updated 08:00 am EDT, Thu November 4, 2010
Samsung expects 1m Galaxy Tab sales in all 2010
Samsung today said it expected one million Galaxy Tab sales over all of 2010. The firm's mobile division leader JK Shin said early results for the tablet were "quite good" and that Samsung was "confident" it would pass the million-unit figure before the end of the year. The Android slate launched in its native Korea on Thursday after a limited European release and is due to reach the US next week.
The million-unit release should be enough to make the Galaxy Tab the most popular Android tablet on the market but will still give Samsung just a fraction of the sales of the iPad the Android tablet was designed to challenge. Apple's 4.19 million iPad sales gave it 95.5 percent of tablets this past summer alone with Android tablets making up just 2.3 percent. The iPad's yearly tally is also likely to be much higher as Apple has already sold almost 7.5 million in its first two quarters and is likely to go well over 10 million after holiday sales.
Android's currently small share is at least partly due to the operating system. Google has warned developers that Android 2.2 isn't tablet ready and has suggested that most should wait for a future release such as Honeycomb before making the leap. The tablet-optimized OS isn't believed to be shipping until early 2011.