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Samsung Sold More Android Smartphones in Q3 than Anyone in America

Samsung’s finally atop the Android totem pole (at least here in the states) as they’ve just announced that Gartner’s Q3 research shows them as the number 1 provider of Android smartphones in the United States. I’m not surprised by the news considering you can find their current flagship device – the Samsung Galaxy S – on nearly every  major carrier imaginable. (PAYG-exclusive carriers not being counted here.)

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This news comes to us just a couple of hours after learning they have reached their goal of selling 1 million Galaxy Tabs worldwide. Samsung’s riding high right now, and you can only expect that they’ll want to keep their foot on the gas. While their name may have been tarnished in the eyes of the technical crowd (the types of folks who read Phandroid, for instance), they’re still offering one of the best line of smartphones in the market today, and their Q3 accomplishment only reaffirms as much. Read on for full press details.

SAMSUNG MOBILE NAMED #1 ANDROID SMARTPHONE PROVIDER BASED ON
RETAIL SALES IN U.S. & GALAXY S PORTFOLIO REACHES THREE MILLION
SHIPMENTS MILESTONE

Independent research from leading industry analyst firm shows Samsung captured
top spot in U.S. Android smartphone market in third quarter of 2010

DALLAS, December 3, 2010 — Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S., today announced that third party research firm Gartner® reported Samsung as the top Android smartphone provider in terms of sell through to end users in the United States for the third quarter of 20102. According to Gartner, Samsung Mobile captured 32.1 percent of the U.S. Android smartphone market in Q3 2010 based on retail sales, an increase from 9.2 percent of the Android smartphone market in Q4 2009.

Samsung Mobile attributes much of the success to its Galaxy S portfolio of premium smartphones, which recently passed the three million shipment milestone in the U.S. Galaxy S smartphones are currently available with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, along with U.S. Cellular and Cellular South.

“I want to personally thank everyone who selected a Galaxy S smartphone as their mobile handset of choice. Neither of these wonderful accomplishments would have been possible without the loyalty and support of our customers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy S portfolio has played a significant role in Samsung’s success in 2010 and we are extremely excited to show you what products, services and innovations we have in store for the U.S. market in 2011.”

The Samsung Galaxy S portfolio is packed with premium features and services, including a brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLED display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application Processor, Samsung’s Media Hub premium movie and TV programming download service and a full array of entertainment, messaging and social networking capabilities. The Galaxy S portfolio will be upgraded to the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system in the near future.

For additional information on the Samsung Galaxy S portfolio, please visit www.samsung.com/galaxys.

Continue reading on the Samsung Captivate forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.

Continue reading on the Samsung Continuum forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.

Continue reading on the Samsung EPIC 4G forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.

Continue reading on the Samsung Fascinate forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.

Continue reading on the Samsung Galaxy S forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.

Continue reading on the Samsung Vibrant forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • AndroidToy

    Translation: more people are going to be disappointed at their android phones.

  • Bela

    This is shocking considering they put out the crappiest hardware of the big hitter android handset developers

  • Don

    Not Shocking , considering They have the fastest mobile CPUs and the best screens to be found on cell phones….

  • Chris

    Now they need the software to back it up…..

  • Dannyboy

    No thanks, I’ll stick with my DX. First of all their phone’s are way to light in the hand and they’re to iphonesque for me. The screen’s look great but who care’s. Moto still has the highest res. out of all the Android’s. I don’t like their app drawer, it just scream’s iphone clone!

  • Pimpstrong

    LMAO @ Bela. You gotta be FUCKING kidding me “crappiest hardware”. I’m not even gonna go into that. But I am gonna say that they were/are in last place in selling 2.2 phones. Hell even LG has sold more beep beep FroYo phones than Samsung.

  • Josh

    No in-fighting. This is good for Android regardless of the manufacturer.

  • Josh

    /Sometimes nerds/geeks seem as PMS prone as women.

  • Pimpstrong

    “The Galaxy S portfolio will be upgraded to the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system in the near future.” This pisses me off because Gingerbread will be out before FroYo is given to us and they aren’t even bothering to let us know if they will go to Gingerbread OR Honeycomb at all… The same can be said about all these fuckin companies for that matter. But I’m not even saying I’m dying to the updates, I just don’t want to be uninformed about my handsets future when clearly the OS created has informed us of their intentions of advancing. End Rant.

  • TJD

    You can thank your customers by releasing firmware sooner than almost seven months since its initial release, and 2+ months since you stated you would release it, when a new firmware should come out in less than a month.

  • Bela

    I suppose I need to clarify. They all feel like cheap plastic POS. Also, just look at people complaining about android. The vast majority of them are actually complaining about their terrible Samsung device. Takes more than a nice screen and processor to make a good device kids…

  • monkeydroid

    @Josh
    Except when people are disappointed when their phone isn’t updated because of Samsung’s empty promises. Let’s not forget the lag issue after a few days of regular use.

  • Me

    Fuck you samsung. You dont deserve this.

  • bigbadbikernerd

    Now maybe they can afford to have a development team create updates in a timely fashion…

  • elijahblake

    I’m happy with My cellular south Galaxy S. Will I be happier when I get 2.2 or possibly 2.3, well of course but atleast WE KNOW we will get it. Then my phone will feel new all over again.. ;)

  • TJD

    I am loving my Epic, despite the absent current firmware. I’m so spoiled by the display that my iPad’s looks ugly: a dull screen door. The SAMOLED pops so much that it looks like the image is sitting on top of my phone, not in it, like the fake display stickers that come on a lot of phones. I think the hardware is terrific. People love to complain about them being too plasticy, but the “soft-touch” rubbery plastic back and curved shape feels way more comfortable in my hand then the hard-edged, right-angled glass slab of the iPhone (Apple, ergonomics can be as important as aesthetics). I have mild complaints about button and usb connector placement (doesn’t it make more practical sense to put it on the bottom, not the top?), and I’d rather it be thinner, while still keeping a keyboard, and I think Sprint’s “4G” is a joke (I’m sitting about 3 feet from a window in an area that’s dark blue on Sprint’s coverage map, which indicates I should have in-building signal penetration, but have no 4G connection), but I’m fine with all that. I am not fine with being strung along with broken promises.

  • TJD

    Plus, the entire front is glass, and don’t most people encase their luxurious high design iPhones in cheap plastic?

  • Dan

    I don’t think its possible to skip froyo all together and just bring gingerbread is it?

  • Jk

    Well duh I think it’s not impossible for samsung to sold those high number of smartphones, with 6 models of galaxy S.?

  • plainbrad

    “This is good for Android regardless of the manufacturer.”

    Not when they don’t update software. This just adds to the stereotype that android phones are fragmented.

    I will never buy a Samsung phone again. Never.

  • http://phandroid moises

    well samsung is by no means perfect with software updates but god the galaxy s phone are so much better than any other phone man is not even close, every phone out there have some issues like the evo, i got like 3 evos all of them with the screen loose or un-glue at the conner, they Dx with the crappy moto blurr shxxx that do not play well with android os, the expiria 10 that can not be updated to a newer os, you get my point here, now i have a Samsung vibrant running on Axura 206 with the new jk6 modem in it and let me tell you it is a beast of a phone, i love my vibrant and the XDA developer community , hahahaha go saXDAmsung, now get me the nexus 2 please.

  • http://phandroid moises

    well samsung is by no means perfect with software updates but god the galaxy s phone are so much better than any other phone man is not even close, every phone out there have some issues like the evo, i got like 3 evos all of them with the screen loose or un-glue at the conner, they Dx with the crappy moto blurr shxxx that do not play well with android os, the expiria 10 that can not be updated to a newer os, you get my point here, now i have a Samsung vibrant running on Axura 206 with the new jk6 modem in it and let me tell you it is a beast of a phone, i love my vibrant and the XDA developer community , hahahaha go Samsung, now get me the nexus 2 please.

  • rudiox

    Had a 3GS before getting my samsung captivate, android is way better than the iphone, the phone has no restrictions like the iphone, bigger screen with nicer colors…

  • Mike V.

    Where is my update, Crapsung? You pieces of trash. I regret buying a phone with your logo on it. Never again. Once a dual core phone that isn’t made by Samsung drops it’s sayonara, Crapsung.

  • protocol_k

    Hey I love my Samsung Captivate and I think that it can go up against any other android phone on the market right now. I rooted it, installed 2.2 and launcher pro, don’t have any problems. And I got a refurbished model!! The Captivate looks sleek, nothing like the iPhone, unlike the other Galaxy S models. Want 2.2? Just do it yourself.

  • Hulk smash

    ahhhhhh….. I guess. Just waiting on 2.2.

  • LaTuFu

    I have no complaints about Samsung’s Mesmerize phone. Its a little buggy and laggy, but so is every other Android device that I’ve worked with.

    The screen display quality is worth the minor hassles.

    Samsung is no worse or better than Blackberry ever was about releasing OS updates. Or any other software dev releasing a patch.

    Everybody seems to forget that whenever they move to something new.

  • Pimpstrong

    “I have complaints about Samsung’s Mesmerize phone. Its a buggy and laggy Android device that hassles.
    Samsung is worse than Blackberry OR any other software.
    Everybody move to something new.” Wow that was easy to spin.

  • jc

    LOL all you haters. Enjoy your crap phones in the world of htc evos and droids. No one cares lol. Love my Samsung. I even with 2.1 it was the fastest snappiest and had the best screen.

    SAMSUNG IS KING! Long live Samsung. I don’t know why they are always providing parts for crap manufacturers like htc and apple. they should stop doing that and make their phones even more crappier.

  • Rick James

    This is exactly why Samsung continues to have crappy support because people keep buying their products.

  • John

    Getting tired of waiting for Froyo on the Epic is what prompted me to return it for the Evo. With the exception of screen size, the Epic has better features IMO. But it seems the EVO may have better long-term support.

  • http://www.apexcarpentryinc.com Utah Carpenter

    I had to wait for over a month to buy my Droid Incredible because Samsung could not make the screens fast enough for HTC. As long as they supply screens for other phones they will sell the most phones.

  • whap

    I have a Dinc, my wife has a galaxy s, honestly my incredible is a far superior phone in many ways (navigation actually works for one). I have friends with moto droids and droid x’s. It seems there are so many android options out there and the Galaxy S would not be my first, second or even fifth choice. Granted my wife loves her phone and does not know any better. (note she likes it better than her old Iphone….so a win there I guess)

  • Tek-Wan

    You’ve clearly never purchased a Samsung phone before if you are astounded and outraged that Samsung lies, spins, and puts off updating products (long enough to get the next ‘big thing’ onto the sales floor).

    My last Samsung phone claimed to support Java standards that would make it run any Java phone apps. (lie #1) Turned out Samsung replaced the virtual keyboard required by the Java standard with their own virtual keyboard; only software written for the Samsung phone would run on it. Samsung tried to spin, dodge, and avoid correcting the issue. (Didn’t work.) Samsung then began promising the ‘update’ to add the required virtual keyboard was “coming soon”. (lie #2) Coming soon turned out to be almost a year later… about a month after the next version of the phone was released.

    Oh — the next version of the phone was released with the virtual keyboard already in place.

    I bought my Samsung Vibrant knowing full well I’d better be perfectly happy with the phone as it was when I bought it. As it turns out I got incredibly lucky and the great devs on the XDA forums can hack away on the Samsung hardware. Doesn’t matter how long Samsung holds off on software updates (undoubtedly to hold the updates in reserve for their next batch of phones.)

    Ever heard the tale of the frog and the scorpion? Samsung is the scorpion who wanted to cross the river. If you are going to give the scorpion a ride you’d better really love the gadget as is. You will get stung on the software updates every time.

  • Fred

    Love my Captivate and Epic. Both great phones. Good job Samsung. Now get cracking on the software updates.