The title of this piece is misleading. Samsung doesn’t actually report how many smartphones it sells. There are estimates from outside firms, but they’re never actually confirmed by Samsung itself. Without more data, it is impossible to prove, as the headline asserts, that Samsung sells more smartphones than any other company. It’s simply not possible.
This event backs up John Gruber’s theory that “The desire for the ‘Oh, how the mighty Apple has fallen’ narrative is so strong that the narrative is simply being stated as fact, evidence to the contrary be damned”. A publication like BusinessWeek should know better. That it doesn’t simply proves Gruber’s point.