Galaxy S3 pre-orders soar but no release until S2 gets ICS
The first two Galaxy S handsets from Samsung have proved to be hugely successful for the company, and now thoughts have turned to the next version of the Android smartphone. Today we have news that the Galaxy S3 pre-orders have soared but it is being reported that there will be no release until the Galaxy S2 gets Android ICS.
The Samsung Galaxy S III has been speculated about a lot in recent weeks but so far we have not had anything official from the company, and now according to a report on Redmond Pie companies that wish to stock the handset have been busy pre-ordering the device from Samsung.
Sources are claiming that channel partner companies have already ordered ten million units from Samsung ahead of its release to consumers around the world. Apple may be the number one smartphone company at the moment with more than 37 million iPhones shifted during the last quarter of 2011, but Samsung are experiencing increasing sales themselves.
Analysts believe the company has shifted more than forty million handsets during the first quarter of 2012, with over fifty million predicted to be shipped in the second quarter. The figures sound possible when you consider the alleged ten million pre-orders doesn’t include the overall sales of the device once it’s available, which should even beat the massive success the Galaxy S2 has seen.
Meanwhile it is being suggested that the Galaxy S3 won’t be released until the majority of the Galaxy S2 versions have received the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update. We have already reported on the situation affecting users in the UK with owners of SIM free versions still waiting for the update, and according to an article on IBTimes the Galaxy S3 release has been delayed because of the slow rollout of the ICS upgrade to the various versions of the Galaxy S2.
Many believe that Samsung has to show it is not abandoning customers by getting the new OS out to all Galaxy S2 variants ahead of the new model being launched. Currently there is no date been given for when US users will be seeing some ICS magic on their smartphones, and AT&T have only recently pushed out the new OS as an over the air update to the HTC Vivid, which was the first move of its kind in the country.
Will you be getting the Samsung Galaxy S III when it is released?