Apple may be nearly ready to announce its next iPhone, Windows Phone 7 Mango could be here by this time next month, and yet smartphone users in the United States are still waiting for their opportunity to get their hands on the Samsung Galaxy S2. Recently, we’ve been looking to the carriers to try to get a sense for when one might have the smartphone available. Instead, it seems that the answer may be about to come straight from the horse’s mouth, with Samsung revealing that it will be making a “major product announcement” on August 29 in New York City.
More than just when these phones will arrive on US carriers, we’re interested in learning what they will be called. We got an early idea of some possible names, but since then it’s seemed less likely that all will stick with those labels. With Sprint, for instance, we were expecting the Galaxy S2 to be called the Galaxy Within, but more recently we’ve heard a rumor that Sprint could call the phone the Samsung Epic Touch 4G. Likewise, we’ve heard rapidly-changing rumors about AT&T’s GS2, first going by the Galaxy Attain, then possibly the Captivate II, not to mention the rumor that there could be two AT&T GS2s, one with and one without a keyboard. There’s a similar level of uncertainty surrounding the plans from the other carriers, as well.
Hopefully on August 29, Samsung will set the record straight, telling us exactly what GS2 hardware the US will be getting, what it will be called, and when it will be available. After all, with a big Roman numeral II on the invitation Samsung’s sending out, it seems almost a certainty that GS2 news will be on the menu.