Smartphones continue to take over the computer industry and there is room for more than one company to capitalize on that demand. Samsung announced Wednesday that it has sold 5 million Galaxy S II Android phones in just 85 days as it grapples with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) in both the courtroom and the store.
As spotted by GigaOm, Samsung’s announcement shows that it has become the leading Android vendor by a large margin. It’s not clear exactly what is driving sales, or whether or not this is another example of “sales” versus “shipments,” as Google’s English translation of Samsung’s press release (written it its native Korean) is just too hilarious to be taken seriously. (My favorites: “Galaxy S terrifying speed predecessor, and the record sales are overwhelming” and the request to promote the article on a social media site: “The recommendation of your shot, They’re a great strength for us.”)
But the Galaxy S II is easily one of the best Android phones currently on the market, and it’s helping Samsung take business away from companies like Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Research in Motion (NSDQ: RIMM), both of whom have lost ground this year according to new data from IMS Research. Apple is still the standard-bearer for the rising smartphone powers (it sold 1.7 million iPhone 4s in the first three days that product was on sale last year), but Samsung is the second-largest vendor that is gaining market share according to IMS as Nokia and Research in Motion continue to have terrible years. And the Galaxy S II still isn’t even available in the U.S.: all of this growth is coming from other countries.
Samsung has plenty of challenges, including legal jabs from both Apple and Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) over whether or not its products infringe on existing patents. Still, the company can take a little satisfaction in knowing that consumers are responding to more than one smartphone.