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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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Measuring length with a pint glass
By Tony Swash on 10/18/2011 1:22:43 PM , Rating: -1
Reading significance into measuring anything presupposes that the thing being measured and the method being used to measure it has significance. Clearly those rooting for Android will be pleased to see some fairly good figures for some of Samsung's handsets but what does it tell us about the still very new and very rapidly developing world of mobile devices? Not a lot in my opinion.

The article and many of the commentators fall into a common error which is to measure the wrong thing by using metrics that used to matter in the old desktop PC world but which matter almost not all in the modern world of mobile devices.

I came across this very interesting article called 'The Great Tech War Of 2012' which looks at the big four, Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook and how they are colliding and competing.

It contained this interesting piece of analysis:

Android's market share [doesn't] matter to Apple. According to Nielsen, Android now powers about 40% of smartphones; 28% run Apple's iOS. But here's the twist: Android could command even 70% of the smartphone business without having a meaningful impact on Apple's finances. Why? Because Apple makes a profit on iOS devices, while Google and many Android handset makers do not. This is part of a major strategic difference between Apple and the other members of the Fab Four. Apple doesn't need a dominant market share to win. Everyone else does. The more people who use Google search or Facebook, the more revenue those companies can generate from ads. Amazon, too, depends on scale; retail is a low-margin business dependent on volume.

Apple, on the other hand, makes a significant profit on every device it sells. Some analysts estimate that it books $368 on each iPhone. You may pay $199 for the phone, but that's after a subsidy that the wireless carriers pay Apple. Google, in contrast, makes less than $10 annually per device for the ads it places on Android phones and tablets. That's because it gives away the OS to phone makers as part of its quest for market share. Google's revenue per phone won't go up after the Motorola purchase closes--Motorola Mobility's consumer-device division has lost money the past few quarters. So despite Google's market-share lead, Apple is making all the money. By some estimates, it's now sucking up half of all the profits in smartphones.

Making a lot of profit on every device has always been Apple's MO, but in recent years it has added something extra to this plan. In the past, Apple's profit margins were a function of higher prices--the company sold computers at luxury price points and booked luxury profits. But in smartphones and tablets, Apple has managed to match mass-market prices and still make luxury profits. This neat trick is the work of new CEO Cook, who, during his years as COO, mastered the global production cycle. He did so by aggressively using cash to bolster the power of Apple's considerable scale; several times over the past few years, he's dipped into the company's reserves to secure long-term contracts for important components like flash memory and touch screens. Buying up much of the world's supply of these commodities has one convenient added benefit: It makes them more expensive for everyone else.

In the context of these comments it may be worth noting that Google refuses to break out Android specific data in it's quarterly financial reports, but we do know that from recent Google evidence before a House committee that Google makes about two thirds of it's mobile search income from iOS.

RE: Measuring length with a pint glass
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/18/2011 1:29:17 PM , Rating: 5
Not a lot in my opinion
Good thing your opinion means nothing Tony WashedUp.

RE: Measuring length with a pint glass
By Tony Swash on 10/18/11, Rating: -1
RE: Measuring length with a pint glass
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/18/2011 2:08:20 PM , Rating: 3
There is no such thing as a debate with an insane person such as yourself, you spew the same shit over and over and over as if it means anything.

RE: Measuring length with a pint glass
By Tony Swash on 10/18/11, Rating: -1
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/18/2011 4:18:55 PM , Rating: 2
Again, same bullshit, like I said. Get some new material.

RE: Measuring length with a pint glass
By gwem557 on 10/18/2011 6:47:34 PM , Rating: 3
I stop reading at 'Tony Swash'.

I already know what every post says.

By Performance Fanboi on 10/18/2011 9:46:12 PM , Rating: 2
His name should become synonymous with wall of rabble elsewhere as it has here. He's proof that it's easy to type out of your donkey while chewing 'SteveJobsCock' flavored gum.

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