Could Apple be to blame for Samsung Galaxy S II holdup?

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The Samsung Galaxy S II or S2 as it is also known has yet to be released in the US for reasons unknown. We had first thought that it was to do with the Motorola Droid Bionic, and how it was able to adapt to the North American market easier than Samsung handsets. However, there are a few other theories, and the latest is to do with the recent litigation between Apple and HTC, and how this could have an affect on the Samsung drama as well.

As with HTC, Apple and Samsung’s issues are to do with patents in the US. If Samsung are found guilty then they might have to pay a set amount for each handset they have sold; by delaying the Galaxy S II this would decrease the amount they would have to pay Apple. With the South Korean phone maker not knowing which way the courts will rule, surly it is easier for Samsung to hold off a while?

There is no denying how good the Galaxy S II is, recent UK sales figures have proved that. This would mean that the handset would also sell very well in the US; you only have to look at the original Galaxy S for proof of that. We just cannot see Samsung waiting too long on the litigation outcome, as they are sitting on a smartphone that could make them millions.

Samsung should just go ahead and work around the issue when it comes to it. Apple lost out to Nokia back in 2009, so now Apple has to pay Nokia a certain amount for each iPhone sold – don’t see this harming sales or profit in any way do you? Samsung make more than enough profit on each handset, thanks to them doing most of the manufacturing themselves.

The Droid Charge, Infuse 4G and Galaxy Tab 10.1 are all popular devices, and Samsung did not delay their release. We can come up with all these theories, but I guess we will never know the reason for the delay. Maybe there is a simple explanation, such as the rumors that we have heard regarding the disagreement that Samsung are having with some of the U.S. carriers.

Now surly it would be in the interest of one US carrier to agree to whatever issue there is and get their version of the Galaxy S II out before their rivals? Sprint would be the best one to do this, as they were said to have the best Samsung Galaxy S smartphone last year with the Epic 4G. The first reason was because it had a QWERTY keyboard and second reason was due to the fact that it allowed customers to use the 4G network.

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  • http://twitter.com/mataroo Mat Barry

    It wreaks of anti-trust, honestly.  It happens to be the S2 release is being pushed back to allow for iPhone sales (or contract extensions).  If they want to keep people in contracts longer, they can wait a few months for people to wait to get a new phone.. and they have them paying between contracts for several months.  

    The phone has been ready for a while.  I talked to several Samsung reps this weekend at a conference, and  they said that the carriers have had their phone for a long while, but aren’t pushing it out for some reason.  There’s no other obvious reason aside from iPhone 5.   Honestly, if the iPhone 5 released in January, the S2 would have released in April.