MWC: Samsung Galaxy S II Features Social Media Hub

Samsung aims for social media addicts with the Galaxy S II smartphone, boasting advanced wireless capability.

BARCELONA-Following the launch of its 10-inch Galaxy Tab tablet, Samsung also debuted the Google Android-based Galaxy S II dual-core smartphone, which boasts Samsung's four new content and entertainment hubs, integrated to provide instant access to music, games, e-reading and social networking services. The Galaxy S II uses Android 2.3 Gingerbread and advanced wireless network (HSPA+ 21) connectivity.

The handset is also equipped with an 8 megapixel, high-profile camera and camcorder with 1080p full HD recording and playback. With Samsung's AllShare technology, customers can capture, create and then share their experiences; a Super AMOLED Plus screen employs RealStripe screen technology and offers a wider viewing angle and increased visibility in outdoor environments.

The Galaxy S II also gives customers more choice in personalizing their smartphone experience. New for the Galaxy S II, Samsung has introduced Live Panel, a service that aggregates live Web and application contents to a single customizable home screen. Customers can design the layout of their own Live Panel, online services and mobile apps to appear on-screen. SNS feeds, information and many more applications can all be embedded and accessed through a magazine-like layout.

From opening the app to controlling the messaging, social media, e-mail and calling, Samsung Voice Solution recognizes voice and convert it to text and vice versa. The Customized Voice Translation application makes the Galaxy S II an ideal travel companion, translating voice or text into - and from - a range of languages: Users simply speak a word or phrase into the handset and it will translate it, with audio and text output.

With Samsung Hubs, the Galaxy S II delivers catalogs of books and magazines, music, advanced mobile games and control of the consumer's online social life. From Social Hub Premium, users can access different types of messages (push e-mail, text, VM and SNS) and respond directly without resorting to individual applications. Samsung's Readers Hub provides over 2.2 million books and novels, 2,000 global and local newspapers in 49 languages and 2,300 popular magazines in 22 languages.

The Game Hub allows users to download and play mobile games, through partnerships with developers like Gameloft, and the personal music manager, Music Hub, offers access to more than 12 million tracks from 7digital, with recommendations on albums, previews and the ability to download them to the handset. Other features include Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, which provides policies and restrictions support among Android ActiveSync clients, along with e-mail, calendar, contacts and tasks synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Server.

For swift and simplified device management, Samsung also introduced Kies Air. With Kies air, consumers can manage their smartphone contents from their PC, via local WiFi connections, as well as download photos taken on the built-in camera, listen to music, check missed calls and send messages in the Web browser on their PC. For added connectivity, WiFi Direct allows consumers to connect to wireless-enabled PCs and printers without the need for wireless access points. According to market requirement, the Galaxy S II is able to incorporate Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to support emerging mobile payment service and other services with mobile operators.