In December 2011, Samsung released a statement saying it would provide Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) upgrades for the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note in the first quarter of 2012, though no specific date was given. A Russian tipster known for digging up inside information announced in a Twitter post that ICS will drop for both devices on March 1 in some countries.
Millions of smartphone users around the globe swear by Samsung’s Galaxy line, with the original Galaxy S and it’s dual-core successor Galaxy S II boasting combined lifetime sales of over 30 million units. Considering the fact that the S II made its international debut around nine months back and its U.S. debut as recently as late September, there does not seem to be a very strong case for a successor at this time. However, Samsung is widely expected to unveil the next phone in its flagship smartphone family in the near future, something that makes sense given the launch history of the Galaxy series.
Try as it might, Apple and its legal team haven't been able to stop Samsung's meteoric rise in the mobile handset market. For the first time in Samsung's history, the company achieved mobile handset sales of more than 300 million units, and there's still nearly three weeks left in the year. No one expected Samsung to be as successful as it has in the mobile phone market, not even Samsung itself, which had set a lower target earlier in the year.
You don't think Samsung is taking its legal battles with Apple a bit personal? Think again. Samsung didn't pull any punches in a new commercial mocking Apple users content to camp out in long lines for iDevice product launches, and in particular anyone who waited for hours to get their hands on the recently released iPhone 4S. Soundbites abound throughout the ad.
Samsung claims to have sold (not just shipped) 10 million Galaxy S II smartphones around the globe since launching it back in April, with five million of those sales coming in past eight weeks alone. That doesn't put Samsung's flagship device on par with the iPhone in terms of sales numbers, but it certainly shows one reason why Apple is so intent on blocking Samsung shipments whenever and wherever possible.
After weeks of waiting, AT&T has finally updated customers on the release details for the Galaxy S II. The much anticipated device will be out on October 2, and will cost $199 on contract. This will be the second Galaxy S II device launched in the US, the first being the Epic 4G Touch on Sprint.
A member of the Android Central forum uploaded a picture of a Best Buy employee waving his middle finger, which came pre-loaded on his newly purchased Samsung Epic 4G Touch (Galaxy S II) smartphone. After discovering the surprise extra, he sought out a store manager who dismissed the situation, saying it's not uncommon for Best Buy employees to open new merchandise and play with the hardware before boxing them back up and selling as new.
Samsung's Galaxy S II smartphone is finally available for purchase in the U.S. It goes by the name "Epic 4G Touch," which is the name attached to Sprint's version of the second coming of the popular Galaxy S, and it features some big (literally) specs, starting with a generously sized 4.52-inch Super AMOLED display.
It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride trying to determine when exactly Samsung would drop its Galaxy S II smartphone. Last week a representative from Samsung India tweeted that the Galaxy S II was being delayed at least until June, not just in India, but around the globe. A few days later, Samsung came out and said it would launch as planned. So when is it really coming? If you live in the U.K., you'll be able to nab the Galaxy S II starting May 1, 2011.
We're not entirely sure what's up with Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S II smartphone, and apparently neither is Samsung. Earlier this week, Samsung Mobile India stated in a Twitter post that there's a delay in the global launch of the Galaxy S II and not to expect shipments until at least June. Samsung went on to say that "it's not just India, but it's delayed all over." Disappointing, but accurate? Perhaps not.