The year started off with an interesting phone in the Samsung Continuum for Verizon Wireless. The Samsung Continuum brought out the Samsung ticker, a secondary display that gave quick access to relevant, short form information. Unfortunately the ticker was almost as unpopular as the Samsung cube from the Behold II the previous year, but it was their first device of 2011.
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What really drove Samsung was just about anything they put the word “Galaxy” in. In the early part of 2011 Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9. At Samsung’s first “unpacked” event at MWC 2011 JK Shin stood proudly on stage and introduced the Samsung Galaxy S II.
The Galaxy S II had a rocky (as usual) launch in the United States this fall however between the spring and summer of 2011 the Galaxy S II took off overseas.
Samsung rounded out the year by introducing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
The Samsung Galaxy Note created a new category for Samsung between tablets and phones. A category some of us refer to as “phoneblet”. The 5″ device also introduced Samsung’s digital pen called the “S-Pen”. While the Galaxy Note was introduced in 2011 and released overseas we are still waiting for this nice piece of technology to hit U.S. shores.
We can’t leave out the Nexus S 4G on Sprint. This was an important device because it introduced the world to NFC and Google Wallet. Now you can take your Nexus S 4G out to any merchant with Mastercard pay pass and use your phone to pay for things via Google Wallet. You can download Google Wallet onto a rooted or unrooted Galaxy Nexus as well.