Droid Bionic effects Galaxy S II launch: Reasons

 

By Posted 15 Jul 2011, 23:33

The Galaxy S II has now been given its release date, although that is on Bell in Canada. July 21, 2011 will be the magic day, but what about those in the US? We do find it strange how even the UK has been enjoying the best Android handset to date. There are a number of reasons why the Galaxy S II aka S2 has yet to make it to US soil, and one of those reasons is the Droid Bionic from Motorola.

That handset is all set to become a major headache for a number of Android handsets, such as the Thunderbolt, because it will come with Gingerbread 2.3 right from the get go. According to GottaBeMobile the main reason for the delay is due to the four main carriers in the US, as negotiations do not seem to be going anywhere.

Now there have been a few rumors that the S II will not even be released in the US, but that seems a little far-fetched. Going back to why the Droid Bionic could be affecting the launch of the S II, it seems that Motorola has a way of making their handsets work better for the US consumer on the CDMA network.

Now we can understand why this would have an effect on Verizon, but we see no reason why AT&T or T-Mobile has yet to launch theirs, as they use GSM? This is of no consolation to the consumer; all they want is a handset that has taken the UK market by storm. When they hear reports that the S II has outsold the iPhone 4 for two months now, it’s like rubbing salt in the wounds – it makes them want it all the more.

The S II will not even have 4G LTE like the Bionic, but is this really a big deal. We know that the iPhone 5 will not come with 4G technology, and we can be sure that this will not hurt sales. Although the idea of 4G is not good for the consumer, it is still not widely available – why have a handset with a certain feature that you cannot use is most of the US?

Let us look at this logically, not everyone in the US wants the Droid Bionic or the iPhone, and this also goes for 3D and LTE. What US consumers want it superb hardware and carrier choice, and the one handset that will offer these is the Samsung Galaxy S II – so come on US carriers it’s time to step up.

  • Steven Wendler

    I still have to believe that a significant factor for the delay is the pending litigation between Apple and Samsung. The claims are primarily focused around U.S. patents. For infringement cases, damages are typically awarded on a ‘per incident’ rate. That means $X for each phone sold. And the damages are typically higher for each of the sales that occur *after* the litigation is filed. So without a clear reading as to which way the courts would rule, Samsung could potentially be out a big cash settlement if they sell millions of the S2 in the U.S. I think that Samsung is either going to need to get a clear path out of the lawsuit, or agree with Apple on royalties before the S2 makes its appearance in the U.S. 

    • Anonymous

      I dont agree. Nokia and Apple fought since 2009 and would still be fighting if Apple wouldnt have settled. Now Nokia gets $ for every iPhone sold, you think that is hurting Apple? I dont. And I dont think it’s going to hurt Samsung either, and thats if Apple wins.I think they’ll be throwing paperwork at each other for another year or two. Also, It didnt stop the Galaxy S 4G, Infuse 4G, Droid Charge and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet from coming to the US. Even tho Apple tried to get a junction to block the sales of them.

    • http://profiles.google.com/reirab Ross Binkley

      The lawsuit is frivolous in the first place. Apple just doens’t like that they’ve been bested in hardware and are losing marketshare to Android devices. Soon enough, unless Apple drastically changes their business plan, iOS will become irrelevant, just like the Mac did in the late 80′s/early 90′s when they last tried a similar business model. Samsung doesn’t care about this suit from Apple; they’re just negotiating with the carriers (and probably finishing up WiMax and LTE versions of the SGS II.)

  • Anonymous

    bunch of nonsense about the galaxy s2 not needing 4g, yes it does, it’s like buying a bmw with a ford pinto engine inside, people expect up to date internet speeds, they have had MONTHS to outfit the us versions with lte or wimax radios, if it does not have these things, its a non starter for many people, including me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Halkowski/1325700755 Ben Halkowski

      its not 4g but its 3g speeds are incredibly fast, fast enough for most downloads and websites

      • http://profiles.google.com/reirab Ross Binkley

        Comparing 3G to LTE is like comparing low-end DSL to mid-to-high-end cable. It’s about 10x faster. I’m with Jon on this one… if it’s not LTE, it’s a non-starter for me.

  • Anonymous

    bunch of nonsense about the galaxy s2 not needing 4g, yes it does, it’s like buying a bmw with a ford pinto engine inside, people expect up to date internet speeds, they have had MONTHS to outfit the us versions with lte or wimax radios, if it does not have these things, its a non starter for many people, including me.

  • http://twitter.com/Muzicman61 Muzicman61

    Although 4G is not widely available NOW… by the end of your two year contract, it will readily available.  Probably long before that.  Most major cities have it now, and smaller cities and metro areas will have it by the end of the year.  So 4G is a BIG DEAL.

  • http://twitter.com/BrianB13 BrianB13

    I have 4G LTE available where I live now so a phone has to have a 4G LTE radio in it.  During the next two years, the length of a contract, it will be everywhere so why would someone not want a 4G LTE capable phone now?  The biggest problem I have with smart phones is data speed.  4G LTE resolves that issue. 

    “There are a number of reasons why the Galaxy S II aka S2 has yet to make it to US soil, and one of those reasons is the Droid Bionic from Motorola.”

    That’s a ridiculous reason.  There will be competition regardless of when a phone hits the market and the longer a phone is held back, the more outdated it becomes making it less attractive to consumers.  What about the Droid Photon, Droid 3, HTC EVO 3D?

    To me, a smartphone nowadays is all about processor speed, fast data connectivity and a high res screen.  

    So what if the S II has outsold the iPhone 4.  Look how long the iPhone 4 has been out.  The question will be how the S II stacks up against the iPhone 5.

  • Rex_D

    I am sure the Galaxy S II will be 4g on all the carriers.  They are already releasing 4g phone (Epic, Nexus S, the Infuse, and the Droid Charge) on all 4 carriers.  If it isn’t then I guess some of you won’t buy it, but its not like you don’t have other choices.

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