Over the past few years, Samsung has been making a case to be the world’s number one mobile handset manufacturer. They still aren’t quite there, but with a few more weeks to go in 2011 they have already surpassed last year’s figure by 20 million. The over 300 million handsets sold this year is the most ever in Samsung’s history as a mobile manufacturer, and the Android-powered Galaxy series of devices has a lot to do with it. Both the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy S II were hot sellers this year, their totals supplemented by devices like the Galaxy Note and other devices landing in the more budget-minded end of the spectrum. Non-Android handsets also played a role in the final tally.
For what it’s worth, we’d guess the number is actually totaling units sold and shipped to retailers, which doesn’t necessarily equate to a sale at the consumer level. Still, the demand alone is impressive and looks to only increase in 2012.