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Read how this stripping of functionality snuck in under the radar with the latest update for T-Mobile's GS2.
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T-Mobile's GS2 will get ICS as an optional update, starting tonight at 11pm Eastern.
Three weeks ago, we saw Samsung publish a list of just which of its Android devices would be seeing Ice Cream Sandwich updates arrive in the US. We already had our suspicions that many of those devices would be getting ICS thanks to news about updates for their international versions, and others we had already seen confirmed by the carriers themselves. Still, it was good to see confirmation in those cases where we previously lacked it, as well as get the chance to see the status of all these Samsung models in a nice carrier-by-carrier breakdown. At least, that’s largely what we [...]
HTC’s One S may be the hot new phone on T-Mobile, especially if you’re looking for an Ice Cream Sandwich model, but there are plenty of more devices on the way, along with a number of ICS updates for existing handsets in the pipeline. A recently-leaked roadmap give us a look at what we can expect from the carrier as we start to get into summer.
Huwaei has quite few Androids getting ready to join the T-Mobile family. First up, there’s the Astro, which could hit the carrier as soon as May 9. This is a low-end Gingerbread handset with a 3.5-inch HVGA display and [...]
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 [...]
AT&T scored itself an exclusive on Samsung’s Galaxy Note for the smartphone’s US launch, releasing it for its new LTE network. That didn’t do fans of T-Mobile much good, as the international HSPA+ version of the Note doesn’t support the 1700MHz band T-Mobile relies on, and while the AT&T LTE version of the phone works on 1700MHz, it only does so for LTE. The guys over at the XDA-Developer forums thought that someone should be able to nudge the Note over to operating on T-Mobile with the proper motivation, and put together a bounty to encourage [...]
The white Samsung Galaxy S II, for those who want to be different or just hate the fingerprints, was confirmed by T-Mobile at the beginning of December; shortly after came a period of time in which you could purchase the phone only online but things seem to change now.
According to recent reports, today is the day when T-Mobile brick-and-mortar stores will get white Samsung Galaxy S II units. If you want to grab one, just head over to a store near you. It’s the same phone, with the exact same specs, except for the color. After all, white is the new black for some. If you [...]
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 [...]
With plenty of new phones on their way to the major US carriers in the coming weeks and months, it should be no surprise that we’re seeing them take steps to help push sales of existing models while there’s still an interest in them. The latest to reveal its plans for a Valentine’s Day sale is T-Mobile, and it puts forth a compelling if not extremely time-limited offer.
This Saturday, February 11, for one day only, T-Mobile will be selling its entire stock of 4G smartphones for free-on-contract. Additionally, the same savings will be available for select [...]
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 [...]
If you were still having second thoughts about which Smartphone to get this holiday Season, T-Mobile just decided to make it so much easier for you. They’ve just dropped the price of the white version of their Samsung Galaxy S II to just $99 after the typical two-year contract.
The deal involves a $50 mail-in rebate, so don’t think you won’t need anything other than the $99. If you have any doubts over going for a white smartphone as your next device, think of all the finger print smudges you won’t see any more after you switch. This deal is only valid [...]
Earlier this week, we learned about plans to finally deliver an update that enabled, among other things, placing voice calls over a WiFi connection for the HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile. The history of that update, which a leak had previously identified as planned for arrival in mid-November, was closely tied to that of the Galaxy S II. In fact, when we finally heard an update on the rumor that claimed the new software would show up this month, it specifically referenced the GS2 instead of the Amaze. Despite that, we saw the Amaze make the upgrade on Monday, with the Galaxy S II seemingly [...]
We’ve heard about a white version of the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II since the end of November but we’ve also heard that the carrier is planning a December 14 event together with Nokia, possibly for the Lumia 710 Windows Phone.
It appears that on the same day, December 14, Magenta will make available the white variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Expect the pale version to be exactly the same specs-wise as the regular variant. As far as pricing is concerned, it should be available for the same amount as the black one (which, by the way, is now available for $229.99 [...]
As part of their “Find the Elf Twitter Contest” T-Mobile USA is giving away a Samsung Galaxy S II to the second customer at each of its stores this morning.
From what we can put together, entrants must still enter the contest according to the official rules, which requires sending a public tweet in the presence of the Elf. The tweet must contain the following information:
“@TMobile I found the Elf #FindtheElf Official rules here: http://goo.gl/wukf1“
If any of you have further information (or win a Galaxy S II today) please let us know in [...]
It was only a few hours ago that we first learned of plans to bring the BlackBerry Bold 9900’s alternate white color option to T-Mobile, thanks to a helpful leak. Maybe T-Mobile’s already got thoughts of winter snow on its mind, as we see it continue with this theme of white smartphone as we learn of plans to bring the Samsung Galaxy S II in white to the carrier.
The white Galaxy S II isn’t anything new on its own, already available at carriers around the globe, but just as the US was late to the Galaxy S II party in the first place, availability of the [...]
WiFi calling is a great feature for the T-Mobile phones that support it; it can let you make calls from deep within buildings where cellular signals struggle to penetrate, and if you’ve got the right plan option these voice calls won’t even count against your minutes. Of course, this feature is only useful if your smartphone supports it. A new leak shows that T-Mobile is at work on bringing WiFi calling to a couple more Androids, and that it hopes to release the needed updates shortly.
A leak last month claimed that WiFi calling would be enabled for the Samsung [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S II and the iPhone 4S have a lot going for them: dual-core CPUs, fantastic cameras, slender form factors, and great hardware. In this video we compare both devices with multiple tests: web browsing, gaming, video quality, digital personal assistants, and a whole lot more. Check out the video below for the full video.
In terms of specs, the Galaxy S II is better-equipped than the iPhone 4S. It has a faster CPU, and more RAM. While the display of the Galaxy S II is 0.8″ larger than that of the iPhone 4S, it’s got a much lower pixel density [...]
T-Mobile’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II is available online since last week and it appears that the Qualcomm chip inside it does a really great job even compared to the models shipping with the manufacturer’s own Exynos SoC.
On the software side, going to the Samsung Open Source Release Center and searching for the string SGH-T989 will return a ROM. The manufacturer posted the system for anyone who wants to take a look under the hood. Some developers will start doing their usual tear-down of the software and we can see some nice improvements to custom ROMs. If [...]