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We have reported a couple of times that Samsung would be launching a variant of the Galaxy S II with a full QWERTY keyboard on AT&T. Well, we weren’t entirely correct, but that doesn’t mean that Samsung won’t be shipping this phone! In fact, we will see two new phones from Samsung, one being this device and the other being the Galaxy S II that should be coming to AT&T. The leaked phone was model number SGH-i927, which we are also seeing on current test models. This leads us to believe that the leaked device was, just that, a test build. It seems as though Samsung is simply reusing their model numbers.
Also worth noting is that the leaked device was running kernel version 188.8.131.52, which is a honeycomb kernel. We’re not sure what Samsung intends to do with this, but we certainly see it as good news if Samsung is to release two new phones to the public.
Samsung Mobile continues to roll out their Galaxy lineup of devices with the latest to hit the alphabet train. The Galaxy R, said to be another version of the Galaxy Z, which is a scaled down affordable version of the Galaxy S II, will sport a 4.2-inch clear vibrant LCD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, HD video recording and a decent 8GB’s of internal memory. According to sources over at SammyHub, the device is most likely Europe bound. The handset looks to follow in line with Samsung’s more affordable entry level smartphones, which we all know there’s definitely a market for. Stay tuned to Talk Android as we dig a little deeper on pricing and release dates. When we know, you’ll know. Feel free to leave a comment or two in the comments section below. Could you see yourself rocking a device like this or do you empty your wallet for a Galaxy S II? In addition, hit the break to check out the device running a demo of itself. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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?