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Samsung's Galaxy S and Motorola's Droid: Creeping towards the iPhone

7 Million Worldwide Gal S Sales

Nov 9 2010, 11:10am CST | by

Samsung's Galaxy S and Motorola's Droid: Creeping towards the iPhone
 
 

This week saw the launch of the underwhelming Samsung Continuum.along with a piece of news slightly more interesting than a smartphone with an AMOLED ticker. Reuters reports that Samsung has broken three million sales with the Galaxy S in the United States.

The Gal S launched back in July. Worldwide it has now sold over seven million units, a significant bump from the 5 million sales announced back in early October. This means that, in the last month, Samsung has sold roughly two million units.

That sounds more impressive when you don't compare it to the iPhone 4, which got nearly that number (1.7 million) in three days. In its first three weeks, the iPhone 4 managed to break three million sales. By the one month mark, the Gal S was just up to one million sales. And that's with devices launching on multiple carriers in the US, an advantage the iPhone did not have this year.

So it is clearly unfair to compare the Galaxy S and the iPhone 4 directly. Instead, let's compare the Gal S to its immediate predecessor, the first popular Android smartphone...Motorola's Droid. It sold 1.05 million units in its first 74 days. That's roughly twice as long as it took the Gal S to break a million.

Both the Droid and the Galaxy S lag pretty far behind the popular iPhones of their day, but the difference between two generations of high-end Android awesome is telling. The Galaxy S is selling way more than twice as fast as the Droid, and the gap between the iPhone 4 and the Gal S is lower than the gap between the 3GS and the Droid.

Progress is progress, right? Maybe the hot 2011 Android smartphone will actually cut in on Apple's margins.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/5" rel="author">Robert Evans</a>
The excitement about new smartphones, tablets and anything mobile drive Robert to unearth the latest rumors and developments in this fast moving space. He adopted 4G as soon as it become available and knows where the mobile market is going.
Robert can be contacted directly at robert@i4u.com.

 

 

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