SAMSUNG GALAXY S II
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Company Overview Software Overview
History Samsung grew incredibly from a small export business in Korea in the 1930s Apps APP APP
to a leading multi-billion dollar corporation primarily supplying the world Quick Search Search for content Google Maps GPS maps
with digital appliances and media, semiconductors, memory and systems in-
Gmail Access Gmail Youtube Browse videos
tegration. Samsung has responded to the digital age with advanced technolo-
gies, innovation and competitive products. (“About Samsung”) Latitude See friend locations Buzz Social networking
Goggles Use pictures to Google Voice Voice mail
Device Introduction The Samsung Galaxy S II is Samsung’s new smartphone entering the market Google Talk Instant messaging Google Calendar Calendar
running on Android’s Gingerbread Operating System. The smartphone will Google Contacts Access contacts Google Finance Real-time quotes
be able to make phone and video calls, browse the web, send messages, listen Google Shopper Shopping App Google Earth Explore the Earth
to music, play games, take pictures, use thousands of downloadable applica-
Blogger Publish blog posts Google Translate Translate text and
tions and interact with other devices. The device was first released in South
Korea on April 28 2011, much of Europe in May 2011 and is expected for
(“Google for Android”)
Canada and USA in Q3 2011. (“Samsung Galaxy S II Release Date and Pric- http://www.google.com/mobile
Games Android has thousands of games to choose from. Game developers release games
that are either free or available for a few dollars. Some examples of popular free
games are: Angry Birds, iRunner and Aqua pets. Some best selling games include:
Robo Defense ($2.92), Fruit Ninja ($1.23) and Doodle Jump ($0.97).
http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxys2/html/img/feature_view_img2.jpg Software The following diagram shows the major components of the Android O/S:
Hardware, Ports, Display Thin body at 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm 8.1MP camera with single LED flash
1.2 GHz dual processor 3.5mm headphone jack
Light weight at 116g microUSB slot (HDMI)
4.3 inch Super AMOLED display Menu, Home, Back keys on front
(“Samsung Galaxy S2 Review”)
The Samsung Galaxy S II runs off the Android Gingerbread Operating
System and is owned by Google. Combined with a web browsing function
and Adobe Flash capabilities, the device allows users to enjoy a multimedia
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Physical Interface Graphical Interface
The front of the device has a rectangular Home key and is flanked by 2 Samsung has built atop the Android 2.3.3 base with its latest set of OS custom-
touch-sensitive buttons: Menu and Back. The touch screen has a large izations, dubbed TouchWiz 4.0. The user may tap, pinch, tilt and press down
4.3-inch display. The volume keys are located on the left-hand side and for a variety of commands. Examples of interacting with the graphics include:
the power/lock key is on the opposite side. As stated before, there is also a touching an app to open it, flicking the screen to turn a page and tilting the
3.5mm headphone jack, a 8.1 MP camera with total dimensions of phone to change a zoom view. (“Samsung Galaxy S II Review”)
125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm. (“Samsung Galaxy S2 Review”)
Network Capabilities Not just a phone or messaging device, the Samsung Galaxy S II has plenty of
Wi-Fi Direct Transmit without wires to other devices without a wire-
less access point.
HSPA+ 21Mps Seamless video streaming with this fast wireless
Samsung Kies Sync with a computer for PIM backup, subscribing to
contents, and multimedia content sharing.
AllShare Wireless link to a TV, laptop or audio system on all
DLNA compatible products. Functionality and
Say N Go Voice Voice commands for calling, music, messaging, schedul- User Experience The Home screens can be customized, with Samsung’s Touchwiz interface
ing, making notes and launching apps. letting you change the order in which they appear, resize many widgets and
Social Hub Streamline email, SMS, IM and SNS in one box. Access much more. The four shortcuts on the floating dock can be edited (the Phone,
social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. Contacts and Messaging apps along the bottom), as well as font and the
Near Field Contactless credit card payments, secure purchasing, organization of the apps. The messaging system has a display keyboard with
Communication ticket reservations, transit pass or electronic door entry pop-up bubbles. There is plenty of room for users to store their information
using short-range high frequency communication. and downloads with 16 GB (possible 32GB) of memory space. (“Interface,
Business and Security features include: Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, On Hardware and Operation.”)
Device Encryption, VPN (Virtual Private Network), MDM (Mobile Device
Management) and Cisco WebEx. (“Feature”)
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