Samsung's Galaxy S Android phone line hits 10M sold mark

Assorted Galaxy S models propel Samsung in less than seven months

Samsung has sold 10 million Galaxy S smartphones globally since sales began last June, the company said Monday.

Samsung's Galaxy S phones are carried by all four major U.S. carriers in various models as well as abroad. All run the Android operating system, are equipped with fast 1GHz processors, and most feature bright 4-inch Super AMOLED displays, placing them among the most powerful and versatile of the many smartphone models in a crowded market.

Samsung said it has consistently sold 1.4 million Galaxy S devices each month since they went on sale.

Samsung didn't disclose sales of the Galaxy S devices in the U.S., although the company said it had sold 3 million Galaxy S phones in the U.S between June and November. Gartner said Samsung sold 71 million mobile phones globally in the third quarter of 2010, up 18%, with 6.6 million Android smartphones included in that amount. That threshold made Samsung the largest seller of Androids globally.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch touchscreen tablet, sold 1 million units worldwide as of early December, Samsung reported. A December ComScore survey of 30,000 people shows 24% of U.S. mobile device customers were using a Samsung mobile phone or other Samsung mobile device.

"The Galaxy S has set a new standard in smartphones and outperformed even our expectations," said JK Shin, president and head of mobile communications at Samsung in a statement. "We are proud of this achievement; to consistently sell over 1.4 million devices per month clearly demonstrates the consumer demand for relevant, empowering mobile experiences. We will continue to meet this demand, delivering leading innovation and building smartphones that will maximize user experiences."

Samsung noted that the Galaxy S's features support HD video and augmented reality content as well as advanced Location Based Services.

The Galaxy S line includes the Samsung Continuum, sold by Verizon with dual screens and the largest display of the two at 3.4 inches. The Galaxy S line also includes AT&T's Captivate, T-Mobile's Vibrant, Verizon's Fascinate and Sprint's Samsung Epic 4G.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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