Technology never stands still. The more it grows the better it is for consumers, the end users of the technology. Manufacturers should be able to upgrade their products with newer high-tech features that can help them attract existing and potential customers while ensuring they are a step above their rivals.
The 4G boom is catching up and smartphone users are looking for the next big bite of technology and Internet speeds. Introducing 4G handsets that also have the latest version of Android, Windows Phone or any new version of an operating system can prove highly successful for service providers and even manufacturers. The race is on and there are a slew of announcements and launches, particularly since 2011 is drawing to a close. Many a time, the really groundbreaking announcements are scheduled for next year, building up customer expectations while the not so major launches are kept for this year.
As promised, one of America’s premier carriers AT&T has brought 4G LTE service into its lineup with Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. This is quite an eagerly awaited move, but does the android Skyrocket live up to the expectations?
Samsung Galaxy S II has been around since September 2011, and S IISkyrocket isn’t much different except that it has some improvements. One of these is the larger 4.5-inch display and the faster 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. Galaxy S II Skyrocket features the aforementioned 800×480-pixel Super AMOLED Plus display and has memory of 16 GB with additional 32 GB that can be added with microSD card.
There are two cameras, an 8-megapixel one at the rear featuring LED flash and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for videoconferencing. The rear camera also provides HD 1080p video recording capability. Coming to the main element, the OS, Galaxy IISkyrocket runs on Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 operating system.
This announcement has a greater context, namely AT&T’s 4G LTE expansion plans to other markets in the US such as Washington DC, Athens, Baltimore and Boston from its presently limited 4G LTE markets with Chicago, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Atlanta announced recently. AT&T’s plan is to expand to touch the hearts of 70 million Americans spread out in 15 markets by the end of this year and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket could help in this.
But with people having expectations of an Android 4.0 loaded Galaxy Nexus, the Android 2.3.5 loaded Galaxy S II Skyrocket wouldn’t seem much new or exciting, since most of its features aren’t much different from the earlier Samsung Galaxy S II. The phone will be available in US market first; the price in India when it comes to Indian market is yet to be made clear.