For those of you with a Samsung Galaxy S II on Three UK, the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update (XWKF4) is available now. Just go to menu/settings/about phone/software updates, and you will have some Gingerbread love within a few minutes.
The popular power horse of a device, the Samsung Galaxy S II is about to have its little brother debut in the UK in just a few weeks. The Samsung Galaxy R, as it will be dubbed, is very similar to the GS2 and just comes in under a half of a hair in the specs department.
What’s the difference? Glad you asked. The Galaxy R will rock a 4.2-inch screen coming in at .1 tenths of an inch under the GS2, a Super LCD instead of the GS2′s Super Amoled Plus and a dual-core CPU manufactured by Nvidia (Tegra 2) instead of Sammy’s own Exynos chip. In addition, the Galaxy R will sport a 5 meg camera on the backside with the ability to capture video at 720p while the Galaxy S2 houses an 8 meg camera capturing 1080p. The only other difference between the two devices are the sizes, with the Galaxy R coming in at just a few mm’s thicker than the GS2. Overall, it looks to be a worthy successor if you’re looking for something not as “high-end” as the GS2. Stay tuned to Talk Android as we continue to dig a little deeper on price and availability. Feel free to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below. Hit the break for a quick peek at the back side of the device as well.
Nobody can disagree with the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S was one of the most successful Android phones in terms of sales. When the Galaxy S II was announced, we knew it was also going to be successful, but could they improve on those unbelievable numbers? So far, the answer is yes as it took them 55 days to sell their first 3 million units. The original Galaxy S took an extra month to accomplish the same total. Now all they need is to get Apple off their backs.
Press release after the break.
Apple is at it again, with another lawsuit against Samsung for allegedly copying the iPhone’s design with some of their Galaxy S family of devices, this time the suit is made in South Korea. This comes after the heated stories a couple months back about Apple doing the same thing, and Samsung slapping them back with 10 patent infringements of their own.
Since April, Apple has been gathering more information and adding it to their claims that Samsung has copied more specifically, the 3rd gen iPhone in design with the Galaxy S, and added the Droid Charge, Infuse 4G, Nexus S 4G, Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy S II, and a fistful of other devices. This likely won’t amount to much, but you never know…Apple did just get awarded a touchscreen patent, so stranger things have happened.
We’ve all seen old videos of people hacking various devices so they could use them in ways never meant to be used. While I can’t teach you how to wire your PS2 controller to drive your car, I can tell you that using your Wiimote to play Yongzh’s famous emulators. And believe it or not it’s incredibly simple.
This shouldn’t be TOO much of a surprise for anyone who has heard of the Samsung Galaxy S II and how much it kicks butt like Chuck Norris kicks in teeth while sleeping, but it is now the title holder of fastest selling Samsung device to date. After it launched on April 29th 2011, it has sold one new device every 3 seconds on average, making a total of over 1 million devices sold so far.
The Samsung Galaxy S II hasn’t really hit all the markets yet in North America, but it’s about to very shortly, even if the Galaxy S III is apparently already in planning. Once we can all grab one at any carrier of our choice overseas here, that number is going straight up.
Samsung is pouring on the heat in the mobile markets with it’s Galaxy family of devices over the last year or so. Why stop now right? Well, this news may be a bit premature from Samsung, even if it is just a few nuggets of hints thrown at us wild mobile dogs. Still, with the Samsung Galaxy S II just out the doors, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 inch not launching until next month, or the Galaxy Tab 8.9 inch til this summer for release, don’t you think it would be wise to let us buy these devices first, then tell us about the next models?
Samsung’s Mobile communication president J.K. Shin made mention that we should expect to see a Galaxy S III sometime in the first half of 2012, which isn’t bad seeing as the Galaxy S II just came out and we’re still in the first half of 2011. He also stated that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be coming out this year after the 8.9 tab launches, where the 10.1 Tab will be sporting 4G/LTE technology, of which they are already in talks with US and South Korean carriers. Wow. That seems a bit early. They must not be concerned with selling the first 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab much before putting it to rest with a faster 4G model.
When the original Samsung Galaxy S phone came to the U.S., it was branded as the Verizon Fascinate, AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant, U.S. Cellular Mesmerize and the Cellular South Showcase. Is it any surprise that the same thing is going to happen all over again for the new Galaxy S II. For some reason the Fascinate 2 or Captivate 2 is just not good enough.
An online web store has a listing for a silicon gel case that’s compatible with the generic Samsung Galaxy S II, but also lists Attain (AT&T), Function (Verizon), and Within (Sprint).
Get ready for the bloatware and other tweaks from the U.S. carriers. It will also be interesting to see if NFC makes it over on any of the U.S. versions.
A notable exception from the U.S. carriers is T-Mobile. They were the first to offer the Samsung Galaxy S. They even had a second version with a slightly tweaked 21 Mbps HSPA+ radio. Right now the biggest competition to the Galaxy S II would be the HTC Sensation which will be on T-Mobile. Is it possible they will not go head to head on the same carrier?
T-Mobile has been heavily investing in its network, and it’s very proud of its speed. So much so, in fact, that they’re willing to put their money where their mouth is. They’re so confident that downloads on the Galaxy S 4G are faster than on an AT&T iPhone that they’ll give $1000 to anyone whose iPhone can beat a Galaxy S 4G in 2 out of 3 speed tests at any of 10 participating locations this weekend. This is pretty much a Washington-only deal, and I know you all have Android phones anyway, but I like that T-Mobile is willing to put up cash to make their point. Hit the source link for the participating Washington locations.
Well, after the debacle that was the Galaxy S Froyo update, this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, but we were so proud when Samsung started updating Galaxy S phones to Gingerbread over in Europe last week. Alas, it was too good to be true. Vodaphone released word today that the update has been pulled due to complications, and Google has declared it not ready for primetime quite yet. This is a little surprising to Vodaphone themselves, who apparently has had no problems, but Google has spoken. Hopefully at least the unaffected carriers can get things rolling again soon. And hopefully they can get the kinks worked out quickly enough that those of us over here in the states with Galaxy S phones (like yours truly) might see Gingerbread before my two-year agreement is up.