Gameloft’s Asphalt 6 Now Available For Free For Samsung Galaxy S II Owners

Last year, when I got my first ever-Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy S, I was pleasantly surprised to find that SGS owners could download and play Asphalt 5 for free. The game had decent graphics, addictive gameplay and best of all, featured multiplayer mode over Wi-Fi which allowed me to play the game with my friends.

When I got the most popular smartphone of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S II, I expected Sammy to give more free games with the phone. After all, the Galaxy S II is a beast of a phone, and Sammy should have pre-loaded some games, which showed the true potential of the phone. However, I was pretty disappointed to find out that the Galaxy S II came bundled with 0 games. There were a lot of games listed for the SGS2 in the Samsung Apps store, but all of them were trial version.

Better late than never, Sammy has now finally made Gameloft’s popular Asphalt 6 game a free download for Galaxy S II owners. SGS2 owners can download the game for free via the Samsung Apps market on their phone.

Keep in mind that after installing the game from market, the game itself downloads a whopping 550MB+ of data from Gameloft’s server via Wi-Fi. So, make sure you have a stable and fast Wi-Fi connection along with enough juice in the phone to download the data.

Via –  SammyHub

 

T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II Variant Announced; Details Scarce!

Along with the Sprint’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch and the AT&T’s Galaxy S II, Samsung also announced the T-Mobile version of the handset. At the moment, not much information is available about the T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy S II. Like AT&T, T-Mobile will also be calling its version of the Galaxy S II with the same name.

The only information available right know is that the T-Mobile variant will also sport a mammoth 4.52-inch Super-AMOLED screen with WVGA (800×480) screen, like the Sprint’s version. Other than that, no information is available about the SoC (Processor and GPU) are available.

Like all the other Galaxy S II variants, the T-Mobile version also comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. On the connectivity front, the T-Mobile version is fully loaded and packs Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, microSD card slot, GPS with A-GPS and a bunch of other sensors. The T-Mobile’s SGS II variant will also run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with TouchWiz 4.0 on top of it.

The press release from T-Mobile does not provide much information about the handset and its availability and pricing.

 

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Announced

AT&T has also announced its own variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II, at the on-going event in New York.  Unlike the Sprint’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, AT&T’s Galaxy S II will be known as the Galaxy S II only.

The handset has no major difference compared to the European version of the SGS II, except for the four capacitive keys instead of the one hardware and 2 capacitive keys found on the European counterpart.

The Galaxy S II, powered by a dual core application processor, paired with AT&T’s advanced 4G network, gives users fast download speeds along with a premium multi-tasking experience,said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. We are proud to bring our fastest selling smartphone in the world to AT&T customers, packaging it in the nation’s thinnest 4G smartphone.

AT&T’s Galaxy S II is powered by the same Exynos 4210 SoC, which includes a powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor and an ARM-Mali 400MP GPU. The handset also sports a beautiful 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED+ screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. AT&T’s version of the SGS II is just a tad bit thicker than its European version, at 8.89mm.

Other features of AT&T’s Galaxy S II remain the same, which include 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, FM radio, MHL port, GPS with A-GPS and sensors like Accelerometer, Gyroscope,  Ambient  light sensor and a proximity sensor.

Like all other Galaxy S II variants, the back of the AT&T’s Galaxy S II also sports an 8MP camera with an LED flash, and a 2MP front-facing camera. The handset is also capable of recording videos in 1080p HD video resolution. The handset also supports AT&T’s HSPA+ network, but does not support its upcoming 4G LTE network. A 1650mAh battery will power the handset. The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with TouchWiz 4.0 on top of it.

AT&T’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II will be released in the “coming weeks”, at an unknown price.

Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch Handset Announced

After nearly 3 months of its European availability, Samsung has gone ahead and announced in an event at N.Y, the U.S carrier versions of its most popular smartphone until date, the Samsung Galaxy S II.  Three major carriers in the United States will be selling the Galaxy S II, with each operator having its own slightly modified version of the European SGS II.

First and foremost is the Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S II. Unlike last time, Sprint’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch does not come with a slide-out hardware keyboard. The main difference between the Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch and the European SGS2 is the screen size. The Epic 4G Touch has a mammoth 4.52-inch Super-AMOLED+ screen, with a disappointingly low WVGA (800×480) resolution.

Other than the huge screen, the Epic 4G touch also comes the usual four capacitive Android keys, unlike the one physical and 2 capacitive keys on the European model of the handset. Also, the Epic 4G Touch is not as slim as its European counterpart, and has a waistline of 9.59mm.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch packs the same Exynos 4210 SoC, which includes a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and an ARM-Mali 400MP GPU. The handset also packs in 1GB of RAM, along with 16GB of internal memory.

The back of the handset sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, which is also capable of recording videos in 1080p Full HD resolution. A 2MP camera in the front takes care of all the video chatting needs of a user.

The usual run-of-the-mill features like Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, microSD card slot, FM radio, GPS with A-GPS, MHL port and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present, along with a bunch of sensors. The Epic 4G Touch will also come with AES-256 internal/external hardware encryption and Wi-Fi calling. The handset also supports Sprint’s WiMAX network.

Like the European SGS II, the Epic 4G Touch will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0 on top of it.  A beefy 1800mAh battery will power the handset.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch will be available starting from September 16th for $199.99, on a 2-year contract.

 

Samsung To Hold a ‘Major Product Announcement’ Event In NYC on 29 August

People in the United States, looks like your wait for the Samsung Galaxy S II is finally going to end. Samsung has just sent out a press release to all bloggers, for a ‘major product announcement’ in New York.    It is all but certain that this event from Sammy is going to be about the U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is the hottest smartphone on the planet right now. Not only is the SGS2 insanely thin at 8.47mm, it also boasts of a powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The handset has sold in excess of 5 million units in less than 3 months of its release. Considering that the handset still has not been released in the U.S, it is no small feat.

Earlier, it was  uncertain  whether the SGS2 would come to the U.S or not. However, Samsung confirmed last month that the handset will hit the states sometime in August or September.  Hopefully, Samsung will announce all the different variants of the Galaxy S II, with all the details about its availability, cost, and specifications.

The invite image from Sammy also gives a hint about the event being related to the SGS2. If you can find it in the image above, drop in a comment! ;)

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T-Mobile Version Of Samsung Galaxy S II to Sport a 4.5-inch Screen

People in the United States have been eagerly waiting to get their hands on the hottest phone on the planet right now, the Samsung Galaxy S II. At first, it was uncertain whether the SGS2 will make it to the state-side or not. However, Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S II is coming to the U.S in August.

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Now, pictures of the T-Mobile variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II, dubbed as the Hercules has leaked online. The folks over at TmoNews have got their hands on some quality pictures of the Hercules.

Unlike the European version of S2, the Hercules will sport a mammoth 4.5-inch Super-AMOLED screen. Other specifications of the Hercules remain the same as its European sibling. The TmoNews tipster also tipped that the handset is fast, blazing fast! He also mentioned that Netflix will be pre-installed in this phone. The handset will come with Gingerbread on-board, with Sammy’s TouchWiz 4.0 UI running on top of it.

Also, from the leaked images, it looks like the Hercules will actually be known by its original name the Galaxy S II. The handset will also be the first to support T-Mobile’s blazing fast HSPA+ 42Mbps network.

The T-Mobile Hercules/Galaxy S II will be announced sometime this month, along with other operator variants of the SGS2.

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Pictures Leak; Sports a Four-Row QWERTY Keyboard

Samsung officially confirmed that their most popular handset of all time the Galaxy S II will be hitting the U.S. sometime in August. Now, the folks over at BGR have got their hands on the leaked pictures of the Galaxy S II, which will be headed to AT&T.

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The AT&T variant of the Galaxy S II will sport a four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. From the pictures, the screen size of the AT&T variant looks somewhere around 4+ inches. The handset will also sport the four standard capacitive keys, instead of the two capacitive and one hardware key layout found in the Galaxy S II.

In all probability, the handset will be launched with a different name than its original (Galaxy S II). The images also show that the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S II will launch with Android 2.3.4. The back of the phone will sport an 8MP camera with an LED flash.

The leaked images also suggest that Samsung has managed to keep the waistline of the Galaxy S II slim, even with the inclusion of a hardware keyboard. AT&T users should expect the Galaxy S II sometime in the coming month.

Samsung Galaxy S II Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks; Brings GTalk With Video-Calling Capability

In the world of Samsung based Android phones, firmware leaks are a very common sight. The Android 2.2 FroYo and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware for Samsung phones like the Galaxy S, Galaxy Ace, Epic 4G and the Captivate leaked online, nearly a month before its official release. In fact, the Gingerbread update for the Ace, Epic 4G and the Captivate is yet to go online!

Now, it was only a matter of time before an Android 2.3.4 based firmware leaked online for Sammy’s latest flagship handset the Galaxy S II. Yesterday, a new firmware (KG1) for the Galaxy S II leaked online, and is based on Android 2.3.4.

Apart from a minor bump in the Android OS version, the firmware also includes GTalk with video chat capability. The leaked firmware also includes a new baseband/modem, which has definitely improved the network reception for me.

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Many SGS2 owners expected that the Android 2.3.4 firmware will squash the high battery drain caused at idle, by the Android OS and the Android System process. Even though the drain caused by the Android OS/Android System process has gone down noticeably, they still drain quite a lot of battery.

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SGS2 owners, who are interested in flashing this leaked ROM on their handset, can do so by following the instructions stated here. Keep in mind that flashing the de-odexed firmware will make the web browser slow and jerky.

3 Million Samsung Galaxy S II Sold In Just 55 Days

The Samsung Galaxy S II was one of the hotly anticipated phones of this year. The phone is a beast in its own right, with a   1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor, 1GB RAM, 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED+ screen and an 8MP camera, and yet it is one of the slimmest Android phone measuring only 8.49mm.

The popularity of this phone can be seen by its sales figure. More than three million units of the handset were pre-ordered in Korea, and the handset was the fastest selling phone ever in Korea. All this, when the handset was not even available in most regions of the world.

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The sales of the handset were expected to soar to a new high when it was available in most regions of the world, and it definitely has. Samsung has just announced that the Galaxy S II is their fastest selling phone, EVER!

Sammy has managed to sell 3 million units of the SGS II in just 55 days. That means, on an average, Samsung sells nearly 55,000 units per day. According to Samsung, it sold most units of the Galaxy S II in Europe.

All this, when the Samsung Galaxy S II is still not available in the United States and Canada. While Canada will be getting the Galaxy S II by this month, there is no confirmation as to when the SGS2 will be available in the United States.

You can read our review of the Samsung Galaxy S II here.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Review–SLIM, SEXY and FAST!

The Motorola Droid was the most popular Android phone in 2009. The Droid along with Verizon’s DROID campaign played a very major role in Android’s popularity. In 2010, the Samsung Galaxy S was the de-facto Android handset. The phone sold in excess of 10 million handsets within 7 months of its launch. The handset helped Android in gaining market share outside the U.S.

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S II at MWC this year, the expectations from the handset were pretty high. Everyone hoped that Samsung had solved the issues which plagued the original Galaxy S poor GPS performance and the lag issue.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has a huge task on its shoulder, meet the popularity of its original brother and also emerge the top-dog in this dual core race with HTC Sensation and LG Optimus 2X.

Read our review to find out whether the Samsung Galaxy S II lives up to the expectations or not.

Specs of Samsung Galaxy S II :

  • 4.27-inch Super-AMOLED+ screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution
  • 1.2GHz Dual-core Exynos 4210 processor
  • ARM-Mali 400 GPU
  • 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB on-board storage
  • 8MP camera with Auto-Focus, LED Flash
  • 2MP Front Facing Camera
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 HS, Wi-Fi Direct, HSDPA/HSUPA, USB O-T-G, MHL port, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, GPS with A-GPS, Proximity Sensor

Build Quality and Screen

Right out of the box, Galaxy S II will surprise you with its extremely light weight, slim waistline and the big screen. The handset weighs only 113gms, and is one of the slimmest Android handsets, measuring only 8.49mm.

The phone is constructed with plastic, like the original Galaxy S. However, the handset feels a hell lot better when held in hand, when compared to the original Galaxy S. Samsung also re-designed the back cover on the Galaxy S II so as to make it pleasant to hold and scratch proof. However, the back cover is extremely thin. However, I am pleased to say that the back cover won’t break so easily, even if you twist it.

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The top of the handset sports a 3.5mm audio jack, while the bottom houses the MHL or microUSB port. The microUSB port on the Galaxy S II can output videos at 1080p, when an MHL adapter is plugged in. The power button is situated on the right side, while the volume button is on the left side of the phone.

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Unlike most other Android handsets, the Samsung Galaxy S II sports only 3 buttons Menu, Home and Back, in the same order. Like its predecessor, the Menu and Back buttons are capacitive while the Home button is a physical one.

The build quality of the Galaxy S II is a HUGE improvement over the Galaxy S. The phone might not have a premium look or feel to it, but neither does it have a cheap build quality feeling.

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The handset sports a 4.27-inch Super-AMOLED+ screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. Even though the SGS II sports a bigger screen than the Galaxy S (4-inch), it has a much sharper screen. This is because the Super-AMOLED+ screen has twice the sub-pixels, when compared to the Super-AMOLED screen on SGS.

The original Super-AMOLED screen has a PenTile Matrix display, while the Super-AMOLED+ screen has a RBG pixel arrangement. This is a major reason why the Galaxy S II has a bigger display than its predecessor. Excluding all the geeky part, the SAMOLED+ screen on the SGS II is absolutely brilliant. The contrast, viewing angles, and brightness are all top-notch. Sunlight legibility is decent as well.