White Galaxy Nexus coming to the UK in February

By on January 5, 2012 at 7:40 PM.

White Galaxy Nexus coming to the UK in February

There is something about white devices that tends to revitalize people’s interest in a smartphone. In the past year numerous, Android devices have been released in black or gray, only to be re-released in white a few months later. We have seen the DROID Incredible 2, Galaxy S II line and even the Nexus S in white. According to Clove and MobileFun, two UK retailers, a white variant of the Galaxy Nexus should arrive in early February. The internals are exactly the same as its gray counterpart and pricing shouldn’t be different either. Unfortunately, there is no indication that Verizon Wireless will release a white version, however, we wouldn’t rule it out. More →

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Quad-core Samsung Galaxy S III to be unveiled at MWC 2012

By on December 28, 2011 at 12:45 PM.

Quad-core Samsung Galaxy S III to be unveiled at MWC 2012

Samsung’s Galaxy lineup has been one of the most sought after smartphone lines worldwide. The Galaxy S II became the company’s fastest selling smartphone ever, selling 3 million units in just 55 days. Moreover, Samsung sold more than 30 million Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphones worldwide as of October. There is no question that consumers are interested in the Galaxy lineup and it is almost certain that we will see a Galaxy S III in 2012. According to Korean website ETNews, the much anticipated device will debut at Mobile World Congress in February and feature a quad-core Exynos chipset. Additionally, the Galaxy S III will sport a Super AMOLED Plus 720p display, LTE connectivity, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz. It has also been rumored that Samsung’s flagship device will feature 3D technology that will integrate the device with 3D television sets. Mobile World Congress is scheduled for February 27 through March 1, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. More →

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Samsung aims to sell 374 million phones next year, up 15% from 2011

By on December 28, 2011 at 7:35 AM.

Samsung aims to sell 374 million phones next year, up 15% from 2011

Samsung hopes to sell 374 million phones next year, up 15% from the 325 million the company expects to have sold in 2011. The South Korea-based firm also said that it plans to sell 150 million smartphones in 2012, Korea Economic Daily said Tuesday. The vendor is well on its way to achieving its 2011 sales goal and announced in December that it had already sold 300 million devices. During the third quarter, Samsung became the top smartphone vendor in the world by shipment volume, surpassing Apple after shipping more than 27.9 million units during the quarter. More →

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Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note will be updated to Android 4.0 in Q1

By on December 20, 2011 at 7:35 AM.

Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note will be updated to Android 4.0 in Q1

Samsung’s popular Galaxy S II smartphone and its supersized Galaxy Note handset are both scheduled to get official Android 4.0 updates in the first quarter of 2012. Samsung on Tuesday announced that the pair of smartphones would be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich within the next three months, and it listed a number of other devices that will be updated at some point thereafter. Android 4.0 upgradable devices include the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Note, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The South Korea-based vendor said it will announce Ice Cream Sandwich update details for those devices as it works out the particulars with various carrier partners. More →

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Samsung cell phone sales top 300 million units in 2011 for first time

By on December 12, 2011 at 10:15 AM.

Samsung cell phone sales top 300 million units in 2011 for first time

For the first time in the South Korea-based electronics giant’s storied history, annual sales of Samsung’s cell phones have topped 300 million units, the company confirmed to Reuters. Samsung’s mobile phone sales in 2010 totalled about 280 million units. According to a recent report from market research and analysis firm Strategy Analytics, Samsung sold 88 million mobile phones into distribution channels during the third quarter this year alone, and smartphone sales have played a huge role for the company. On the back of its wildly successful Galaxy S and Galaxy S II lines, Samsung’s smartphone business has exploded in 2011. Samsung reported smartphone shipments totaling 27.9 million units last quarter, making it the No.1 smartphone vendor in the world by shipment volume. “We look forward to extending this success going into 2012,” Samsung President and head of the company’s mobile business JK Shin said in a statement on Sunday. More →

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iPhone 4S best-selling phone at three top U.S. carriers in November, Samsung sales strong

By on December 6, 2011 at 11:01 AM.

iPhone 4S best-selling phone at three top U.S. carriers in November, Samsung sales strong

Apple’s iPhone 4S was the best-selling smartphone at Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint in November according to a report released Monday night by Canaccord Genuity. According to checks performed by analyst Mike Walkley and his team, Apple’s iPhone 4S remained a top-seller across the board while Samsung’s Galaxy S II picked up momentum ahead of the holidays. Samsung’s flagship handset was the top-selling smartphone at T-Mobile and it jumped up into the No.2 spot at AT&T. Sprint’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch was the second best-selling smartphone at Sprint as well in November, and Motorola’s DROID RAZR was No.2 at Verizon Wireless. Read on for more. More →

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Samsung aims to beat 2011 smartphone sales estimates

By on November 29, 2011 at 7:01 AM.

Samsung aims to beat 2011 smartphone sales estimates

A Samsung executive recently said his company has high hopes that it will beat its original 2011 smartphone sales estimates. The South Korea-based phone maker has already stated that the Galaxy S II is its fastest selling smartphone family ever, having sold 3 million units in just 55 days. Additionally, Samsung announced in October that it has sold 30 million Galaxy S and Galaxy S II units globally. The company recently launched a number of new Galaxy family members, including the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Nexus and a 4G LTE-equipped Galaxy S II. “We are pinning high hopes… on achieving sales higher than our previous plan,” an unnamed Samsung executive said recently during a launch for the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE in Seoul. The Samsung executive did not disclose exactly how many smartphones Samsung hopes to sell. More →

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Samsung ad depicts iPhone owners as mindless hipster sheep [video]

By on November 23, 2011 at 10:05 AM.

Samsung ad depicts iPhone owners as mindless hipster sheep [video]

Despite continued confusion, early complaints of weak battery life and a new phone that looks exactly like the previous-generation model, flocks of hipster sheep lined up outside Apple Stores to buy the iPhone 4S simply to be part of the cool crowd. This is the picture Samsung paints in a clever new ad for the Galaxy S II, which is billed as the free thinker’s alternative to Apple’s herd-hooking iPhone. The Samsung Galaxy S II features 4G speeds, a big bright display and a fresh new look, but even though it’s clearly the superior handset from where Samsung is sitting, some Apple fans will never relent. “I could never get a Samsung,” a delusional barista mutters in the ad. “I’m creative.” Samsung’s full ad follows below. More →

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AT&T may launch white Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

By on November 22, 2011 at 7:15 AM.

AT&T may launch white Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

AT&T may soon launch a white version of its Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket smartphone. The carrier introduced a black model of the phone earlier this month; it is a bit bigger and wider than AT&T’s Galaxy S II and is one of just two of AT&T’s smartphones that offer support for the carrier’s budding 4G LTE network. Samsung’s Galaxy S II devices, the Focus S and even the Infuse 4G all look so similar to one another that the sleek and simplistic white design makes it look much more appetizing. It’s unclear when AT&T will launch the device, or if plans are even definite, but if it ever hits store shelves we’ll be among the first in line to check it out. More →

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Samsung blows past Apple to take No. 1 smartphone spot in Q3

By on October 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM.

Samsung blows past Apple to take No. 1 smartphone spot in Q3

Following Samsung’s third-quarter earnings report on Friday morning, the South Korea-based electronics giant is now confirmed to have passed Apple to become the top smartphone vendor in the world by volume. Reports from last week suggested Samsung had bested Apple’s stalled smartphone shipments during the September quarter to take the No. 1 spot, and now Samsung has confirmed that it surpassed the 17.1 million iPhones Apple shipped by a wide margin. Read on for more. More →

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Samsung takes smartphone crown in Q3 as shipments top Apple, Nokia

By on October 20, 2011 at 11:12 AM.

Samsung takes smartphone crown in Q3 as shipments top Apple, Nokia

Samsung reportedly shipped more than 20 million smartphones in the third calendar quarter of this year, moving the South Korea-based company ahead of Apple for the first time since the iPhone was unveiled. Apple on Tuesday revealed that it shipped 17.1 million iPhone handsets during the September quarter, missing analyst expectations by more than 3 million units. According to The Wall Street Journal’s anonymous source, Samsung shipped more than 20 million smartphones during the quarter, pushing it past Apple. With Nokia having shipped just 16.8 million smartphones last quarter, down 38% from 27.1 million in the same quarter a year earlier, this also makes Samsung the No. 1 smartphone vendor by volume in the third quarter of 2011. Samsung has not yet revealed official shipment figures for the third quarter. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S II: More diamond, less rough

By on October 19, 2011 at 2:30 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S II: More diamond, less rough

This is a tough break. Just a day after Motorola unveiled the revival of its iconic RAZR brand, and just hours after Samsung and Google took the wraps off Android 4.0 and the Galaxy Nexus, I decided to finally put my thoughts together on the Galaxy S II review unit Samsung sent me a few weeks ago. Samsung’s Galaxy S II might be the fastest-selling smartphone the vendor has ever released, but it doesn’t have a 7.1-millimeter-thin Kevlar case or a sleek curved glass screen. It doesn’t have 4G LTE speed or a qHD display, and it probably won’t be updated with Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS in the immediate future. But does that mean the millions of consumers who have purchased the device over the past few months should feel that their smartphone of choice has just been outclassed? My thoughts follow below.

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Samsung sells over 30 million Galaxy S/Galaxy S II smartphones

By on October 17, 2011 at 11:51 PM.

Samsung sells over 30 million Galaxy S/Galaxy S II smartphones

Samsung announced on Monday that it has sold more than 30 million Galaxy S/Galaxy S II smartphones globally. Samsung said in late September that it had already sold a total of 10 million units of the Galaxy S II, which recently made its debut in the United States on T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T. The South Korea-based phone maker also dubbed the Galaxy S II its fastest selling smartphone ever in July, after it sold 3 million units in 55 days. “Since its launch only five months ago, Galaxy S II has seen tremendous sales success and garnered enthusiastic reviews from consumers and mobile industry watchers across the globe,” president and head of Samsung’s mobile business JK Shin said. “This is in addition to the continued sales momentum behind Galaxy S, which we launched at Mobile World Congress 2010 as continues to be a run-away success with consumers.” Read on for the full press release from Samsung.  More →

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