AT&T’s magnificently monstrous “phablet” can finally be counted among the select few smartphones with access to Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. As had been previously reported, Galaxy Note users on AT&T now have access to the latest and greatest Google has to offer — well, almost — and Samsung’s tweaked ICS build for the Note also includes a “Premium Suite” of stylus-optimized apps. Separately, AT&T also announced on Tuesday that Galaxy S II Skyrocket users can now update their devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as well. Samsung’s Galaxy Note press release follows below. More →
BGR noted during our hands-on look at the LG Nitro HD that AT&T’s next-generation 4G LTE network has gone live in New York ahead of launch, and it looks like another market has gone live as well: Phoenix, Arizona. Our speed tests Thursday night on AT&T’s fledgling 4G LTE network were nothing to scoff at — we saw nearly 7Mbps down and about 9Mbps up — but AT&T subscribers in Phoenix will be excited to learn that early speed test results reveal blistering download speeds up to 40Mbps and upload speeds in excess of 10Mbps. Read on for more. More →
Apple has accused Samsung of copying its designs on a number of occasions. While the foundation for Apple’s accusations is questionable, this is one area where Samsung clearly stole a page right out of Apple’s playbook. BGR reported earlier this week that a passenger aboard a flight in Australia was welcomed to his destination by a spontaneously combusting iPhone 4. Now, just three days later, a user on the xda-developers forum posted images of his friend’s Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, which supposedly exploded in the man’s pocket. “He said he heard a sound, [felt] a burning sensation on his leg and as he pulled this piece of junk out of his pocket he smelled burning,” the forum user wrote. “There was smoke coming out of his pocket and out of the phone.” It does not appear that the man was injured by the smoldering smartphone. Additional images of the fried Galaxy S II Skyrocket follow below. More →
We took a hands-on look at the HTC Vivid earlier this afternoon, and now we’re focusing on the second of AT&T’s first two LTE phones: the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. We’re no strangers to the Galaxy S II — we’ve reviewed several versions of the phone here on BGR — and this version of the smartphone offers a few spec bumps over AT&T’s standard Galaxy S II. We’re looking at a slightly larger 4.5-inch display, a faster 1.5GHz dual-core processor, the same 8-megapixel camera and nearly the same case as the original S II. Sadly, we weren’t able to test AT&T’s 4G LTE network as we’re not in a launch market. AT&T will launch the Galaxy S II Skyrocket on November 6th for $249.99 on contract. In the meantime, check out our hands-on images in the gallery below.
AT&T announced its first two 4G LTE smartphones on Monday, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and the HTC Vivid. The Galaxy S II Skyrocket offers a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with an 800 x 480-pixel resolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video and 16GB of on-board storage. It will be available on November 6th for $249.99. The HTC Vivid offers a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera and 16GB of storage. It will launch on November 6th for $199.99 with a new two-year AT&T contract. AT&T’s 4G LTE network is currently active in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. On November 6th the service will also go live in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Athens and Boston. Read on for the full press release. More →