first smartphone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.