Samsung’s tactic of selling four variants of its Galaxy S smartphones via the top U.S. carriers seems to be paying off. The South Korea-based manufacturer says it has sold three million of the Android-based devices in the U.S. since their launch in July. Seven million have been sold worldwide.
The company’s chief marketing officer said Samsung is struggling to keep up with demand.
“We’re in a situation where we wish we had more supply,” Paul Golden told Reuters on Monday. The shortage may stem from a widely reported dearth of AMOLED touchscreens, a factor that may have impacted the supply of Microsoft Windows 7 phones made by Samsung and HTC as they went on sale in the U.K. last week.
Samsung and Verizon Wireless on Monday night rolled out the latest member of the Galaxy S family, the Continuum, so named because it allows a groundbreaking 1.8-inch “ticker” to regularly display news such as stock prices, sports scores, or messages, across the 3.4-inch display as the phone runs other applications or makes calls.
Available Nov. 11, the Continuum, which sells for $199 after a $100 rebate, has most of the now-familiar features of the latest smartphones, including a one-gigahertz processor, a five-megapixel camera, 8GB of installed storage upgradeable to 32GB, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability, and a mobile 3G hot spot.
To conserve battery life, the Continuum has a grip that allows the user to light up the ticker display for the time, weather, social-messaging updates, and other data without powering up the full screen.
There had been speculation on some tech sites last week that Monday’s Samsung event in New York City would unveil a Nexus Two phone, a second coming of Google’s ill-fated smartphone made by HTC and pulled off the market this summer. Samsung later denied that report.
In addition to the Continuum, Verizon…