August 25, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Despite the precedent of the original Galaxy S being available in some form on every major carrier in the United States, Verizon users will supposedly be left out in the cold when it comes to the Galaxy S II. The Wall Street Journal reports that its sources say that Big Red will be the odd man out at next week’s Samsung press event, and Verizon spokesperson Brenda Raney refused to confirm or deny.
“We have an extensive portfolio that offers customers a great variety of devices, including the Samsung Droid Charge,” Raney told The Journal.
The Samsung Galaxy S II will finally invade the United States at a press event held in New York next week, but the Journal’s sources say Verizon won’t be involved. This should be considered a rumor until we get a definitive yes or no on Monday, but the fact that it’s the Wall Street Journal reporting this gives it a little more credence than most rumors. Realizing that we’ve seen leaks for the Galaxy S II for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile – but not Verizon – makes me raise an eyebrow. A similar story reported by a Korean news agency that I previously placed little stock in makes me raise the other.
It’s hard to believe that Samsung would deliver its flagship device to every carrier except the one that has mattered most in the past 2 years. Verizon is the nation’s largest network, the leading carrier of Android devices, and constantly has a barrage of options. What on Earth could make the carrier not want to offer such an anticipated device?
Yesterday I downplayed a story claiming that Verizon’s share among Android owners was in trouble. I hope this rumor proves false. Otherwise, Verizon’s grip on the U.S. Android smartphone market may not be as strong after all.