An extended analysis of AT&T’s variant of the Galaxy S II reveals it is rife with NFC. In addition to containing kernel drivers and a pre-installed APK, the system files indicate the device is running in a mode named NDEF (NFC Data Exchange Format). It hasn’t been determined if the handset will be capable of making payments, but the presence of NFC in the Galaxy S II is definitely a good sign.
T-Mobile has released minimal details on its version of the Galaxy S II but FCC filings confirm it will contain NFC as well.
Sprint’s Epic 4G (Galaxy S II) contains no mention of NFC. Does the fact that Sprint was not part of a group that recently invested $100 million in mobile payment technology play a part in this?
While analysis of the Epic 4G did not reveal any information regarding NFC, it did uncover that it’s using the same WiMAX module (cmc732) as the Samsung Nexus S 4G. If you recall, the Nexus S 4G was plagued with performance issues when originally released (though many of those concerns were eventually resolved in a later update). Let’s hope the Epic 4G will come with improved firmware to ensure customers won’t have to go down that path again.
Will NFC support influence your decision one way or another? Let us know in the comments!
The new Sprint Playbook has been posted by Android Central and there is some good information inside. We’ve got a new device, rumors on the HTC Holiday, policy changes, and a brand new customer rewards program on the pages inside. Hit the break to check it all out.
According to Sprint Feed, Sprint’s Early Termination Fee is climbing from its current $200 to $350 starting September 9th. As seen in the above image, this policy change is only for “advanced” devices which includes smartphones, tablets, netbooks, and notebooks. This raised ETF will go into effect on new contracts signed after September 9th. It’s also noted that changes like this for authorized dealers usually apply to corporate Sprint stores as well. Anyone think this might be in preparation for the SGSII Epic 4G Touch?
The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (boy that’s a mouthful) has finally arrived and is dressed to impress. Today at Samsung’s GSII launch event in New York Talk Android was able to get a hands-on look at the hardware and software that’s currently driving this device to be one of hottest and sexiest (sorry TechCrunch) devices of the year. Samsung brought their A-game today when they released the device on three of the four major carriers in the US. The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived and it’s only a matter of weeks until we can stick this slim thin bad boy in our pockets. And although the device was already announced before the event here and here, it’s just not the same unless you can hold this power horse in your hand and play with it. The device is slated for a Sept 16th release date, making Sprint the official first carrier to launch it and will be available for $199 on contract. Hit the break for the full list of features and to check out some hands-on pics. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Read more
Today Samsung unveiled their highly popular Galaxy S II device for three of the four major carriers. Their event in New York kicked off with a bang as AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint opened the curtain on what appears to be the biggest smartphone of the year thus far. And when we say big, we mean big. Aside from the AT&T version, which sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, all other devices are sporting a whopping 4.5-inch display. Check out the slides of the main points in the presentation for the US version of the Galaxy S II and note the new features added which the original Galaxy S II device doesn’t have. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Stay tuned for quick looks and hands on coming shortly. Read more
Sprint is going to be the first U.S. Carrier to launch the Samsung Galaxy S II, dubbed the Epic 4G Touch. We originally thought the release would be September 9th, but we will have to wait an extra week. It is interesting because the latest press shot pictured above still shows 09/09.
So beginning September 16th, you will be able to grab this 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus beast for $199.99 with a 2-year contract. You can pre-order one now with the purchase of a $50 Sprint Gift Card.
Key features include:
- 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen
- Samsung Exynos™ 1.2GHz dual-core processor
- Dual cameras: 8MP, rear-facing camera/camcorder with auto-focus and flash that shoots video in 1080p HD high profile and 2MP, front-facing camera ideal for self-portraits or video chat
- 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capable, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G network
- Voice Talk by Vlingo™ allows users to give their Epic 4G Touch voice commands, including voice dial, text message, navigation, music, Web browsing and search
- Task Manager enables users to view and close the applications they have active and any items that may have been downloaded and to check on memory usage via the Task Manager widget
- Screen grab feature allows users to easily take a screen capture of the phone screen by pressing the power button and the home key simultaneously
- Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface provides superior multitasking and customization for an enhanced visual and intuitive smartphone experience
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/a capable
- Visual Voicemail
- Enterprise functionality provides support for exchange device management policies, offers increased security of data and services and enables mobile conferencing while on the go
- microSD card slot that supports up to a 32GB memory card
- Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Technology 3.0
- Access to more than 250,000 apps through Android Market™
Full press release after the break:
Just hours before the big event in New York City, the Samsung Epic 4G Touch showed up on Samsung’s Mobile Product site. There is a really big surprise as it will come with a 4.52-inch screen. Nobody saw that one coming.
The rest of the listed specs are of no surprise which include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Super AMOLED plus display, ultra- thin design, and 4G network speeds. They also refer to TouchWiz as an “Advanced Android Experience.”
Stay tuned for more info as TalkAndroid will be at the event.
HTC EVO 4G owners are seeing an update today to correct some minor bugs, one of which includes voice recognition accuracy. The update will take 1 to 2 weeks to complete, and you will be notified when it is pushed to your phone. Alternatively, you can hit Menu/Settings/About Phone/System Updates to see if you can manually pull it. This update will bring your software to version 4.53.651.1
- Integrated voice recognition accuracy with voice search and voice-to-text
- Image size issue with contact transfer over bluetooth
- Images cut off in Picasa
- Group contacts not in alphabetical order
- Out of memory, Unable to send SMS
The Motorola Photon is one of the best phones on Sprint right now, but there were some minor bugs such as users experiencing random voice calls defaulting to mute. Today Photon owners should start receiving the latest update which is version 4.5.1A-1_SUN-154_5. The update will be released in stages so you will get notified when it is available to you. Alternatively, you can hit Menu/Settings/About Phone/System Updates to see if you can manually pull it.
- Improvements to voice calling to eliminate inadvertent voice calls defaulting to mute
- Improve stability, resulting in fewer occurrences of unresponsiveness
- Bluetooth support for mono headsets with the Sprint Visual Voicemail application
Without a doubt, the news on everyone’s mind has got be when in the world Samsung will release a Galaxy S II variant in the US? Well, as tidbits and morsels of information continue to surface, it appears we’re closer now than ever. And first up on the list of carriers to launch the device? You guessed it, Sprint. And as Talk Android makes a presence at Samsung’s Galaxy S II event in New York on Aug 29th, we only hope to confirm it. So, how are we tying this one to Sprint? Thanks to a fan over at Phandroid, they were able to note that the location in the weather widget happens to be Sprint’s HQ location in Kansas City. Well done 007. Furthermore, the date set on the widget clock is Sept 9th, an already rumored release date for Sprint’s version of the GSII, aka the Epic Touch 4G/Within. Stay tuned as we report our findings at Sammy’s New York event on the 29th. If you’ve been patiently waiting for Samsung’s flagship device to hit US shelves, the wait is almost over. Hit the break to check out a photo of the ad itself and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.