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Galaxy S III sales expected to exceed 30 million this year

Samsung expects sales of its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone to exceed 30 million units by the end of the year, according to a new report from the Yonhap News Agency.

Samsung's IT and mobile unit chief, Shin Jong-kyun, made the prediction during a briefing with reporters at the company's Seoul office earlier this week. The new forecast comes just days after the South Korea-based electronics giant announced that it has already sold 20 million Galaxy S III units in just over three months.

Samsung also has lofty sales goals for its Galaxy Note II phablet, an Android device that straddles the line between phone and tablet. Jong-kyun said the company expects sales of the Galaxy Note II to be more than double that of the original Galaxy Note , which has sold more than 10 million units.

The forthcoming device features a faster CPU, vastly improved note-taking and drawing capabilities and an even bigger screen than the original Galaxy Note. Jong-kyun denied rumours that Samsung is planning to push up the release date for the Galaxy Note II ahead of the iPhone 5 launch in South Korea, noting the new phablet will be released in October, as scheduled.

Meanwhile, those with a Galaxy S III will have to wait a little longer for a taste of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. According to CNET UK, Samsung confirmed that the latest version of the Android operating system will be available for the Galaxy S III beginning in October.

A Samsung spokeswoman, however, could not confirm when Jelly Bean would roll out to the Galaxy S III.

"Samsung Mobile has not determined which devices will be eligible for the Jelly Bean software update," the spokeswoman said in an email. "We will share that information publicly as soon as the product roadmap is confirmed."