Worldwide pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S II hits 3 million

The Samsung Galaxy S II has only been out for a month and already pre-oders have hit the 3 million mark. Just about every site has given favorable reviews so it is no surprise how successful this phone is so far.

I will not question the quality of the phone, but the track record of Samsung with updates will keep me from buying this phone. I have to give them credit for releasing it with Gingerbread because there are so many new phones being released with Froyo, but I wonder how long it will take for the Galaxy S II to get Gingerbread 2.3.4, which includes the new Google Talk video chat. Ice Cream sandwich is on the horizon as well.

Unfortunately it is getting to be a problem for all manufacturers in getting updates timely, but Samsung has been, by far, the slowest.

We reported last month that the original Galaxy S sold 14 million units in 110 countries. It appears that the Galaxy S II is on track to match or better that. I have always felt the average consumer isn’t concerned about the updates, and with these sales figures, I continue to believe it. Since I do care, I will not be one of the 14 million buyers.

In the end it comes down to sales, and I have to congratulate Samsung on a job well done in that department.

[via intomobile]


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.


  • Masta

    Samsung is not the slowest updater, it’s just the matter of u.s. carriers and their crapware being updated slowly. People in Europe (including myself) get the updates much faster.
    I don’t consider myself as an average user and still the SGS2 is a phone I’ll get when it’s only available through my carrier.
    BTW. Does any power user still care about official updates being released slower when guys at XDA are doing their magic lightning fast? :)

  • Zeas28

    I’m sorry, but you’re wrong. You are talking about the Galaxy S variaants here in the US. However, the orginal Galaxy S has received all it’s updates with no problems. There were actually updating to Gingerbread not long ago, though I think there was an issue that caused them to cease the update.
    I’m pretty sure that the Galaxy II will receive it’s updates with no problems as well.
    It is a completely different story when it comes to the US.
    Regardless thanks to the developers we have, I have no problems in purchasing their phones, specialy because they don’t lock their phones.

  • mukmuk

    I have to disagree with the comment “Samsung has been, by far, the slowest.”
    Here in australia, Sony were by far the slowest with their continual postponing of the updates for the x10 xperia models, and even then they were only updated to 2.1 eclair.
    Hopefully they’ll be a bit more timely with their update to 2.3 and with updates for future models.