AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD officially canceled. Does anyone care?

by: AdrianMay 10, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S2 was and still is a spectacular phone. However, even though it’s still extremely popular and is making Sammy a boatload of money, it hasn’t managed to fully satisfy consumers in North America, at least from one point of view.

Samsung and the US carriers have used a confusing and quite erratic marketing strategy for the S2, and managed to confuse customers with a branding that didn’t seem to make much sense. We’ve had five or six different Galaxy S2 versions in the U.S. and at least four in Canada, although the “different” phones had little tweaks and distinctive traits.

The latest Galaxy S2 version to be unveiled was the so-called Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD, announced back at the CES and set to hit AT&T’s shelves sometime in spring or summer. The Skyrocket HD actually had a couple of important upgrades and tweaks in comparison with the original S2 (a larger full HD screen and a snappier processor), but it was still basically the same phone, leaving us to wonder why would someone want to upgrade from the S2 to the S2 Skyrocket HD.

However, it now seems that the Skyrocket HD has been canceled and will never see the light of day, which, honestly, is a good thing. The report comes from The Verge, whose editors have talked with Samsung executive Ryan Bidan, so this is a trustworthy report and not just a rumor.

The cancelation of the Skyrocket HD is good news from at least two points of view. Firstly, it might mean that Samsung will not apply the same erratic branding to the S3 as it did with the S2. Wishful thinking maybe, but the Koreans might release an “original” Galaxy S3 and a couple of rehashed and renamed versions, at most.

The bigger news is that it is now almost certain that the Galaxy S3 will hit AT&T. Bidan motivated the decision to cancel the Skyrocket HD by saying that the phone simply “didn’t make sense in the light of the Galaxy S3 announcement”. That can only mean one thing: AT&T will be one of the first US carriers to pick up the handheld and it needed to tie all the loose ends to conduct a grand advertising campaign.

As some of you might already know, Samsung has failed to offer any details on the Galaxy S3’s US release, other than that the phone will be coming in the summer and that it will hit “the fastest HSPA+ and LTE networks” in the country.

What do you guys think? Can we hope for a more unitary Galaxy S3 branding? Is the S3 coming to AT&T? And finally, are you the least bit sorry for not being able to pick up the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD?

  • Brian Sayatovic

    I just hope it expedites delivery of ICS to my original, non-HD Skyrocket. Somehow,I doubt it will.

  • Jaysann22

    I hate the fact that AT&T has had such a lock down on most newly released phones!! Shitty service, awesome hardware. Why can’t we have both!?

    • Thnkthru

      You mean like the Galaxy Nexus or Droid?

  • Samsung fan

    carrers will only update the s2 to uce cream sandwich after the s 3 will come ouf to there store so u would want to,buy there,product. i have a Tmobile s2 and it sucks that we didnt get ice cream sandwich just becouse tmobile wants to make extra money and but on my phone there shit botwar. even though they should know that i am ans every.body.r going to roo there phone and remove there shit

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  • BringOnTheCold

    I think we have reached the point where people need to realize that when you buy your phone, you are buying it as is. Don’t expect to get updates, don’t expect to get the next iteration of android. Don’t have these expectations and accept android for what it is. You could also follow XDA and follow the more dev happy devices to ensure you get your updates. Every article all people seem do to do is troll and complain about their lack of updates, stop complaining about it and do something: buy a phone on craigslist that you know has ics(galaxy s): buy a new phone period: jump ship off android because it is obviously not for you: or DEAL WITH IT. Problem solved.

  • Not really – there are just way too many ‘Galaxy’ variants for the market to get up with.

    These minor upgrades are just marketing fluff to get you to depart with more cash. Quite lazy.

    • Litlprince

      its not just fluff…
      the skyrocket HD was supposed to be samsung and att’s awnser for not giving us the galaxy nexus. Besides the addition of contact buttons it was a galaxy nexus with an even better processor.

  • Jampony786

    I got a skyrocket it seems fine too me even though i got for a steal of deal go samsung its my first touch screen fone since 2009. So im kool with da samsung galaxy s2 skyrocket deal.