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Samsung's Galaxy S/Galaxy S Pro smart phones have takent the market by storm, selling over 1 million units in the U.S. in one and a half months (T-Mobile's "Vibrant" Galaxy S model shown here).  (Source: T-Mobile)
Samsung is making a strong bid for Android dominance

Fueled by its ultra-fast proprietary Hummingbird 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU (co-developed with Intrinsity), Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy S Pro Android smartphones offer beastly performance.  It will also be among the select set of Android smartphones to receive Android 2.2 Froyo, which should offer a further boost to performance.

That high performance, along with a cross-carrier launch on T-Mobile (branded the "Vibrant"), AT&T (branded the "Captivate"), and Sprint (branded the "Epic 4G") (with Verizon soon incoming, as well) has added up to a hit for Samsung.  The company just announced today that in the 45 days since July 15, it had sold one million units of its “Galaxy S” smartphones.

While that number falls short of Apple's record-setting annual iPhone launches (Apple worldwide moved 1.7 million iPhone 4 smartphones in 3 days), it's important to consider how saturated the Android market is.  Whereas there's only one Apple smartphone, there's a deluge of Android smartphones – this includes the HTC Hero (October 2009), Motorola Droid (November 2009), HTC Droid Incredible (April 2010), HTC EVO 4G (June 2010), and Motorola Droid X (July 2010), andMotorola Droid 2 (August 2010), to name but a few.  And that's part of why Android recently passed Apple (and Research in Motion, to boot) in U.S. sales.

The Galaxy S sales numbers are also impressive considering that Samsung is a relatively fresh face to the Android arena.  Traditionally, HTC and Motorola have been the top Android handset makers (as one might note by the above mentioned models).

Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile states, "Bringing Galaxy S devices to multiple carriers has given Samsung Mobile the opportunity to reach millions of consumers.  I am proud of the instant success of the Galaxy S line up and I am very pleased to announce that because of the support of our carrier partners and loyal customers, we have shipped one million Galaxy S devices in the U.S. market. Samsung Mobile looks forward to sharing additional Galaxy S milestones in the future."

Aside from solid specs, Samsung credits a concerted advertising push with helping customers notice the new phone.  Samsung was a sponsor of X Games 16 and showed ads in movie theaters.  It also aired ad clips on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN and MTV promoting the phone.

It is very important to note that that Samsung managed all this before it even made it to America's largest carrier, Verizon.  When the Galaxy S variant "Fascinate" hits Verizon in September, expect more sales fireworks for the company.

All this bodes extremely well for Samsung's upcoming tablet dubbed the Galaxy Tab.  Using the same Hummingbird processor, 7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, and other high end components, the diminutive Tab looks to rival Apple's iPad in features and performance.  The device will be officially introduced at the IFA consumer electronics conference in Berlin on September 2 and is expected to launch shortly thereafter.

 Updated: Monday, Aug. 30, 2010 1:40 p.m.-

Apparently the folks at Boy Genius Report obtained some Verizon documents that state that the Fascinate will be released September 9.  While that's by no means an official announcement from Verizon, similar leaks have proven true in the past.  Looks like Verizon customers won't have to endure a very long wait for the Galaxy S.

Expect Samsung to post even more impressive sales marks once Verizon throws its weight behind the hit handset.


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Froyo on the Galaxy S?
By sciwizam on 8/30/2010 10:27:17 AM , Rating: 1
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They are also among the first smart Android smartphones to receive Android 2.2 Froyo, which offers a further boost to performance.


When did this happen?




RE: Froyo on the Galaxy S?
By Ytsejamer1 on 8/30/2010 10:38:53 AM , Rating: 2
a smart Android smartphone? is it smarter than the average smartphone?

Anyway, I'm pretty sure my EVO is running 2.2 and has been for several weeks. A few Verizon androids now are able to get 2.2.

Is it the first smartphone with 2.2 pre-loaded? I dunno...maybe I misread the paragraph, but I just don't understand the intent here.


RE: Froyo on the Galaxy S?
By theapparition on 8/30/2010 12:03:16 PM , Rating: 4
No,
All Galaxy Class S phones run 2.1 and will not have 2.2 until "the end of the year" (to quote Samsung).

Until Samsung improves thier track record of support, I wouldn't touch one of thier handsets, despite the numbers. The GPS just plain doesn't work, Touchwiz has bugs, stall issues, poor phone reception?
Unacceptable to release in this state. And making customers wait 3+ months to get these issues fixed (supposedly fixed with 2.2 release) is similarly unacceptable.

Samsungs mobile division living up to it's well documented bad support. On the bright side, an insider with access to the Fascinate has reported that many issues are fixed, although it still will run on 2.1. One thing about Verizon is that they won't put up with hardware with issues. Those handsets will get dropped from thier stores like bad habits.


RE: Froyo on the Galaxy S?
By pugster on 8/30/2010 12:38:31 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately, the smartphone market is pretty young, and many smartphones unfortunately are already outdated months after it is released. The galaxy S smartphones are their flagship smartphones, so I would expect good support for them. I think we are at a point where we start seeing who are the laggards of the smartphone market. HTC comes out with good software despite so-so hardware. Motorola is a mix, Droid support is relatively good, while their mid tier smartphone like backflip and cliq support is dismal. Other smartphones like Sony/Erisson, Garmin, Dell, and others are behind the pack.


RE: Froyo on the Galaxy S?
By mcnabney on 8/31/2010 9:51:09 AM , Rating: 2
Only the devices that aren't getting pushed to 2.2 are really outdated. For Verizon that would be Eris and Devour.

And you should NOT expect good support from Samsung. They have a VERY spotty record when it comes to mobile devices. They fact that they can't get the Galaxy-class devices up to Froyo before Thanksgiving is sign of horrible things to come. HTC and Motorola will be pushing their 1ghz+ devices up to Gingerbread at about the same time.


RE: Froyo on the Galaxy S?
By Goty on 8/30/2010 1:25:00 PM , Rating: 3
Everything I've read says by the end of September for Froyo. Do you have a source that says otherwise?


RE: Froyo on the Galaxy S?
By dgingeri on 8/30/2010 2:11:56 PM , Rating: 2
That's the same as I've heard: end of September. I hope it stays that way.


RE: Froyo on the Galaxy S?
By quiksilvr on 8/31/2010 9:01:31 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Froyo on the Galaxy S?
By theapparition on 8/30/2010 3:00:17 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphones – the AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant, etc. – will be getting the 2.2 treatment, though the release schedule is pretty wide open. While Samsung has committed to upgrade Galaxy S handsets in the UK come September, there have been no hints as to when U.S. versions will be updated. Samsung isn’t talking other than to say that U.S. versions will get Froyo.

Official press release from Samsung is before end of Q4. That does leave a lot of interpretation, since Q4 may be a calender year or business year, and before end may mean next week. Release schedule may certainly be impacted by release dates of various handsets, assuming Verizon Fascinate would be last and T-Mobile Vibrant first.


RE: Froyo on the Galaxy S?
By Mojo the Monkey on 8/30/2010 8:03:01 PM , Rating: 2
I disagree on a number of levels. My Galaxy S is my 3rd android phone, the first with any manufacturer skin (Touchwiz).

Touchwiz is actually quite nice. I didnt think i'd like the persistent 4 icon row on the bottom (like an iphone), but I have found it quite convenient. Their take on the application list is also kind of nice, without being too different - the window selection buttons make it preferable to the verticle scroll, in my opinion.

I also never experience any lagginess from the UI, unless its the first 20 seconds after startup - but that holds true for any android phone.

Also, I use my GPS every other day with my running program. Ive never had a problem with it following my path right down to the part of the sidewalk I was on for 30-60 minutes continuously. I realize, from reading forums, that a few vocal people have GPS issues, but I wouldnt say its a universal problem. A co-worker of mine has similarly never had any GPS problems.

So I think the issues you mentioned are a bit over-hyped in their severity and consistency. True, if anyone is having a problem, they should address it. But this is no uber-buggy phone.


The Android Effect
By torpor on 8/30/2010 10:45:35 AM , Rating: 5
When Windows became the standard for personal computers, it allowed the companies with the best hardware to shine, and the worst (like Packard Bell, for example) to fail.

In the same way, Android has the increasingly-realized potential to give everyone a common frame of reference, allowing the best hardware to succeed.

25 years ago, no one knew what a Pentium was, and megahertz was a concept mostly limited to ham radio enthusiasts. Many would have said the public was too limited in technical understanding to appreciate either one.

Considering the above, I think it's a very bad time to be a cell phone maker who isn't using Android.




RE: The Android Effect
By Tony Swash on 8/30/2010 2:12:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
When Windows became the standard for personal computers, it allowed the companies with the best hardware to shine, and the worst (like Packard Bell, for example) to fail.

In the same way, Android has the increasingly-realized potential to give everyone a common frame of reference, allowing the best hardware to succeed.


Before getting carried away with the Windows/PC analogy you may want to read this

http://www.asymco.com/2010/08/30/breaking-android-...

Googles motives in spreading Android are subtly but significantly different to Microsoft's motives for spreading Windows. It is far from clear that Google wants to enforce OS homogeneity in the same way as MS did or whether it can. The relationships between handset makers, carriers and Google are very different to the relationship between MS and PC OEMs.

You may also want to look at this

http://www.asymco.com/2010/08/17/androids-pursuit-...


RE: The Android Effect
By dark matter on 8/30/2010 2:45:27 PM , Rating: 2
Off topic: That first link uses a grid structure based on Bauhaus designs. I found it really hard to read.


RE: The Android Effect
By torpor on 8/30/2010 3:59:13 PM , Rating: 2
To a point, I agree with you.
Understanding that you're either a hopeless Apple fanboy or a paid marketing company flack, I would still like to address a bit of what you said.
(this is obvious from the links alone, nevermind your history here)

I will say that development cycles are much shorter these days. There's no way we could possibly deal with the equivalent of Windows 3.1 for years - Android would fail miserably, just like Windows Mobile did. And so any company that issues hardware on an insufferably old version of Android will either fail, or get hacked by their customer base.

To another implied point, Google is not interested in locking people into their OS system, the way both Microsoft and Apple obviously are.
Instead, they link you into their software services.

I have an Epic 4G reserved tomorrow, and I opened up a Google account in preparation for it. The phone will pull my contacts/email/schedule directly down from it.

And that's Google's purpose.

Not to sell an overpriced OS, not to sell overpriced hardware, but to link to free services which sell overpriced ads. :)

And I'm only slightly ashamed to say, they got me.


RE: The Android Effect
By Tony Swash on 8/30/2010 5:28:13 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
To a point, I agree with you.
Understanding that you're either a hopeless Apple fanboy or a paid marketing company flack, I would still like to address a bit of what you said.
(this is obvious from the links alone, nevermind your history here)

I will say that development cycles are much shorter these days. There's no way we could possibly deal with the equivalent of Windows 3.1 for years - Android would fail miserably, just like Windows Mobile did. And so any company that issues hardware on an insufferably old version of Android will either fail, or get hacked by their customer base.

To another implied point, Google is not interested in locking people into their OS system, the way both Microsoft and Apple obviously are.
Instead, they link you into their software services.


Time will tell whether we are witnessing a rerun of the rise of Windows (now Android) and the eclipse of Apple. Will history repeat itself as farce or tragedy? (and can anyone identify where that phrase comes from?).

I can say that I was moved that you know enough about me to reference my "history", it made me feel all warm and fuzzy. May the force be with you.


RE: The Android Effect
By BigToque on 8/30/2010 2:15:49 PM , Rating: 2
Pre-built systems are always underpowered and overpriced! Custom build FTW!

Oh wait...


Apple 1.7 million
By Gio6518 on 8/30/2010 10:04:45 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
setting annual iPhone launches (Apple
moved 1.7
million iPhone 4 smartphones in 3 days), it's important to
consider how


Those numbers are from a worldwide launch, galaxy s numbers are just for north America.




RE: Apple 1.7 million
By Ard on 8/30/2010 10:14:38 AM , Rating: 5
Thank you, sir. On topic, I'm not surprised the Galaxy S moved 1 million units. It's a damn good phone. There's a reason why I ditched the iPhone 4 for a Captivate.


RE: Apple 1.7 million
By axeman1957 on 8/30/10, Rating: -1
RE: Apple 1.7 million
By RamarC on 8/30/2010 11:36:31 AM , Rating: 2
seems like these numbers are units delivered to the carriers, not end-user sales. sprint's epic 4g won't start retail shipping till this week so it can't be contributing to these sales figures.


RE: Apple 1.7 million
By Gio6518 on 8/30/2010 9:57:24 PM , Rating: 2
Apple does the same thing, they count units sold to dealers (i.e. we've sold out of ipads) but yet if I wanted one I was able to walk into any store carying the product and pick up a dozen and yes I did go to multiple stores and they were very available.


Well that's no surprise to me
By BruceLeet on 8/30/2010 2:21:52 PM , Rating: 2
3 people I know, and myself are getting these handsets, 2 already went for the Galaxy S Vibrant from Bell and the other person and I are planning to get the Captivate from Rogers Wireless once it's released.

Alot of people a part of the 'tech crowd' on my Facebook are spreading links around like crazy with comments wishing they weren't locked in contract with iPhone's and Blackberry's.

Also, I see the sales figure is only based on sales in the US, I'm from Canada so I wonder what the worldwide sales figure is.

And I am not going to sign a contract, as I know how frequent new products in this particular market are released. The Galaxy S line will not be top shelf for long. Definitely not the length of a 1 year contract.




RE: Well that's no surprise to me
By dark matter on 8/30/2010 2:47:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
And I am not going to sign a contract, as I know how frequent new products in this particular market are released. The Galaxy S line will not be top shelf for long. Definitely not the length of a 1 year contract.


In that case you will never buy a new phone.


By Dark Legion on 9/1/2010 11:05:05 AM , Rating: 2
He didn't say he wouldn't buy the phone, he said he wouldn't sign a contract to get it.


iPhone Clone
By B3an on 8/30/2010 2:54:18 PM , Rating: 2
Atleast other Android phones make an effort with there looks... this just looks like an iPhone clone. It's fugly.
This is the main reason i did not get this phone, and friends have also done the same... "because it will look like i wanted an iPhone but couldn't get one".
Good hardware, better than anything crApple have, but ugly design and design decisions.




RE: iPhone Clone
By Quadrillity on 8/30/2010 3:30:25 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
This is the main reason i did not get this phone, and friends have also done the same... "because it will look like i wanted an iPhone but couldn't get one".

Why are you so self conscious about a damn iphone? I could care less if everyone knew that I don't have one. In fact, I get jealousy in to the tune of, "OMG what phone is that?!" from iphone users all the time. (i have the Samsung Captivate).

So why do you care? Are you really trying that hard to be "hip and cool"? Or do you want the best phone? You definitely will not get the best phone from apple, I can promise you that.


RE: iPhone Clone
By omnicronx on 8/30/2010 4:02:56 PM , Rating: 1
I also don't understand why people think every touch only phone is an iPhone ripoff.. Newsflash Apple didn't create that design..

I think its hard to disagree that they were the first to push that kind of design to the masses, but the first they were not..

I would also like to know, how else would you design a touch only device? You are pretty limited on that front..


Correction
By VoodooChicken on 8/30/2010 10:28:18 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
That high performance, along with a cross-carrier launch on T-Mobile (branded the "Vibrant"), AT&T (branded the "Fascinate" ), and Sprint (branded the "Epic 4G") (with Verizon soon incoming, as well) has added up to a hit for Samsung.


It's Captivate on AT&T




RE: Correction
By dgingeri on 8/30/2010 10:49:20 AM , Rating: 2
I was about to post this. Thanks for getting to it first.

I have this phone, and it is great, but not perfect. great battery life if you only use it as a phone, but it can wear down quickly when running apps. a normal day expends about 5% of the battery, but a day running apps almost nonstop brought my battery down to 65%. Also, the GPS plain sucks on this phone. It has never worked, even with the "fix" online. It just doesn't receive the satellite signals. I hope this gets fixed soon.


RE: Correction
By pequin06 on 8/30/2010 11:30:05 AM , Rating: 2
The GPS issue will be fixed when Froyo is released for the Galaxy S.


fresh face to the Android arena.
By niaaa on 8/31/2010 3:14:28 AM , Rating: 2
"The Galaxy S sales numbers are also impressive considering that Samsung is a relatively fresh face to the Android arena."

The original Galaxy and The Galaxy Spica have nothing 'fresh' about them, quite old designs actually.

As a sidenote I own a Spica updated to 2.1 and luv it, it does everything an Iphone does (and more) for a fraction of the price. Ok its does have the fancy looks.




RE: fresh face to the Android arena.
By niaaa on 8/31/2010 3:21:03 AM , Rating: 2
DOESN'T have the fancy looks :P


Samsung advantage
By nafhan on 8/30/2010 10:44:59 AM , Rating: 3
It's interesting to note that Samsung has some real advantages over any other hardware maker in the business. They are among the top manufacturers in the world for just about every component (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung#Market_share) that goes into a modern cell phone. Many of the other cell phone manufacturers (including Apple) are buying parts from Samsung that Samsung essentially gets at cost.




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