updated 08:50 am EDT, Mon October 17, 2011
Samsung hits 30m milestone for all Galaxy S models
Samsung started off the week by reaching a combined milestone for the Galaxy S line. Both the original, its variants, and the Galaxy S II have reached a total 30 million sales worldwide since they arrived in mid-2010. About two thirds of those were the original design, while the rest were the S II.
The company pointed out that the Galaxy S II leads smartphone sales in some of Europe, such as France, Germany, and Italy. It also touted reaching second place in the smartphone market during the spring, although it declined to mention that Apple was ahead.
Its milestone shows the turnaround for the company, whose smartphones were once Windows Mobile and Symbian relegated to a niche status. Although it has been accused of replicating the iPhone's look and feel to get to its goal, it has been credited with popularizing Android and overtook both HTC and Motorola in the process.
Much is riding on its summer results. Samsung is optimistic about its phone sales, but its performance relative to others isn't known and will hinge on Apple's own performance. Samsung only just brought the Galaxy S II to the US in September with the Epic 4G Touch, but many are waiting for Apple's Tuesday results to see if it faced the typical pre-refresh slump or if it will have kept sales up.