updated 09:00 am EDT, Tue August 23, 2011
Samsung teases US version of Galaxy S II
Samsung has quietly posted a teaser video (below) for the American version of the Galaxy S II. Removing any doubt that the August 29 event is for the new phone, the clip also briefly shows what one of the new versions will look like. Conspicuously, the iPhone-derived home button is gone in favor of a more conventional Android layout.
No carrier badge is visible, though the design looks more likely to be the Epic Touch 4G for Sprint rather than a visible change like the Hercules coming to T-Mobile.
The change was expected given the original Galaxy S having followed a similar control scheme rework when it launched last year. Regardless, it shows Samsung being consciously aware of how much its design looks like the iPhone and being keen to avoid making the S II any more of a target for a US import ban or Apple lawsuits.
Samsung hasn't been successful at avoiding Apple lawsuits and ITC disputes, in part because third-party shops carry the non-US Galaxy S II and because of legal trouble elsewhere. It has tried to argue that Apple's claims are generic, although many have pointed out that Apple is making specific claims about elements like the home button, not just the basic shape, that would prevent Samsung from claiming the iPhone's layout was too obvious.
With the video, Samsung may have a more difficult time contending that it wasn't aware of any possible legal issues entering the US.