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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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"Single Family"
By adiposity on 10/18/2011 11:48:25 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
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).


I'd argue the iPhone is a "brand" and not really a "family." The original iPhone should not be considered in total sales at this point. Pretty much all those phones have been upgraded at this point, and they aren't really supported anymore.

10 years from now they will still be calling it "iPhone," while Sammy will probably not be using "Galaxy S" to describe their latest phones.

So, I don't really see the point in comparing "families" to Apple products because they rarely change their "family" names even when the product is drastically different.




RE: "Single Family"
By Arsynic on 10/18/2011 11:52:50 AM , Rating: 2
Excellent point.


RE: "Single Family"
By bug77 on 10/18/2011 12:01:03 PM , Rating: 5
They can measure it however they like, the Android in my pocket doesn't care.


RE: "Single Family"
By michael2k on 10/18/2011 12:05:59 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think that changes much at all. The number "drops" to 75m units if you ignore the original and 3G iPhone (the 3GS, 4, and 4S are all very similar), which means of course that we're back to the 100m number in probably the next month.

In other words, Apple is now selling in a quarter what used to take two years!


RE: "Single Family"
By adiposity on 10/18/2011 12:20:21 PM , Rating: 2
If there were families, I would break them down:

iPhone
iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4/4S

The 3G could possibly be grouped with the original iPhone instead of the 3GS, since it is a lot slower, but it is in the new form factor of the 3GS.

I don't agree that 3GS is similar to iPhone 4, except in the sense that all iPhones are somewhat similar. The iPhone 4 was a significant change, in form factor, and specs.

Obviously, it's semantics, but my point is, you can't compare all iPhones sold to anything out there, because everyone but Apple is changing their name with every new phone (Sammy reused it once, but we'll see if that continues).


RE: "Single Family"
By michael2k on 10/18/2011 1:42:36 PM , Rating: 3
There's a generational gap in SoC between the 3G and 3GS.

Between the 3GS and 4 there's only a 200MHz clock difference and a largely identical CPU and GPU.

There is the same generational gap between 4 and 4S (two cores instead of one, 25% improvement at the same clock and core count).

So...
iPhone + iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS + iPhone 4
iPhone 4S + iPhone X


RE: "Single Family"
By adiposity on 10/18/2011 4:02:21 PM , Rating: 2
That's a fair way of grouping it, too. However, I wouldn't put 3GS and 4 in the same category, based on the different displays.

Like I say, there's more than one way of grouping it, but 3G/3GS are quite similar except under the hood. Same with 4/4S. IMO, the "ticks' are form factor, the "tocks" are power related--but you could go the other way, too.


RE: "Single Family"
By The Raven on 10/18/2011 12:19:56 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
10 years from now they will still be calling it "iPhone"

No, I anticipate they will call it Power Phone and then Phone Mini, PhoneBook, PhoneBook Pro and PhoneBook Air .

But not before they come out with a "Bondi Blue" iPhone! :-P


RE: "Single Family"
By B3an on 10/18/2011 2:15:40 PM , Rating: 4
No they will just call it the "Phone" and all other manufacturers who make "phones" will be sued.

At the same time Apple will say they invented the Phone and somehow get patents on basic phone functionality.


RE: "Single Family"
By sleepeeg3 on 10/19/2011 1:21:40 AM , Rating: 2
RE: "Single Family"
By nafhan on 10/18/2011 12:49:35 PM , Rating: 2
Thing is... I think comparing brands IS what they're meaning to do. The Galaxy S brand (or family) spans a number of different phones. They vary a bit in capabilities (less than the different iPhone generations), but a lot more than the iPhone's do in form factor.


As much as I hate to admit it
By Fracture on 10/18/2011 11:55:40 AM , Rating: 2
Not being an Apple fanboy, I hate to admit that it seems they sold 4 million units of the iphone 4s in just the first weekend as reported by multiple sources:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014240529702044...
http://mashable.com/2011/10/17/4-million-iphone-4s...

I think Samsung may want to work on their definition of "fastest selling".




RE: As much as I hate to admit it
By Andyy5 on 10/18/2011 12:12:01 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The company also recently proclaimed the Galaxy S II to be its fastest selling smartphone ever, moving 3 million units in 55 days.


They only claimed it was Their fastest selling smart phone ever. Not the fastest selling smart phone out of all other smart phones.


RE: As much as I hate to admit it
By Reclaimer77 on 10/18/2011 12:50:44 PM , Rating: 3
All Apple does is make ONE phone model every 15 months or something, so it's not really a fair comparison to Samsung phone models which come out every few months.


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
quote:
They should also drop the retarted model names.
If you're going to throw insults, at least spell it right.


RE: As much as I hate to admit it
By giovron on 10/18/2011 6:29:25 PM , Rating: 2
QUOTE:
The company also recently proclaimed the Galaxy S II to be its fastest selling smartphone ever...

you haven't read it right!


Decent phone
By EricMartello on 10/18/2011 12:22:02 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Galaxy S with Windows Phone on it and I really like it. My only gripe is the virtual keyboard - hate that, but I would hate that equally on any "smart" phone. The iphone has stronger marketing behind it than the galaxy S, but the galaxy S is a better, more versatile phone. In fact, the latest version of IOS just added features that both android and windows phone users have had for years. I plan to get a Galaxy S2 when there is a windows phone version available.




RE: Decent phone
By sviola on 10/18/2011 12:28:11 PM , Rating: 2
So, how did you manage to install WP7 on the hummingbird processor?


RE: Decent phone
By EricMartello on 10/19/2011 2:13:52 PM , Rating: 2
What? The Galaxy S was available with WP from AT&T. It's called the "Focus". I did not need to install the OS.


RE: Decent phone
By robinthakur on 10/18/2011 12:28:27 PM , Rating: 2
I think Apple still has the overall lead in apps though, and I'm always surprised since Android seems to be doing so much better, why developers don't seem to want to develop for it? Is it because iOS apps make more money?


RE: Decent phone
By BrgMx5 on 10/18/2011 1:06:28 PM , Rating: 2
Simple.

Developing for iOS garantees access to a bigger, more stable install base, with more $ per device spent on apps.


RE: Decent phone
By nafhan on 10/18/2011 1:12:05 PM , Rating: 2
From what I've seen, iOS has a strong lead in apps in two areas:
1) Stuff made by Apple (i.e. Garageband)
2) 3D Games

Otherwise, Android is pretty comparable. I haven't seen any indication that "developers" (overall) don't want to create stuff for Android. In fact, it seems rather the opposite is true...


RE: Decent phone
By Tony Swash on 10/18/11, Rating: 0
RE: Decent phone
By kmmatney on 10/19/2011 12:26:15 AM , Rating: 2
There's just more money for developers of iOS apps. I can say that we have several iDevices and 2 Android devices in our house - we've spent plenty of money buying Apps for iOS, but haven't spent a dime on anything for Android. I've never setup a credit card for Google marketplace, and probably never will.


RE: Decent phone
By TakinYourPoints on 10/18/2011 6:28:48 PM , Rating: 2
Much better SDK, standardized interface, standardized resolution, most of the hardware is at a certain level of performance while Android handsets differ wildly in terms of both horsepower and the OS they are running, unified app store that everyone has the same access to, and customers that overall are more likely to spend money.

I know several developers who do cross-platform mobile development and it's the same story, iOS is much easier to develop for and support, and much more profitable in comparison. Others I know won't touch Android as the ROI isn't worth the time involved. I only know one who is also involved with WP7 development, but that SDK is great according to him.


OLED
By pwnsweet on 10/18/2011 7:47:55 PM , Rating: 4
The more Galaxy's sold, the better. For every Galaxy sold, that's one more OLED screen produced, and the sooner OLED becomes cost effective, the sooner we'll have 50 inch OLED HDTV's.




Build a better phone...
By dajeepster on 10/18/2011 11:46:15 AM , Rating: 3
and they will come!!




30 million and 1
By Performance Fanboi on 10/18/2011 9:34:46 PM , Rating: 2
...as soon as Telus gets rid of the months old 'Coming Soon' tag and I can grab the S II X. The iPhone 4$ was posted 2 weeks ago with a release date yet the phone I want remains in 'Coming Soon' limbo without a release date.




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 1:29:17 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
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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