If you don’t know where you came from, you won’t know where you’re going. That’s why we’re stacking up Samsung’s Galaxy S III against the S II and the Galaxy S to see how the range has come on in the three years it’s existed. If you fancy a trip down memory lane to the heady days of 2010, then join us after the break.
Last week Samsung released the Android 4.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy S II, and one UK carrier Three announced that the update was being rolled out on their network and now we have some information from another UK carrier.
Orange UK has announced that the Android 4,0 Ice Cream Sandwich update will be available for the Samsung Galaxy S II on their network, although we don’t as yet have a specific date.
With regards to the other carriers, O2 have said that it will be available at the end of March, which probably means April, but Vodafone and T-Mobile have yet to release any details on when ICS will land on the Samsung Galaxy S II on their networks.
Source Cnet, SoMobile, EuroDroid
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.
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.
Samsung recently announced that it would be updating a number of its Android smartphones to the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich next year, and now we have more details on when the update will arrive on certain devices.
Samsung has announced that the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Samsung Galaxy Note will get the Android 4.0 update in the first quarter of 2012, which would mean by March at the latest.
Samsung Electronics plan to provide the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for GALAXY devices. The platform update for GALAXY S II and GALAXY Note will start in the first quarter 2012, and other GALAXY devices will soon follow.
Samsung have also said that other Galaxy devices will get the ICS update after these two handsets, so we could be looking at around March or April for the other devices.
The other devices which Samsung have said will get Android 4.0 include The Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus.
CubeStormer I was pretty cool, we guess, but that was way back in 2010. Now we’re all about CubeStormer II. Built by Mike Dobson and David Gilday, the puzzle-cracking robot is capable of solving Rubik’s Cubes at blazing fast speeds, shaving precious fractions of seconds off of human world records. The ‘bot was constructed from four Lego Mindstorms NXT kits, with our old pal the Samsung Galaxy S II serving as the its “brain.” CubeStormer will be making a public appearance at ARM TechCon 2011 in California, later this month (and really, the whole thing seems like a bit of an ad for ARM — albeit a really awesome one). In the meantime, check out some video of it in action after the break.
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.
Sebbene sia sparito da IFA 2011, non mancano i video di uno dei prodotti di punta del produttore coreano: Galaxy Tab 7.7. Dopo la precedente video preview, abbiamo fatto un confronto dimensionale con alcuni Galaxy S2 e Galaxy Tab 10.1 in modo da poterne apprezzare le dimensioni estremamente contenute.
Leggero, piccolo e molto completo, Galaxy Tab 7.7 sarà sicuramente un prodotto molto interessante per tutti gli utenti che vivono in mobilità e non vogliono rinunciare ad un Tablet ovunque siano senza avere ingombro e peso particolarmente importanti. Non resta che scoprirne il prezzo e la data di lancio. Al momento le informazioni che abbiamo vedono 699€ e lancio dopo la prima metà di Ottobre.
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.
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.
Sono diverse settimane che non vi aggiorniamo sugli sviluppi della ROM Revolution, un aggiornamento non ufficiale per Galaxy S2 che ha portato importantissime novità nel mondo degli sviluppatori Android grazie al lavoro di Leomar75 che ha creato una vera e propria suite per aggiornare, modificare e personalizzare il nuovo nato Samsung. Oltre alla ROM vera e propria infatti, è stata creata la RevolutionRom Kitchen, ovvero un programma che permette di scaricare e installare l’aggiornamento personalizzato con estrema facilità e in modo del tutto automatico. Inoltre, sempre dalla RevolutionRom Kitchen, è possibile personalizzare completamente il proprio dispositivo, con una semplicità estrema e con tantissimi pacchetti, temi e tweaks presenti nel programma.
The image above is unfortunately just a Photoshop special, designed to sucker you in. But there is evidence to suggest that a WP7 version of the overwhelmingly popular Galaxy S II might be just around the corner. What type of evidence, you ask? The numerological type: if you take the Galaxy S II’s model number, SGH-927, then add 10, you get “SGH-937.” Now, a device bearing that name has just cropped up at the Bluetooth SIG, and it’s reported to have exactly the same Bluetooth characteristics as a Mango Windows Phone 7 handset. Finally, we add some corroboration in the form of an obscure list of WP7 phones at Occasional Gamer, which also mentions the SHG-937. That leaves us just two possibilities: either WP7 is about be available on one of the best smartphones around, or it isn’t. Luckily, the occult rules of numerology state that you can pick whichever one you like.
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.
Some of our readers will remember a while back when Google sent the Nexus S into space with a balloon, now it longs like Samsung has decided to send their new Samsung Galaxy S II into space as well.
Samsung will also be using a balloon to send the new Samsung Galaxy S II into space, and their latest smartphone will be taking off on the 15th of July, have a look at the video below.
Samsung will be live streaming the event on Ustream, along with messages and tweets sent in by readers, no doubt Samsung are looking to generate some publicity for the new Samsung Galaxy S II.
Source Samsung Hub
We’re not sure how many of you happen to own both a Galaxy S II and a Samsung Smart TV but, if you do, you’ll probably want to download Smart View from the Android market. Like now — don’t worry, we’ll wait. This handy app lets you stream content from your set to your smartphone over WiFi, and can even be used as a controller for games from the Samsung app store. Unfortunately, you’re limited to either mirroring the content shown on the TV or watching an optional second stream from a Sammy-branded Blu-ray player but, hey, at least you won’t have to miss a single second of Game of Thrones just because that box of Cheez-Its keeps whispering your name. Like any good TV-connected app, Smart View can also act as a remote with a program guide and the ability to change channels, and even more functionality is promised for the future. Eventually, it will make its way to Galaxy Player, Galaxy S, and Galaxy Tab owners but, while you wait, check out the gallery and PR below.
The processor on the new Samsung Galaxy S II is pretty powerful in its standard form, it is a dual core 1.2GHz processor, but that wasn’t fast enough for the guys over at the XDA Developers who decided to see what speed they could get out of it.
They managed to overclock the Samsung Galaxy S II processot to 1.504GHz, and it achieved a benchmark score in quadrant of over 4,000 have a look at the video of it in action below.