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The iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S II: Still usable after all these years

iPhone 4S Vs Galaxy S II Video

Most of us upgrade our phones once every two years, if not earlier. But what if you bought an iPhone 4S or a Samsung Galaxy S II all the way back in 2011 and were so happy with it that you decided to keep it as your primary device for the next five years? YouTuber Austin Evans recently decided to take a look at how the two top flagship phones of 2011 held up when you tried to use them in 2016 and he was pleasantly surprised to discover that they're at the very least still serviceable.

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Brad Reed

March 11th

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Surprise! Apple Fans Turn Samsung’s iPhone 5 Attack Ad on Its Head [IPhone]

Samsung isn't taking the iPhone 5 launch lying down, and it shouldn't surprise you to learn that nobody else is taking anything lying down either, ever. Not long after Samsung released its hackle-raising iPhone-basher, the ad was being flipped on its head by ardent Apple knights in iPhone armor. More »


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Eric Limer

September 16th

Apple

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich update now finally live

Samsung Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich Update

The Samsung Galaxy S II, the still-popular older brother of the Samsung Galaxy S III, has finally graduated to Android 4.0. Although some AT&T customers reported having access to the Ice Cream Sandwich updates on their S2 devices last week, Samsung said that the upgrades were still being tested and thus pulled them off the Samsung Kies app. Users are now reporting that the update is back up again and is running smoothly. T-Mobile Galaxy S II users, of course, got their ICS update on June 12, so AT&T has been a wee bit behind in getting things up to speed. And for what it’s worth, XDA Developers forum members have posted some sweet pics of what Ice Cream Sandwich looks like on the Galaxy S II on AT&T.

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Brad Reed

June 25th

Mobile

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich update now finally live

Samsung Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich Update

The Samsung Galaxy S II, the still-popular older brother of the Samsung Galaxy S III, has finally graduated to Android 4.0. Although some AT&T customers reported having access to the Ice Cream Sandwich updates on their S2 devices last week, Samsung said that the upgrades were still being tested and thus pulled them off the Samsung Kies app. Users are now reporting that the update is back up again and is running smoothly. T-Mobile Galaxy S II users, of course, got their ICS update on June 12, so AT&T has been a wee bit behind in getting things up to speed. And for what it’s worth, XDA Developers forum members have posted some sweet pics of what Ice Cream Sandwich looks like on the Galaxy S II on AT&T.

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Brad Reed

June 25th

Mobile

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II To Get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update On June 26

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After a moment of brief availability on Samsung’s Kies desktop software, AT&T recently pulled the Android 4.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy S II. But it would appear that the dark days are over, as AT&T has just announced on its consumer blog that Ice Cream Sandwich will indeed come to AT&T-powered Galaxy S IIs tomorrow.

Android 4.0 brings with it some pretty major improvements, including Face Unlock, easier multitasking, flexible widgets (which Samsung offers anyways, but whatevs), customizable notifications, a data usage app, and Android Beam.

But more importantly, this update means that Galaxy S II owners will have the latest version of the operating system around the same time the Android 4.0-packing Galaxy S III gets into consumers’ hands.

You can get the update by visiting Samsung’s website and installing the Samsung Kies software on your PC. From there, just connect the device and follow instructions. If you have any trouble, this page should help.



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Jordan Crook

June 25th

Mobile

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II To Get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update On June 26

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After a moment of brief availability on Samsung’s Kies desktop software, AT&T recently pulled the Android 4.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy S II. But it would appear that the dark days are over, as AT&T has just announced on its consumer blog that Ice Cream Sandwich will indeed come to AT&T-powered Galaxy S IIs tomorrow.

Android 4.0 brings with it some pretty major improvements, including Face Unlock, easier multitasking, flexible widgets (which Samsung offers anyways, but whatevs), customizable notifications, a data usage app, and Android Beam.

But more importantly, this update means that Galaxy S II owners will have the latest version of the operating system around the same time the Android 4.0-packing Galaxy S III gets into consumers’ hands.

You can get the update by visiting Samsung’s website and installing the Samsung Kies software on your PC. From there, just connect the device and follow instructions. If you have any trouble, this page should help.



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Jordan Crook

June 25th

Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Note sales reach 7 million units; Galaxy S, S II sales top 50 million

Samsung Galaxy Sales 2012

Samsung on Friday announced that channel sales of its Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphone lines have topped 50 million units globally. Roughly 24 million Galaxy S-branded smartphones have been sold into channels since the phone’s debut in June 2010 according to Samsung, and the South Korea-based consumer electronics giant has sold more than 28 million Galaxy S II smartphones into distribution channels to date. Samsung also confirmed that sales of its debut “phablet,” the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note, have topped 7 million units around the world. The company announced in March that it sold more than 5 million Notes at that point in time, and Samsung hopes to sell at least 10 million Galaxy Note smartphones this year.

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Zach Epstein

June 1st

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Apple remains top U.S. smartphone vendor

Apple Top Smartphone Vendor

The NPD Group on Wednesday released the results of its monthly Mobile Phone Track service, and determined Apple was the top-selling smartphone vendor in the United States. The Cupertino-based company’s market share increased by 7% in the first quarter year-over-year and totaled 29% of all U.S. smartphones. Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone and overall mobile phone vendor, followed closely on Apple’s heels and saw tremendous growth of 140% to grab a 24% share of the market. During the same period, LG, HTC, Motorola and RIM all saw their shares drop.

“Samsung is the only market leader from the feature phone era to transition to market leadership in the smartphone era in the U.S.,” said NPD analyst Ross Rubin. “Its broad carrier support and advertising – particularly in the ascendant pre-paid segment – have helped it achieve the highest market share among Android handset providers in the U.S.”

The research firm found Google’s Android operating system was the top-selling mobile platform and regained some of the ground it lost to Apple in previous quarters. Sales of new Android smartphones grew 24% over the prior quarter to reach 61% of the market. Apple iPhone sales slid from a high of 41% to 29%, representing a quarter-over-quarter decline of 29%. Despite the loss of market share, Apple’s devices — the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS — held onto the top three spots in NPD’s overall handset ranking for first quarter of 2012, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC EVO 3D.

“After some release of pent-up demand from customers adopting the iPhone 4S, coupled with the company’s strength in the holiday season, Apple’s share fell in the first quarter, as we’ve often see it do in the quarter following its introduction of a new handset,” Rubin said. “Now that the iPhone is available on Sprint, though, the increased carrier coverage has created a higher baseline for Apple’s share than we have seen in the past.”

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Dan Graziano

May 3rd

Apple

Apple and Samsung stole all Q1 mobile phone profits

Apple and Samsung take all mobile profit

Apple and Samsung each reported record first-quarter results last week and according to research conducted by one analyst, the companies combined to account for all mobile industry profits last quarter. Apple last week reported $11.6 billion in profit on $39.2 billion in sales, both second fiscal quarter records for Apple, and Samsung managed a best-ever profit of $4.5 billion in the same quarter, $3.9 billion of which came from its IT & Mobile Communications business. Read on for more.

According to Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt, Apple accounted for a staggering 80% of all mobile industry profits last quarter and Samsung was responsible for the remaining 20%. The two companies also combined to take in about 74% of the handset industry’s revenue, McCourt said.

“It is getting increasingly hard to understand where the rest of the device vendors will get the capital to fund necessary R&D and sales and marketing investments to continue to compete with Apple and Samsung,” the analyst wrote in a recent note to investors.

“With essentially all of the other hardware vendors besides Apple and Samsung struggling to find profits to reinvest into R&D, Microsoft and Google have to be wondering who their hardware partners will ultimately be,” McCourt continued. “Neither wants to be in a position where they have to take on more of the R&D burden, and neither want to have to initiate bidding wars to give Samsung an incentive to focus on its platform. Our assumption is that both Huaweii and ZTE will be courted heavily over the next few quarters by both Microsoft and Google as they look to strengthen their stable of sustainable hardware partners.”

UBS analyst Maynard Um previously estimated that Samsung and Apple would combine to account of 90% of all smartphone profits in 2012.

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Zach Epstein

April 30th

Apple

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) now hitting unlocked Galaxy S II in America

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See that? That's the sign that awoke yours truly this morning. And that just happens to be confirmation that the long-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update is finally coming to unlocked (read: global, non-carrier branded) Galaxy S II smartphones situated in the United States. If you'll recall, said update started flowing to units in South Korea (among other locales) eons ago, but owners located in the US of A haven't been treated equally... until today. Head on into Settings and check for an update -- seeing anything intriguing?

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Darren Murph

April 20th

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