The Galaxy S II missed its summer window. Few handsets were released for the entire month of August. That is wasted time and opportunity in the ultra-competitive market for high-end phones from Samsung as well as from other rivals, such as Apple, Windows Phone 7 and RIM BlackBerry. RIM, at least, did take advantage of the August launch opportunity to launch its new BlackBerry Bold models.
It doesn’t help matters that Verizon, which has around 100 million wireless subscribers in the United States and kick-started the Android revolution with its “Droid Does” campaign, isn’t carrying the S II. Why is that? Some say it’s because its 4G gear isn’t compatible with the S II. We think there are other reasons; Verizon has a few more Android phones coming.
Motorola’s Droid Bionic could launch as early as this week, providing some high-end Android competition on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network. People have been waiting for this gadget since the Consumer Electronics Show last January. One could argue there is more buyer anticipation for the Bionic than the S II.
Verizon is also supposedly prepping the Samsung Droid Prime handset for launch in October. This is supposedly going to be the inaugural Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” handset.
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As much as some consumers are fatigued from the Android choices, some who read high-tech news may fear purchasing an Android handset from an OEM whose ability to offer and support the device may be threatened. Apple’s broad lawsuits against Samsung cover the OEMs Android handsets and tablets. Apple has already succeeded in halting Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales overseas. Who is to say Apple won’t win a victory to have S II handsets halted in the United States? Users would be stuck with dead-end devices.