Samsung Galaxy S 2 Launching on May 1 in the UK

We still don’t know when the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will be launched in the US or worldwide, but according to the latest press release by Samsung, it will be available in the UK on May 1. It will be available across all major networks and retailers.

The Galaxy S 2 is the successor to the very popular Galaxy S. It was first announced at the Mobile World Congress 2011. It comes with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor. It comes with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage.

It is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with the TouchWiz UI and Swype. It also sports an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It can also record 1080p videos at 30 FPS and also has a secondary 2 MP camera.

The Galaxy S 2 also comes with Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct. It also offers HSPA+ connectivity and A-GPS. It comes with a 1650 mAh Li-ion battery. The pricing details aren’t available yet.

Check out the detailed specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 here.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

Simon Stanford, Managing Director, Mobile, Samsung UK said, “From the moment it was revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona there has been a huge buzz about the Galaxy S II, so we’re pleased to announce that it will be available for UK customers to buy from 1st May. Our slimmest, lightest, fastest smartphone is our first device to offer of Super AMOLED Plus screen technology, alongside the most advanced technical specifications including the latest Android OS and a dual core processor. We’re confident it’s a great package for anyone wanting a superior smartphone experience.”

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Priced at $450; Shipping on April 24

Acer announced the Iconia Tab A500 Android tablet back at CES 2011. It is one of the two Android tablets by Acer which will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the other one being the Acer Iconia Tab A100, which has a 7 inch display.

Today, Acer announced that it will be launching the Acer Iconia Tab A500 on April 24, for $450. It is priced very competitively and comes with a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It comes with a dual core Nvidia Tegra 250 Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1 GHz and 1 GB RAM.

It has 16 GB internal storage and comes with a 5 MP camera as well as a 2 MP secondary camera for video calls. It can play 1080p videos with ease and also supports HDMI out.

It is powered by a pair of 3260 mAh batteries which can provide 8 hours of HD video playback or 10 hours of Wi-Fi usage. It comes with the latest version of the Android OS – Android 3.0 Honeycomb – which is meant specifically for tablets.

It weighs only 1.69 pounds and has dimensions of 10.24 x 6.97 x 0.52 inches. You can pre-order it at Best Buy right away.

Staying connected and entertained are firmly embedded as a part of our everyday lives and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 does this and so much more in a performance-minded, sleek and stylish design,said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product marketing, Acer America, in the press release. This tablet absolutely delivers on the expectation that customers can be entertained, stay in touch with family, friends, colleagues and social networks, as well as keep up on the world around them in a way that is intuitive and fluid, and also incredibly enjoyable.

Acer Iconia Tab A500

Android to Capture 50% of Worldwide Smartphone Market by 2012?

Android has been seeing exponential growth in the past few months. It accounted for close to 22% of the worldwide smartphone market share in 2010. Thanks to the continued support of manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG and Sony Ericsson, it is expected to be the number one smartphone platform by the end of 2011.

Today, Gartner released a research report which states that Android is expected to have a 38.5% market share by the end of 2011, and by the end of 2012, it will power almost 50% of all smartphones. It predicts that Symbian will be the biggest loser in the whole ordeal, and Android and Windows Phone 7 will be the biggest gainers. iOS marketshare will remain pretty stable through the years, and it might even see some gains.

Microsoft is expected to be the second largest mobile platform by 2015, with a 19.5% market share, thanks to Nokia’s support. Symbian will be almost extinct by then and RIM’s share will have dwindled down to 11%. iOS would apparently be at 17% while Android would rule the roost with a 49% share.

The predictions seem realistic, if we factor in what we know now, but it doesn’t account for anything unexpected. A lot has changed in the last 4 years with the launch of the iPhone and Android. There’s is no reason something similar couldn’t happen again.

T-Mobile LG G2X Priced at $199; Available From April 15

T-Mobile LG G2XT-Mobile and LG announced the G2X at CTIA 2011, exactly 2 weeks back. It is an Android smartphone identical to the LG Optimus 2X, but comes with the T-Mobile branding.

Today, T-Mobile has confirmed on Twitter that the G2X will be available online starting April 15, and in stores on April 20. It will be priced at $199 after a mail-in rebate of $50 and a 2 year contract.

@TMobile: Official date/price: T-Mobile G2x, avail. online 4/15 & in stores 4/20. $199.99 after $50 MIR & 2-yr contract.

The LG G2X will be one of the best Android smartphones on T-Mobile. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, with an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread coming soon. It doesn’t have any custom UI, which is what many users would love, and comes with Swype.

It has a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and comes with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor and 512 MB RAM. It has 8 GB internal storage.

It also has an 8 MP camera with AF and LED flash, capable of shooting 1080p videos, as well as a 1.3 MP secondary camera which can be used for video calls via Qik. It will be the first phone to ship with Tegra Zone and will offer support for T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network.

Dell to Launch 10 inch Android Tablet in June

As most of you may already know, the launch of the rumored Dell tablet running Windows 7 has been delayed further until Fall 2011. Dell is apparently also working on a Windows 8 tablet to be launched in 2012.

Dell has always been a laggard in both the Android smartphone and tablet space. The Dell Streak can hardly be called a hit and the Dell Streak 7 also hasn’t received many positive reviews.

To counter the launch of new Android tablets by heavyweights like Samsung, Motorola, LG and HTC, Dell is reportedly working on a new Android tablet which could be up for launch as early as June 2011.

Rumors of a 10 inch Dell Android tablet had surfaced up at CES 2011, but we haven’t had much information about it yet. It could very well be called the Dell Streak 10, and will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb with the Dell Stage UI.

It will compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Motorola Xoom, which has been seeing decent sales, though nothing compared to the Apple iPad 2, which seems to be selling 50X as fast. It will likely have similar specifications as them. No pricing details have been announced yet, and we also don’t have the exact hardware specs. Stay tuned for more details.

via Forbes

Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi Launching on April 10; Priced at $349

Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-FiWe had reported earlier that Samsung would be launching the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi, a Wi-Fi only variant of the Galaxy Tab Android tablet on April 4. Well, we were slightly off about the date, as well as the rumored price point.

Samsung announced today that it would be selling the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi starting April 10 for $349.99. This is a very good price point which would ensure that Samsung captures the budget Android tablet market, with comparable tablets priced around the same range.

The Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi is the same as the Galaxy Tab, except for the absence of 3G. It will run Android 2.2 Froyo and will come with a 3 MP camera. It has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It will come with a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM.

It will have all the other features in place – Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS etc. It might get an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but a Honeycomb upgrade seems unlikely.

What remains to be seen is whether it will see good sales, considering that the Xoom Wi-Fi and even the Galaxy Tab 8.9 / 10.1 will be launching soon, for just a couple hundred dollars more.

Samsung also plans to launch the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 soon, along with the Samsung Galaxy S 2.

Apple iPad 2 Selling 50 Times as Fast as the Motorola Xoom?

Apple iPad 2It has been only about 25 days since the official launch of the Apple iPad 2, and according to some reports, it has been selling quite well. The iPad 2 is selling at a faster rate than its predecessor – the iPad. Apple sold close to 2.5 million iPad 2 units in March, which is about 20 days of availability. By now, it has sold close to 3 million units, even though the sales are constrained due to limited supply.

For comparison, the Motorola Xoom, the first major Android Honeycomb tablet has sold only 100,000 units, according to a Deutsche Bank analyst. This figure was apparently arrived at by using the Android developer site to check the number of people using Honeycomb. It was launched on February 24.

If we compare the sales numbers of the iPad 2 and the Motorola Xoom, the Xoom is a relative flop. The iPad 2 has been selling at an average rate of almost 120,000 units a day, while the Xoom has been selling at an average rate of only 2400 units a day, which means that the iPad is selling at almost 50 times the speed at which the Xoom is selling.

It seems that the consumers whole-heartedly agree with Consumer Reports’ conclusion, that the iPad 2 is the king of the current generation of tablets.

Samsung Galaxy Prevail Coming Soon; Priced at $179

After the Samsung Galaxy Neo, there’s now another new addition to the Samsung Galaxy family of Android smartphones – the Samsung Galaxy Prevail.

The Galaxy Prevail has been revealed a bit in advance, ahead of its official launch by Boost Mobile. The Galaxy Prevail is priced at $179. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 2 MP camera. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS as well, and comes with a microSD card slot.

It is a CDMA smartphone which will be available only in the US for the time being. It will be a budget phone option for those who want to test the Android waters.

The Galaxy Prevail has dimensions of 4.43 x 2.26 x 0.47 inches and weighs 3.8 oz. It has a nice design and is quite sleek. Check out more details about the Samsung Galaxy Prevail, including availability and pricing here.

Samsung Galaxy Prevail – Boost Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Prevail

Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro Leaked

Details of a new Android powered smartphone by Sony Ericsson have been leaked on the Sony Ericsson PC Companion tool which is bundled with Sony Ericsson phones. The Sony Ericsson Acro will apparently be launched in Japan.

It is an improved version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and comes with NFC, TV Tuner and infrared capabilities, features which are used a lot by the Japanese smartphone users.

It will be slightly fatter than the Xperia Arc and will come with a 4.2 inch display, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and an 8.1 MP Exmor R camera. It will be very similar to the Xperia Arc, and will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It will sport all the basics – EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and GPS with A-GPS.

There will be two versions of the device – the Xperia Acro S0-02C, which is a GSM version and the Xperia Acro IS11S, which is a CDMA version. The Xperia Acro is expected to launch around June this year.

Here is the screenshot of the Xperia Acro in the Sony Ericsson PC Companion tool.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro

For more details on the Xperia Acro, head over to Xperia Blog

LG Launches the Optimus 2X and Optimus Black in India

Today, LG announced the launch of the LG Optimus 2X and the LG Optimus Black in India. The LG Optimus 2X is priced at Rs 30,000 while the Optimus Black will be be priced a tad lower at Rs 27,000.

The LG Optimus 2X is the first dual core smartphone which is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo. It will be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread soon, and comes with a 1 GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 512 MB RAM. It has a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display and comes with an 8 MP camera and 8 GB internal storage.

The LG Optimus Black is the first phone with a Nova display which comes with Android 2.2 Froyo as well. It is also supposed to receive an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will come with a 5 MP camera, a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. It has 2 GB internal storage and a 4 inch Nova display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.

Both the Optimus 2X and the Optimus Black will be available soon.

LG Optimus 2X, Optimus Black

“Smart phones have marked the beginning of a new era and undoubtedly 2011 will be the year of smart phones in India. India market is already witnessing a huge demand for these futuristic devices and this demand will tremendously grow in coming years. At LG, we are highly focused on innovation based on thorough consumer research, that helps us prioritize consumer choice as a key strategy for expanding our footprint in the mobile industry. Our endeavours in the Smart phone category is to bring the latest in technology offerings simultaneously with global introduction in order to give our consumers the best.” said Mr. Vishal Chopra, Business Head, Mobile Communication, LG Electronics India Pvt. Ltd.