Samsung’s Galaxy S 2 Sales Surpass 10 Million In 5 Months

It was just 2 months ago that the Galaxy S 2 hit 5 million units, but fast forward and now it’s official – the Samsung Galaxy S 2 is an absolute success.

Samsung recently announced that the Galaxy S 2 has shipped over 10 million units in just 5 months of sales. What’s even more surprising, is that these numbers exclude the United States, where the SGS2 has only recently become available on carriers.

In a press release provided by Samsung, JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communication Business stated ‘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‘. Not surprising considering the devices are the fastest selling smartphones in Korea. Ever.

The Galaxy S 2 is also one of the fastest smartphones currently available on the market and receives a lot of updates and support – both official and unofficial. The latest official update brings the device to Android 2.3.4 while unofficial updates allow users to bump to 2.3.5 to bring a host of fixes and new additions.

See below for the official Samsung press release.

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 marketsaid 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.

D2D Introduces a Brand New Tell-A-Friend Program

The subtitle reads Gamers Now have More Ways to Save Money and Contribute to Charitywhich, very accurately and precisely, describes the Direct2Drive (D2D) Tell-A-Friend program that has been launched. IGN’s digital distribution store has embarked upon an ambitious new referral program to increase the number of customers of their platform. Whenever a customer refers a game to a friend and the friend buys that game, the referring customer gets a discount on the next purchase, a PayPal refund or the option of donating some money to a charity.


The program details follow:-

All referred friends receive a 20% discount for their first purchase at D2D.
If the referred friend makes a purchase of $49.95 or more, the referrer gets to choose one of the following special offers:

  • 20% off any future order at D2D
  • $10 deposited into their PayPal account
  • $10 donation made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of America

If the referred friend makes a purchase between $29.95 and $49.94, the referrer gets to choose from the below offers:

  • 20% off any future order at D2D
  • $5 deposited into their PayPal account
  • $5 donation made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of America

Coupled with their Bathroom Safety Saleof 20% off all games, it seems that D2D is definitely trying to woo customers away from Steam or Impulse. Go ahead and tell a friend today about some great D2D games!

8 Million Xbox Kinect Sold

The Steve Ballmer keynote at CES 2011 is underway right now, though it has not ended, here is some big news from Microsoft. Microsoft has sold over 8 million in the past two months, this after selling 1 million units in the first 10 days.

Xbox Kinect

This is definitely good news for Microsoft who were predicted to sell around 5 million units in 2010. Looks like gamers all around the world are really loving the Kinect and purchasing it in hordes.

Our staff writer Rajesh has his hands on the Kinect, and from what he tells me, he had a once in a life experience playing games with his dad on the Kinect. So Microsoft is definitely keeping it’s promise of bringing the family into the gaming scene.

Way to go Microsoft, you are getting quite a few things right starting with which was followed by and . Hopefully, Windows Phone 7 should take off too.

LG Optimus One Sells 2 Million Units in Just 65 Days

LG Optimus OneLG’s Optimus One Android handset has been one of the most popular budget Android devices in recent history. It is the LG’s bestselling handset and set a new sales record by selling 1 million phones in 40 days after launch.

Now, it has also crossed another milestone. LG just sold its Optimus One #2,000,000 in just 25 days after the first milestone, which makes it a total of 2 million phones in just 65 days.

It is one of the cheapest Android smartphones running Android 2.2 Froyo and will also be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This makes it one of the few phones slated to receive the update, and the cheapest phone which has been confirmed to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Samsung Sells 1 Million Galaxy Tabs; Beats iPad Sales?

Samsung Galaxy TabIt has been less than 2 months since the Samsung Galaxy Tab was released, but it has already sold 1 million units worldwide. The Galaxy Tab is the best Android tablet around, so the numbers are not surprising.

Compared to the iPad, which sold 1 million units in exactly 28 days, the Galaxy Tab completed 1 million sales in slightly more than a month, as it first became available around the end of October. In the US though, which is probably its largest market, it became available only after November 10, so in a way, it might have beaten the iPad in terms of sales. Such a comparison is not exactly fair, because the Galaxy Tab is available in many more countries than the iPad, 64 to be precise.

The sales of the Galaxy Tab have been consistently great, despite the high pricing; in fact, it had sold 600,000 Galaxy Tab units by November 22, which means that it pushed out 400,000 Tabs in just 10 days.

Samsung has also increased its sales estimates to 1.5 million Galaxy Tabs by the end of 2010, but I wouldn’t find it surprising if it clears 2 million units by then, extrapolating from the current figures. With the Christmas holiday season in sight, it might even sell more.


200,000 Android Devices Sold Everyday

Yesterday, we told our readers that Android is the leading mobile OS in the US market. Today, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt said that 200,000 Android based devices are sold all over the world from the different manufacturers.Android Logo This means that on a monthly basis around 6 million (!) Android devices are sold. However, this figure is not even close to the iPhone 4’s launch figure of 1.7 million in 3 days.

In May, around 100,000 Android devices were sold daily, while June this figure was pegged at around 160,000 devices. In the latest survey from NPD, Android managed to grab 33% market share in the U.S, followed by RIM at 28% and Apple at 22%. The high growth rate of Android OS can be credited to the launch of high-end handsets like the HTC EVO 4G, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid X etcetera in the recent months.

With Android making its way into the low-end phones, the growth rate of Android is surely not going to slow down anytime soon.


Indians Use More Notebooks (and Netbooks) Than Desktops [Report]

ITOPS – an IT Hardware study and research report in India released by MAIT – the apex body representing India’s IT hardware has come out with Computer Hardware sales figures for the year 2009 2010. The reports compare sales figures of various computer hardware and peripherals to that of the previous years.

Notebook sales graph

The graph above shows the sales figures for notebook computers (and netbooks) for the last six years. If you take into consideration the last 4 years, you can clearly see that the laptop (notebook & netbook) sales have definitely grown at a very healthy pace. While 850k notebooks were sold in 06-07, the sales numbers tripled over last 4 years to 2.5 million units. (via

Desktop Sales graph

The graph above shows the desktop sales. Although the laptop sales volume per year is nothing as compared to the Desktop sale volumes, but the graph clearly shows that there has been no growth in the sales of desktops from past years and the sales remain steady. (via

No doubt, the increase in usage of notebook has come at the expense of desktops, but it is a good sign that Indians are gradually moving into the mobile world. Notebooks are more energy efficient than desktops and prove to be more useful too!

Borders Has a New eBook Store, eReader and Apps

Recently, I told you how to grab plenty of eBooks from Amazon and read them in the free Kindle apps. I had also told you previously how to access thousands of free eBooks using FBReader. I’m not lying when I tell you that I have plenty of stuff to read. Despite that, I was pleased to see that the well known Borders book store was opening an online Borders eBook store. Can they compete with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Books-a-Million and maybe (in the future) Google?


Borders has a little eBook reader named the Kobo, for about $150. It will let you shop, order and read the eBooks over any Wifi connection. It’s very cute and weighs less than 8 ounces. It’s size makes it easy to bring along anywhere you go. The 6-inch display should make reading fairly comfortable.


This last Christmas, my daughter gave me a Borders gift card. At the time, I had no idea if I would ever use it. As soon as I found out that Borders went online, I went out and bought my Christmas present and started reading it in the free Kobo eReader app.

The eReader app isn’t complicated, it’s easy to use and it’s also available on several platforms: PC, Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry and Android.

It’s not so cute, but it does allow you to shop, order and read all the eBooks in the Borders eBook store. Here you can see what it looks like on my Windows netbook (screen rotated by iRotate).


Will the Borders eBook store be a big hit? I can’t say for sure, but I’m enjoying it until my gift card runs out of money. I love to read :)

Nintendo Wii Sales Down By 21%

It has been six years since the Nintendo Wii was launched. Nintendo Wii managed to set the sales chart on fire, even though many people criticized it. Nintendo has been making record profits every year since then. But nowNintendo-Wii it looks like the Nintendo Wii is finally running out of steam.

Yesterday, Nintendo released its financial statement starting from April 2009 to March 2010. Surprisingly, the company’s net profit dropped by 12% to $2.44 billion. This is the first time in six years that the company’s net profit has dipped. The sales of both the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo DS – were also lower compared to the previous financial year (2008-09). The Nintendo DS sales were down to 27 million from 31 million, which is a 12% drop year-to-year wise.

Nintendo managed to sell 20.53 million Wii consoles in the last financial year, which is a 21% drop compared to the 2008-09 Wii sales figure. The sale of Wii games were also down to 191 million copies, which is a 6% drop year-to-year wise.

Ironically, even with the fall in sales, this was the third best year sales wise for Nintendo.

Sony Opens Up an Ear for its Fans

With an increasing number of its users becoming quite vile about its shortcomings, Sony’s PlayStation wing has opened up a dedicated site called PlayStation.Blog Share. Here, fans can submit their own ideas and the community votes on the idea.


In its own words, this new serviceis dedicated to bringing certain ideas to life:-

Do you have an idea for how to improve the PlayStation experience? If so, Share it! PlayStation.Blog Share is a place to formally submit your best ideas on how we can improve all PlayStation products. It’s also a place where you can discover and vote on other people’s ideas, as well as communicate with us and other PlayStation fans about how to bring great ideas to life. You can only submit one idea per day. Make it count!


I was pleasantly surprised to see a tweet that went to a completely new section of the PlayStation blog. With a little bit of snooping around it seemed that Sony was genuinely interested in hearing from its fans at long last.

Let’s hope Sony does act on the suggestions. I for one am hoping that the PSP dev kit is priced lower in the future!