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Galaxy family lags behind only the iPhone, which has moved over 100 million units over its lifetime.

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO 005930) appears to have passed Apple in total smartphone sales to become the world's top smartphone manufacturer.  Key to that effort has been Google Inc.'s (GOOG) popular Linux-based Android operating system.  And leading Samsung's smartphone lineup is the flagship Galaxy S II, which comes in several variants [1][2].

The company has just announced that its global sales of the Galaxy S II and its predecessor, the Galaxy S, have hit 30 million.  The company also recently proclaimed the Galaxy S II to be its fastest selling smartphone ever, moving 3 million units in 55 days.  

Last month Galaxy S II sales hit 10 million, despite weak U.S. carrier support early on.

Launching in April in Samsung's home country of South Korea, the handset reached sales of 1 million in a month and 3 million in 55 days, exclusively within the Korean market.  By July, Samsung had moved 5 million Galaxy S II smartphones, as sales had expanded to include European and Japanese carriers.

The Samsung Galaxy S II

On September 16 Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) launched the Epic 4G Touch for $199.99 with two year contract, helping propel Samsung's sales higher.  And this month AT&T, Inc. (T) finally released a Galaxy S II on October 2 for $199.99 with two-year contract.  Last week Deutsche Telekom AG's (ETR:DTE) T-Mobile USA received the model, priced at $229.99 with two-year contract.  Now, of the major carriers in the lucrative U.S. market, only Verizon Communications Inc.'s (VZ) is leaving customers out in the cold, when it comes to Galaxy S II loving.

Samsung is growing faster than Apple, Inc. (AAPL), but its flagship Galaxy S franchise still has a ways to go in order to top Apple's single family sales record.  As of calendar Q2 2011, the iPhone had sold approximately 100 million units worldwide [source].  Of course the iPhone had a three year head start in sales, with the original Galaxy S only launching last June (2010).

Apple hopes to stifle the success of the Galaxy S family, with its slew of international lawsuits [1][2][3][4] [5][6][7][8] which seek to ban sales of the popular phone.

In related news Samsung is expected to officially unveil its latest super-smartphone, the Nexus Prime, tomorrow.  The launch was delayed out of respect for the passing of Apple co-founder Steven P. Jobs.  Some argue that Samsung actually made the move not out of respect, but in order to avoid competing with news of the death, which swept the media by storm.

Source: Samsung via BGR

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RE: As much as I hate to admit it
By BrgMx5 on 10/18/2011 1:13:38 PM , Rating: 2
Wrong strategy for them.

They should also drop the retarted model names.

Google should also make android manufactureres use a standard for screen size and resolution, let's say 3 sizes and correspond resolutions, to make a more standard experience between apps and devices, saving time and $ for the programers.

This is a more efficient way to win both users and programers.

RE: As much as I hate to admit it
By jordanclock on 10/18/2011 1:54:15 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, there are three standard sizes. 320x480, 480x800 and 1280x800 (For tablets. Phones might see 720x1280 or something).

Standardizing all Android phones removes any real differences, though, and you're left with a situation similar to WP7, where the only differences are screen size, gimmicky features (Like the HTC Surround), and battery size. The current Android model is fine and end users rarely run into issues because of fragmentation.

RE: As much as I hate to admit it
By Reclaimer77 on 10/18/2011 4:31:09 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know how someone could call a strategy that's dethroned the iPhone (before the 4S) "wrong".

RE: As much as I hate to admit it
By BrgMx5 on 10/18/2011 6:05:23 PM , Rating: 2
Say what?

Since samsung launched the Galaxy S in March 2010 Apple sold 134m + iPhones.

The math here is simple 134m vs 30m.

Or, if you count sales since the 3GS its 159m vs 30m.

By SKiddywinks on 10/18/2011 6:57:53 PM , Rating: 2
What the ****?

"Galaxy family lags behind only the iPhone, which has moved over 100 million units over its lifetime."

Surely that means that Apple selling 134m iPhones since the launch of the SGS is utterly impossible.

By Reclaimer77 on 10/18/2011 7:11:53 PM , Rating: 2
That's just ONE model of phone, compare it to ALL Samsung smart phones. Apple only makes a phone like every 15 months, not really fair to compare their one-model sales to one out of multiple model sales of Samsung. Samsung sold 280 million phones in 2010. I cannot yet find any solid data on 2011 numbers.

Also let's remember something, every iPhone sale also kicks money to Samsung because the iPhone is loaded with their parts.

So again, how can their strategy be not good?

RE: As much as I hate to admit it
By DeluxeTea on 10/18/2011 11:46:39 PM , Rating: 2
They should also drop the retarted model names.
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