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Samsung Galaxy S II will Meet Uncle Sam Very Soon

People in the United States have waited really long for this day, the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S II. The Android powered super smart-phone was never announced in the United States, but was available in it’s home country Korea and few other place including India.

However, the phone never met with Uncle Sam and all the countrymen and women were sad. You don’t have to be anymore, as Samsung has just announced that the S II will very soon be available from AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. Sadly, Verizon users will not be able to get hold of the most powerful Android Smartphone, carrying the best hardware and software, apparently.

The Galaxy S II was a great success, selling around 5 million units in just 85 days, which is quite remarkable as it wasn’t even available in the U.S. Now that it is, analysts say that it could sell even more. All the carriers selling the device will name and price it accordingly, also they’ll be shaped differently. The specifications of the device such as hardware and software will mostly be the same, only the pricing and other carrier related charges may vary. The 1.2GHz Cortex A9 processor, 4.3 inch of Super AMOLED display, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel camera, 16GB of storage will remain the same.

What may vary is the data connection speeds. Of course you’ll have 4G connectivity, with Sprint using WiMax, AT&T and T-Mobile holding hands with HSPA+. You can see in the image below, all the designs are different for all the carriers, including the logo placement.

There’s no much information about pricing and availability, but we did read ‘very soon’ and yes you can expect it to be priced like the iPhone 4. Perhaps $199 a pop. We’ll keep you informed about the availability and pricing as soon as we get word.

So any of you living in the US? How’d you feel about this?

How-to Install Android 2.3.4 on Samsung Galaxy S II

So you’re sad that your Samsung Galaxy S II is still running on Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 while 2.3.4 is out there in the open. Android 2.3.4 brings along some new features such as Google Talk video chat that I’m sure you’d want to try out. Android 2.3.4 hasn’t been officially released for the Galaxy S II, hence you’ll have to manually upgrade your phone if you want to try it out. A XDA member got hold of the Android 2.3.4 Base ROM and has managed to get it running on the Galaxy S II.

So, if you’re a Galaxy S II user then you should probably read this and install Android 2.3.4, unless you’re a coward. There’s not many new features however, so if you want to wait for an official release, which would probably take a while, then you can be happy with Android 2.3.3 or whichever version you’re sporting. Here’s a super easy tutorial on how-to install Android 2.3.4 on Samsung Galaxy S II. Now remember, since this isn’t an official release, the update process will have to be done using the Recovery method. If you’re an avid Android power user and know you’re operating system and phone then it should be easy.

This is a Custom ROM, but everything works perfectly, no issues whatsoever. It’s called the DarkyROM and is a base ROM with all the basic apps and features, nothing extra.

  • You’ll need to download SuperCore v1.0 Kernel from here.
  • The DarkyROM2 XXKG1 BASE R2 DEODEXED CWM from over here.
  • The stock XXKG1 ODIN Firmware of Samsung Galaxy S II from here.
  • Now install SuperCore along with ODIN firmware and reboot.
  • After boot, upload the DarkyROM2 to the root of your SD card
  • Now boot in to Recovery mode by holding Vol Up+Home+Power button together.
  • Once in Recovery Mode, select the DarkyROM2 zip file and install.

After the installation is complete, reboot your S II and enjoy Android 2.3.4. If you did not follow anything from above, then you should probably stick with your stock ROM.

Do let us know if you were successful in upgrading to Android 2.3.4 on your Galaxy S II or did you chicken out?