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Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman

Samsung Rings Up 10 Million Galaxy S Sales

Samsung has reached its goal of selling 10 million Galaxy S Android smartphones. North America alone was responsible for 4 million Galaxy S sales.

It took just about seven months, but Samsung hit the 10 million mark as 2010 closed out. The Android-powered smartphone launched in late June 2010 around the world, and is available from four U.S. carriers. According to Samsung, it sold one Galaxy S every two seconds, totaling about 40,000 per day.

Looking at a breakdown of where the device was sold, North America contributed the lion's share with 4 million units. The Galaxy S was also popular in Europe, where Samsung and its carrier partners sold 2.5 million Galaxy S phones. Korea -- Samsung's home -- followed with 2 million units. The remaining 1.5 million units were sold in other markets across Asia.

"The Galaxy S is the result of our 22 year heritage in the mobile industry," JK Shin, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. "It is the realization of our concept of 'the Smart Life' - we wanted to makes users' lives more convenient, more exciting, and more integrated. Today's milestone shows that we have succeeded: 10 million Galaxy S users around the world are living the Smart Life."

In the U.S., the Galaxy S is available from AT&T as the Captivate, from Sprint as the Epic 4G, from T-Mobile as the Vibrant, from U.S. Cellular as the Galaxy S, and from Verizon Wireless as the Fascinate. The Galaxy S line features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 3.0, and Android 2.1 Eclair.

Speaking of Android versions, Galaxy S owners in the U.S. have been pining for the Android 2.2 update for months. Samsung has repeatedly delayed the update, citing difficulties in the testing process. Samsung has to devise specific builds of Android 2.2 for each version of the handset. The original time frame for the update was November 2010. So far, Samsung has yet to set a solid date for the software upgrade.

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