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White Samsung Galaxy S II Coming Soon To T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S II is the company’s largest selling Android smartphone. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are already selling this handset in the US, but currently the customers have only one color options. T-Mobile will soon launch the amazing white version of this handset in the US. T-Mobile is not the exclusive carrier to launch the white version of Galaxy S II, but the AT&T customers will also get the white Galaxy S II in the coming weeks.

samsung galaxy s ii white

There are no changes in the specs of the device. The White Galaxy S II features the same 4.52 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, T-Mobile TV, Samsung Media Hub, T-Mobile Video Chat, Zinio, Netflix, etc.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Swype, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, Samsung Kies Air, Android Market, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Asphalt 6 pre-loaded, NFC-enabled, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi Hotspot and a 1850 mAh battery.

The exact price of this device has not been announced yet. White Samsung Galaxy S II is expected to be available for $229.99 with a 2 year service agreement or $529.99 without any contract. T-Mobile will release the white Galaxy S II model during the holidays.

Samsung Illusion Coming To Verizon For $79.99

Samsung recently announced the new Samsung Illusion entry-level smartphone. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Samsung Illusion will be exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless customers in the US. The rear casing and battery cover of this handset are made from 70 percent post-consumer material and 35 percent of the front casing is made from post-consumer material.

samsung illusion

Samsung Illusion features a 3.5 inch HVGA TFT display, sporting a resolution of 480 × 320 pixels, 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, TouchWiz UI, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3 megapixel rear camera, HTML web browser, 3.5 mm headset jack, music player, 2 GB ROM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Mobile Hotspot, Swype, Android Market, Corporate email support for Microsoft Office Exchange and much more.

Samsung Illusion allows you to access more than 300,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset will be available for purchase online from November 23, followed by Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in January 2012. Samsung Illusion comes with a price tag of $79.99 on contract. You will also need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan starting at $39.99/month. This device will be available for free from November 24-28.

Samsung Galaxy S Gets A Working Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Based ROM

With the Ice Cream Sandwich code going public a few days ago, it was just a matter of time before Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs were available for some of the popular Android phones.  Yesterday, we reported that the Samsung Galaxy S2 got its first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich based ROM, and today, its predecessor, the Galaxy S gets a working ICS ROM.

The ROM is still in alpha stages, but the developers are working very hard on making the ROM stable enough so that it can be used as a daily driver. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, most of the stuffs are working in the Galaxy S ICS ROM.

Calls, SMS, Hardware Acceleration, Audio, Touch, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Android Market work flawlessly on the ROM. What does not work though is GPS, Camera, Ext. SD and video recorder.

Interested Galaxy S owners can find the download link, and the installation instructions here. They can also find more information about the ROM here.

Thanks to @aatifsumar for the tip!  

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Coming to the Samsung Galaxy S 2

In a way, it was inevitable, and now it’s official as well: Samsung will be bringing the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S 2.

Samsung UK has confirmed on Twitter, that the Galaxy S II will be receiving an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. No dates have been revealed yet, but it should be soon.

@SamsungUK: “@moczilla Hi, yes it [Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy S 2] will be released but no confirmed date yet. We will keep you updated.”

It isn’t much of a surprise, as everyone expected the Galaxy S 2 to get the upgrade; we just didn’t know when. We still don’t know when it will be getting it, but at least now its official.

We expect a global rollout of the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for the Galaxy S 2 soon.

In other news, even Sony Ericsson confirmed that its 2011 range of Xperia handsets will be getting the ICS upgrade. We should also see a lot of unofficial builds popping up soon, as Google recently published the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich to AOSP.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung Won’t Try to Block Apple’s iPhone 4S in South Korea

The title of this post is surprising, huh? Yeah, I’m surprised too.  At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung  agreed  to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was being considered by the court. In addition,  The Wall Street Journal  reported  that  Samsung’s lawyers had proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung’s proposed deal was not disclosed to the court.  About a month ago,  Reuters  reported  that Apple had rejected the offer from Samsung that would have allowed the company to release its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

Apple vs. Samsung

Then,  Samsung wanted to see the unreleased iPhone 5 and iPad 3. Yesterday, the company, that is copying Apple,  asked  for  the iOS source code and Apple’s carrier agreements. To top it off, Samsung wanted to depose  a number of Apple designers. But wait! Now, there’s more. Surprisingly, Samsung has announced that it will not seek an injunction in its own country of South Korea against Apple’s recently released iPhone 4S. This is surprising because you would think a company that’s constantly being sued by Apple would counter by doing the same.

Apparently, one reason for the company to avoid legal action against Apple was public relation concerns. Um, what? Also, the decision was said to be made at last minute,  as the iPhone 4S went on sale in South Korea last Friday.

“We concluded that we should engage in legal battles with Apple only in the global market,” a spokesperson for Samsung reportedly said, “but not in order to gain more market share in Korea.”

This is a completely different approach from what Samsung has done in previously filed injunctions in Italy and France.

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Coming To The U.S On Nov. 20

Samsung and AT&T have just announced via a press-release that both the companies will be joining hands to bring the Galaxy Tab 8.9 to the United States.

As its name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 sports an 8.9-inch HD screen, and is a mere 8.6mm thin. The tablet is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5Ghz, along with an Adreno 220 GPU. The tablet also packs in 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

This 8.9-inch tablet sports a 3.2mP camera at its rear with an LED flash, and a 2MP camera in the front. The tablet runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb with Sammy’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it. All the usual connectivity features are also present, including support for AT&T’s recently released 4G LTE network and its ‘fake’ 4G network – HSPA+ – as well.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will burn a hole of $479.99 through its future-owners pocket, which will be accompanied by a two-year commitment. Early Tab 8.9 owners will also get a Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket free of cost with the tablet, with a separate two-year contract. The tablet will be available at all retail stores and online stores beginning from November 20th.

AT&T will also expand its 4G LTE coverage to six new markets on November 20th including Charlotte, Indianapolis, Kansas city, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The cheapest iPad costs $499 without any sort of contract and offers a bigger screen, and a faster processor and GPU combo, and not to mention the fact that more apps are available for it. Compared to all this, the Galaxy Tab costs $479.99 with a two-year contract, offers a smaller screen, inferior processor+GPU combo, hardly has much apps available for it. Its high time Android tablet manufacturers get their pricing right, else the iPad will continue to rule the tablet market.

Face Unlock on Galaxy Nexus Can be Bypassed with a Digital Photo

The announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus powered by Android 4.0 (code named  Ice Cream Sandwich) was filled with excitement, and fans were thrilled with the overflowing list of new features and improvements included in the latest firmware release. One of the most interesting and eye-catching feature was the Face Unlock, which allows users to unlock their phone using the face recognition technology.

Android 4.0 Face Unlock

Although the phone is smart and undoubtedly cool, one question that strikes our mind is, whether the feature is secured or not? The Face Unlock feature is new to Android and people have been wondering how safe the feature is. SoyaCincau, a tech review site revealed that the Face Unlock feature can be bypassed with a digital photo. The author managed to bypass the facial recognition unlock by simply posing a digital photo in front of the phone, and the phone just unlocked itself without any difficulties. Well, that sounds creepy!

Also Read:  Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S

The user was able to unlock the Galaxy Nexus, which was programmed to recognize his actual face, by using a picture of himself.    He posted a video on his blog, which has gone viral and has created a lot of buzz of late –

A Google representative was contacted by CNET and told that the feature is still in beta and is considered “experimental”, and provides a low level security.   Even the interface warns users that “Face Unlock is less secure than a pattern, PIN, or password” and that “Someone who looks similar to you could unlock your phone.”

Koushik Dutta, a developer of the Android after-market firmware replacement CyanogenMod, curiously asked in a tweet whether the feature would unlock the device using a photo. In reply to that, Google’s Tim Bray denied it by saying – “Nope. Give us some credit.”

Some of the users thought that this was done by using a trick; however, the user updated the YouTube description to address the question – whether he programmed the phone to recognize his face or the picture –

While some of you think that it is a trick and I had set the Galaxy Nexus up to recognise the picture, I assure you that the device was set up to recognise my face. I have a few people there watching me do the video and if any one of them is watching this video I hope you can confirm that this test is 100% legit.

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Samsung Galaxy SL Gets The Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Update In India

Earlier this year, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy SL smartphone in India. This handset is the low-cost version of the highly popular  Samsung  Galaxy S smartphone. It comes with a  a large 4 inch Super Clear LCD display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megpixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on.

Samsung Galaxy SL originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. This handset was expected to get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in July, but it was delayed due to some unknown reasons. After waiting for months, Samsung officially started rolling out the much-awaited Android Gingerbread update for the Galaxy SL users in India.

galaxy sl gingerbread update

This update is currently available only via Samsung Kies. Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). This software update will upgrade the Samsung Galaxy SL to Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) and it will bring a lot of improvements and bug fixes. Some of the changes are mentioned below.

  • Software stability
  • Improved battery life
  • Improvements in rear and front-camera
  • Faster Response
  • Slight changes in UI

Don’t panic, if you still haven’t received this update, since this software update will be delivered in staggered waves, over the next several days. If you find something new, then please let us know in the comments section below.

Sprint’s Epic 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Sprint has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung Epic 4G. The update comes weeks after Google announced the much awaited successor to Gingerbread, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The European version of the Galaxy S also got its Gingerbread update nearly 5 months ago. Better late than never, eh Sprint and Samsung?

Apart from the bump in the Android version, the update also brings some bug fixes, and other Gingerbread goodies like a Download manager app, improved copy & paste functionality and much more.

Below is the full change-log for the update -:

Enhancements/Fixes:

– Upgrade of the Google OS from Froyo to Gingerbread (Android 2.3)

– Audible Sprint AIRAVEâ„¢ notifications when answering call

– SMS messages sent without area code

– PRL and Profile update

– EAS (Exchange Activesync) email displaying HTML

– Bluetooth headset sound improvements

– Fully visible date on device lock screen

Sprint is the first  U.S carrier to roll out the Android update for its variant of the Galaxy S. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy S are still stuck with Android 2.2 (FroYo), with no official time frame as to when they will get the update. An Android 2.3.4 based firmware did leak for the AT&T Captivate and the T-Mobile’s Vibrant, confirming that the update is under works for these handsets.

 

South Korean iPhone 4S Sales Beat Samsung’s Galaxy S II

Last month, Apple  announced  a brand new version of its iPhone iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S features the new A5 processor, a redesigned antenna, an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p high-definition video, and supports AirPlay mirroring. People were expecting it to be the iPhone 5″ and folks weren’t expecting it to sell well. A few days after launch,  Reuters  reported  that AT&T is seeing an  extraordinary demandfor the new iPhone 4S, which became available for preorder at 12:01 am Pacific time on Friday, October 7th. Then, Apple blew everyone’s mind away when they announced that they sold 4 million iPhone 4Ses in just three days! This amazing sale number was generated just in the US. Speaking of sale numbers, when was the last time an Android or Windows Phone 7 sold that many in three days?

iPhone 4S

Apple has been continuing the international iPhone 4S rollout, and recently they made the iPhone 4S available in South Korea with carriers KT and SK Telecom. Local news site  Chosunilbo  reports that combined sales of the new iPhone 4S from South Korean carriers KT and SK Telecom reached 200,000 units when pre-orders opened on Friday. Just like when pre-orders opened in the US, due to  unexpectedly high traffic the companies’ websites crashed at one point.

200,000 sounds amazing, eh? Not so fast! What’s even more amazing is that first day South Korean sales of the iPhone 4S  beat those of Samsung’s copycat Galaxy S II. Samsung’s Galaxy S II only raked in  120,000 over three days  in its native country despite accumulating 3 million pre-orders worldwide after being launched in April. Ironic, haha. The demand for the iPhone 4S in the region outpaced pre-orders for the previous generation iPhone 4 in the region, which totaled 130,000 in August 2010.

Unfortunately, the report also says that the company that isn’t copying Apple  is still considering whether to file an injunction that would ban Korean sales of Apple’s device as part of its worldwide patent battle against Apple. Honestly, it sounds like they are desperate since Apple is raking in 52% of mobile profits  while they are making a loss.