Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy S II Sell 30 Million Units Worldwide

Today, in a press release Samsung announced that two of its most popular handsets, the Galaxy S and its successor the Galaxy S II, have collectively managed to sell 30 million units worldwide.


Launched last year in April-May, the Samsung Galaxy S marked the beginning of the popular Galaxy S series of phone from Sammy. Now, nearly 1.5 years after its launch the handset alone has managed to sell more than 20 million units. This makes the Galaxy S the highest selling phone in Samsung’s portfolio.

Since its launch only five months ago, GALAXY SII has seen tremendous sales success and garnered enthusiastic reviews from consumers and mobile industry watchers across the globe. This is in addition to the continued sales momentum behind GALAXY S, which we launched at Mobile World Congress 2010 as continues to be a run-away success with consumers,said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

The phenomenal success of these smartphones once again demonstrates how the GALAXY S smartphones is setting the standard for smart mobile technology around the world.

Its successor, the Galaxy S II, has been one of the most popular Android handsets this year, and has also managed to break quite a few records. Sammy sold 10million units of the handset in just 5 months, making it the fastest selling handset in the company’s history. The phone has also managed to bag quite a lot of awards, including being selected by T3 as the best smartphone of the year. The handset also bagged five out of ten Mobile Choice Consumer 2011 awards.

With its recent launch in the U.S, the Samsung Galaxy S II is all set to become one of the highest selling handset this year.

Nexus Prime Caught On Video Running Ice Cream Sandwich; Looks Tasty!

Due to Steve Jobs death a couple of days ago, Samsung and Google today decided to postpone the Ice Cream Sandwich announcement from October 11th, to an unspecified date. This news definitely disappointed a lot of Droid lovers out there, since they can hardly wait to get their eyes and hands on the next Nexus branded handset.

Now, the folks over at MyDroidWorld have some good news for us Droid lovers. They have somehow managed to get their hands on the Nexus Prime boot animation, a video of ICS running on the Prime and a whole lot of screenshots.

Below is the video of the upcoming Nexus handset from Google running Ice Cream Sandwich :

From the leaked video, it’s clearly visible that the next Nexus handset will not have any touch keys. Instead the bottom part of the screen will act as the Menu, Home and Back buttons, which change according to the app requirement. Also, from the video the next-gen Nexus handset seems to be blazing fast. In fact, I think it’s faster than my Samsung Galaxy S II, which is no small feat. All thanks to the GPU rendered UI I guess.

The leaked screenshots also show that ICS will have an MIUI 2-way lock screen. The whole UI is mainly black, with a futuristic theme. The multi-tasking UI is similar to the one found in Honeycomb.

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II–Which Is The Ultimate Smartphone?

Yesterday, Apple announced the highly anticipated successor to the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S. However, many Apple loyalists were disappointed with the iPhone 4S since the phone did not have any innovative feature. The most disappointing part about the iPhone 4S is that it looks exactly like its predecessor, and is in fact heavier by 4 grams.

Now, that the iPhone 4S has been announced, it is more than obvious that the handset will be stacked against the current top-end Android handset, the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Below is a small comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and the iPhone 4S.



Dimension wise, the Samsung Galaxy S II is larger, slimmer and bigger than the iPhone 4S. Compared to the Galaxy S II dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm, the iPhone 4S has dimensions of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm. Last year, when Apple announced the iPhone 4, it vowed everyone with how slim the handset was. However, it was disappointing to see its successor having the same dimensions as the previous generation iPhone. The Galaxy S II weighs in at 113gms, while the iPhone 4 weighs 138gms.

While the iPhone 4S is primarily made of glass and metal, the Galaxy S II is made of plastic. Both the handsets are pretty stylish as well. However, out of the two, I would prefer the Samsung Galaxy S II, since at least it can be easily distinguished from the original Galaxy S, unlike the iPhone 4S.


The Samsung Galaxy S II has a 4.3-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with WVGA(800×480) resolution, while the iPhone 4S has a comparatively tiny 3.5-inch IPS LCD Retina Display’ with an eye-popping resolution of 640×960. Like the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S trumps the Galaxy S 2 in terms of resolution and pixels. However, I would prefer the Samsung Galax S II just because it has a much bigger display with eye-popping colors and contrast ratios.

Also, it is just a matter of weeks (perhaps, days?) before the next-generation Android handsets trump the iPhone 4S with their 720p HD (1280×720) resolution. The Nexus Prime is reportedly rumored to have a 720p HD resolution. The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE already has a 4.65-inch SuperAMOLED display with 720p resolution.


The Samsung Galaxy S II sports an Exynos 4210 SoC, which contains a 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor along with an ARM-Mali 400MP GPU. Like the iPad 2, the iPhone 4S is powered by an A5 SoC. The A5 SoC consists of a Cortex-A9 dual core, running at unknown frequency and a powerful PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU.

While the CPU on the Galaxy S II trumps the iPhone 4S in terms of raw processing power, the tables turn when it comes to GPU. The PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU is way ahead of the ARM Mali-400MP GPU in terms of performance.


While the Samsung Galaxy S II runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWIZ 4.0 UI on top of it. The iPhone 4S runs on iOS5, which includes a completely revamped notification center, iMessage, new camera app, and many other changes.

Compared to iOS5, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS on the Samsung Galaxy S II looks pretty stale. Hopefully, things will change when Google announces the next major version of Android this month Ice Cream Sandwich.


Both the Samsung Galaxy S II and the iPhone 4S have an 8MP camera with an LED flash. While the Samsung Galaxy S II camera has an aperture size of 2.65, the iPhone 4S camera has an aperture size of 2.4. The iPhone 4S has a custom ISP designed by Apple, thanks to which it has features like Face recognition, Hybrid IR filter and auto-white balance. From the camera samples released by Apple, it looks like the iPhone 4S is capable of taking better photos compared to the Samsung Galaxy S II. There is not much difference between the picture quality though. However, in low-light conditions, the iPhone 4S totally trumps the Samsung Galaxy S II pictures.

Both the handsets are also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution at 30FPS. The most interesting feature of the iPhone 4S is that it sports real-time video image stabilization, along with real-time temporal noise reduction. Thanks to these features, the iPhone 4S records much better videos than the Galaxy S II. This does not mean that the Samsung Galaxy S II camera is bad. It still has one of the best cameras among the Android handsets.

The Verdict

This is perhaps for the first time, that a product announcement from Apple has led to a disappointment. The iPhone 4S while has evolutionary hardware, still sports a very small screen compared to the competition from its Droid counterparts. Also, it looks exactly like its predecessor, which is not a good thing. Had the iPhone 4S been released at WWDC 2011, it would not have been such a disappointment. But, 14 months after the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S is nothing but a disappointment.

So, who is the ultimate winner? While this is a fairly sensitive and personal issue, I would like to leave this decision on our readers. Drop on your comments, and let us know who the ultimate winner is.

Samsung Galaxy S II Mugen 3200mAh Battery Review

A few months ago, I had reviewed the Mugen Battery for the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Desire Z. I was thoroughly impressed by the batteries, and have been recommending them ever since to my friends. When the Samsung Galaxy S II was launched in India, it was all but natural for me to go and get the latest and the best Android smartphone around.

The Galaxy S II really does not have any serious drawbacks, and is SLIM, SEXY and FAST! I had no major issues with the battery life of the Galaxy S II, but I was eagerly waiting for the folks behind Mugen to release the extended batteries for the SGS2. It was just a matter of time before Mugen released two new extended batteries for the Galaxy S II, with a capacity of 1700mAh and 3200mAh respectively. I was pretty disappointed with the 1700mAh battery since it only offered a 50mAh boost in the capacity compared to the stock battery. The performance difference between the stock and the Mugen 1700mAh battery was going to be barely noticeable.


It was pretty much logical that the 3200mAh battery was going to offer stellar performance since it offered nearly double the capacity of the stock battery. The only real drawback of this extended battery is that it requires an extended backcover, and adds noticeable thickness to the phone. My main purpose of this review was to find out whether the extra bulge added by the extended battery is manageable or not. When I reviewed the Mugen extended battery for the HTC Desire Z, the extra thickness and weight added to an already thick and heavy phone, making things tough. It was quite a task to manage such a thick and heavy Desire Z.

So after using the Mugen 3200mAh battery for the Samsung Galaxy S II for nearly 3 to 4 weeks, here are my thoughts about it.


I have absolutely no doubt in my mind about the performance of the Mugen 3200mAh battery. The battery may add noticeable thickness to the phone, but its well worth a trade-off. After switching to the Mugen battery, I started playing more games, watching more videos and listening to music on my Samsung Galaxy S II, without the fear of the phone’s battery lasting me only a day. In fact, even after a day of extremely heavy usage, the phone still has enough battery left to last me at least another 12 hours of light usage.

On stock battery
On Mugen 3200mAh battery

Yes, I am using a leaked Android 2.3.4 firmware along with a custom kernel on my SGS2, which definitely has brought about a noticeable improvement in battery life. Make no mistake about the performance of the Mugen 3200mAh battery for the Galaxy S II. It will in no way disappoint you.

Thickness vs. Performance

While the Mugen 3200mAh battery does improve the battery life, it also adds noticeable thickness to the phone. Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the slimmest (8.49mm) Android handsets around, and even after installing the 3200mAh, it remains fairly portable. This is, unlike other thick handsets, like the HTC Thunderbolt, where using an extended battery makes the already thick phone, a brick!



Now, the main question which most Mugen buyers ask themselves before buying their battery Is the improvement in battery life worth a trade-off for a thick phone? According to me, yes it is! The improvement in battery life thanks to the Mugen battery is tremendous, and is just too good to miss. For me, the extra bulk added by the battery is manageable, and I don’t have any issues in using the Mugen battery on a day-to-day basis. The bulk does make the beautiful SGS2 look ugly though.

Until there is some significant advancement in the world of battery technology, Mugen extended batteries are your and your phones’ best friend!

Interested readers can buy Mugen batteries for their handset from here.

Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Touting A 720p HD Screen Announced

Along with the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, Sammy also announced the Galaxy S II HD LTE. The HD LTE is similar to the S II LTE, except for the screen. The S II HD LTE is the first Android phone to sport a massive 4.65-inch screen with a 720p (1280×720) HD resolution. This makes the S II HD LTE the first Android phone to have a eye-busting PPI of 316. As its name suggests, the S II HD LTE also supports the blazing-fast LTE network.


Like the S II LTE, the S II HD LTE is also powered by a blazing fast 1.5GHz dual-core Exynos processor, and packs 1GB of RAM along with 16GB of internal storage capacity. The usual connectivity features like GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, FM Radio, a microSD card slot, MHL port, NFC along with a bunch of sensors like Gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor and Accelerometer etc.

The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with TouchWIZ 4.0 on top of it. Like the S II LTE, the HD LTE is also powered by a 1850mAh battery. The Galaxy S II HD LTE will be available under all the three Korean networks SK Telecom, KT Telecom and LG U+. Sammy did not mention anything about the pricing or the availability of the device.

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE Announced; Features A 1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor

Samsung has announced two new handsets in its home-market, the Galaxy S II LTE and the Galaxy S II HD LTE. As the name suggests, both the handsets will support the blazing fast 4G LTE network.

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE Image

The S II LTE is a slightly upgraded model of the European version of the Galaxy S II, with a faster 1.5GHz dual-core Exynos processor. The handset also has a bigger 4.5-inch screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution. Compared to the original S II, the S II LTE has gained some thickness (8.49mm vs. 9.5mm) along with LTE connectivity.

The handset also sports the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio, MHL port, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, and a bunch of sensors to go along with it. There is also 16GB of on-board storage, along with a microSD card slot. At the back of this LTE capable handset is an 8MP camera with an LED flash, with a 2MP camera in the front.

The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with TouchWIZ 4.0 UI on top of it. A beefy 1850mAh battery powers the handset. The Galaxy S II LTE will be available in Korea under the SK Telecom network. The press release from Sammy does not mention anything about the release date of the handset though.

Samsung Galaxy S II Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

It was just a few of days ago, that Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.3.4 update for its best selling smartphone, and the hottest Android phone on the planet, the Galaxy S II.   While officially, Samsung is rolling out the Android 2.3.4 firmware update, unofficially the Android 2.3.5 firmware for the Galaxy S II has leaked online.


The leaked Android 2.3.5 for the Galaxy S II does bring some new changes, and also improves the performance of an already fast phone. Users over at XDA forums who flashed the leaked firmware ((KI3) are reporting Quadrant scores in the range of 3900 to 4100. One notable change in the new firmware is that Samsung has replaced the bounce animation at the end of a list, with a   blue over scroll glow effect.

Sadly, the leaked firmware still lacks the latest version of Google Talk with video chatting capabilities. Samsung has also removed the USB Host APIs in this firmware, rendering apps like DSLR Controller useless. The USB Host APIs are also missing from the official Android 2.3.4 firmware.

Galaxy S II owners who are interested in flashing this leaked firmware on their handset, can head over to this thread at XDA forums for the required instructions and files.

3.5 Million Galaxy S II Units Sold In South Korea

Samsung Galaxy S was the most popular Android smartphone of 2010. Samsung has sold more than 10 million units of this handset in less than 6 months. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S II is the most popular Android smartphone of 2011. It is the successor of the original Galaxy S smartphone. Samsung sold 3 million units of this handset in just 55 days and then, Samsung reached another milestone of 5 million units in less than 85 days.

Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung Galaxy S II was first launched in its home country on April 28. Even in South Korea, the powerful Galaxy S II is the most popular smartphone. According to MK News, Samsung managed to sell more than 3.5 million units of this handset in South Korea alone. Samsung is currently the market leader in South Korea, with more than 50% market share.

Samsung is reportedly activating 23,000 units of Galaxy S II daily, while Apple is activating only 3,000 iPhones each day in South Korea. Samsung recently announced 3 variants of this smartphone exclusively for the AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint customers in the US. Samsung is expected to reach the 10 million mark by the end of October.

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Coming On 2nd October

Back in the beginning of September, Samsung finally announced the much-awaited and hyped operators’ variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II.


While, the Sprint version of the Galaxy S II is already available, no specific date was announced for the T-Mobile and AT&T version. In fact, the complete specs of the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S II were also not fully revealed.

Earlier, it was rumored that the AT&T version of the Galaxy S II would be released on 18th September. However, AT&T never confirmed that date, and as expected, the phone was not available in AT&T stores on 18th September.

Nevertheless, AT&T has finally confirmed via Twitter that the Galaxy S II will finally hit their retail stores on October 2nd, for $199.99 on a 2-year contract.

For the unknown, here is a quick reminder of the Samsung Galaxy S II specs for AT&T. Like the European version of SGS2, the AT&T version also has a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED+ display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, MHL port, 8MP camera in the back with a 2MP camera in the front, and a NFC chip. The usual bunch of sensors, and connectivity features are also on-board.

Can The Samsung Galaxy S II Survive A 15-Foot Fall?

I got my first phone nearly 5 years ago. It was the sleek and sexy Moto Razr V3i, which nearly everyone must have owned at one point of his or her life. I clearly remember that I started modding and flashing that phone the very next day. Since then, I have owned many phones including SE W580i, Nokia 5800, Galaxy S, Desire Z, Arc, and now the Galaxy S II, and I’ve modded and flashed every one of them.

In fact, I flash a new ROM on my Galaxy S II nearly every night. You see, I still need to use the phone for calling, messaging, emailing, and tweeting etc. during the daytime, so all my modding activities usually start when everyone is sleeping soundly. Last night, I decided to flash CM7 on my SGS2. There are no decent AOSP based ROMs for the SGS2 except for CM7, and I was pretty bored with the ones based on Samsung firmware. After installing CM7 and playing around with the phone for around 20 mins, I decided to check out the GPS performance of SGS2 on CM7.

I stood near the window in my room, and fired up GPS test. However, after a minute or so, the phone found around 10  satellites  and connected to 8 of them, but the accuracy was a terrible, 180 feet. Then I changed the modem/baseband of the phone, and again decided to check out the GPS performance. This time, the GPS test showed an  accuracy  of around 100 feet. That’s a pretty decent improvement, but still not good enough. Finally, I decided to stretch my hand outside the window to see if the GPS performance would improve when the phone was in clear sky.

As I stretched my hand, something went wrong and the SGS2 slipped from my hand. Everything went into a slow-mo. mode as I saw my precious phone fall down from my window, which is on the 1st floor. The bottom part, i.e. the part where the microUSB port of the handset is located, hit the ground first, and the phone bounced back up, nearly 3 to 4 feet. After that, the phone hit the ground a couple of times before finally lying still. I was horrified! I had absolutely no hope that my Samsung Galaxy S II would survive a 15-foot fall.

I ran downstairs and quickly picked up the phone. To my surprise, the phone was still in one piece with just one of the latches of the back cover partially opened. I quickly checked the screen, and to my surprise, the screen was working fine as well. If anyone from Corning is reading this, you guys just got another feature to boast about for your popular Gorilla Glass.

The steel rim surrounding the phone was not covered by the Zagg InviShield, and thus got some minor scratches

I checked the phone thoroughly, and there were absolutely no issues with it. Everything was working just as it was before the fall. The only physical damage was on the bottom part of the phone, which had hit the ground first. There are some small scratches on the bottom of the steel rim surrounding the phone, but it’s noticeable only if closely inspected. The phone could have got more scratches, if I was not applied the Zagg InviShield on my phone.

After this incident, my confidence regarding the build quality of the phone has increased. Sammy may have made the SGS2 with plastic, but it surely did not compromise on the physical strength of the phone. So, the 7million+ SGS2 owners, if you are reading this, next time someone cribs about the poor build quality of the phone, you just need to point them to this article.