Galaxy S II LTE

Samsung Skyrocket and HTC Vivid are AT&T’s first LTE smartphones

AT&T's true 4G rollout, using LTE technology, is still in its infancy. But it gets an important boost today with the announcement of the very first smartphones to take advantage of the speedy new infrastructure: the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and the HTC Vivid. Both Android Gingerbread phones will arrive online and at retail locations on November 6th. The Skyrocket is a slightly rebranded version of the Galaxy S II LTE, already introduced by Samsung. It'll feature a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display running at 800 x 480, and an unspecified 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (probably the same TI OMAP found in similar models). An 8 megapixel rear and two megapixel front camera round out the package, with a roomy 16GB of on-board storage. A launch price of $249.99 ($50 more than the current AT&T Galaxy S II) will make a purchase choice largely contingent upon LTE availability in your area. The HTC Vivid also has a 4.5-incxh display, but it bumps the resolution up to qHD 960 x 540. A 1.2 GHz dual-core processor compliments an 8 megapixel 1080p rear shooter - no front-facing camera is mentioned in the press release, but you can see it in the press photo. The same 16GB of internal memory adorns the inside. The Vivid will retail fro $199, and like the Skyrocket, it requires a two-year contract.The Vivid appears to be the final name for the HTC Holiday, and is almost certainly the second device that HTC alluded to in its earnings report, the first being the HTC Rezound. November 6th will also see AT&T rollout LTE services to Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore and Athens, Georgia, which join Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio as the only markets currently supported. The company is planning to release more LTE smartphones in more markets next year. [gallery]

Samsung Galaxy S II HD speeds through FCC

A Samsung phone with model name SHV-E120L has recently passed through the FCC and after some initial digging around sources have now confirmed it to be the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE HD. Yes the name is long, but the phone sounds amazing and I'd love to get my hands on one. Back in September Samsung announced the SGSII HD was headed to Korea and while initially we didn't get a launch date or any news regarding a US launch, this FCC filing should clear up some doubts.

Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 Google Episode announced

It's time for some Ice Cream Sandwich. Or at least that's what appears very likely for this October version of Samsung's continuing "Unpacked" series of keynote speeches, each one revealing something monstrously neato each time they appear. This newest episode will take place aside CTIA's Autumn show in San Diego, California, and is specifically titled "Google Episode", this meaning quite possibly that it'll be a rather tasty event, treats galore inside -- could it be Prime time?

Android Community Weekly: September 3, 2011

To start off September, we have a massive amount of tech news to present in this issue of Android Community Weekly! Sunday, the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE were officially announced. Later on, we ran across a recently initiated build of CyanogenMod 7 for none other than the HP TouchPad. Which build will have full functionality first? CM7 or the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) port that’s also in the works?