Samsung's Android-Based Galaxy S Eclipses 1M Shipments

Samsung Electronics this week confirmed that it has shipped more than 1 million of its Galaxy S smartphones since the line debuted in mid-July, an impressive debut that indicates Android-based devices pose a serious threat to both Apple and Research In Motion in the hotly contested and extremely profitable smartphone market.

And those shipments figure to only jump higher later in the week when the Android-based Sprint Epic 4G model is made available on Tuesday.

"Bringing Galaxy S devices to multiple carriers has given Samsung Mobile the opportunity to reach millions of consumers," Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile, said in a statement. "I am proud of the instant success of the Galaxy S lineup 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's Galaxy S smartphones were initially available on AT&T and T-Mobile networks.

While shipping more than 1 million units in roughly six weeks is impressive, the debut pales in comparison to the 1.7 million iPhone 4s sold by Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) in its first weekend of availability. Apple claims it sold more than 8.4 million iPhones between April and June.

Still, the success of the Galaxy S line's -- which now includes a variety of different models for a range of carriers -- could be indicative of a larger trend in the smartphone market.

Earlier this month, Gartner reported that Android-based devices enjoyed the most growth among smartphone units sold in the second quarter, rocketing up from 756,000 units sold to more than 10.6 million in the most recent quarter.

Thanks to the popularity of Android-based smartphones such as Motorola's Droid X and Sprint's HTC EVO 4 units, Android eclipsed the Apple iPhone OS for the No. 3 ranking worldwide -- behind Nokia's Symbian and Research in Motion's (NASDAQ: RIMM) BlackBerry -- and No. 1 in the U.S.

Thus far, Samsung has only released the Galaxy S's Captivate model for AT&T and its Vibrant version for T-Mobile. The Epic 4G for Sprint debuts Tuesday and the Fascinate model of the Galaxy S line for Verizon is expected to arrive sometime this fall.

Samsung officials attributed the robust early sales to the fact that its Galaxy S smartphones are being sold to multiple providers as well as ambitious online, print, TV and social media marketing and advertising campaigns.

It doesn't hurt that all of the Galaxy S devices include a 4-inch Super AMOLED display -- widely praised by reviewers -- and relatively speedy 1 GHz Hummingbird processor.

While all versions are currently shipping with the Android 2.1 mobile operating system, they will be upgraded to Google's Android 2.2, or Froyo, which includes support for Adobe Flash 10.1, later this year.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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