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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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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.


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