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Samsung Galaxy S Series Reach 100 Million Sales Mark

Samsung, today, announced that its highly popular Galaxy S brand of flagship handsets have sold more than 100 million units worldwide. The 100 million mark comes after 2 years and 7 months since Samsung initially launched the Galaxy S in May 2010.

The Galaxy S III, which is currently Samsung’s most popular handset, has already sold more than 40 million units within 7 months of its release, and is selling at a whopping 190,000 units per day rate.

The S3’s predecessor, the Galaxy S II, has also been selling briskly more than a year after its launch and has managed to reach the 40 million mark in 20 months. The original Galaxy S, Galaxy S III Mini and other Galaxy S branded handsets have also contributed significantly in making Samsung reach the 100 million sales figure from the supply side.

Keep in mind that the 100 million sales figure is from the supply side, and does not relate to units actually sold.

Via – Samsung Tomorrow

Samsung Unveils The Galaxy S II Crystal Edition For Ladies

If you thought the various variants of the Galaxy S II were not enough, Samsung has gone ahead and announced a limited ‘Crystal’ edition of the Galaxy S II. The handset packs in the same specs as the regular Galaxy S II — a 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos 4210 processor, 1GB of RAM, an ARM Mali-400MP GPU, 16GB of internal memory, a beautiful 4.27-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display with WVGA (800×480) resolution, an 8MP camera in the back and a 1.9MP snapper in the front. The handset will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out-of-the-box, and will be powered by a 1650mAh battery.

The only difference between the Crystal edition Galaxy S II and the normal Galaxy S II is that the former comes in a white color with a leather back that has crystals on it. Samsung is aiming to tempt the ladies with this limited edition Galaxy S II. How successful they will be is something that remains to be seen, though.

Samsung expects to sell the Galaxy  S II Crystal edition for Euros 599 in Germany, sometime later this year.

Via – SamsungHub

Samsung Galaxy S III Review – The Good, The Not-So-Good And The Bad

The Galaxy S III is no doubt the most popular Android handset of this year, at least until the next Nexus from Google is unveiled. Samsung has left no stone un-turned to make sure the handset excels in each and every category, right from the outstanding 4.8-inch Super-AMOLED HD display, a powerful quad-core Exynos SoC to the beefy 2100mAh battery.

If you, however, still have not made up your mind on whether you should splurge so much money on the handset or not, read our short review below to find out.

The Good

Ergonomics – Excellent! The handset is roughly the same size as the Galaxy Nexus, but the rounded bottom of the phone makes it easier to use the phone single-handedly. The missing bump at the back also helps in improving the overall ergonomics of the phone.

Performance – This thing flies! Literally! The quad-core Exynos SoC and the ARM Mali-400MP4 GPU make sure that the phone does not stutter even under heavy multi-tasking. All the games I have played on the handset do not show even a sign of lag, including GTA with all the graphics settings cranked to full.

Apart from the SoC, even the NAND storage used by Samsung in the handset is blazing fast. It took only 10 minutes to transfer nearly 9GB of data from my Mac to the S3’s internal memory. The I/O performance of the handset is unrivalled by any other Android handset.

Storage – One thing I absolutely hate about my Galaxy Nexus is the low amount of storage space.  13.3GB of storage space just does not cut it in 2012, with most games taking up nearly a GB of space.

The Galaxy S III not only comes with 13GB of internal space, but also a microSD card slot to make sure user’s never run out of space.

Sound Quality – Unlike the HTC One X and the Galaxy Nexus, Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S3 with more than audible loudspeaker. Considering how silent these loudspeakers are getting with every new handset, this should come as a welcome change to many.

Samsung has also equipped the Galaxy S III with a Wolfson W8914 audio chip. Original Galaxy S and Nexus S owners who know what this means. The Galaxy S3 is going to have top-notch audio quality enough to rival dedicated audio players.

Battery Life – The Galaxy S II barely used to last a day on 3G with medium-usage. Thanks to Samsung’s under the hood optimizations, and a beefy battery, the Galaxy S III will easily last you a day on medium to heavy usage. Earlier firmware of the handset have had some ‘Cell Standby’ battery drain issues, but that has been greatly fixed via a couple of OTA updates from Samsung. The Galaxy S III might not have the best battery life, but it is right there at the top with the iPhone 4S and the Droid RAZR MAXX.

Developer Support – The Galaxy S and Galaxy S II had one of the best developer community, and the Galaxy S III is no different. The phone already has a stable CM9 port, along with some extremely talented developers like Supercurio and Franco cooking mods for it.

The Not-So-Good, Not-So-Bad

Display – The Super AMOLED HD display on the Galaxy S III is probably the oldest piece of ‘tech’ used in the handset.  The display exhibits typical AMOLED characteristics, with bluish whites, and strange artifacts at extremely low brightness level. Even then, the display holds its own against the S-LCD2 used in the HTC One X, thanks to its black levels and contrast.

However, the naked human eye will definitely prefer the SLCD2 on the One X to the S-AMOLED HD on the SGS3 because of better color rendering.

Camera – The 8MP snapper on the Galaxy S III is stupidly fast. It makes the zero shutter lag on the Galaxy Nexus feel slow. The Galaxy S II packed an awesome 8MP camera, and the Galaxy S III is no different. The sensor inside the SGS3 is slightly better than the one on the Galaxy S2, with a slightly larger aperture. In adequate lighting, the Galaxy S3 can take some fantabulous shots, almost iPhone 4S like.

However, in low-lighting condition the camera is nothing short of a disaster. Pictures come out grainy, with barely any details and look like they have been clicked with a VGA camera. In fact, the Galaxy S II camera performed much better than the S3’s camera in poor lighting conditions. The OTA updates rolled out by Samsung did bring about a noticeable improvement in the camera image quality in low-lighting conditions though, but there is still room for improvement.

It is only because of the poor low-light performance, that the camera on the S3 comes in the Not-So-Good, Not-So-Bad list. If you don’t care about the low-light photography, you will be more than happy with the S3’s camera.

The Bad

Design – The Galaxy S was a cheap iPhone lookalike from Samsung.  The Galaxy S II looked like a smart looking ‘matured’ Galaxy S.

The Galaxy S III has been “Made for humans” by Samsung. Sadly, most humans on Planet Earth have not really appreciated the looks of the handset. Some, like me, have found the handset to be downright ugly, while others have not found it to be particularly attractive.

Build Quality – The Galaxy S and S II had terrific build quality, all thanks to the plastic used by Samsung to make the phone. Even though the Galaxy S III is made of plastic, the phone is much more fragile than before. In quite a few drop tests done by other bloggers, the Galaxy S III could not survive a fall from shoulder height with the Gorilla Glass 2 on the handset shattering into pieces.

TouchWIZ – Samsung has made a lot of progress with the Nature UX on the Galaxy S3, but it still does not stand a chance against stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. TouchWIZ may trump stock ICS in terms of features with Smart Stay, Direct Call, and Smart dialer etc.

However, TouchWIZ looks dull and ugly compared to stock ICS. There is no UI consistency in TouchWIZ, with the magazine like Swipe UI missing in some places (like Dialer) creating confusion. The inclusion of a menu button instead of ICS styled Recent button adds to the confusion. Also, nearly every list menu in Samsung’s stock apps are *long* I understand TouchWIZ is necessary for Samsung to differentiate its product, but the company can also offer an option to disable TouchWIZ for advanced users

Conclusion

If the looks and the poor build quality of the handset does not bother you, the Galaxy S III is THE handset to buy. Not only is it much faster than its closest competitor, the HTC One X, it also has better battery life, music quality and better developer community support.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Finally Tastes Ice Cream Sandwich

After quite a few months of testing, AT&T has finally started rolling out the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its variant of the Galaxy S II. The European Galaxy S II got its Android 4.0 update back in March, and considering the similarities between the European and AT&T Galaxy S II, the update for the former should not have taken so long.

AT&T was however busy testing the update and making sure it delays it by at least a couple of months. Anyways, the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the AT&T Galaxy S II brings with it lots of new features including an inbuilt data monitoring tool, a slightly new jazzed up TouchWIZ UI, new Google Apps, improved copy and paste system, and the usual performance and stability improvements.

The update is not being rolled out via OTA though. AT&T Galaxy S II owners need to use Samsung’s KIES software to install the update on their handset.

Tip – If you have not already, go ahead and install CM9 on your AT&T Galaxy S II. Not only is the performance much better than the official stock firmware, it will also give you a taste of stock Ice Cream Sandwich.

T-Mobile Galaxy S II To Taste Ice Cream Sandwich On June 11th

T-Mobile has announced via its official Twitter account that the carrier will start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II (T989) from June 11th. This makes T-Mobile the first operator in the United States to update its Galaxy S II variant to Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the T-Mobile Galaxy S II will bring with it lots of new features, including new Google Apps, Face Unlock, GPU rendering, data usage tracking and more. However, most of the visual goodness introduced by Google in ICS will be missing from this update, thanks to Samsung’s TouchWIZ infested UI.

With T-Mobile announcing the ICS roll out for its variant of the Galaxy S II, it will just be a matter of time before AT&T and Sprint also announce the Ice Cream Sandwich update roll-out for their variants of the Galaxy S II.

Samsung had initially started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II back in mid-March in certain regions of the world. Since then, the company has rolled out the update to various other regions of the world, except for the United States, along with the ICS update for the Galaxy Note.

Samsung Galaxy S and S II Surpass 50 Million Sales; Galaxy Note at 7 Million!

Samsung has been THE Android device maker to beat. The company’s Galaxy series of handsets have been selling like hot cakes all over the world, and helped the company in surpassing Nokia as the biggest smartphone maker in Q1 of 2012.

Today, Samsung has confirmed that three of its most popular Android handsets, the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note have managed to break another sales figure. The Korean company has managed to sell more than 50 million units of the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II combined, since it launched the former in June 2010. The Galaxy S has sold more than 24 million units since it was first launched, while the Galaxy S II has been brought by more than 28 million people in just 13 months.

Apart from this, Sammy also announced that its hybrid smartphone-tablet mix, the Galaxy Note, has managed to surpass the 7 million sales figure within 7 months of its launch. The sales figure of the Galaxy Note definitely prove that there is a “niche” market for phones with huge screens, that are barely pocketable.

With the Galaxy S III hitting the retail stores in certain regions of the world, it will be interesting to see whether the handset manages to make a dent in the sales of other handsets from Samsung itself.

Via – SammyHub

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II Gets A Software Update

Samsung Galaxy S II needs no introduction. Samsung has already managed to sell 20 million units of the powerful Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone in less than 10 months of its official launch. This handset was launched last year exclusively for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint customers in the US. Samsung Galaxy S II was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The international version of this handset has already received the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update. However, the Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile variants of Galaxy S II are still waiting to taste the Ice Cream Sandwich.

T-Mobile recently started rolling out a new software update for the Samsung Galaxy S II. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that, it is not the much-awaited Android 4.0 ICS update you’ve been waiting for. The T-Mobile’s variant of Galaxy S II was facing the problem of random reboots from a long time. The latest update fixes the random reboot issue as well as it brings stability improvements. The complete changelog is posted after the break.

Samsung Galaxy S II

Changelog:

  • Random reboot/power off fixed
  • Device stability improvements
  • Qualcomm chip patch
  • Google Security fixes

The latest update is numbered T989UVLDE and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that your battery is fully charged, before updating the device. This update will be available for download until June 22, 2012. To learn more, head over to this page at T-Mobile.

AT&T and Samsung Cancel The Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD

Back at CES 2012, Samsung and AT&T announced a new handset for the carrier’s 4G LTE network – the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD. Apart from its unusually long name, the Skyrocket HD, the handset was going to pack in a 4.5-inch 720p Super-AMOLED screen, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Except for the 720p Super AMOLED HD screen, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD is similar to the Skyrocket.

Now, that more than 4 months have passed by since Samsung and AT&T first announced the handset, both the companies have decided to cancel the launch of the product. While AT&T and Samsung have not yet confirmed that the Galaxy S III will be coming to AT&T’s network, the carrier definitely fits Samsung’s statement of the largest and fastest LTE network in the United States. Thus, the decision to cancel the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD from AT&T and Samsung  is definitely a good decision.

Hopefully, the AT&T version of the Galaxy S III will not come with an absurdly long name like the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III Quad HD LTE.

Via – The Verge

Samsung Lists Devices That Will Get Android 4.0 ICS Update In The U.S.

After releasing the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II, Samsung has now provided a list of Samsung devices available in the United States that will get the ICS update. While Samsung will be all of its handsets released in 2011 under AT&T’s network to ICS, the list looks extremely depressing for T-Mobile customers.

Below is the full list of handsets that Samsung will be updating to Ice Cream Sandwich -:

AT&T

Galaxy S II (SGH-i777)
Galaxy S II Skyrocket (SGH-i727)
Galaxy Note (SGH-i717)
Captivate Glide (SGH-i927)
Nexus S (SGH-i9020A)
Galaxy Tab 8.9 (SGH-i957)

 

Sprint

Nexus S 4G (SPH-d720) ICS Update is Available!
Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (SPH-d710)

 

Verizon

Galaxy Tab 10.1 (SCH-i905)
Galaxy Tab 7.7 (SCH-i815)

 

Wi-Fi

Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Wi-Fi (P6210)
Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi (P7310)
Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi (P7510)

 

And T-Mobile Galaxy SII owners, here is what Samsung had to say about the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for your device -:

We are in close communication with T-Mobile to ensure that eligible devices are upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months and will provide updates as we have additional details to share.

The list will be updated as and when updates are confirmed or released, so T-Mobile owners should not lose hope.

Samsung Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich Update Live; Galaxy S To Get Value Pack Firmware Update

After a lot of rumors, false tweets and hoopla, Samsung has today announced the roll-out of the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II. At the moment, Samsung is rolling out the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II in Korea, Poland, Sweden and Hungary.

Along with this, the company also confirmed that it rolling out a new value pack firmware update for some of its older handsets including the Galaxy S, Galaxy S Plus, Galaxy S L, Galaxy Tab 7 and the Galaxy W. This Value pack firmware update will include some of the features from Ice Cream Sandwich including Face Unlock, ability to take screenshots natively, and a photo editor among other features. The value pack firmware update is expected to be rolled out to the mentioned devices from the end of March. Readers can find a step by step guide to install the official LPQ Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy S II here.

Other high-end devices from Samsung, including the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy S II LTE, GAlaxy Tab 8.9, 10.1, 8.9 LTE, Galaxy R and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will also be getting the Android 4.0 ICe Cream Sandwich update sooner than later.

 

Samsung Galaxy S II’s Ice Cream Sandwich Update Landing Tomorrow In Korea?

After a lot of rumors, a couple of un-intended tweets, it looks like Samsung is all set to deliver the Ice Cream Sandwich goodness for the Galaxy S II from tomorrow. Earlier today, SK Telecom, one of South Korea’s largest network operator, tweeted in response to an ICS query from a Galaxy S II owner, that the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the handset will go live tomorrow i.e on March 13th at 10AM local time.

The tweet was posted earlier this morning, but has since then been deleted. One of Samsung’s official twitter ID, SamsungTomorrow, has also tweeted about the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the S2 going live soon. Hopefully, unlike the last few rumors and false tweets, Samsung will release the Ice Cream Sandwich update for SK Telecom users tomorrow.

Keep in mind that the above update is meant only for the Korean variant of the Galaxy S II. If the tweet from Samsung Tomorrow is to be believed, the Korean company will release more info about the Ice Cream Sandwich update roll-out schedule tomorrow as well.

Samsung Galaxy S II Awarded The Best Smartphone Of The Year By GSMA

Today is the last day of Mobile World Congress. The last 3 days have been absolutely crazy, with insane amount of new handsets and tablets announced, including a phone with a whopping 41MP camera! This year we saw Android manufacturers competing with each other not only on specs, but on other key factors like the camera and build quality.

Last night at MWC, the GSMA body awarded some prestigious awards to the notable products and companies of last year. The Samsung Galaxy S II won the prestigious ‘Best Smartphone’ of the year, while Sammy itself was awarded the ‘Device Manufacturer of the Year award’. Considering how the Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung itself have dominated the Android sales chart last year, this really should not come as a surprise.

“The GALAXY S II has set a new standard for smartphones, taking speed, screen and content to a whole new level,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “Building on the phenomenal success of the original Samsung GALAXY S, we are honored by this award and proud of how this device has changed the way the market and consumers experience mobile technology.”

Unsurprisingly, the ‘Best Tablet’ of the year award was bagged by none other than the…yeah you guessed it right…the Apple iPad 2. As things currently stand, the iPad 2 still has no worthy competitor, and single handedly manages to outsell all the Android tablets, combined, out there.

 

Samsung Will NOT Unveil The Galaxy S III At MWC!

Samsung has confirmed that it won’t be announcing the Galaxy S III at MWC in Barcelona this year. Instead, the company will unveil the handset at a separate Samsung hosted event sometime later in the first half of the year.

Even though Sammy will announce the handset at a later date, the S III will still hit the shelves before the first-half of this year ends. Apparently, Samsung does not want big lag between the global launch and the U.S launch of the S III, as it happened in the case of Galaxy S II.

There is a very strong possibility that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S III at the Olympics game this year. Samsung is one of the sponsor of the games, and nearly half the world glued to watching the Olympic games, there can be no better platform to launch a product like the Galaxy S III.

Late last month, rumors started floating on the Internet that Samsung might not announce the Galaxy S III at MWC next month. The Galaxy S III is already one of the most anticipated handset of this year, after the Galaxy S II broke all sales record and was the most popular Android handset of 2011.

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5 Million Galaxy S II Units Sold In South Korea

Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the most popular device in the history of Android smartphones. This handset is the successor of the highly-popular Samsung Galaxy S, which was the largest selling Android device in the year 2010. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S II was the largest selling Android device in 2011. This handset was first launched in its home country on April 28, 2011. Even before its official launch, SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG U+ customers pre-ordered 200,000 units in South Korea. 10,000 units of Galaxy S II were pre-ordered in just 24 minutes, while the number doubled in less than an hour.

Samsung Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S II is also the most popular smartphone in South Korea. Last year, we reported that Samsung managed to sell 3.5 million units of Samsung Galaxy S II in just 5 months. Now, Samsung announced that, the company has finally sold more than 5 million units of this device in South Korea alone. Samsung is currently the market leader in South Korea with more than 53% market share.

The global sales clearly shows that, Samsung Galaxy S II is not only popular in its home country, but the device is still selling like hot cakes in most of the European and Asian markets. Samsung managed to sell 3 million units of this handset in just 55 days, followed by 5 million units in less than 85 days. Within five months of its official launch, Samsung sold 10 million units of Galaxy S II globally. You heard it right! Samsung achieved that milestone, even before the device was officially available for the Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T customers in the States.

We are sure that Samsung Galaxy S II will soon reach the 20 million mark globally. Samsung will also announce the much-awaited smartphone of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S III at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. Are you planning to buy the Samsung Galaxy III smartphone and create another history? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Sign This Petition So That Samsung Brings Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich To The Galaxy S Family

A  couple of days ago, Samsung officially confirmed that it won’t be  upgrading  the Galaxy S and the original Galaxy Tab to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, due to ROM and RAM constraints on the device.  This came as quite a shocker for many, since the Galaxy S and the Nexus S have similar internal hardware specs, and the latter got its ICS update just last week.

Ever since Samsung’s announcement, various blogs over the Internet have slammed the company for its decision. It is quite clear here that now Samsung has made all the money they could with the Galaxy S, the company is no more interested in bringing software updates to the handset.

This news particularly did not go down well with the 15 million+ Galaxy S owners, and they have started online petition so that Samsung releases an official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the handset.  Galaxy S owners, and other readers, who would like to show support to this petition can do so by signing it up here and here.