Samsung confident of healthy Galaxy S sales in UAE

200,000 units of the Android smartphone have been sold in South Korea in less than two weeks

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Samsung confident of healthy Galaxy S sales in UAE Samsung's Galaxy S is now available in stores across the UAE.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  July 6, 2010

Samsung is confident that its Android-powered Galaxy S smartphone will enjoy ‘healthy' sales in the United Arab Emirates, despite the fact that customers in the country won't be able to make the most of Google's application store - Android Market - as it still has not been launched here.

Samsung is sympathetic but says there's little they can do since the decision isn't in their hands.

"In other GCC countries, the Android market is available and, as soon as it's made available here in the UAE, we'll switch. Unfortunately, it's not our decision but it's something we'll keep pushing for," Sandeep Saighal, general manager of mobile phones at Samsung Gulf Electronics, told recently.

"Internationally, the Galaxy S has already seen impressive sales since its launch in key markets, and we are confident we will see healthy sales of the Android-powered device in the UAE market too. Through the launch of the Galaxy S, we hope for increased market share in the ever-lucrative smartphone sector," Saighal added in a company statement.

The Galaxy S  which costs AED 2,999 for the 16GB model, went on sale in the UAE two days ago.

The firm claims 200,000 units have already been sold in South Korea  since its June 24th launch.

Galaxy S boasts a number of standout features including a 4" Super AMOLED display, HD video recording capability, augmented reality and a wireless tethering application that turns the phone into a wireless modem so you can use it to connect your laptop to the web via 3G. It also features a new text input method called Swype that sees users slide their finger across letters with predictive text displayed, making text messaging faster and easier.

Saighal believes the new Galaxy S along with the Wave smartphone - the first handset released on the company's own open mobile bada platform, will help drive their MENA mobile phone market share from 17% to more than 25% this year.

3128 days ago

OMG!, I got the samsung galaxy s i9000 with my new 55 inch 3d T.V. and guess what, can't find the market app! So did some research for 2 days, and hacked, rooted my device. IT STILL DOESNT WORK!

Can someone suggest what do I do with it?

3216 days ago
Mahmoud Nouman

Bought this phone a few days back, and guess what.
No Android Market App.
It is a very nice piece of hardware with useless software, considering that most of the important android apps are available exclusively for Android Market, which is simply not installed on the phone, and you cannot just buy the phone and install it later like any other application, you will need to hack the device which will cause your warranty to be void and also there is a chance that the device will not be operational anymore.

If Samsung is that confident that Galaxy S sales will be healthy, I believe they would not mind taking back their phone and return to me my money.

3234 days ago
Sowri Rajan

Galaxy Spica (GT-i5700) that many of us bought in Dubai - we are still waiting for the firmware upgrade though this has been done in other european countries. Samsung Support centre in Dubai is of little help. Samsung needs to have a solid after sales service if they want to increase their sales growth.

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