“Samsung Electronics Co. shipped more than 20 million smartphones in the quarter ended Sept. 30, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday, beating close competitor Apple Inc., which sold 17.1 million units in its fiscal fourth quarter ended Sept. 24,” Yun-Hee Kim reports for The Wall Street Journal which ought to know better.

“Samsung, the world’s second-largest maker of cellphones by shipments after Nokia Corp., has sharply ramped up its shipments of smartphones this year, taking advantage of the popularity of Google Inc.’s Android operating system and strong demand from consumers as they shift from feature phones to smartphones,” Kim reports. “It is also stepping up production of its own software-based phones in Europe and launching new phones based on Microsoft Corp. software. Samsung doesn’t disclose its smartphone shipments.”

MacDailyNews Take: “A person familiar with the situation said” and “Samsung doesn’t disclose its smartphone shipments.” Hence the use of “dubiously” in our headline. And, oh by the way, Apple doesn’t have to give away every second or every second and third phone away to entice those who would settle for pretend iPhones. (smirk)

Kim reports, “The company shipped 12 million smartphones in the first quarter of this year and more than 19 million units in the second quarter, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics. In the second quarter a year earlier, the company sold slightly more than 3 million units. Robust shipments put the company on pace to pass market leaders Nokia in the second quarter and Apple in the three months ended September.”

MacDailyNews Take: Apple does disclose its smartphone sales. In the first calendar quarter of this year, ended March 26th, Apple sold 18.65 million iPhones. In the second calendar quarter of this year, ended June 25, 2011, Apple sold 20.34 million iPhones. Samsung’s undisclosed, third-party-estimated first half 2011 shipments total 31 million units. Apple’s disclosed first half sales total 38.99 million. Add the claimed 20 million from this “person familiar with the situation” and, through the first three quarters of 2011, Samsung shipments total 51 million. Apple just sold 17.07 million iPhones (as the world waited for the next-gen iPhone, no less) or 56.06 million iPhones through the first three quarters of 2011. 51 million undisclosed shipments for Samsung vs. 56.06 million disclosed sales for Apple. Some “beat” that is, WSJ. Are you really that desperate for an anti-Apple headline?

And, yes, Apple will beat Samsung and everyone else this quarter with their iPhone 4S.

Kim reports, “Mr. Hong said the company “welcomes” Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. ‘This is to protect the Android ecosystem and its partners,’ Mr. Hong said.”

MacDailyNews Take: If Mr. Hong believes that, then Mr. Hong is a fool in addition to being the figurehead for a bunch of derivative knockoff hacks who have no respect for others’ patented IP.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we said the other day, Samsung is on a mission to displace Microsoft as Apple’s Hedy Carlson.

Boycott Samsung. We no longer buy Samsung-branded products and advise our millions of readers worldwide to also avoid purchasing Samsung-branded products until they cease stealing Apple’s patented IP.

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

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