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 [...]
Samsung promised an official Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Galaxy S II which should land, according to the manufacturer, sometime this quarter, but we’ve recently seen an official Google Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM being leaked. We’ve tested out the platform refresh and found it to be really stable, fast, and smooth as you’d expect from ICS on such a device but in addition, Samsung is also adding an improved TouchWiz user interface as well as somewhat better battery life. (Scroll down for video!)
Those who already managed to take a look at Ice Cream [...]
The almost one year old Samsung Galaxy S II is scheduled by the manufacturer to receive an official upgrade to Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich sometime this quarter. However, if you do not wish to wait that long you can try your luck with this latest official ROM leak.
The OS version is Android 4.0.3 and TouchWiz on top of it has some improvements (like the ring unlock a la ICS on the lock screen instead of swipe-off image plus some new effects while flipping through home screens). The firmware build is I9100XXLPB and is relatively fresh: January 29.
We’ve gave it a [...]
Many were disappointed to find out that there will be no Galaxy S III at this year’s MWC in Barcelona but Samsung was kind enough to reassure us there will be “exciting new mobile products” at this month’s show.
A certain Galaxy S 2+ showed up in An3DBenchXL’s benchmark database, with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread on-board, WVGA display and a CPU clocking at 1.5GHz. The Galaxy S II has a 1.2GHz Exynos processor but the Samsung-made Google Galaxy Nexus on Sprint appears to have a 1.5GHz processor too.
It wouldn’t be the first time Samsung [...]
Samsung’s Galaxy S III is currently one of the big mysteries in the smartphone world; we hear it mentioned all the time, but we don’t have much more to go on than some basic rumors about its hardware and ever-shifting estimates for when the phone might be announced, and then finally released. The official word from Samsung is that the company’s still making up its mind about how to launch the handset. We had been hoping to get a chance to see the phone at the Mobile World Congress this year, but even that looks like it won’t be happening anymore. While [...]
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 [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S II was introduced at last year’s MWC in Barcelona which makes the phone almost a year old. It was crowned the king of Android smartphones for a long period of time and the phone is still, one year later, able to break some records.
Samsung unveiled that the sales (to channels and distributors) of the Galaxy S II on its home, South Korean market, surpassed five million units. This was achieved just nine months after the phone was available on its home turf and, hopefully, one month before Samsung is expected to unveil the follow-up, the anticipated, the [...]
Trying to keep track of the current state of mobile payments via NFC on smartphones can be enough to drive you nuts. What should be a thriving development community is instead hampered by restrictions largely imposed by carriers. While they’ve hemmed and hawed about compatibility issues (and a cynical mind might just think they’re desperate to monetize the feature), we’ve seen some very slow progress towards a workable payment system with enough support to stand a fighting chance. One of the players still trying to come out on top is Visa, whose payWave system has [...]
Samsung released the numbers related to the last quarter of 2011 and they seem to be at an all-time high. The record Q4 profit was achieved mainly due to record smartphone sales, which grew more than three times compared to the same period of 2010.
The operating profit posted was 5.2 trillion won ($4.5 billion), beating the forecasted 4.7 trillion won ($4.06 billion) and the previous quarter by 22%. There were 35 million smartphones sold in the fourth quarter, which by itself represents a record (compared to the previous quarter, where the company managed to sell 28 [...]
Midway through last month, an early version of Samsung’s Ice Cream Sandwich release for the Galaxy S II became available for interested users. We still haven’t seen the start of OTA updates going out for the phone, but it looks like Samsung is very nearly ready to do so. For now, the manufacturer has some new builds of Android 4.0 accessible through its Kies software.
Two new Ice Cream Sandwich builds have been released, marked as being a part of updates Samsung planned for availability this month. One, the KP4 build, is based on the slightly-older Android 4.0.1, [...]
While our attention has since been focused on the release of the iPhone 4S, and later the Galaxy Nexus, it wasn’t that long ago that we were still closely following the US launch details for the Samsung Galaxy S II. While the smartphone hit the major carriers a few months back, it continues to find a home on new networks. The next to add the Galaxy S II to its lineup may just be US Cellular, with signs of the handset appearing in its computer system.
US Cellular may not have a huge selection of Androids, especially when it comes to high-end models, so the Galaxy S II [...]
Google recently gave Android users the opportunity to score some great deals on apps, offering ten a day for a mere ten cents a piece. Ten cents is nearly as good as free, but we can’t deny that free is even better. If you’ve got the right Samsung phone, you may be able to score a whole mess of free apps, thanks to a new promotion.
The bad news is that not every Samsung Android makes the cut, and that includes the Galaxy Nexus (along with the Nexus S). We don’t have a complete list of what models are and aren’t part of the promotion (not helped any by the [...]
There was absolutely no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S II will get Ice Cream Sandwich and the manufacturer even tweeted the confirmation, though without an exact roll-out date. We then saw what appeared to be an official Android 4.0 ROM running on the phone and now the Korean manufacturer has more news.
The first Galaxy devices to get the Ice Cream Sandwich treat will be the flagship ones: Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note. Expect the platform refresh for these two in the first quarter of the year with other Galaxy phones following (Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy R). Since Q1 ends in [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S II is among the batch of high-end devices that have a promised upgrade to the newest version of Android (ICS) from the OEM. While you’ll find ports of Android Ice Cream Sandwich for almost every Android device thanks to the source code released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), most of these ROMs aren’t 100% in terms of functionality and optimization.
It appears as if the official Android 4.0 ROM for the Galaxy S II is making the rounds, though it’s still a beta. The ROM includes Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, so at first glance, [...]
It was just about one month ago when Adobe finally rendered the whole Flash-on-smartphones debate a moot point with the announcement that it was ceasing development of Flash Player for mobile devices. While we wouldn’t be able to look forward to the same level of support from Adobe, the company did promise to continue with security-related and bugfix updates. Then, after we learned that the current build of Flash Player didn’t support Ice Cream Sandwich, Adobe relented and committed to one last release to add Android 4.0 compatibility, promised for this month. We’re [...]
The denial of Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction on Samsung smartphones in the U.S. is regarded as a very important battle won in the ongoing patent war between the two companies. Started in April 2011, the two companies are likely to populate court rooms of the U.S.A. and others around the world next year too.
With the positive outlook of U.S. and international lawsuits, Samsung is optimistic; President and Chief Executive of the digital media division at Samsung Electronics, Geesung Choi, said the company has secured $200 million to fuel its ongoing battles [...]
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh recently ruled against Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction on Samsung’s smartphones in the case between the two companies scheduled for a next year trial. Apple took Samsung to court for “slavishly” copying the iPhone’s design. Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling contains a couple of interesting details which were made public but the electronic document was quickly sealed and a redacted version took its place.
According to the initial version which Reuters managed to grab, Cupertino has concluded that, according to [...]
The Korea University Graduate School of Information Security conducted a research and made the results public. They claim that Samsung devices such as the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note are collecting private information, such as contacts, e-mails and others, via pre-installed software.
The manufacturer was quick to react with a statement denying accusations: “Samsung never collected or used private information of smartphone users. All applications provided by Samsung have no ability to collect private data”.
Smartphone security is currently situated on [...]
For three years in a row now, Google has released a flagship Nexus-branded phone in collaboration with another OEM to show off the best of Android. These releases happen to correspond to the unveiling of a new version of Android. These devices often represent the state-of-the-art in terms of smartphone technology, and, characteristically, they have no third-party interface, but rather use the stock Android interface. Both the Nexus One and the Nexus S were fantastic Android devices that are still getting software updates by the development community today. Will the new Samsung Galaxy [...]
Samsung doesn’t have the best history with GPS on their smartphones. The causes of their problems have ranged from contacts for the GPS antenna losing their “springeyness” and thus losing connectivity to the antenna, to aGPS server issues, and a spattering of others.
We haven’t seen many GPS-related problems in the newer Galaxy S2 phones (not when compared to the number on the original Galaxy S family), but an issue has just cropped up.
This time, a GPS problem came along with an OTA update, so it’s something that can likely be fixed with [...]
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is ushering in the era of real 720p displays on our phones. This means that you get the same amount of pixels in a phone that you get on a lot of big-screened HDTVs out there. The Galaxy Nexus uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED HD panel. The lack of the “Plus” as found on the Galaxy S 2 means that the Galaxy Nexus isn’t using an RGB sub-pixel configuration where each pixel has numerous sub-pixels, but rather it uses a pentile sub-pixel configuration which means that some sub-pixels are shared between other pixels. What does this mean? Not that [...]