After months of anticipation, we are now finally on the verge of the Galaxy S II launch in the U.S. Yesterday's events now have us strongly convinced that the first variant of the Galaxy S II, most likely on Sprint (as the recently approved by the FCC Epic Touch 4G, if you remember), will be launching Friday, September 9th, 2011.
First, today we received a tip from a trusted source inside Sprint, putting the 9/9/11 date on the radar with a very high probability. Read More
At Samsung, size clearly does matter. The South Korean company has just released a new promotional video for the release of the Galaxy S II in the USA, with one theme: big.
Boasting about how the smartphone is already big in Europe and Asia, the video ends with a shot of the Statue of Liberty with the slogan "and soon, it'll be big in America."
The video fuels previous speculation over a potential State-side debut for the Galaxy S II on August 29th, as the company has arranged a product announcement in New York for that date. Read More
It looks like Sammy has something up its sleeve that will be exposed for all to see on August 29th in New York City. Touting a "major product announcement," we can only assume it means one thing: the Galaxy S II. Just typing it fills me with excitement, as we'll finally be getting what is probably the best smartphone on the planet.
See that 'II' at the bottom? Subtle, Sammy. Real subtle. Read More
Still holding out for the mythical (pun intended) Samsung Hercules, leaked via a T-Mobile roadmap a couple months back? While we don't have any pricing or release info just yet (though that September 26 release date certainly seems possible), TmoNews has gotten a hold of a few pictures of the device that confirmed it as the 4.5" Galaxy S2 T-Mobile variant.
These pictures don't confirm everything that is rumored about the phone, but they do have some good information in them:
- The Hercules will officially be marketed as a Galaxy S2 phone
- Runs Android 2.3
- TeleNav GPS Navigator and Netflix pre-installed
- 4.5" display
- TouchWiz 4.0
- 8 megapixel camera
- Four capacitive buttons (unlike the international version of the GS2)
Yeah, September can't come soon enough. Read More
Skysoft... errr, I mean Skype updated its previously measly Android device support from 5 devices to more than 20 today with the introduction of version 2.1 of its Android app. There are no new features outside of expanded device support, which was badly needed in order for the app to climb out of the sea of 1-star reviews (although stability and quality improvements would have made today's release even sweeter). Read More
Get ready, Verizon customers. IGN just leaked Verizon's alleged 2011 roadmap, and, unsurprisingly, it features Android quite heavily. While there aren't too many details on any of the devices outside of what we already know, it will give you a good general idea of what to expect from Verizon this year:
- Samsung Stratosphere: Previously rumored as Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy S2, the Stratosphere is listed as a "4G Smartphone w/Android 2.3." While it isn't exactly confirmation, there is a chance that this rumor was spot-on.
Well, the Galaxy S II rumors are really starting to heat up stateside. Earlier today, BGR let loose a tip that Sprint may be getting its own Galaxy S II-based handset as early as next month (September), and that it will be dubbed the 'Epic Touch 4G.' This obviously implies that the device will not share the physical QWERTY keyboard of its etymological ancestor, the Epic 4G.
The phone will also feature Sprint's WiMAX 4G - which raises another big question: just how should Sprint subscribers reconcile the carrier's planned adoption of LTE with yet another WiMAX handset on the way? Read More
Normally, we don't post FCC filings, but this one caught our attention. It appears that a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II with NFC just hit the FCC sporting AT&T radios. But wait, this is where it starts to get interesting. Back in March, another variant with AT&T bands hit the FCC. Curious, yes?
The rabbit hole gets deeper: earlier this week, we saw photos of a version of the GSII sporting a keyboard that is rumored to be heading to AT&T, yet today's filing shows identical dimensions to the European variant of the GSII, suggesting that there is no keyboard. Read More
Ah, the Droid Bionic. We've kicked back and watched this outrageously anticipated device go on one heck of a rollercoaster ride over the past six months or so, and yesterday we finally got word that the LTE beast would be hitting the street sometime in September. This new information brought on a slew of mixed feelings from our readers: some happy, some enraged, and some just downright disappointed.
With superphones like the Samsung Galaxy S II and the next Nexus phone coming out before the end of year, would you put your money on the table for this phone, or is Motorola late to the game again? Read More
Users anticipating the US arrival of Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone can now sign up to be notified of this beast-of-a-device's stateside availability via Samsung's Galaxy S II US landing page.
You have to drop in some basic information like name, email, phone number, and carrier preference, and you're in. I received a text message immediately after signing up asking if I want to be notified via SMS as well, so expect nearly-immediate info regarding this device. Read More