Apple filed suit against Samsung back in 2011, claiming that 25 products from the Korean OEM infringed patents it owned. Counterclaims were filed. Suits were thrown all across the map from Korea to Japan to Australia. Battles were won and lost on both sides. Both sides appeared to have some crack lawyers. It wasn’t before August 2012 that the root case in all of this mess, dubbed “Apple I,” was sorted out with a $930 million award to the Cupertino tech company. Samsung appealed a part of the ruling this year that related to $400 million of the total damages. Today, [...]
Samsung has unveiled its answer to the iPhone 5, the HTC One X, and every other high-end phone to be released this year. Shown at the Unpacked 2012 event in London, the Galaxy S III is an impressively-spec’ed smartphone. It has a Super AMOLED HD display at 4.8″ and 720p resolution. It’s powered by a quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos CPU with 1GB of RAM and either 16 or 32GB of storage. It has an 8MP camera on the rear with 1080p video recording, plus a 1.9MP front-facing camera. The design of the Galaxy S III is “inspired by nature” with a curved pebble-like feel [...]
Our Canadian friends who are running Android and are Bell subscribers will love this! The good folks at MobileSyrup managed to get their hands on what appears to be a schedule for upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich updates for Bell Canada’s Android phones.
We all know what Ice Cream Sandwich brings and we all want it. So, Bell customers check this out: if you have one of the following phones (and tablet), this is when to expect the update.- Samsung Galaxy S II: April 2012- Samsung Galaxy Note: April 2012- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: May 2012- Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE: [...]
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 [...]
March 14 was a day to remember for many Samsung Galaxy S II owners as the official Ice Cream Sandwich update roll-out process was started in some regions. While users are patiently waiting for their devices to receive the refresh, the manufacturer has just released the source code.
You can either follow the source link to the Samsung Open Source Release Center and search for “GT-i9100” or click the direct link below. You’ll be able to download the Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich kernel source and take a look under the hood. If you’re not into that you can [...]
Regardless if you are a fan of Samsung’s own UI, TouchWiz, or not, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II has it bundled, but there’s more to the update than just the same old TouchWiz.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is, as of last week, at the core of the Galaxy S II and TouchWiz is just there to make it prettier (well, in this case, a little bit more ugly according to some users who prefer the stock ICS launcher). The goodies, like enhanced speed and performance, new web browser with tabs, the new typeface, etc. are still there, if you look [...]
While both the latest Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices depend on SoCs (System-on-a-Chip) manufactured under the same roof, their respective parent companies are bitter rivals in a highly competitive market. With any cut-throat competition there is often some form of mudslinging, in an attempt to sway the opinion of the masses, competitors will often spend significant time and money highlighting the flaws of their opposition. Seen on Thanksgiving, daily television, and even during the Super Bowl, the “Samsunged” ads are effectively everywhere. These ads aim [...]
We’ve already seen what the leaked Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S II was capable of but the South Korean company made a lot of Galaxy S II users happy when it finally decided to roll-out the highly anticipated, final, official Ice Cream Sandwich ROM.
We didn’t notice many changes from the previous (leaked) build which was XXLPB but there are a couple of TouchWiz changes in the final build (though minor), which is XXLPQ — like the ability to once again have infinite scrolling for home screens and application drawer panels to the left and the [...]
In a post on their Facebook page Samsung was “thrilled” to announce Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for several of their devices.
The post not only told us the European version of the Galaxy S II would be getting the update within the following days, but several of their tablets would also be getting the update to ICS.
The post specifically mentions the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 8.9, and Galaxy Tab 10.1, which will be getting ICS “soon”. While that’s great news, what’s interesting is that there was no mention about when (if?) the Galaxy [...]
Not that we didn’t see enough “official” but not final Ice Cream Sandwich ROM leaks for the Samsung Galaxy S II, but Samsung Philippines even confirmed the roll-out for March 10. Then Samsung denied the information and just yesterday we heard rumors that it might just land today.
This time it looks to be the real thing as Samsung itself officially confirmed on Twitter that the Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich update will start rolling out today in some European countries — like Poland, Hungary, Sweden — and Korea. Expect the process to spread and [...]
Last week, owners of the Galaxy S II got news from Samsung that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for their phones was just about to be officially released. Before anyone had time to celebrate, though, Samsung revealed that the announcement was premature, and its division in the Philippines had posted the news in error. We feel like we’re going through a bit of déjà vu here, with more news arriving of a pending ICS update, only to be similarly retracted.
This time, the claim about the GS2 Android 4.0 update came form South Korean cellular provider SK Telecom. The carrier [...]
It was good while it lasted folks! After seeing the almost finished leaked Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy S II and then, with the recent Samsung Philippines March 10 ICS update post, we now have a cold shower.
We sure hope this will not turn into a deja vu (yes, we’re referring to the Samsung Galaxy S Gingerbread saga). According to Samsung Tomorrow’s tweet, the previous information published by Samsung Philippines is wrong. No more reason to wait for March 10! However, when the update schedule is confirmed, Samsung will let everyone know on [...]
Mark your calendar’s everyone because your prayers have just been answered. Samsung has just posted that March 10th will be the day when your Galaxy S II (GT-I9100) will get a taste of some Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich love. I’m not sure if I should say sadly or gladly, but you know TouchWiz will also be included with the upgrade, but still, I know current GSII owners won’t complain. Have a look at Tony’s extensive review on the unofficial ROM leak we caught recently, because it most likely won’t change that much. The upgrade includes some multi-tasking [...]
Google yesterday brought the news that the good old Android Market (as well as Google Music) will be rebranded to Google Play. Whether it is something that will help Google take its game one step further is so far a mystery, though Michael is trying to explain Play implications on Android tablets.
Our Samsung Galaxy S II, residing in Europe, and running the latest leaked Samsung Ice Cream Sandwich ROM has just received its Google Play update. It replaces the Android Market and the shortcut becomes Play Store (with version 3.4.6). Guess what: our Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 running a [...]
There’s been no shortage of leaks when it comes to Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy S II. After testing the last two of them (LPB and LPH), we think that Samsung is very close to releasing an official refresh, given that the leaks seem stable in the majority of aspects.
However, rumors that mentioned a March 1 release turned out to be baseless as we’re passed that date. Now, according to Samsung Israel’s Facebook page, Samsung Galaxy S II devices in the country (both unlocked and operator variants) will get their official Ice Cream Sandwich [...]
The other day we brought you a hands-on with the new HTC One X and this time we’d like to show you a quick video where we compare the new HTC phone with some of the hottest devices on the market at the moment.
We stack the One X up against the Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus, the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Apple iPhone 4S and the other new HTC device, the One S. We’re looking at outer aspect, physical dimenions, screen visibility, pocketability and more so make sure to check out the video below!
If you were wondering how the new HTC One S compares to a couple of the most popular phones available on the market then you’ll be interested to see the video below.
We asked ourselves the same question and we looked at the HTC One S while stacking it against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Apple iPhone 4S. How big, heavy, thin and sexy is the One S compared to the aforementioned? Check out the video below and let us know of what you think.
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 [...]
Just as we were wrapping-up 2011, a leaked screenshot from US Cellular’s computer network was released, revealing what seemed to be several models destined to arrive at the carrier. Those included a couple Samsung devices, with both the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 among those named. Since then, we’ve seen US Cellular formally announce the Tab 10.1, along with another Samsung handset called the Aviator, but there hasn’t been a peep about the GS2. That is, until today, at least, with US Cellular revealing plans to carry the GS2 for just about $230 [...]
At the beginning of February we saw a leaked official Ice Cream Sandwich ROM being leaked for the Samsung Galaxy S II and we even took a quick look at what was in the build. At that time it was version I9100XXLPB and was relatively fresh: January 29.
Another version has been recently leaked. We’re looking at I9100XXLPH as of February 9. It is still Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and TouchWiz is still in the package. We flashed the ROM ourselves and found it to be a little snappier; the previous XXLPB had an improved battery life over Gingerbread and, according to [...]