Another big day in the world of non-Verizon Android news. The T-Mobile Galaxy SII is going to be a BEAST even without the Exynos processor, Epic 4G Touch potential owners can learn all there is to learn about the device now, and we are starting to see Honeycomb ROMs for the HTC Flyer – and yes, now we want one.
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There won’t be any Verizon goodness to view at this Samsung Galaxy S II U.S. launch event, but we can still all join in the party and cheer on Android in general. And who knows, we could see something bigger on Big Red in just a few weeks if any of the rumors of the past few days are to be believed.
*Live stream is over.
Update: They will start in 5 minutes. Our boy Dan is on the scene.
Update 2: A press release introducing all three devices can be found here.
Update 3: Don’t forget to check out our review of the unlocked Galaxy S II here.
Update 4: Dan is on his way to get some hands on time. Continued coverage over at Android Life.
We still have no reason to believe that Verizon will get the Samsung Galaxy S II after their head spokesperson Brenda Raney, denied that they would carry a variant of it to the Wall Street Journal. And after seeing the Verizon version missing from a promo picture that was outed last week which featured versions from T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint, things are looking more grim then ever. But what about this new LTE version?
Many of you saw the announcement over the weekend from Samsung that they have a newly revamped version of the Galaxy S II to unveil at IFA, one that will include a bigger 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus screen, upgraded 1.5GHz dual-core processor and, wait for it, LTE support. There is a chance that the rumored next Nexus device will be very similar to this phone. It doesn’t have an HD screen though, but neither does the GT-i9250 that was the rumored model number. Other specs definitely seem to match up pretty closely to what we have been hearing behind the scenes.
With Big Red saying “no” to the SGS2, that could also just mean they will re-brand it on their own network. A story this morning mentioned that the next Nexus will head exclusively to VZW with the “DROID” brand attached, but our sources aren’t so sure of that happening. We wouldn’t be surprised though if we saw some form of this phone on Verizon, just without the Galaxy tag – although, we aren’t sure what the heck they would do with it. Nexus certainly seems like the next option if they don’t go Galaxy or DROID, but that would also mean it wouldn’t be exclusive. (Confused?)
It’s all a mystery still at this point, folks. Samsung is pumping out so many new devices and variants of current devices that it has become almost impossible to keep up with them. One thing we do know, is that they figured out a way to pack in an LTE chip without adding extra girth.
Full specs at Android Life.
Not to pour salt over our Galaxy S II wounds after yesterday’s news that Verizon would not be included in the party, but we did want to point out that images of the three variants for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have been unveiled. So if you were holding out hope that the Wall Street Journal report was wrong, I would say that you can stop as this fully confirms it.
And to Big Red, we’ll just ask that you make up for this loss by releasing the Nexus Prime first.
Discussion over at Android Life.
With the breaking news of the Samsung Galaxy SII not heading to Verizon, people are now only left with basically two options if they have been in the market for an upgraded phone. You can either get the DROID Bionic, or continue to wait for something better. There are talks of the next Nexus (codename Prime) heading to Verizon, but at this point it is still in rumor/hypebeast mode.
We know lots of readers here have been patiently waiting for Samsung and Verizon’s announcement of a Galaxy SII launch on Big Red, and now with reports stating the exact opposite, what are you plans?
I know, bad news on a Thursday morning. According to the Wall Street Journal and confirmed by Verizon spokesperson Brenda Raney, Big Red will not be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S II…at all. And I hate to say it, but we mentioned this very idea earlier in the week and are not surprised at all. With our sources claiming that the Samsung Stratosphere is nothing more than a keyboarded Epic 4G variant, and with rumors swirling that Verizon will carry the Nexus Prime (made by Samsung), the SGS2 in their lineup made no sense. We should also point out that we have pinged our sources numerous times over the last couple of months about the SGS2 on Verizon and they always come back empty.
Verizon would not elaborate as to why they would not be carrying the device, but did mention that they “have an extensive portfolio that offers customers a great variety of devices, including the Samsung Droid Charge.”
In related news, the Galaxy S II will find its way to AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. Each carrier’s variant is expected to be announced on Monday in NYC.
Cheers Frank and Scott!
“And soon it’ll be big in America.” That’s how Samsung ends the video below after reminding each and every one of us that their Galaxy S II has been a massive success across the globe for months now. The good news is, that they have a press event scheduled for August 29 to unveil their plans for rollout to the U.S. which we are hoping includes all 4 major carriers.
As you can see in the photo above, that nasty iPhone-esque home button has been removed in favor of the normal four Android keys. Other than that, the look has not changed all that much, but there is still a chance we will see slightly different versions pop around. Unless of course Verizon has decided to skip the SGS2 in favor of the Nexus Prime that has been rumored all over the place in the last week? I certainly hope not, since we are still a few months away from seeing Ice Cream Sandwich. (more…)
We are fully expecting Samsung to make their plans for the U.S. release of the Galaxy S II public on August 29 in NYC, but there may be something extra coming just days after. Today, a teaser video for their IFA event on September 1st was pushed to Youtube and most definitely features some sort of phone, although it’s highlighted in gold so you can’t actually see what it is. The video ends with a “Something Big Is Coming” line which we’re hoping means big screens (4.5″+), big data (LTE), and big processors. There is no telling if this teaser is for a Euro release only (IFA takes place in Berlin) or if this could have to do with their NYC announcement. We’re certainly hoping for the latter.