Samsung announced on Monday that it has sold more than 30 million Galaxy S/Galaxy S II smartphones globally. Samsung said in late September that it had already sold a total of 10 million units of the Galaxy S II, which recently made its debut in the United States on T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T. The South Korea-based phone maker also dubbed the Galaxy S II its fastest selling smartphone ever in July, after it sold 3 million units in 55 days. “Since its launch only five months ago, Galaxy S II has seen tremendous sales success and garnered enthusiastic reviews from consumers and mobile industry watchers across the globe,” president and head of Samsung’s mobile business JK Shin said. “This is in addition to the continued sales momentum behind Galaxy S, which we launched at Mobile World Congress 2010 as continues to be a run-away success with consumers.” Read on for the full press release from Samsung. More →
According to a report issued by Forrester Research on Monday, Amazon could “easily” sell between 3 and 5 million tablets during the fourth quarter of this year if it prices the tablet “significantly” below the iPad and can meet customer demand. “Thus far, Apple has faced many would-be competitors, but none have gained significant market share,” Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps wrote. “Not only does Amazon have the potential to gain share quickly but its willingness to sell hardware at a loss, as it did with the Kindle, makes Amazon a nasty competitor.” The online retailer has yet to announce its tablet, but BGR exclusively reported that Amazon has two Android-powered models coming down the pipeline, including an entry-level dual-core “Coyote” tablet and an NVIDIA quad-core Kal-El-powered “Hollywood” slate. “If Amazon’s Android-based tablet sells in the millions, Android will suddenly appear much more attractive to developers who have taken a wait-and-see approach,” Epps added. According to a report issued on Friday, Amazon’s success could be driven by its effort to undercut the price of Apple’s iPad by “hundreds” of dollars. More →
Regional wireless provider U.S. Cellular has announced that over 1 million of its customers are now enrolled in the company’s Belief Project. The cellular plans allow customers to earns points, similar to credit card points, that they can then use towards their U.S. Cellular bill, services, or early upgrades. The longer customers stay enrolled in the Belief Project, the more Belief Points they can earn. The company also announced it would be giving away over 1 million points to its customers for the holiday season. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
In a short press release this morning, iMaker Apple, Inc. announced that it anticipates sales of its new Apple TV device to eclipse 1 million in sales “later this week.” The announcement was made a little early by Apple’s PR team as later this week most consumers, writers, and analysts will be sitting by their respective fires roasting chestnuts… or something like that. The new Apple TV was released on September 1st of this year — it has taken the company just under three months to reach the 1 million units sold milestone. More →
AllThingsD is reporting that microblog Twitter has just completed a final round of investor funding. “Sources familiar with the situation” told the publication that the San Francisco based company raised over $200 million on a $3.7 billion valuation; an assertion Twitter later confirmed. The top investor was firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, who the report notes was the “only new investor in the latest round”. Twitter, unlike Facebook, has yet to come up with a concrete and clear model for monetization, but does have a plethora of users and… a larger pile of cash to work with. More →
Today, Google took the wraps off of its highly anticipated eBook store. With over 3 million books in its catalog, the electronic bookstore — simply named Google Books — is aiming to take a piece of an anticipate $1 billion business in 2011. As the press release reads:
We designed Google eBooks to be open. Many devices are compatible with Google eBooks—everything from laptops to netbooks to tablets to smartphones to e-readers. With the newGoogle eBooks Web Reader, you can buy, store and read Google eBooks in the cloud. That means you can access your ebooks like you would messages in Gmail or photos in Picasa—using a free, password-protected Google account with unlimited ebooks storage.
Hit the read link to check out the official announcement from the Big G. More →
Is controversial radio-host Howard Stern on the verge of signing a three-year deal with Apple, Inc. to host an iTunes radio program? According to whomever operates the Sirius Stock News (@SIRI_STOCK) Twitter account, yes. Yesterday, the account posted a tweet that stated:
Howard Stern on the verge of signing $600 million 3 year agreement with Apple to host an Internet/TV/iTunes broadcast. $SIRI
The idea of Stern and Apple joining forces seems unlikely, but is — if you really stretch your imagination — plausible. We’ve reached out to both Apple and Sirius and will update this report with any additional information provided.
UPDATE: Blog softsquatch.com has published a post taking credit for the tweet and calling the whole thing a hoax. This new information, like the original post on Twitter, has not been authenticated by anyone of authority from Sirius or Apple. More →
Strategy Analytics: iPhone overtakes BlackBerry in shipments for the quarter; 14.1 vs. 12.3 million [Updated]
Apple and Blackberry have recently been involved in a war of words over the touchy subject of tablets and market-share. However, according to a report by Strategy Analytics, the numbers are stacking in Cupertino’s favor. The report indicates that Apple has shipped 14.1 million iPhones in the third quarter of 2010. BlackBerry on the other hand shipped only 12.3 million handsets in the same period. This is the first time Apple has outdone their fruity counterparts on a quarterly basis. Nokia still retains their top spot, shipping an impressive 26.5 million smartphones in the quarter. These figures add insult to injury, following Steve Jobs’ tirade on BlackBerry during last weeks conference call.
“We’ve now passed RIM. And I don’t see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future. They must move beyond their area of strength and comfort, into the unfamiliar territory of trying to become a software platform company. I think it’s going to be a challenge for them to create a competitive platform and to convince developers to create apps for yet a third software platform after iOS and Android. With 300,000 apps on Apple’s App Store, RIM has a high mountain ahead of them to climb” — Ouch!
BlackBerry is slated to launch the Bold 9780 and Style 9670 soon, yet it remains to be seen whether RIM has the chops to stay competitive in this cut-throat ever-evolving smartphone market.
UPDATE: There was an inaccuracy in the iPhone sales figures quoted by LoopInsight. The correct number of iPhones sold in Apple’s Q4 FY2010 was 14.1 million, not 15.4 million.
Via a press release, Samsung proudly announced that they have sold over 5 million Galaxy S branded handsets since the device’s launch back in June. As Samsung writes: “The GALAXY S has been a phenomenal success in the global smart phone market, recording global sales of over 5 million units including more than 2 million units in the United States and more than 1 million units in Korea.” Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab today in Japan. More →
UBS analyst Maynard Um has raised his stock price target for Apple, Inc. to $350 from $340. The move comes as Um predicts upwards of 28 million iPads could be sold in 2011; a number the analyst described as “conservative.” Mr. Um is also predicting 52 million iPhones to be sold in the 2011 calendar year. Um continued: “We continue to favor product plays such as Apple as the company should have some of the most highly sough referred t after products in the holiday quarter. Despite tough economic conditions, consumers remain willing to pay for innovation. Despite increasing competition in smartphones and that which is soon to come in tablets, Apple’s ability to keep its products fresh and innovative gives us confidence in our estimates going forward.” Unlike 2010, the iPad will be competing with multiple Android tablet devices — such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab — that offer similar functionality in 2011. More →
Google hath tweeted that their new integrated Gmail calling feature announced yesterday has already seen 1,000,000 phone calls placed in just under 24-hours. The new service allows users to place VoIP calls — right from within the browser — to the U.S. and Canada free of charge and for very affordable rates to other countries around the world. We’ve been playing with the new feature and we have to say, it’s pretty impressive. Have you tried it? Thoughts? More →
Farmville fans rejoice as your painfully addicting fanciful Facebook game has gotten a new lease on life. The social networking giant anounced today that it has signed a five year deal with Zynga that will keep the gaming company firmly entrenched in Facebook. In a move that will help solidify Facebook’s form of currency, part of the deal requires Zynga to adopt Facebook’s proprietary credits system for its in-game cash transactions, starting first with a few select games and expanding to Zynga’s other games in the future. As for Facebook itself, not only is the site becoming more influential, but it’s also growing in size with the number of registered and non-registered visitors ballooning to an estimated 516 million in the month of April alone. According to Comscore, this figure places Facebook firmly in fourth place worldwide with only Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google ahead of the gargantuan social network. More →