Bloombergreports that Samsung is expecting to sell 5 times as many tablets as it did in 2010.
The company is on track to raise sales of tablet computers by more than five times this year from 2010 as it planned, J.K. Shin, head of Samsung’s mobile-phone division, said at a media briefing in Seoul today.
Samsung said it had sold 2 million Galaxy Tabs (plus a marginal number of Windows 7 Tablets?) as of January 2011. It had given estimates as low as 1.5 million for the 4th quarter of 2010, the only quarter it sold tablets last year.
That means Samsung believes it can sell 7.5 million – 10 million tablets this year. Is that good news? Read more
With the US launch of the Galaxy SII phone underway, Samsung today announced that they have sold 10 million Galaxy SII devices into sales channels. That follows hints earlier that the 10 million number was expected by the end of the year.
Samsung GALAXY S II (Model: GT-I9100) has achieved 10 million global channel sales, doubling from five million in just eight weeks.
Sprint was the first to launch the Galaxy SII in the US last week and AT&T’s version, which is likely already stocked, launches in the coming week. Both are amazing phones which will do well going into the holidays. T-Mobile’s version, which will run on its 42Mbps HSPA+ network is in the pipeline. Meanwhile, Verizon has passed on the Galaxy SII, likely in favor of the 720P Droid Prime, which is rumored for October.
As anyone with a device that starts with ‘i’ will tell you until they are blue in the face, channel sales doesn’t equal end user sales. That being said, it is the industry standard way manufacturers, including Apple, measure sales. And, having played with both Sprint and AT&T’s version of the phones, I don’t foresee any problem with these things flying off the shelves.
The 10 million sales number is even more impressive when you consider that the SII is the very high end of Samsung’s robust line of Android devices. These sell for as much if not more than the iPhone and other high end devices. Galaxy S, R, W, and about 20 other Android models continue to sell well.
With activation of a new line of service, Amazon offers the Motorola DROID X2 Android 3G Smartphone for Verizon Wireless bundled with a $50 Amazon Gift Card for 1 cent with free shipping. Even if you don’t use the credit, that’s still $100 under our June mention and the lowest total price we’ve seen by $50. Features include a 4.3″ 540×960 color touchscreen, virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype, 8-megapixel camera with dual flash, 720p video capture, HDMI output, microSD slot, WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth, Android 2.2 OS, up to six hours of talk time, and more.
Droid Life has gotten their hands-on exclusive pictures of Motorola’s successor to the Xoom, the Xoom 2. There’s not much in the way of specs, but we do know the device has an HDMI and micro USB port, physical buttons on the back, and a SIM card slot (probably LTE). After the break, you’ll notice that next to the camera is a HD logo. No word in way of carrier. More to come.
Spotify, a popular music streaming service from Sweden, arrived in the United States mid-July on an invite-only basis. Today, Spotify goes live for everyone nationwide, no invitation required. Users can now sign up for an account at Spotify.com and use a mobile app for Android or iPhone to stream music over wireless and cellular networks to their phones, tag songs for offline viewing, favorite tracks, share them with friends and more. What’s best, you needn’t sign up for a paid Spotify account. Thanks to a new partnership with Facebook that Mark Zuckerberg announced at the yesterday’s developer conference (more in the clip below), anyone signing up with their Facebook account gets six months of unlimited listening. What happens when the six-month free period expires?
If all of the rumors are true, Amazon has a 7-inch “media tablet” that runs a forked version of Android and will connect to all of Amazon’s services, including its Appstore, Movies, TV, Music and of course eBooks. It won’t be true multi-touch but the rumored price is half of the iPad’s (just like the screen) at $250. Who is making this for Amazon? Foxconn of course.