updated 05:35 pm EST, Thu January 27, 2011
Samsung Galaxy Tab hits 2m in 3 months on sale
Samsung on Wednesday let slip that it had shipped two million Galaxy Tab devices in the roughly three months it had been on sale in October. The figure, reached just this week, represented a doubling of the tablet's sales rate, as it had only delivered one million in two months at the start of December. It credited the boost to the sheer exposure of the Android tablet, which was on sale through 200 carriers in 94 countries and could be found unlocked in some areas.
The results for the device kept it the most popular Android tablet in the world but put it significantly behind Apple. It sold 7.33 million iPads over the same period.
Whether or not the existing Galaxy Tab will continue its run is uncertain. Samsung is known to be planning a Galaxy Tab 2 for Mobile World Congress that should use Android 3.0 and possibly leap to a 10-inch size. The move could leave the original tablet as a 'dead' product since it would run on a version of Android that Google doesn't support on tablets and which Samsung is unlikely to favor in the future.
Competitors will also pose problems. Along with a second-generation iPad, the Galaxy Tab will have to contend with Android 3.0 tablets like the Motorola Xoom as well as the BlackBerry PlayBook and other closed but high-performance rivals. [via Yonhap News]