Sammy’s latest marketing ploy kicked off with a string of nonsense that could just as easily have come from the Sunday morning jumble: “Destination: tgeltaayehxnx,” declared the Samsung Mobile Twitter account. Anagram wizards will read that as, “the next Galaxy,” and wouldn’t you know it, it’s also the URL for an auspicious countdown clock. Sammy promises to let visitors take “the next step” in about 17 hours and counting. Bonafide internet sleuths can find an extra carrot strung up in the site’s source, reading, “discover how Samsung is about to challenge the way you view the Galaxy once more.” Is Samsung about to break its own May 3rd unveiling? We’ll let you know in 16 hours and change.
Update: It seems like that ticker just might be counting down to some sort of anagram guessing game, according to an Engadget tipster who partook in some directory diving. Among a series of assets of different colored lettered tiles he found images with instructions warnings, reading “Click on the letters in the correct order to reveal your real destination,” and “Following technology blindly often gets you nowhere.” Ominous.
After months of rumors Samsung has officially announced the world will meet the next Galaxy phone in London on May 3rd with this invite, first received by Dutch site Tweakers.net. While most speculation will immediately focus around something we’re expecting to arrive as the Galaxy S III, the BlackBerry World-spoiling invite we received is conspicuously devoid of details like name or specifications. The Galaxy S I and II are already million unit sellers many times over since they got started two years ago and have lead the Android pack as of late, so what will Samsung do to top itself this time? (Answer: not 3D, and it’s probably a little too late for the Continuum to make another run at the secondary OLED gimmick.) There’s just 17 days left until we find out for sure.
Samsung has already started to roll out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Galaxy S II in some countries , with more countries getting the update from next week starting the 19th of March.
The guys over at Pocket Now have put together the following video which shows the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM running on a Galaxy S II.
As soon as we get some more information on when the update will be available in the UK and US with the various mobile carriers we will let you guys know.
Source Pocket Now
There have been a number of rumors over the last week that Samsung would release Android 4.0 ICS for the Galaxy S II on the 10th of March, that didn’t happen, and Samsung announced last week that the date was a mistake posted by them.
Now it looks like the first Android 4.0 ICS updates will start rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S II on mobile carrier SK Telecom in South Korea, which should mean that we could see the update arriving in the US and Europe very soon.
We previously heard a rumor that Samsung would release Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the Galaxy S II on the 15th of March, and we suspect this date or shortly after is when they will roll it out.
We can expect some sort of official announcement from Samsung over the next couple of days, as soon as we get some more details we will let you guys know.
Source The Verge
Samsung recently launched a pink version of their extremely popular Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone in Korea, and now it looks like the device is headed to the UK as couple of mobile retailers have put the pink Samsung Galaxy S II up for pre-order.
The pink Samsung Galaxy S II shares the same specifications as the original device, which include a 4.3inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.
Processing is provided by a dual core 1.2GHz processor and it comes with a choice of 16GB or 32GB of built in storage, plus a microSD card slot that can take up to 32GB cards.
The Samsung Galaxy S II also comes with an 8 megapixel camera with auto focus and an LED flash, the camera is capable of capturing full High Definition video in 1080p at 30 frames per second, up front there is a 2 megapixel camera for video chat.
The two retailers who have the device available for pre-order in the UK are Very.co.uk and Phones4u.
Samsung has launched a new version if its massively popular Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone for Japan, the Samsung Galaxy S II WiMax which will be available with Japan’s KDDI au.
The new Samsung Galaxy S II WiMAX comes with new specifications over the original Galaxy S II handset, and it features a 4.7 inch Super AMOLED HD display.
The 4.7 inch Super AMOLED HD display has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which means it is capable of displaying HD video and content in 720p.
Processing is provided by a dual core 1.4 GHz processor and it comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and features a front facing and rear facing camera.
The front facing camera is a 2 megapixel version, whilst the rear facing cameras an 8 megapixel version and it is capable of recording full high definition video in 1080p.
Other specifications on the Samsung Galaxy S II WiMax include 16GB of built in storage plus a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, WiFi and Near Field Communications (NFC).
You can find out more information about the Samsung Galaxy S II WiMax over at the KDDI au website.
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New year, new you ROMs. Yep, the Galaxy S II is getting even more attention, with a duo of Ice Cream Sandwich versions landing on that capacious 4.3-inch screen. They consist of an early Android 4.0.1 build made on December 20th and version 4.0.3 crafted just ten days later. The interesting part is that, according to YouMobile, both of these will arrive through Kies, Samsung’s Android connectivity software. The mobile news site also suspects that these are close (but still buggy) approximations of what we’ll see on our as-yet un-tinkered Galaxy S IIs in the very near future. These Kies-capable builds also have a few cosmetic differences to the build leaked earlier, like a distinct lack of Tron hues adorning the notification bar at the top. While we await a release through the official channels, you can check out a swift run-through right after the break.
Who knew AT&T’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II had a younger, larger brother on the way? Just a hair over a month after the carrier launched its flagship Android device, it’s already set for another go-round. This one, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket, offers a larger display and “true” 4G connectivity using LTE — yes, it’s a pioneer blazing a new trail to Ma Bell’s wild and untamed frontier, right alongside the HTC Vivid. It’s time to answer the burning questions: what kinds of speeds are possible on AT&T’s LTE network? Is the series’ legendary battery life up to snuff on the next-gen network? Join us below to find out.
Now that we know how the iPhone 4S stacks up against the iPhone 4, let’s take a look at how Apple’s latest smartphone compares to its mightiest competitors on the other major platforms — Android and Windows Phone. In Google’s camp we chose the superlative Samsung Galaxy S II models (focusing on the announced US variants) along with the Motorola Droid Bionic for its qHD and LTE chops. We then picked the upcoming HTC Titan to bat for Microsoft’s team. RIM’s not included here since it’s still stuck in the junior leagues. We left out the intriguing Nokia N9 because it’s a niche player. Check out the fancy table after the break — the results are pretty clear cut!
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After eluding our grubby little paws at its launch in New York and again this morning at Mobilize 2011, we’re happy to report that we’ve finally caught up with T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II. To recap, the carrier’s permutation rocks the same WVGA 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display as Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch, but replaces Samsung’s in-house 1.2GHz Exynos CPU with Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor. T-Mobile tells us the brain swap was necessary as it wanted its variant to support 42Mbps HSPA+ on the network’s AWS band (just like its cousin the Amaze 4G). Oh, and like AT&T’s variant it comes with a little NFC glitter sprinkled on top. So is it the same delectable Galaxy S II as its European and Sprint counterparts? From our brief time with the handset, the transplant doesn’t appear to have impacted performance at all — it’s just as snappy as ever. In terms of appearance, the phone sports a soft-touch matte black finish in back and its bezel is a lighter shade of chrome than used on its siblings. Check out our gallery below, and peek after the break for our hands-on video.
Ford already wowed us with the Evos concept, but the slinkiest hybrid we’ve seen so far here in Frankfurt has not four wheels but two. It’s a concept bicycle from Ford called — wait for it — the E-Bike Concept. It packs an electric motor built into the front wheel that can power it up to a maximum speed of 25 km/h, driven by a 9.2Ah battery. Or you can power it the conventional way by pedalling, torque conveyed to the rear wheel over a carbon belt. (Oily chains are so last century.)
Perhaps even more interesting is what rests up on the handlebars. No, that’s no iDevice — refreshingly it’s a Galaxy S II. Through some custom software, riders will be able to change suspension modes and of course monitor battery charge, not to mention get a little assistance from Google Navigation and maybe pump out some Pandora too. The word “Concept” in the title here and the spindly frame design should give you a clue about when this thing will see production — probably never. But, we’ll be back with an update if that ever changes.
If you’ve been wondering just when you’ll be able to get Europe’s hottest smartphone from last year, wonder no more: tonight the Samsung Galaxy S II was formally (and finally) announced for US release. Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T all will be receiving variants, with the first two getting a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, the AT&T unit being stuck with the same 4.3-inch display as the earlier GS II. In fact, the AT&T model looks indistinguishable from the European version that we compared it against, while the other two look a bit different.
Sprint’s model, aka the Epic 4G Touch, has that larger 4.5-inch screen, plus a slightly more rounded profile than the AT&T model. The T-Mobile version, meanwhile, is the most rounded of the three, but otherwise we were hard-pressed to find any differences between ‘em, as you can see in the video below. All are powered by 1.2GHz dual-core processors, 16GB of storage, eight megapixel webcams on the back, batteries that are said to be at least 10 percent larger than the previous version, and “4G” wireless — either in the form of HSPA+ or WiMAX.
Well, it’s been a long time coming, but you fine folks living in the good ol’ U-S-of-A are finally getting blessed with Galaxy S IIs to call your own. Conspicuously missing from the party is Verizon, but Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T are all getting in on the Super AMOLED Plus action under the guise of the Epic 4G Touch on Sprint and just plain old Galaxy S II on AT&T and T-Mo. As we had heard earlier the Epic 4G Touch is sporting a slightly larger 4.52-inch screen as will the T-Mobile variant, while AT&T is sticking with the 4.3-inch panel found on the international model. Sprint customers will be first to get their shot at owning one on September 16th for $200, with AT&T and T-Mobile a little further down the road. Otherwise there are very few surprises here, with a 1.2GHz Exynos pushing Gingerbread and TouchWiz to each gorgeous screen. All are packing 16GB of internal storage and being pitched as 4G handsets — with WiMax on board the Sprint model and HSPA+ for T-Mo and AT&T. Ma Bell’s is specifically championing its variant as the “thinnest 4G smartphone,” which might have something to do with the smaller 1650 mAh battery inside (the Epic 4G Touch is sporting an 1800 mAh pack). Check back soon for some hands-on.
Like many other highly-anticipated product announcements, a few bits of information have leaked out mere hours prior to tonight’s reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S II. This time, we have a new piece of 411 about the Epic 4G Touch, Sprint’s weapon of choice. According to leaked training documents that surfaced today, it appears the device will match the Hercules in screen size, receiving a healthy bump up to a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. True or not, we don’t have much longer to wait before Sammy lets us in on all of the secrets these three Galaxy S II models have been keeping for so long.
If you don’t pay close attention, you may not even notice it, but Samsung sneaked a preview of an American Galaxy S II variant into a promo video it released earlier today. For the entire clip you stare at the version we’re all familiar with, which sports a large home button on the bottom. Then, at the very end, a slightly rounder handset with four capacitive buttons and no large home key pops up on the screen. It looks a bit like the T-Mobile-bound Hercules, but not quite as curvy around the edges. It could be Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch or perhaps an as yet unseen model destined for AT&T or Verizon. Check out the full promo video after the break.
Samsung ha lanciato ufficialmente Smart View, applicazione gratuita per Galaxy S II e Galaxy Tab 10.1 per vedere la TV dal nostro device mobile.
Oltre a estendere la funzione di telecomando già inaugurata da Samsung Remote, Smart View sfrutta lo schermo di smartphone o tablet per avere un secondo schermo: mentre si guarda un programma in TV, ad esempio, in un’altra stanza si può vedere sul tablet un film in Blu-Ray oppure sullo smartphone si guarda la partita di Sky e sulla TV un telefilm.
Tra le funzioni in arrivo, inoltre, ci sarà la possibilità di vedere la guida dei programmi così da non oscurare la TV con i menu. Al momento Smart View è compatibile con le TV D7000 e D8000 ma si potrà usare anche su Galaxy Player YP-GB70 e installabile su Galaxy S e Galaxy Tab entro fine anno.
Been lusting after the Galaxy S II, but aren’t willing to break the bank? We hear you, and apparently Samsung does too. Up for pre-order today, on the Swedish arm of Three, is the Galaxy Z — billed as a more affordablespawn from its Korean progenitor. The Gingerbread-toting handset will sport a 4.2-inch Super Clear LCD, 1GHz dual core processor (rumored to be Tegra 2), and 8GB of onboard storage, extensible with microSD. Fret not camera junkies, also present is a 5 megapixel sensor plus flash and “HD” video recording. All that stands between you and this little Galaxy, are 4,000 kronor (about $630) and your undying love of Swedish meatballs.
Let’s see if we’re grokking this: Samsung is not only telling the dev community it’s okay to place custom ROMs on its flagship device, it’s actually encouraging the practice by handing out free phones? Atinm, the developer responsible for prepping CyanogenMod on the Captivate and Vibrant, took to Twitter to praise the manufacturer for sending him a free Galaxy S II. From the looks of it, Samsung sent the phone to a select number of devs intent on building an official release of CM7 for the GSII. Unlocking bootloaders has already become the new fancy with manufacturers like HTC, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson jumping on the bandwagon, but this is the first time we’ve heard of a company doling out free devices to the custom ROM community. Does this mean that, instead of enforcing TouchWiz with an iron fist, Samsung is looking at how this practice could actually benefit consumers? We doubt this will be the case for all of the company’s future Android phones, but wouldn’t you love to live in a world where it was?