Samsung Releases Galaxy S II

  • Comes loaded with Aussie and NZ maps
  • New gaming hub
  • New security enhancements

Samsung Electronics Galaxy S II will be running the Android 2.3 Gingerbread,is 8.49mm thin, with a 1.2GHz dual core processor and a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display.

At launch, the unit will offer access to a range of services such as free turn-by-turn navigation from Navigon, Samsung Apps, Kies Air, Samsung Dive, Game Hub, Readers Hub and Social Hub. The company announced that a fourth music-based hub will also launch soon.

The Samsung Galaxy S II provides access to a range of apps both pre-loaded on the device or delivered through Samsung Apps.

Included is the latest version of the Navigon mapping app, which includes preloaded maps for Australia and New Zealand with free updates every three months, Clever Parking which displays parking options when nearing your destination and Last Mile, which combines driving and pedestrian navigation to take you right to your destination. Additional functions, such as Safety Cameras and Live Traffic, can also be purchased as packages in the app, via the Shop icon.

The Age and Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide apps are now available to all Galaxy devices through Samsung Apps and includes a free 30 day trial that is not available on any other smartphone.

Second TV is a new app that works with the new Samsung Smart TV, and allows users to stream the content playing on the Smart TV wirelessly to their Galaxy S II over a home Wi-Fi network. You can control the Smart TV via the phone and change volume and channels. Additionally, the app allows you to view different content on the phone to what is being played on the Smart TV.

The Galaxy S II brings upgrades to the two integrated hubs featured on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 – Readers Hub and Social Hub. The unit is also the handset on which Samsung will launch another new content hub – Game Hub – a way to download and play Social Networking and HD quality games.

Beyond in-built encryption and password protection, the new device also has Samsung Dive, which is a free remote find, lock and wipe service. By logging onto the Samsung Diver website, you can locate your missing phone and remotely make sure no one else can get access to your private data or use the phone itself. To use the free Samsung Dive service you simply need to sign up for a Samsung account.

Samsung Dive offers seven key features including remote lock (for which you need a password to unlock your phone after it is activated), remote wipe (that removes all user data from the phone), automatically receive a notification to any number when your phone’s SIM card is changed and finally, view the location of your phone, whether the phone’s GPS setting is on or off.

Then there is Samsung Voice Commands enables control of memos, social media updates, messaging, email and calling, only using voice commands.

The handset is equipped with an 8MP camera and camcorder with 1080p full HD recording capabilities]. With Samsung’s patented AllShare technology, customers can capture, create and then share their experiences wirelessly and hassle-free with other DLNA-certified devices. Bluetooth 3.0+HS is also featured on the device, considerably reducing data transfer times.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has been outfitted with Samsung’s new crystal-clear Super AMOLED Plus screen. Using RealStripe screen technology and an increased sub-pixel count, Super AMOLED Plus is said to deliver clear and detailed images..

The Super AMOLED Plus display is said to not compromise on battery performance.

In addition, thin and lightweight Corning Gorilla Glass has been added to the surface of the phone, creating a damage-resistant cover.