Enterprise Mobility: Samsung Galaxy S II Aims to Outshine Apple iPhone

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-09-01 Print this article Print
The Next Galaxy

The Next Galaxy

Samsung's second-generation Galaxy S smartphone runs Google Android 2.3.
Samsung's Galaxy S II marks the next stage in the manufacturer's attempt not only to combat Apple's iPhone on its own terms, but also to establish itself as the preeminent Android smartphone maker. Certainly, the Galaxy S II offers some powerful specs: In addition to running Google Android 2.3 ("skinned" with Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz interface), the device features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4G support, two cameras (8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front), and a 4.3-inch screen with Super Active-Matrix Organic LED Plus (Super AMOLED Plus) high definition. On top of that, Samsung is continuing its quest to establish a substantial multimedia presence with a series of content Hubs, including a Social Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub and Game Hub.??íCombined with the Galaxy Tab tablets and the Galaxy Player, the Galaxy S II (and its predecessor, the Galaxy S) is a big part of Samsung's strategy to develop a hardware ecosystem based on Android. The strategy could be working: The original Galaxy S supposedly sold some 10 million units in the U.S. last year, and the Galaxy S II seems on track to produce similar numbers even before it debuts on these shores in September. Three carriers—AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint—will offer the Galaxy S II to start. Even as Samsung and Apple battle over patent violations in courtrooms around the world, the company seems determined to take the fight to Apple in the one arena that ultimately matters: retail store space.??í??í
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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