Proving that Google’s Android platform has some serious market momentum going into the end-of-year holiday season, Samsung has announced that it has sold more than one million Galaxy S smartphones in the units’ first month and a half of sales in the United States. Unlike a singular device—like, say, the iPhone—the Galaxy S is a series of devices with slight variations that Samsung is launching on all major U.S. mobile operators. The sales figures to date are based on two variations of the Galaxy S—the AT&T Captivate and the T-Mobile Vibrant. Sprint’s Galaxy S variant—the Epic 4G that will feature a QWERTY keypad—is set to launch tomorrow, with Verizon’s variant (the Fascinate) set to launch in a few weeks.
“Bringing Galaxy S devices to multiple carriers has given Samsung Mobile the opportunity to reach millions of consumers,” said Samsung Mobile president Dale Sohn, in a statement. “I am proud of the instant success of the Galaxy S line up and I am very pleased to announce that because of the support of our carrier partners and loyal customers, we have shipped one million Galaxy S devices in the U.S. market.”
Although carrier ads for the devices have been minimal, Samsung has been aggressively marketing the Galaxy S series, with advertisements on major television shows. Carriers have also been promoting the phones heavily with discounted offers that make the smartphones inexpensive or even free when purchased with a new two-year service contract. The devices ship with Android 2.1; Samsung promises all the devices will get Android 2.2.
The Galaxy S’s success in the United States mirrors sales worldwide: Samsung moved a million of the devices in just three weeks in international markets before bringing the product to the United States.