In a successful end-of-the-year push, the South Korean phonemaker Samsung says it sold 10 million Galaxy S smartphones globally in 2010. The announcement means that the Galaxy S is the first Android phone (or, rather, a family of phones) to pass the 10 million mark.

Samsung announced in late December that the company had sold 9.3 million Galaxy S phones, so it is no surprise that the company managed to reach its goal by the end of the year. According to Samsung Hub, the company has sold 1.4 million phones per month, or roughly 40,000 smartphones per day.

Of the ten million smartphones, Samsung sold 4 million units in North America, 2.5 million units in Europe and 2 million devices in the Korean market.

While making a milestone for Google’s operating system, the Galaxy S has not–yet–usurped Apple’s iPhone, which sold 14.1 million units worldwide in the quarter that ended in September. Apple still makes for stiff competition, as the company said in late December that it expects to ship 20 to 21 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2011, upping its original plans by 1-2 million units. But for Samsung, the phone maker that is set on becoming the number one mobile manufacturer in the world, this is good news indeed.