Samsung Telecommunications USA (Samsung Mobile) officially introduced the United States to the Samsung Galaxy S II for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile earlier this evening at a press event at the Samsung Experience in New York City.
As expected Verizon Wireless is not getting a Samsung Galaxy S II, at least not at the moment. There have been many “theories” as to why Verizon Wireless was either passed over or decided to skip over Samsung’s latest flagship Android device.
Most Android and technology websites have theorized that Verizon is not getting the Samsung Galaxy S II because the Samsung Droid Prime is releasing in October. While we think that may have a lot to do with it, we believe it isn’t just the Droid Prime. If the rumors are correct the Samsung Droid Prime is expected to be one heck of a device. It’s rumored to be the first device with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to blend some of the best features of Android 3.0, Honeycomb, with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
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While it seems like a good theory that Verizon is holding back on the Samsung Galaxy S II for the Droid Prime, you need to realize that while the Prime is every tech and Android enthusiasts dream phone right now, those “regular” customers wouldn’t much care right now. We also take into consideration the fact that Samsung has sold 5 million Samsung Galaxy S II’s around the world. They sold that many in 85 days which is a record for an Android device and of course any smartphone that doesn’t start with i- .
So what does this have to do with Verizon? Well to the “regular” consumer the Samsung Galaxy S II has a better chance that it’s been exposed already. With all the hype surrounding it and the fact that every country in the world seems to have had a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II before the U.S., the Samsung Galaxy S II certainly has momentum. That’s momentum that Verizon would be silly to pass up. When have they ever passed up a phone because something better is coming along next month? This problem isn’t new to Android it’s been this way since the original Droid launched in 09 (but not the G1 there was a year spread there).
So why then, why do we think that Verizon passed up on the Samsung Galaxy S II? Simple…
Around the world, (as in every country except the U.S.), T-Mobile and AT&T’s HSPA+ 4G is actually known as 3G. Yes other countries have the Samsung Galaxy S II with HSPA+ already. Sprint’s WiMax has been around a whole year longer than the other 3 carriers 4G and Samsung certainly has the experience with WiMax devices. Also, WiMax radios are smaller than 4G/LTE radios.
As you may have heard Samsung hasn’t released a 4G/LTE version of the Galaxy S II yet however one is on deck and could be introduced as early as Thursday at IFA in Berlin. However that device isn’t slated for release until mid to late October, after the presumed launch of the Samsung Droid Prime. Verizon could have taken a CDMA only version of the Samsung Galaxy S II but why on earth would they want to answer to their customers about why Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S II was only 3G and every other carrier had a “4G” version. You also can’t doubt for a second that if Verizon had taken a CDMA only version of the Samsung Galaxy SII, Sprint and T-Mobile would have been all over them with marketing and advertising.
So the smart decision, pass on the CDMA version and launch the Droid Prime with the same fanfair as the original Droid 2 years ago.