Google Wallet is Google’s payment processing system. There’s an online version and an Android app that runs on certain phones with specific hardware and lets you use your smartphone like a credit card.
In the past we’ve described Google Wallet as “the coolest app that you can’t have” because it’s been limited to a very few phones on only a couple carriers.
What have been the problems?
First of all, your phone has to have an NFC chip and a “secure element”. Today, not many phones have the necessary hardware, and [...]
As the past generation of Android smartphones ever-so-slowly starts receiving updates to bring them forward to Ice Cream Sandwich, we’ve heard plenty of promises from both manufacturers and carriers about which devices would end up making the Android 4.0 cut, and which would be left behind. Today we’ve got some updated info on the manufacturer side of things, with Samsung publishing a carrier-by-carrier breakdown of which models would be seeing ICS updates in the States.
Since we’ve already heard commentary about many of these models and their prospects for ICS [...]
The other day we’ve seen an “official” Ice Cream Sandwich update leak for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note and today we’re bringing the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II ICS leak to your attention.
As the description in the thread states, “this is the official “leak” of Samsung’s ICS UCPLC5 firmware”. It appears to be Android 4.0.3 with the other info as shown in the screenshot below. The latest available version is rooted, deodexed, and “other than Root and CWM Recovery this is bone stock”. If you understand the [...]
Just a day or so following an alleged leak of ICS for the SGSII Skyrocket, the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S II is now officially on the list of devices that will be getting CM9 based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
According to a post on the CyanogenMod Google+ page, the name of the AT&T variant of Galaxy S II is no longer “galaxys2att” (like it was for CM7), now it’s the “i777”, which is its device model name. Additionally, the first CM9 nightly for the i777 is live! Yes, you can go and get CM9 for your AT&T SGSII right [...]
The AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket got its Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update towards the end of November but the carrier just recently committed to updating ten of its Android handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, among which the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket.
If you remember our coverage of the leaked “official” Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the unlocked international Galaxy S II, you’ll also like this one, especially if you have an AT&T variant. A ROM has leaked and it is apparently the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the phone so if you are [...]
A few hours ago, we learned form HTC that users on AT&T were about to get Ice Cream Sandwich on their Vivid smartphones. Since then, AT&T has released its own statement, confirming today’s availability of ICS for the Vivid, and giving us an official list of the phones it plans to see upgraded to Android 4.0.
Much like the list released by Verizon at the beginning of the month, we’ve already heard a lot of this from manufacturers, but it’s reassuring to see things backed-up by carriers, as we all know how much influence they have over whether or not [...]
Younghee Lee is Samsung’s marketing executive who recently unveiled that the launch of the Galaxy S III is still under review. The executive is busy thinking “how I can engage with consumers from the bottom of their heart, and not just be a big and functional and rational and reasonable brand”.
What Apple managed to achieve, aside from exceptional hardware, is a fantastic brand recognition that goes beyond anything in the world of gadget connoisseurs. The buzz is incredible whenever Cupertino is launching a new product and Samsung’s Younghee Lee wants to [...]
Have you noticed how your Samsung smartphone charges faster if you are using the wall-charger that came with the phone than though other chargers? It’s sometimes twice as fast! What’s up with that?
Most Samsung Galaxy phones (from the originals up through the Galaxy S II, and even the Galaxy Nexus and presumably the Galaxy S III) can charge at 750 to 800mA, but when charging over “generic” chargers, you’ll likely only charge at 350mA. That’s less than half as fast as the “official” chargers.
One XDA-Developer wanted to know [...]
I wish Samsung knew that we have a 65-character limit for the title of any post we write so they could probably go for smaller names whenever they release their next big thing. The only reason why we forgive them for taking up half that character limit with AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, is because the device is hot enough to deserve it. Being one of AT&T’s six new LTE capable smartphones, we couldn’t stop but wonder how soon we’d get it, and it seems that the date just got close.
The device just stopped by the FCC for a quick nod [...]
Back in September Samsung was happy to announce that it sold 10 million Galaxy S II units just to follow-up in January that its home market, South Korea, contributed with five million of its own. Now they’re happy to announce yet another milestone.
20 million Samsung Galaxy S II devices (or variants) have been sold globally which makes the device Samsung’s best-selling phone ever. The original Galaxy S was the previous record holder but the newer version and its Super AMOLED Plus screen and sexy looks managed to dethrone it. We’re looking forward to seeing the [...]
A recent tweet from @ChainfireXDA has power users worried about the future of custom ROMs on their Samsung smartphones.
“Ok its like this: the latest SGS2/ICS leak will disable secure storage if the kernel signature is not Samsung… Do they hate customers?” @ChainfireXDA
So what does that all mean?
First off, the Samsung Galaxy SII doesn’t have an official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM just yet, so all this may be a little premature.
Next, secure storage can be used by various apps to store sensitive information. That information [...]
This fall, we saw AT&T’s LTE network start with a bang, offering subscribers not one, but two LTE-equipped Androids to choose from in early November. Since then, we’ve heard a lot about additional smartphones planned for the growing 4G network. Today, AT&T really let the floodgates open, revealing, among other new products, half-a-dozen LTE-enabled Androids.
Some of these Androids on their way to AT&T are models we’ve had our eye on for some time. Take, for instance, the over-sized Samsung Galaxy Note, which we’ve spotted already with its [...]
The guys over at BGR have gotten their hands on a supposed Q1 2012 AT&T roadmap, and started things off by revealing what secrets it contained regarding the Nokia Lumia 900. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though, and now the site has expanded on its coverage of the leak, featuring upcoming Android phones, tablets, and Windows Phone handsets.
Let’s start with the HTC Titan II, which will join the Lumia 900 as one of the first Windows Phone LTE models. According to this document, the Titan II will be showing up at the carrier hand-in-hand with the 900, both [...]
Just like in the previous Samsung ad — where people got Samsunged — we still don’t know who these other people are and what their phone preference is. Maybe you can figure it out from the ads below.
In the first one Samsung is emphasizing on the Galaxy S II’s voice-to-text ability. It’s clearly not aimed at people standing in line for the Apple iPhone 4S because Siri is able to do much more than sending a text message to someone in your Contacts based on what you dictate, without touching the screen. The other ad is about the 4G capability of the [...]
A recent iGR study indicates that Samsung is the preferred brand in the U.S. when it comes to devices powered by Google’s Android operating system. Motorola, HTC and LG are coming next with low-cost phone makers ZTE and Huawei lower down the list. The report also unveils that 47% of those in the U.S. that have a smartphone chose Android with the iPhone coming in second at 24%.
The study shows that from those who chose Android as their platform, 45% actually made their decision based on a research that led them to specifically select an Android device. 27% of Android users [...]
Samsung’s latest ad tells a new story that goes down in the same spot like in the rest of the campaign; people are queued up, even sleeping in front of a store, waiting for a new phone to be available, watching the first unboxing to realize it looks like the one before? We have absolutely no idea who these people are or which device they are waiting for but maybe you can figure it out.
While waiting in line someone gets a charger from the roommate who happens to rock a Samsung Galaxy S II. The phone announces at one point that the owner has “arrived at [...]
AT&T has recently announced two new phones built to take advantage of its 4G/LTE network: the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and the HTC Vivid. Both devices are running Android 2.3 Gingerbread but AT&T has revealed its update plans for the phones.
While the confirmation is very vague, the Skyrocket and the Vivid will indeed get their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich treats sometime early next year. Of course, the exact roll-out timeframe depends a lot on how Samsung and HTC manage to get the refresh ready. After a carrier test (if everything goes well and the update [...]
After officially announcing the two phones at the end of last month — and later on confirming the Ice Cream Sandwich update for “early 2012” — AT&T has made the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and the HTC Vivid available for purchase online.
As a reminder, the Skyrocket tops the AT&T Galaxy S II in terms of screen size and processing power by featuring a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen and an upgraded 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The camera is one of eight megapixels and the front facer is of two-megapixels up-front, while there’s 16GB of [...]
AT&T’s LTE network is still in its infancy, but for those of you lucky enough to live in one of the markets where the service is offered, you’ll soon have a chance to start operating a smartphone on the high-speed network; starting November 6, AT&T has announced it will begin sales of the LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid.
Considering AT&T LTE service is only available in half-a-dozen Midwest cities currently (though that number will jump to nine by the time these phones are released, including an East Coast debut in the [...]
Being able to remotely disable your smartphone is a pretty cool feature, but the Mission Impossible self-destruct is so much more dramatic — unless it’s your phone, in your pocket.
That’s not what happened here. According to a report, one unfortunate man came somewhat close to it. The story goes that when he felt a burning sensation in his pocket and a friend saw smoke, he pulled out the phone and removed the battery cover, only to see melted terminals and plastic.
Apparently no one was hurt, but we doubt the phone will send many more texts or emails in [...]
Even as it continues to build-out its LTE network to more and more markets, AT&T wasted no time in revealing a lineup of LTE-compatible smartphones right at the end of October. One of those first two models was a Samsung Galaxy S II, coming to AT&T as the Skyrocket. A few weeks later, we caught a glimpse of the Skyrocket all decked-out in white, but weren’t aware of just what AT&T’s plan for the new color option were. The manufacturer has now turned to Facebook to announce the smartphone’s availability.
AT&T will begin sales of the white [...]
We like quick and timely updates regardless of the phone’s make, model or carrier. AT&T introduced the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket at the end of October and the device already has an update being delivered to it.
On your Skyrocket go to Menu, Settings, Software update, Check for updates and you should have one ready to install over-the-air. It is Google Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread and we know that this build of the platform fixed some bugs (including the voice search one) but chances are AT&T and Samsung also applied some tweaks. Let us know if you find anything [...]
On the very last day of October AT&T introduced the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket — together with the HTC Vivid — as the carrier’s first LTE-enabled phones. A week later the phone went on sale and the carrier was kind enough to confirm the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, though coming in 2012.
How about a white Skyrocket just like the one pictured above? Samsung already makes a white version of its international Galaxy S II (and even a pink one for Korea) so getting a pale version of the AT&T Skyrocket is a great addition to the line-up. You [...]