As if you need any reason to wonder why Apple is so keen on keeping Samsung's devices
, including the Android
-based Galaxy S II from being sold in parts of Europe, here's a stat: Samsung on Sunday issued a press release indicating that the Galaxy S II has sold 10 million devices.
That's sold, not shipped, but, they also added the two key words "global channel."
In fact, those numbers have been achieved almost entirely without U.S. carrier support. Sprint launched the first Galaxy S II in the U.S. on Sept. 16, the Sprint Epic 4G Touch.
You can read Samsung's press release below.
Samsung GALAXY S II continues success reaching 10 Million in global sales
Global popularity with customers drives momentum for Samsung’s flagship smartphone
SEOUL, Korea – September 25th, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced that the Samsung GALAXY S II (Model: GT-I9100) has achieved 10 million global channel sales, doubling from five million in just eight weeks.
The GALAXY S II is Samsung’s flagship smartphone device - a beautifully thin (8.49mm) and lightweight dual-core smartphone that combines an unmatched Super AMOLED Plus viewing experience with powerful performance, all on Android, the world’s fastest-growing mobile operating system. The next generation smartphone also includes Samsung’s four content and entertainment hubs, seamlessly integrated to provide instant access to music, games, e-reading and social networking services.
“Since its launch in late April 2011, the GALAXY S II has seen continued sales success, demonstrating Samsung’s industry-leading capabilities in - and commitment to - the smartphone market” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business.
“In just five months the GALAXY S II has seen tremendous growth, reflecting its tremendous popularity with customers around the world, who in selecting the GALAXY S II as their device of choice have driven the device’s strong market position globally.”